METAIRIE, La. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston stated he did not assume he would completely lose his beginning job to Andy Dalton after getting injured early within the season.
However the job is Dalton’s for at the very least one other week after Saints coach Dennis Allen introduced Wednesday that he would not be making a swap.
Dalton has been the beginning quarterback for the reason that Saints’ sport towards the Minnesota Vikings in London on Oct. 2. Allen hinted firstly of this week that he was contemplating a quarterback change due to offensive struggles for the previous two video games, however he finally determined towards it.
Winston stated he was underneath the impression that he would ultimately return because the starter after a dialog with Allen in London. Allen stated on the time that he was resting Winston to permit his again and foot accidents to heal, however he determined Dalton can be the starter a number of weeks later, so long as the offense continued to carry out nicely.
“I misplaced my job as a consequence of damage and the coverage has at all times been you do not lose your job as a consequence of damage. And that is what occurred,” Winston stated.
Winston, who injured his again in Week 1 towards the Atlanta Falcons, admitted that he in all probability mustn’t have performed the next week towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers however wished to be on the market. The Bucs not solely drafted him with the primary decide within the 2015 NFL draft, however Winston was additionally enjoying towards them when he tore an ACL final season.
Winston stated that is not the case now, as he feels he is wholesome sufficient to play. Allen stated it was unlikely Winston can be 100% this season, however Winston stated he is been getting higher since he is not enjoying.
“I am therapeutic up. I have not been enjoying. That is the very best therapeutic I can get,” Winston stated.
Winston stated it has been a troublesome season for him, however he is making an attempt to deal with being a frontrunner from the sidelines.
“What is going on on proper now’s what I’ve acquired to cope with proper now and deal with proper now. I will deal with what is going on on proper now, and when that point comes for me to ultimately come again on the sphere, which hopefully it is going to, I’ll help Andy, I’ll help this offense, I’ll help everybody on this offensive workers the very best I presumably can, and that is it,” Winston stated. “As a result of, like I stated, I put on that shirt that claims, ‘Huge group, little me,’ though it hurts my coronary heart. It hurts my soul the best way issues have turned out to be this yr, however it’s what it’s.”
He added: “I owe it to this group to be within the position that I am proper now, to this offense, to everybody. I apologize to the followers. I do know a few of them need to see me on the market. However I believe profitable makes lots of issues higher, so we have to go on the market and begin with this week, get a win as a group. Nobody particular person makes a group win. We have to get a group win and I believe we’ll all be higher on the finish of the day.”
Winston is one on an extended checklist of gamers who probably won’t be enjoying towards the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Saints veteran defensive finish Cameron Jordan, who has by no means missed a sport due to damage in his 12-year profession (he missed his first sport final yr towards the New York Jets due to the COVID-19 protocol), will sit this sport with a watch damage.
Jordan stated that he performed most of final week’s sport towards the Pittsburgh Steelers with one in every of his eyes nearly swollen shut.
“Maaaan unreal. Smh management what you’ll be able to management,” he posted to his Twitter account on Thursday. Jordan didn’t observe all week after the sport.
The Saints additionally won’t have defensive finish Marcus Davenport, security J.T. Grey, left sort out James Hurst, operating again Mark Ingram II, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and linebacker Pete Werner. Left guard Andrus Peat, who missed final week’s sport, is questionable.