Packers: Jameis Winston will reportedly start for Saints in Week 1

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It’s looking like the Green Bay Packers will be playing against Jameis Winston when they meet the New Orleans Saints in Week 1.

The Green Bay Packers take on the New Orleans Saints in their regular-season opener. Jameis Winston looks set to win the QB1 job for the Saints.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “Winston has been named the Saints’ starting quarterback” ahead of former Packer Taysom Hill.

Winston played in four games as a backup last season for the Saints, with zero starts. He only threw 11 passes, completing seven for 75 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. His only pass in the postseason was a 56-yard touchdown against his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

We have to go back to the 2019 season to find Winston’s last regular-season start, which was with the Bucs.

He had an inconsistent season, completing 380 of his 626 passes for 5,109 yards and 33 touchdowns with 30 interceptions.

Winston has only started one game against the Packers, in Week 13 of the 2017 season at Lambeau Field. Winston completed 21 of 32 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns with a passer rating of 112.8. Winston played well but the Packers won a close game, 26-20.

On his day, Winston is an exciting player capable of putting up a lot of yards and touchdowns. But as we saw in his final season in Tampa Bay, he also gives defenses plenty of opportunities to force turnovers. In his five years with the Buccaneers, Winston threw 88 interceptions. For some comparison, Aaron Rodgers has 89 interceptions in his entire 16-year career with the Packers.

At some point this summer, it seemed the Saints wouldn’t be the only team losing their future Hall-of-Fame quarterback. The Packers, too, weren’t sure whether Rodgers would be playing for them.

It should be a fascinating battle in Week 1. At least Green Bay now know who will be QB1 for New Orleans in the season opener.