As the Saints blowout the Packers during the NFL kickoff game with a score of 38-3 in Jacksonville, FL, multiple players have had a significantly great game. However, I will only list the top 3 players of the game and why.
1. Jameis Winston – QB
After coming out of a 30TD-30INT season, Jameis has been signed by the Saints, received LASIK surgery, and warmed the bench for the most accurate quarterback in football history, Drew Brees. This cause has had a significant effect on his performance. Jameis threw 5 touchdowns and 0 interceptions vs the Packers, while only having 20 pass attempts. It is very clear that Jameis outplayed former MVP Aaron Rodgers and is the reason for the Saints dominant game. He showed signs of great arm strength and mobility, throwing a 55 yard TD to WR/KR Deonte Harris, and having 6 rushing attempts for 37 yards.
2. Juwan Johnson – TE
In spite of today being his birthday, Juwan has shown potential last season and during preseason. Unfortunately for him, he was very low on the depth chart and didn’t make any significant plays. Now playing as a TE, he has shown how good of a player he is, catching 2 touchdowns vs the Packers. This could start a battle for the TE1 position, as Adam Trautman had an under-average game, but shown potential last year.
3. Marcus Williams – FS
After being franchise tagged during the offseason, Marcus Williams has had enough proof that he is a star at his position. During the game, he has had constant good coverage, play vision, and even an interception, which is his 3rd Week 1 interception in a row. Aaron Rodgers’s 2 interception game is a bad look considering that being 40% of the amount of interceptions he’s had last season, and a good look for Marcus Williams and the Saints defense, which added several solid players to their secondary this offseason, including Brian Poole, Desmond Trufant, and Bradley Robey. The Saints defense is one of the most severely underrated teams in the NFL.
Other significantly noticeable players this game: Deonte Harris, Marshon Lattimore, Paulson Adebo, Marcus Davenport, Tanoh Kpassagnon, Tony Jones Jr., Chris Hogan, Erik McCoy, Calvin Throckmortan