New Orleans Saints: Top Four Future Quarterback Options

With the potential retirement of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees coming in the near future, the team has to be looking towards their future.  Even on the off chance that he were to return for one more year, the team will need a quarterback to be his heir-apparent.  With that said, here are my 4 picks as to who could be the future quarterback of the Saints.

Jameis Winston

This is probably the most obvious of the picks,  as he is already on the Saints’ roster.  Jameis spent the 2020-2021 season sitting behind and learning from Drew Brees. Also he was learning the Saints playbook and scheme.  This will have to be considered by the front office of the Saints, as he has a season’s worth of knowledge in this system.  Granted, we did not see much of him this season. This is because when Drew went down we saw more of Taysom Hill.  However Taysom did not perform at a high level, and is already 30 years old.  He was nowhere near the Steve Young projection given by Sean Payton.  

Jameis is only 27 years of age, and will not be 28 until 2022. So he is three and a half years younger than Taysom.  Something everyone forgets about him was that he was a #1 overall pick for a reason. He is a phenomenal athlete and player.  His issue has been obvious to anyone who watched him play, which is the interceptions.  In the offseason before signing with the New Orleans Saints, Jameis has Lasik eye surgery to repair his eyesight to a normal level for someone his age.  He also went vegan. This allowed him to shed 17 pounds prior to the season and get into better physical shape. 

At this point, he is in the best shape he has ever been in, and has learned from one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game.  After the Saints lost in the playoffs to the Buccaneers, Drew could be seen talking to Jameis on the sidelines while tearing up.  He seemed to say to Jameis, “This is your team”.  If that is indicative of anything, he will likely get the start. 

Gardner Minshew II

This is probably my personal choice outside of a QB already on the Saints, Gardner Minshew.  The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely be moving on from Gardner. They will likely look to draft generational talent Trevor Lawrence in the 2021 NFL Draft.  This would make Gardner a trade piece for the Jags obviously, as they can probably get some draft capital for him.  I really do not understand why the Jaguars are likely moving on from him though. He has had phenomenal first two seasons.  They looked like this:

Rookie season: 12 games started, 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 60.6% completion, all while being sacked 33 times.

Sophomore season: 8 games started, 2,259 yards, 16 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 66.1% completion, still sacked 27 times. 

What is missing with him?  If there is some outlying stat here I am completely overlooking it. All the way across the board his stats are fantastic.  This is all while playing with a team that was the worst in the league this year, and 9th worst at 6-10 in his rookie season.  He was able to throw the deep ball with little issue both years. Also, he was able to consistently get the ball to short route runners.  An interception every two games really is not that bad for a rookie thrown into the fire in his first year and constantly under pressure.  He is definitely an option for the Saints looking forward due to his young age and still cheap rookie contract since he was a 6th round pick.

Another thing to note is Gardner would already have a relationship with one Saints player. That being Demario Davis. They both attended the same highschool at different times. This led to Demario hanging a shirt with Minshew on it in his own locker prior to the Saints and Jags matchup last year.

J.T. Barrett

Is this choice one that is way out of left field per se?  Yes.  But it is not out of the realm of possibility by any means.  The New Orleans Saints have had their run-ins with J.T. when they signed and then cut him from the practice squad 25 times in 2018 alone.  Some people may not remember him, so let me give a rundown of him as a player.  Barrett is currently 25 years old and has experience from college as he spent all 4 years at OSU before being drafted.  He was 5th in Heisman voting in 2014 (freshman year), won the CFP National Championship in 2015, and won offensive MVP of two different bowl games (2016 Fiesta Bowl and 2017 Cotton Bowl).  He had some off the field issues back in 2014 and 2015, however has not had any issues with the law since entering the NFL.

As of now he is in The Spring League, another form of American football league, and has been there since October of 2020.  He can be called up to the NFL at any time however from this position in another league.  As of now it is hard to find any stats of his in the league, however there are videos of him playing in the league which I will attach below (he is #15 of the Alphas).

Looking at the stat-bar for J.T. Barrett that shows up, his stats are as follows (as far as I am aware):

17/22 (77% completion), 258 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception

Not too bad realistically, especially considering he was on practice squads for so long.  Barrett would be a good last resort option for the New Orleans Saints as he knows the playbook well and is still young.  Considering his performance in college, he could definitely be worth looking into. Let’s see if the New Orleans Saints think so.

Kyle Trask

Finally, we have a 2021 draft option.  The first 4 quarterbacks off the board likely will not fall to the Saints 28th pick.  Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance will all be gone awhile before then.  Mac Jones could fall, but I fully expect him to go in the mid-20 picks.  This leaves us with Kyle Trask from Florida, who I think is the most interesting prospect in terms of where he could be picked.  Realistically he could be anywhere from a late first rounder to an early 4th rounder if teams find the other prospects more interesting.  

Throughout his senior season this year, these were his overall stats:

  • 301/437 (68.9% completion), 4,283 yards, 43 touchdowns and 8 interceptions

The issue people have found with him as of now is his athleticism is lacking big time.  He is a great passer in short and medium routes, but struggles to get deep passes moving as his lower half is lacking.  This also hurts his mobility, so he will definitely need a proficient offensive line, and weapons that can get open quickly.  This is why I like him for the Saints, he is a similar prototype to early career Drew Brees, except needs to learn more about planting and slinging, which is workable.  The difference however is that Trask is much larger than Brees, as he is 6’5” (Brees is 6’0”), and Trask is 239 pounds to Brees’ 209 pounds. 

The benefit of having someone of this size is that designed QB runs can be done because he can run downhill into the linebackers.  He is definitely a viable option for the Saints if he falls to their second or third round pick.

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