New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston has evolved into the undisputed leader of the team. Whether it’s in Metairie at team headquarters, inside the locker room, or on the NFL battlefields, the Saints are Winston’s team.
A good leader must build rapport with fellow soldiers away from home. A good leader knows that he must earn the respect of his sons and vice versa. In the corporate world, it’s called team building. For football players, it’s called confidence building.
Jameis Winston held court at Anatomy Gym in Miami with most of the New Orleans Saints’ skill players and quarterbacks. Last week, rookie wide receiver Dai’Jean Dixon shared with us that he was thrilled that Winston extended his invitation to Miami to work out.
The big story is how Jameis Winston is taking command of the New Orleans Saints — and it’s not just the offense, the defensive guys are watching. Since signing in 2020, Jameis Winston has been a compelling figure. His journey is intriguing.
Entering last season’s training camp battle with Taysom Hill, Winston set up shop with just his wide arms and running backs. Usually, the tendency for starting QBs is to go one-on-one with the offensive linemen, but they rarely include their backup signal callers.
Once again, Jameis broke with tradition and had Andy Dalton and Ian Book in the mix, coaching and bonding with the offensive linemen. He even had former Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with the crew.
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Humorously, Deonte Harty posted a video of the players drinking the night before practice began. Hart said, “Hey, that guy’s gonna kill us tomorrow.” Pans to Jameis shaking his head as he watches his receivers enjoy the libations.
Winston and his wife were in the next booth like soccer dads and moms watching the kids misbehave. Without a doubt, Jameis made his guys feel every ounce pouring out of them on the practice field the next day.
We counted at least 14 participants – there could be more, don’t hold me to that number. Some offensive players seen in practice were veteran receivers Jarvis Landry, Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Deonte Harty.
Even tight ends Nick Vannett and Juwan Johnson and Tony Jones Jr. were in South Beach. Best of all were rookies WR Chris Olave, WR Dai’Jean Dixon and TE Lucas Krull.
from SuperNola video of drills and classroom drills, Winston focused on “togetherness” and “brotherhood” with his teammates. The gravity of these workouts almost always shows up positively in training camp, practice and games.
Most importantly, leadership too.
It’s unfair to say that Jameis has never been a leader, his past and present teammates say otherwise. This season, Winston is the undisputed leader of the New Orleans Saints.
His maturity is evident. Will it translate to another Saints postseason under new coach Dennis Allen?
We will see.
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