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Jameis Winston Has Accomplished Something Drew Brees Never Did with the Saints

Adam Taylor McKillop
In his first game with the New Orleans Saints, Jameis Winston accomplished something that Drew Brees never did in New Orleans.
In his first game with the New Orleans Saints, Jameis Winston accomplished something that Drew Brees never did in New Orleans. / James Gilbert/Getty Images
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The Jameis Winston era for the New Orleans Saints got off to a brilliant start after torching the Green Bay Packers for 5 touchdowns in Week 1. Not only did Winston and the Saints dominate 38-3, but the newest Saints gunslinger is already accomplishing feats that the legendary Drew Brees never did.

In the fourth quarter, Winston heaved his longest touchdown of the day on a ball traveling more than 50 yards through the air to Deonte Harris. In Brees' more than 9,000 career pass attempts with the Saints, he accomplished that sort of deep throw exactly zero times.

Winston is no Drew Brees overall, but this certainly adds a new dynamic to the Saints passing attack. From 2018-19, Winston averaged 10.6 intended air yards per pass attempt (IAY/PA), a metric used to calculate length of targets despite completion or incompletion. In Brees' last three years with the Saints (when data for IAY/PA was available), he averaged just 6.5 yards.

The Saints receiving corps remains without No. 1 target Michael Thomas for at least the first 6 weeks of the season. However, this is an area to be on the lookout for during Winston's tenure in New Orleans. More deep throws, the threat of deep throws, and overall the opening up of an offense that features dynamic playmakers like Alvin Kamara, Harris and Thomas.

New Orleans heads into a Week 2 tilt against the Carolina Panthers as 3.5-point road favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook.


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