Saints’ Jameis Winston ‘very comfortable’ taking over for injured Drew Brees

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/16/20

Jameis Winston made his first appearance for the Saints during Week 10, relieving Drew Brees in a 38-3 blowout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Week 11 marked the first time he entered a game for New Orleans with the contest very much winnable for either team. 

Winston came in to start the second half after Brees injured his ribs, making it impossible for him to continue playing. The Saints punted twice in the third quarter, but Winston led the team on a scoring drive early in the fourth to finish off a 27-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers. 

The 26-year-old completed 6-of-10 passes for 63 yards and didn’t turn the ball over. After the game, Winston revealed he wasn’t nervous taking over Brees. 

“I was very comfortable,” Winston said, according to Amie Just of NOLA.com. “I was excited that I had a marvelous opportunity. I knew that my main job was to go and do what Drew would do — protect the football and try to lead us down there and score.”

Winston very well could be running the offense during next week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, as Brees is undergoing more tests to determine the extent of his injury.

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