The 26-year-old said during an introductory teleconference with New Orleans Saints reporters on Wednesday that he is benefitting from better vision off the field, too:
"He didn't want to count out any options that he had that could possibly help him with the game he loves so much," Denise White, Winston's publicist, told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport at the time of the procedure. "He doesn't want to miss out on an opportunity that presents itself. This is the game he loves and he wants to be the best at it and if there are any options that can improve his game he is willing to do it."
Winston officially signed with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday:
Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson first reported the move on Sunday:
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Sources tell Yahoo Sports the #Saints are finalizing a 1-year deal with free agent QB Jameis Winston. New Orleans hopes to continue maximizing Taysom Hill's versatility on gameday while mitigating some risk in exposing Drew Brees' backup to injury. Story: https://t.co/srblaQWfhI https://t.co/D2jNWL2446
Winston had been unsigned since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers let him walk as an unrestricted free agent after landing Tom Brady on a two-year deal in March:
The 2015 No. 1 overall pick's accuracy has always been somewhat concerning, but it came under fire last season as he threw an NFL-most 30 interceptions. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians admitted that Winston's interceptions did him in:
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"For Jameis, for me, it was the last two ball games. The regression back to the interceptions... It was disheartening because he had made progress then regressed." @BruceArians tells @TikiandTierney about the decision to move on from Jameis Winston. https://t.co/wTDhYocmU9
The reason Winston is such an anomaly, though, is he also led the league last season in passing yards (5,109) and attempts (626) while also throwing 33 touchdowns.
Winston's decision to sign the Saints rather than take a "larger deal elsewhere" was likely with improvement in mind:
Saints assistant general manager Jeff Ireland believes the right choice was to come and learn behind future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, as he said on The Matt Mosley Show on Monday:
"Look, there's no better teacher. If Drew never said a word to him, he would observe more than he'll ever learn in football just by learning how Drew does things. He's an incredible leader. He's an incredible studier of the game, how he breaks down his opponents.
"And then you throw in [offensive coordinator] Pete Carmichael, [quarterbacks coach] Joe Lombardi and [coach] Sean Payton on the offensive side of the ball and those creative minds, Jameis Winston will learn more football in a year than he has in his lifetime."
Winston will compete for backup repetitions with hybrid player Taysom Hill, who agreed to a two-year extension over the weekend.