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Jameis Winston shares a unique parallel with an NFL legend

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The New Orleans Saints had no choice but to bring back quarterback Jameis Winston.

After all, the team had success when he was under center at the start of the 2021 season.

They picked up a convincing Week 1 win over the Green Bay Packers and started their campaign at 5-2.

Unfortunately, things took a turn for the Saints when Winston suffered a torn ACL and MCL in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Trevor Siemian won the game against Tampa Bay in relief of Winston but lost the next four games.

Those losses were enough to shut the Saints out of the playoffs.

But New Orleans is getting a fresh start after snapping up Winston on a two-year, $28 million deal.

Hopefully they can finish what they started in 2021, starting with a return to the playoffs.

It’s unusual for the Saints to miss the playoffs as they were there from 2017-2020 and had double-digit wins in each of those seasons.

Still, despite Winston being their starter, his numbers compare to Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre in a way that isn’t the best news possible.

Throughout Favre’s career, his touchdowns per attempt were 5% while his interceptions per attempt are 3.3%.

Winston has the same numbers throughout seven NFL seasons.

However, these numbers do not necessarily paint a good picture.

Every shot is in the balance

While Favre is a three-time MVP and Super Bowl winner, he will be remembered for his freewheeling style of play.

He was never afraid to take risks for big games, sometimes at fault.

By contrast, Winston faced inaccuracy issues early in his career.

In 2019, he threw for 30 interceptions despite passing over 5,000 yards.

With an improved Saints receiving corps, Winston must consistently hit his targets on the pitch.

Otherwise, the team could sign a quarterback in the first round of the 2023 draft.

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