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Can Sean Payton fix the bad side of Jameis Winston?

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston was phenomenal in what turned out to be the New Orleans Saints’ final preseason game, passing for 123 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 attempts to earn a 95.5 overall PFF grade and the starting job over Taysom Hill.

With such an excellent performance, it was easy for people to overreact and rush to the end of the rainbow for the potential pot of gold he represents —  the team’s successor to Drew Brees.

Reports of offseason Lasik surgery, teamed with such a pinpoint display of passing, have everybody reaching for the stars when it comes to predicting what Winston could do in this offense. The question to be answered is whether Sean Payton can curb Winston's most damaging traits and reduce the number of negative plays that come along with his obvious production.


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Winston is one of just eight quarterbacks to pass for over 5,000 yards in a single season — a figure likely to be exceeded again soon as the league moves to a 17-game schedule. Brees is the only player who achieved it on more than one occasion, as he did so five different times.

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