Saints QB Jameis Winston set to return Week 1 of season

The Saints’ offense will look a lot different at the start of the 2022 season than it did at the end of last year’s campaign. One of the biggest of those differences is the expected return of a healthy Jameis Winston in time for the start of the year.

The 28-year-old took part in the New Orleans OTAs this week, as noted by Athletic’s Katherine Terrell (subscription required). The main reason to do so, of course, is to continue his ongoing rehabilitation after a season-ending knee injury in October.

The progress he has made on that front has led to optimism that he will be available to start Week 1 this season. Winston himself claimed he would be back on the field before training camp, which he has now been able to do. Its presence was marked by gradual improvements in mobility.

“The biggest thing about my specific injury was the meniscus” he said, noting that repairing the ACL and MCL “was a fairly simple procedure. But the meniscus repair has been the biggest limitation for me right now, in terms of movement, deployment, in terms of certain movements that I’m not able to do just because of the timing of the recovery.”

Winston is currently wearing a brace which Terrell says intends to continue using it throughout the season. If he continues to progress like he has so far, he should be in line for his first season as the undisputed No. 1 QB for the Saints, which will open the door to a recovery in his game relatively. impressive at the start of last year. It would get easier, of course, if the team also got receiver Michael Thomas back from injury, which should take place in training camp. Overall, Winston’s current status could indicate a marked improvement in the team’s passing game from last season’s performance.

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