Jameis Winston always hoped he would return to his original job in New Orleans.
However, on Sunday, the Saints will remain with backup Andy Dalton for at least another week.
Dalton took over from Winston last month due to back and foot injuries Winston was dealing with and he has kept the job ever since. Although Dalton hasn’t been good and Winston said he’s healthy enough to play, coach Dennis Allen isn’t ready to switch quarterbacks back just yet.
“I lost my job due to an injury and the policy has always been that you don’t lose a job due to an injury,” Winston said Friday. via ESPN. “And that’s what happened.”
Winston started the first three games of the season with the Saints, although he struggled with an ankle injury and lingering back pain after the season opened. He threw for 858 yards and four touchdowns with five interceptions in those three games before the Saints replaced Dalton to allow Winston to recover.
Since then, Dalton has gone 2-5, throwing for 1,559 yards with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
The Saints will enter Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, losing two games. Their only win in the last five games has come against the contending Las Vegas Raiders.
However, for now at least, Dalton will keep his job as a starter.
While he clearly doesn’t think that what led to the expansion of the reserve position is entirely fair, Winston insists that he is not closing.
“I’ll deal with what’s going on right now and when it’s time to get back on the field, which I hope will happen, I will support Andy, I will support this offense, I will.” I will support everyone in this offensive headquarters as far as possible, and that’s it,” Winston said. via ESPN. “Because, like I said, I’m wearing this ‘Big team, little me’ shirt, even though it hurts my heart. It hurts my soul with the way things have turned out this year, but it is what it is. .
“I owe this team to be in the role I play. [in] right now, to this insult, to everyone. I apologize to the fans. I know that some of them want to see me there. But I think a win makes a lot of things better, so we need to go out and start this week and win as a team. No one person makes a team a winner. We need a team win and I think we will all be better by the end of the day.”