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New Orleans Saints Next QB Odds: Life After Jameis?
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Who will take the first snap of the 2022 season at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints?
The Saints used four starting quarterbacks during the 2021-22 season. It was their first season without Drew Brees as QB1 since 2005. New Orleans finished 9-8, but head coach Sean Payton opted to step aside after 16 seasons and a Super Bowl ring won in 2010.
The list of potential QBs for the 2022 Saints includes all four who played the position last season: Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian and Ian Book. Betting sites are already looking forward toward 2022.
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NFL odds have the Saints in the middle of the pack in their conference and a long shot to win another championship. New Orleans is +1600 at DraftKings to win their conference. The team is +3500 at bet365 to win Super Bowl 57.
Winston has progressed well in his offseason workouts and should be 100% once training camp begins. Winston is due to become a free agent. That period begins March 16. Hill is hurt and may not be able to start Week 1, regardless of his spot on the depth chart. Louisiana sports betting fans are split on whether or not they want Winston back.
The Saints have significant salary-cap issues. They will be roughly $76 million over the new cap number, which is expected to be $208.2 million. This will limit their ability to land some of the other notable names on this list. Of course, the Saints could work to re-sign Winston, but it will be at a much higher price than the $5.5 million incentive-heavy deal he played under in 2021.
New Orleans Saints 2022 QB Odds
Here are the projected NFL betting odds on which QB will take the first snap for the Saints in the 2022 regular season, according to a Bookies.com analysis of the current QB situation across the NFL and the odds available on other teams.
Odds are projected and are not currently available on legal betting apps. This article will be updated should legal odds become available.
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Can Winston Satisfy Saints At QB?
The Saints kept their head coaching job in house, hiring former defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.
Allen may or may not adopt Payton’s risk-averse offensive mindset. He’ll lean toward a QB, whether in-house or via trade or free-agency, who can give the team stability at that position. At least until the first torn ACL. When Allen was head coach of the then-Oakland Raiders, the team went through five different starting quarterbacks in his 36 games. Allen was fired four games into Derek Carr’s rookie season after an 0-4 start in 2014.
Winston went 5-2 as the Saints starter in 2021 before suffering a torn ACL in a Week 8 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his 7+ games, Winston completed 59% of his passes for 1,170 yards with 14 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. That was an incredible improvement on his infamous 2019 season, in which he threw 30 TDs and 30 interceptions while with the Buccaneers.
The Saints also beat the Patriots, Packers, Commanders and Seahawks under Winston last season.
The Saints lost five straight games after Winston’s injury. The first four were started by Siemian. The journeyman threw 8 TDs and 3 interceptions in those starts, completing 57.6% of his 144 attempts for 924 yards.
The Saints won the final four games of the season started by Hill. That run included a 9-0 win over Tampa Bay on a Sunday night that ended Tom Brady’s run at MVP. Allen was the head coach that night because Payton was sidelined with COVID.