New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston deserves a ton of credit for his performance on Monday night, but ESPN’s Harry Douglas went a bit too far when complimenting the former No. 1 pick this Tuesday.
During this Tuesday’s edition of First Take, Douglas compared Winston to NFL legend Peyton Manning. That didn’t sit well with Max Kellerman, who said “You should never compare him to Peyton Manning.”
Douglas, however, isn’t ready to ditch that comparison. He believes Winston and Manning are similar because they both started their careers as turnover machines.
“How do you know?” Douglas replied. “How do you know what Jameis Winston is gonna be down the line? You didn’t know Peyton Manning was gonna be that after he started so terribly, especially with 28 interceptions in his first season.”
“How do you know what Jameis Winston is gonna be down the line? You didn’t know Peyton Manning was going to be that after he started so terribly.”
— First Take (@FirstTake) August 24, 2021
It would be quite the story if Winston revitalizes his career in New Orleans, but it’s way too soon to compare him to one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.
Winston finished Monday night’s game with 123 passing yards and two touchdowns. During his postgame press conference, he admit that he was just grateful to start an NFL game again.
“I haven’t started a football game in so long, man,” Winston said. “So I was so excited to just get an opportunity to start and lead the pack. It was exciting. The rhythm was great. The offensive line was phenomenal, and we had guys like Quez making plays all night. You got to love that.”
The Saints haven’t named their starting quarterback yet, but Jameis Winston should have the edge over Taysom Hill heading into Week 1.
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