There are a lot of Jameis Winston haters out there, but there’s a stat that surfaced recently that will absolutely silence those haters.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback hasn’t been very productive over the last two seasons, partially due to injuries, but the first five years of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were historically good.

CBS Sports pointed out on Monday that only one quarterback in NFL history threw for more passing yards than Winston over the first five years of his career.

Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.

That’s obviously an impressive stat.

But it’s even more impressive when you realize that Manning didn’t miss a single game over the first five years of his career, while Winston missed 10 games during the first five years of his career.

If you extrapolate Winston’s numbers from 2015 to 2019 to include those extra 10 games, he would’ve passed for 22,478 yards. That’s almost 2,000 more yards than Peyton in the same amount of games.

Now, obviously Winston isn’t Peyton Manning or Dan Marino — very few quarterbacks play at that level for that long.

But Winston has been a lot more productive than he gets credit for (especially from opposing fan bases).

A lot of folks are sleeping on the Saints this season because Winston is poised to be the starter at quarterback, but that could prove to be a major mistake.

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