Santos QB Jameis Winston still trailing Andy Dalton after recovering from injuries: ‘It hurts my soul’


Jameis Winston at all times hoped to land his entry-level job in New Orleans.

Nonetheless, as of Sunday, the Saints are preserving backup Andy Dalton for at the least one other week.

Dalton took over from Winston final month because of again and foot accidents that Winston was coping with, and he has held the function ever since. Whereas Dalton hasn’t been nice and Winston has stated he is wholesome sufficient to play, coach Dennis Allen is not prepared to change quarterbacks simply but.

“I misplaced my job because of harm, and the coverage has at all times been to not lose my job because of harm,” Winston stated Friday through ESPN. “And that is what occurred.”

Winston began the primary three video games of the season for the Saints, though he was coping with an ankle harm and protracted again ache following the season opener. He threw for 858 yards and 4 touchdowns with 5 interceptions in these three video games earlier than the Saints traded Dalton to let Winston heal.

Dalton has been on the sphere ever since, going 2-5 whereas throwing for 1,559 yards with 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

The Saints will go into Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams on a two-game skid. His solely win within the final 5 video games got here in opposition to the struggling Las Vegas Raiders.

Nonetheless, at the least for now, Dalton will hold his job as starter.

Whereas he clearly does not suppose what led to his prolonged reserve place is totally truthful, Winston insists he isn’t hanging up.

“I will take care of what is going on on proper now, and when the time comes for me to get again on the sphere, which I hope it’s going to, I will assist Andy, I will assist this offense, I will assist everybody on this offensive staff as finest I can, and that is it,” Winston stated, through ESPN. “As a result of, like I stated, I put on that shirt that claims, ‘Staff Huge, Me Small.’ It hurts my coronary heart. It hurts my soul the way in which issues turned out this yr, however it’s what it’s.

“I owe it to this staff to be within the function I’m [in] now, to this offence, to all. I apologize to the followers. I do know a few of them wish to see me on the market. However I feel successful improves loads of issues, so we have to go on the market and begin this week and get a win as a staff. No person makes a staff win. We have to get a staff win and I feel we’ll all be higher on the finish of the day.”

Though he stated he’s wholesome sufficient to return, Jameis Winston will again up Andy Dalton as soon as once more on Sunday. (Christian Petersen/Getty Pictures)