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The New Orleans Saints will enter the 2021 NFL season with no known face under the middle.
Quarterback Drew Brees, who spent 15 of his 20 NFL seasons with New Orleans, retired late last year as arguably the greatest player in franchise history. As a five-time all-pro and 13-time pro bowler, Brees led the league seven times in pass yards and four times in pass touchdown. Super Bowl XLIV MVP Brees led the Saints to their first and only Super Bowl title in 2010 with a 31:17 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
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Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are high on the Saints depth map for the 2021 season. Head coach Sean Payton has yet to announce any of them as starters, but he did admit that it will be difficult for any New Orleans successor to Brees to follow in his footsteps.
“There’s a bit of a standard and it’s pretty high,” Payton said on Friday. “Total NFL access. “
Payton continued, “I think both of the players we talked about had the advantage of having them in meeting rooms [Brees], and see everyday life, and I think we go from there. Obviously the bar is set high for our team … I think these two guys will take on the challenge. They both understand the importance of the reps we are going to have in this upcoming training camp. “
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Last season, Hill served as Brees’ backup, even playing in eight games, four of which were starts. He threw 928 yards and four touchdowns and led the Saints to a 3–1 record.
Winston, on the other hand, was a starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2015-19. He made four appearances but tried only 11 passes in his first season with the Saints.
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New Orleans attracted Winston with a one-year contract for 2021. The Saints also gave Hill a one-year extension in the off-season.
The team is expected to come to the training camp in the last week of July.