Each QB threw an interception as part of the Saints’ impressive total of six turnovers.
“I’m not doing quarterback comparisons right now,” coach Sean Payton said after the game. ” No matter who [played better], really, with six turnovers, right? “
Unofficially, it was probably a tie or a slight win for Winston after the two QBs also mixed in some nice games. But the competition is still too close to call as they head into the second round, with Winston set to start next Monday night in Jacksonville.
Payton, Hill and Winston have all acknowledged that they will actually find good things when they review the film, including Winston’s touchdown before the two-minute warning and Hill’s impressive opening practice which ended with a fumble by Latavius Murray within 10 yards of the Ravens. line.
And none of the quarterbacks were the only ones to blame for the interceptions.
Hill and wide receiver Ty Montgomery crossed their signals on a hot play throw when Montgomery was seated in midfield and Hill expected him to keep running.
Winston, meanwhile, threw a deep ball at Humphrey which appeared to be slightly knocked down but bounced from Humphrey’s hands and into the arms waiting for safety.
All told, Hill completed 8 of 12 passes for 81 yards without a touchdown and interception. Winston completed 7 of 12 passes for 96 yards while leading two touchdown passes with a touchdown pass and an interception.
“At first glance, it’s hard to talk about anything other than six turnovers. But I think there are a lot of really good things we can all learn from [and] very good stuff overall, ”said Hill, who said there was“ just a little bit of confusion ”about the interception.
“I expected him to stay on the move in this look, and he thought he should settle down,” Hill said. “I think those are the things that are nice to see in a preseason game, so we can make sure that between our room and that room, we’re all on the same page. “
Winston was even more direct when asked to describe his interception, saying, “This has to be a better ball – and it will be. “
As for his TD pass, in which he patiently looked to the right flat before turning and hitting a well-covered Humphrey in the middle of the end zone, Winston credited Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.
“A great game from Pete,” said Winston, who also praised the offensive line and running back Tony Jones Jr. for their work on scoring controls. “We ran it a little further than I expected, but just good timing. LJ opened in the back. We had pressure, they were man-to-man blankets, and we got a good one. “
Winston also made two excellent shots earlier in that TD run – a 26 yard third and 9 yard drive to Montgomery between two defensemen, and a 33 yard strike to tight end Juwan Johnson.
Hill’s best shots came early to New Orleans summer wide receiver Marquez Callaway, who caught three passes for 61 yards in the first practice, including conversions on the third and 9 and third and 7.
Both QBs had good times where they had to avoid pressure or deepen their progress. Each had one or two shots off target. Everyone took a bag.
The game mirrored the first two weeks of training in training camp, when Winston also reached higher heights with a few flash games and some great practice sessions. But neither QB has yet done anything dramatic enough to really “win” or “lose” the competition.
“Look, the talk about a competition is right here,” Hill said, pointing to the media gathered in the post-match press conference area, when asked if his mindset was different when he was fighting for the starting post. “I think for me it’s going out there and playing my best football every night. I don’t like when things aren’t going well whether I’m competing or not. At the end of the day, I try to be as good as possible to my teammates, so it’s the same [as any other year]. »