Taysom Hill was chosen to be the starter in the first preseason game and Jameis Winston threw the first touchdown pass, but none of the contenders for the position as the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints could avoid the loss of balls that sentenced the defeat 17-14 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Each of the passers suffered an interception as part of the Saints’ six turnovers.
“Right now I’m not making comparisons to quarterbacks,” coach Sean Payton said. “It doesn’t really matter who (played better) with six turnovers, right?”
Unofficially, it was probably a draw or a close win for Winston after both quarterbacks had also good plays, but the competition is too close to be decided heading into Round 2, in which Winston is expected to have a chance to be. the starter in next Monday night’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Payton, Hill and Winston acknowledged that they will find positives when reviewing video of the game against the Ravens, including Winston’s touchdown drive before two minutes and Hill’s impressive first possession that ended on a Latavius Murray fumble inside. Baltimore’s 10 yard.
Also, neither quarterbacks were solely responsible for the interceptions.
Hill and Ty Montgomery crossed signals on a quick pass, as the catcher stayed in the middle of the field and the passer expected him to continue his run.
For his part, Winston threw a deep pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey that appeared to fall slightly short, but which bounced off Humphrey’s hands and fell into the safety’s arms.
In the end, Hill completed eight of 12 passes for 81 yards and the interception and Winston completed seven of 12 passes for 96 yards by commanding two series that ended in touchdowns and his interception.
“In the first instance, it’s hard to talk about anything other than the six turnovers, but there are a lot of good things we can learn from and some really good things overall,” said Hill, who spoke of the confusion at his interception.
“I was hoping (Ty) would keep moving and he thought about stopping. Those are the things that are good to see in the preseason, to be able to make sure in the meetings of being all on the same page, “he added.
Winston was even more forceful when asked to talk about his interception.
“It has to be a better pass and it will be,” he stressed.
Regarding his touchdown pass, in which he patiently looked at the flat zone to the right before flipping and landing with a well-covered Humphrey in the middle of the end zone, Winston credited offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.
“It was a great decision for Pete,” said Winston, who also praised the offensive line and running back Tony Jones Jr. for their work on the series that ended in scoring. “We executed (the play) a little further than I expected, but it was a great timing. LJ unmarked behind. They pressured us, and (the receivers) were in individual coverage and we were able to score ”.
Earlier in that series, Winston also made two good passes, a 26-yard pass at third and a nine to Montgomery between two defenders and a 33-to-tight end Juwan Johnson.
Hill’s best shots came early in the game with catching sensation Marquez Callaway, who caught three passes for 61 yards on the first drive, including conversions at third and nine and third and seven.
Both quarterbacks had good moments when they had to evade pressure or go deeper in their progressions. They both had one or two off-target passes and each had a catch.
The game was a picture of the first two weeks of training camp with good plays from both, but no quarterback has done anything dramatic enough to truly win or lose the competition.