The New Orleans Saints were lumbering through the first half of Monday night’s game, looking old and tired and very fond of Justin Herbert’s coming-of-age, when the same word started popping up on Twitter’s trending page, A word that was thrilling and chilling:
Yes, Jemis Winston, Heisman winner, ex-book, one-man thrill ride, lurk on the New Orleans bench. You may have forgotten that the Saints also signed him – he has not taken a picture yet this year – but he is out there. The fact that her name is coming out in relation to Drew Breeze is a small but unmistakable sign that it is not all quite as it should be in Crescent City.
Bright side: New Orleans made a great comeback on Monday night, rallying from a 20–3 deficit to win in overtime. Reality: The Saints defeated the team 1-3 with a cheating quarterback.
Bright side: New Orleans is tied for the lead in the NFC South. Reality: The Saints are 3–2 and look weak in a division they should have had.
Trees are not the only reason for the team’s slide. Sean Peyton has cultivated an inquisitive fascination with jack-of-all-trades Tamsum Hill, and the Saints’ play-calling in critical situations has skewed far more conservatively than in previous years. Still, Breeze’s first-half struggle did not help; He was 12-22 for 93 yards with an interception, and only a late touchdown cut the Chargers’ lead to two possessions.
The second half completely cleared sins. According to Pro Football Focus, in the second half and overtime, at an average of 9.3 yards per attempt, Trees made 84 percent of his passes. With Michael Thomas on the shelf for disciplinary reasons, Bums leaned on Emanuel Sanders, targeting him 14 times and completing 12 of them for 122 yards.
You don’t want to rely on individual heroes as a rule, but the Saints got something bigger on Monday. Trees Alvin Kamara owes a month for his fourth consecutive quarter-catch in Gallatoire’s game …
… And he should pay the bill with Patton and the coaching staff for not keeping Kamara involved in the jump. And Marshon Lattimore should not buy a drink in the city for the rest of the year to grapple with a lack of Mike Williams inches from his game-clutching overtime tackles.
Through five games, a statistically valid sample size, the tree ranked 12th in total yards. His 71 percent completion percentage ranks fifth in the league, but he ranks only 17th in yards per carry (7.6), suggesting that he is more for short-yard plays than Aaron Rodgers-style bombs. Are settling more. This has been a trend for trees over the years, but it is more pronounced over the year.
Also, there is eye test. The tree is not an old tree this year, and bears a Next General stat. Trees is ranked 31st in the NFL Next Gen Stats’ aggression metric, which makes a quarterback track in tight coverage. It’s not a holy-grave statistic – two of this year’s most aggressive passers-by are Chicago’s Michelle Trubisky and Nick Foles, who suggest the statistic doesn’t adjust for good judgment – but it’s more conservative for dates in 2020. Speaks style.
Which brings us back around Jameis. With Winston, you never know what you will get, only that it will be memorable. Turning his franchise over for Winston is like handing him a Lamborghini key for a coastal drive – he will pin the needle and hug the curves, but then he can just forget to put the parking brake and roll it backwards Can do. sea.
This is not a Miami situation, where the incumbent is keeping the seat hot for the future of the franchise. There is no indication Winston is part of any long-term plan beyond Newton’s devastating injury; Winston has had little to say about Pepton since admiring his work ethic in training camp.
In the event of an injury, New Orleans should play for the remainder of the regular season and with trees on the hull. Even an 80 percent tree – which he is now – is better than a lot of quarterbacks in the league.
But hey, you never know. And if things go far enough south from Wiston, the Saints must watch – they for very different reasons than expected at the start of the season.
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