NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's "read" is that Jameis Winston has the "leg up" on the Saints' starting QB job. Rapoport adds that there will be a competition between Winston and Taysom Hill this summer but that Winston "really impressed in practice" last year. Hill reportedly stepped in when Drew Brees went down only because HC Sean Payton had promised Hill that he'd get an opportunity. This will be 1 of the biggest training camp battles to track -- not only for Winston and Hill's fantasy values, but also Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara's.
QB Jameis Winston has inked a 1-year deal with the Saints that's worth "up to" $12 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. This move has been the league's worst-kept secret. Winston attempted just 11 passes for the Saints last season, but HC Sean Payton must have liked what he saw from the former #1 overall pick throughout the year. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said yesterday that Winston is the Saints' "likely starter" this season -- but ESPN's Dianna Russini reported earlier today that Winston and Taysom Hill will compete for the starting job. Whoever is under center in New Orleans will have easy QB1 upside.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints have been working with QB Jameis Winston on a new contract and that he's hearing Winston will be the "likely starter" for New Orleans in 2021. The 2 sides obviously have to actually consummate that with a deal, but this is enough to make us push Winston up the QB rankings a bit -- and Hill down -- for our best-ball drafts.
The Athletic's Larry Holder believes there's a "strong likelihood" that QB Jameis Winston will be the Saints' starter in 2021. It's an opinion, rather than a report -- but noteworthy nonetheless from a long-time Saints beat writer. New Orleans opted to start QB Taysom Hill instead of Winston when QB Drew Brees missed time this past season. But Holder says the Saints love Winston's arm talent and football IQ and believe HC Sean Payton can "mold" Winston to fit the system. We're a bit skeptical that Hill won't get a shot in 2021 considering he's due to make nearly $11 million. Winston, meanwhile, is set to become a free agent in March, so we'll see how aggressive the Saints are in bringing him back.
Saints QB Taysom Hill (knee) and RB Latavius Murray (quad) are inactive for tonight's game vs. the Bucs. QB Drew Brees and RB Alvin Kamara will pick up extra snaps.
The Saints are "not likely" to have RB Latavius Murray (quad) or QB Taysom Hill (knee) active for today's game against the Buccaneers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Those absences would boost the touch and scoring upside for RB Alvin Kamara, as well as the scoring upside for QB Drew Brees. Hill has often replaced Brees near the goal line in recent weeks. Kamara has posted lackluster yardage totals in each meeting with Tampa this year but also scored on the ground and caught 5 passes in each game.
Saints QB Taysom Hill (knee) returned to a limited practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bucs. The versatile Hill's absence would be a tangible blow to New Orleans' offense -- but boost the outlooks for QB Drew Brees and RB Alvin Kamara.
Saints QB Taysom Hill (knee) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He banged up a knee early in last weekend's win over the Bears but was able to return. We'll see what he does on Friday and how he's listed on the final injury report for Sunday's game vs. the Bucs.
Saints QB Taysom Hill (concussion) put in full practices on Thursday and Friday and isn't listed on the final injury report for Wild Card Weekend. He'll play his usual gadget role vs. the Bears on Sunday.
Saints QB Taysom Hill was limited in Wednesday's practice with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of the head injury. Hill has made some progress through the protocol but is still uncertain for Sunday's Wild Card game vs. the Bears. His absence would not be insignificant.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Saints QB Drew Brees (ribs) will start Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Brees has reportedly looked and felt good enough in practice this week and has been cleared by doctors to return. The 41-year-old averaged 265 yards and 2.1 TDs across 8 full games to open the season, completing 74% of his passes and averaging 7.4 yards per attempt. He figures to find himself in a shootout vs. the Chiefs this weekend. So, assuming he has WR Michael Thomas (ankle), Brees will be back in the low-end QB1 mix. His return is good news for Thomas and especially Alvin Kamara.
Saints HC Sean Payton didn't sound optimistic on Wednesday about QB Drew Brees' chances of returning for this weekend's game against the Chiefs. "He's got a ways to go still, and he's someone we're not gonna just hurry back and just put him in the game," Payton said. "I think the significance of the injuries are such that you've gotta make sure he can function and feel confident." Brees was activated from IR on Wednesday, making him eligible to play this weekend. But it continues to look like QB Taysom Hill will get at least 1 more start.
Saints QB Drew Brees is eligible to return from IR this week. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports, however that a Week 15 return as been "a more realistic target." Rapoport reports that Brees won't practice much Wednesday -- if at all -- but could be "ramp[ed] up" Thursday to see whether he could be ready for this Sunday's game in Philly. Keep an eye on the situation throughout the week if you're planning to start Taysom Hill in Week 14.
"Signs are pointing towards" Saints QB Taysom Hill getting the start against the Falcons this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hill has taken starter reps in practice this week. It's a mild surprise only because the Saints figure to drastically alter their offense moving from a pure pocket passer in Drew Brees to a dual-threat in Hill. There's still a chance New Orleans mixes in QB Jameis Winston, but Hill has suddenly become a super intriguing Week 11 fantasy play. He brings big rushing upside -- and the matchup is sweet vs. Atlanta's 32nd-ranked QB defense. The move to Hill is a major downgrade for WR Michael Thomas and the rest of New Orleans' pass catchers.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Hill "will start" vs. Atlanta after taking "all the starter reps" at practice this week. Winston will back him up.
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