For the past month, Winston has been competing with Taysom Hill for the starting job. It has been a tight competition for most of the summer, but Winston created some much-needed separation with his performance last night.
Despite throwing for 123 yards and two touchdowns, Winston will have to wait a little bit longer to find out if he’ll be New Orleans’ starter. Payton explained his approach to the quarterback situation during Monday night’s press conference.
“We’ll see. I’ll keep you posted,” Payton said when asked what he needs to see in order to name a starting quarterback. “Yeah, I don’t have a timeframe though. When we know what direction we are going, we will let you guys know. We’re not going try to anticipate saying, ‘Hey, it’s going to be midweek or next week.’ That’s, I think, the best way for us to handle it. It’s kind of how we’ve always handled something like this, but I was pleased with not just the quarterbacks. I was pleased with how we played as a team for the most part.”
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Though he isn’t ready to name a starter, Payton sounds very pleased with Winston.
“The explosives. I thought they pressured (Jameis) on one play, and he was able to kind of quickly switch protection and get into a route for a touchdown,” Payton said. “I thought there were some really good exposures there early on, and I thought we handled it well.”
The Saints will host the Packers on Sept. 12 for their season opener. At this rate, Payton might wait until then to announce his starting quarterback.