Saints QB Taysom Hill, who started the past four games, will resume his role as a tight end, on special teams and as an all-around gadget player. Winston being the primary backup quarterback allows Hill to focus on those roles.
If Brees is injured again against the Chiefs, it would be Winston entering the game in immediate relief. While he didn’t start in Brees’ place, La Canfora adds the staff has been impressed with Winston behind the scenes and hopes to have him be a part of their QB situation going forward.
As for Brees, La Canfora says the issues he had late last week throwing the ball have dissipated and he’s been fully cleared to play. The Saints don’t have any concerns about Brees being reinjured.
Winston, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2015. He played out the 2019 season under the fifth-year option from his rookie contract and made a base salary of $20.922 million.
Winston signed with the Saints on a one-year, $1.1 million deal this past offseason.
In 2020, Winston has appeared in three games for the Saints and completed 7-11 passing attempts for 75 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.