Considerations proceed to mount for Saints’ offense as Jameis Winston battles accidents – New Orleans Saints Weblog
METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints‘ offense has an issue, and that downside is greater than easy inconsistency.
The Saints (1-1) are eight quarters into the season with just one good quarter to indicate for it. They’re ranked seventeenth in complete offense, 18th in passing offense and ninth in speeding offense.
That could possibly be partially attributed to taking part in a very good Tampa Bay Buccaneers protection final week with out working again Alvin Kamara, who sat out with a rib harm. It could possibly be a matter of chemistry between the brand new faces on offense.
“I feel every thing goes to be one thing we will work on, however I really feel like we’re beginning to form of collect our id of what a few of our guys can do, what they do greatest,” quarterback Jameis Winston mentioned. “I feel we will begin placing that in additional shifting ahead.”
The extra urgent concern is Winston’s again.
Winston mentioned Wednesday that he is getting ready to begin as if he would every other week, however he has been taking part in injured since he went into the medical tent to get checked out within the fourth quarter of a 27-26 win towards the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1. Sarcastically, that was the most effective quarter the Saints have performed thus far, as Winston threw two landing passes and had a 40-yard cross to arrange the game-winning subject purpose that erased a 16-point deficit.
Whereas it is arduous to know the way a lot the harm affected Winston towards the Buccaneers, there have been occasions it actually seemed prefer it may have been an element within the 20-10 loss. Winston seemed nearly timid on a few of his scrambles and overthrew a number of deep passes.
In accordance with ESPN Stats & Info, Winston was 2 of 11 on passes that went no less than 15 yards by the air, in comparison with 8-of-11 the week earlier than. He didn’t full his first such cross till the 5:17 mark of the fourth quarter.
Winston threw three interceptions within the fourth quarter. One was a deep cross to receiver Chris Olave with good protection, one was considerably off-target to tight finish Juwan Johnson and the ultimate was taken again for a landing after he tried to suit a cross to receiver Jarvis Landry in between two defenders.
“Impatience. That was the large factor,” Winston mentioned of his throws to Landry and Johnson and famous he ought to have checked down.
He mentioned he may dwell with the shot to Olave as a result of the cornerback made a very good play and it did not give the Bucs good subject place.
The Saints additionally got here up empty on one in all their greatest drives of the sport after working again Mark Ingram II misplaced a fumble at Tampa’s 20-yard line within the third quarter.
“We knew that was going to be a field-position sport,” Allen mentioned. “We knew that we have been taking part in a very good protection, and I assumed for the primary three-and-a-half quarters we performed the sport the way in which it wanted to be performed. I assumed we missed some alternatives at some large performs down the sector, and I assumed we perhaps tried to go to the effectively a bit bit too typically by way of taking these pictures down the sector.”
Allen conceded Winston missed some throws he may usually make however has repeatedly mentioned he didn’t imagine Winston’s harm performed a task. He additionally mentioned he by no means thought-about sitting Winston earlier than or in the course of the sport due to the harm, and he famous Monday that Winston wasn’t in any extra ache than regular.
“The ache and discomfort is the ache and discomfort of dropping a sport,” Allen mentioned. “That was the ache and discomfort for all of us.”
Winston, who was restricted in follow all final week, didn’t seem to take part in particular person drills in the course of the open portion of follow Wednesday. He was formally listed as restricted, and Allen mentioned that he could be on an analogous schedule because the earlier week.
Because the Saints head right into a 10-day stretch away from dwelling, first towards the Carolina Panthers after which instantly to London to face the Minnesota Vikings, Winston should shake off that discomfort if the Saints are going to understand their full offensive potential.
They will even have to determine a means to surrender fewer sacks, particularly given Winston’s harm state of affairs. The Saints have given up 10 sacks by two video games, which is second within the NFL, nevertheless it’s not fully on the offensive line. Of the six sacks given up towards the Bucs, Allen mentioned he may solely actually blame two on safety points.
Allen was “shocked” by the six sacks, however perhaps that has extra to do with the retooled offense. Thomas’ three receiving touchdowns are tied for second within the NFL, Landry led the Saints in receiving yards in his debut towards the Falcons with 9 catches for 114 yards.
A concerted effort was made to contain Olave towards the Bucs, focusing on him 13 occasions however connecting with him solely 5 occasions for 80 yards.
“The extra we get to know [each other], the extra we get a really feel of getting all our items,” Winston mentioned. “We had an enormous piece final week that wasn’t with us with Alvin [out]. A lot of our offense revolves round him. I feel the extra video games we get collectively, the extra practices we get collectively, will probably be useful for all of us.”