New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is left bemused and ‘hurting’ after Andy Dalton takes his spot following injury because ‘the policy has always been you don’t lose your job’
- The Saints’ Week 1 starter has not played since a Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers
- Andy Dalton has since taking over the starting position for the 3-7 franchise
- The former Cincinnati quarterback has thrown 11 TDs and 7 INTs in seven games
- Winston has confirmed he is ready to play and will support his team throughout
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New Orleans quarterback Jameis Winston has revealed his gross disappointment at losing his starting position to Week 1 backup Andy Dalton.
Winston has not returned to the field — despite adequately recovering from a back injury — after Dalton took over as the starter in Week 4 vs. Minnesota.
The former Tampa quarterback is ready to play, but has not been chosen by head coach Dennis Allen to usurp Dalton.
‘I lost my job due to injury and the policy has always been you don’t lose your job due to injury. And that’s what happened,’ Winston told reporters Friday.
Jameis Winston has been forced to sit on the sidelines despite recovering from a back injury
‘I wear that shirt that says, “big team, little me,” even though it hurts my heart. It hurts my soul the way things have turned out to be this year, but it is what it is.’
Allen admitted earlier this week he considered bringing Winston back into the starter position for their game vs. the LA Rams Sunday.
Despite the personal blow for Winston, he is committed to doing what is necessary to help the 3-7 Saints through other means than his play.
The former No.1 overall pick has watched the Saints struggle on offense the past two games
‘What’s going on right now is what I’ve got to deal with right now and focus on right now,’ he said.
‘I’ll handle what’s going on right now, and when that time comes for me to eventually come back on the field, which hopefully it will, I’m going to support Andy.
‘I’m going to support this offense, I’m going to support everyone on this offensive staff the best I possibly can, and that’s it.’
New Orleans starting QB Andy Dalton has thrown 11 touchdowns and 7 INTs in seven games
While there have been concerns as to how healthy Winston truly is, he dispelled any doubts, suggesting he is ready to roll.
‘I’m healing up. I haven’t been playing. This is the best healing I can get.’
New Orleans currently has the ninth ranked passing offense in the league and is averaging 22.2 points per game.