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NFL: Reports: Saints pick QB Jameis Winston as starter

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Jameis Winston won the quarterback competition with the New Orleans Saints over Taysom Hill and will start Week 1, according to multiple reports.

The Saints are attempting to replace Drew Brees at the position and had a lot to like in reviewing Winston’s performance Monday night, when he completed 9 of his first 10 passes with two touchdowns.

Winston, 27, joined the Saints last season as a backup and re-signed in free agency for $5.5 million — $5 million less than Hill’s annual contract will pay him in 2021.

Per multiple reports, Winston’s pay for 2021 could increase by more than $7 million in incentives tied to his playing time and performance.

Winston was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft and previously played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers moved on from Winston after he threw 30 interceptions in 2019. That same season, Winston had 30 touchdown passes and led the NFL in passing yards.

Hill is also used as a wide receiver and tight end and has had a role on gadget plays.

When Brees missed seven games in 2020, head coach Sean Payton opted to start Hill.

The Saints kick off the 2021 season against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 12.

–Field Level Media

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