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Few should have been comfortable predicting a breakout season for Jameis Winston in seemingly his last chance, which featured his stepping into the void left by future Hall of Famer Drew Brees with the New Orleans Saints.
Not only was Winston facing immense pressure, but also the Saints were trying to straddle the rebuilding-competing line—and doing it without star wideout Michael Thomas and with Sean Payton's strange usage of Taysom Hill.
Yet Winston has responded like a No. 1 pick over five games, completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 892 yards and 12 touchdowns against three interceptions. He's on his typical pace but has dramatically reduced his turnovers.
Winston has still been a roller coaster in some regards, such as blowing away a contender in Green Bay 38-3 but being unable to lead the Saints to a win over the 1-5 New York Giants. But his leading receivers are undrafted players Deonte Harris and Marquez Callaway, and he's already suffered from seven drops (or 6.3 percent, his highest mark). His 71.8 Pro Football Focus grade is his best since 2017, his 108.1 passer rating is a career high by far, and his eight touchdowns under pressure are the most by any player.
Given that this is Winston, it could all blow up at any time. But it seems unlikely, especially if Thomas returns as a No. 1 wideout. And if that's the case, the Saints may have backed in to a top-end passer, a 27-year-old who can keep their championship window open longer than expected. That means a big payday for Winston after a one-year, prove-it deal.
Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2949645-nfl-players-hitting-2022-free-agency-who-are-earning-major-pay-days316