Saints Swiss Army knife to be #2 quarterback

Steve Geller
March 26, 2020 - 10:39 am

Taysom Hill’s position in the NFL can only be described as “football player,“ since he’s a quarterback who also takes snaps at running back, wide receiver, tight end and on special teams. Hill hasn’t gotten the chance to throw the ball many times in his 3 year career in New Orleans, but head coach Sean Payton believes Taysom Hill can be Drew Brees’ main back-up.

“Taysom’s earned the opportunity to be our two," Payton told Bobby Hebert and Kristian Garic on Sports Talk.

“But, he also earned the opportunity to play and help us win football games as a one.  What I mean by that is whether you call him a receiver, a tight end, a specialist...also a quarterback.  Yeah, he’s going to play.  He’s too good a football player.  He’s one of our better football players.”

Hill caught 19 passes for 234 yards and six touchdowns, while adding 156 yards and a score on the ground a year ago.  As a QB, he completed 3 of 6 passes for 55 yards.  Hill was one of the few players in Black & Gold who had a good game in the Wild Card loss to Minnesota, where he competed a 50-yard-pass and caught a touchdown.  

Coach Payton added that adding another quarterback, who is active on gamedays, is going to be looked at closely.  

“On any given play, Taysom could come over to the sideline and his right thumb or finger could be pointing east and west.  If that happens, then you don’t have a backup quarterback.”

The Saints had Teddy Bridgewater as a safety net a year ago, but he moved on in free agency signing with NFC South rival Carolina.

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