Saints vision for Taysom Hill remains QB first

Steve Geller
June 16, 2020 - 3:40 pm

Sean Payton continues to boast that Taysom Hill is a starting quarterback in the NFL, even though we’ve seen him play more at just about every other position. To be fair, Hill has completed 7 of his 15 passing attempts that includes a 50-yard-gain to Deonte Harris in the Wild Card playoff loss to Minnesota. 

But, the Saints Swiss army knife’s contributions as a WR, RB, TE and special teamer have been greater.

“I think the focus during training camp for us with Taysom, as it was last year, is that he is competing at the quarterback spot,” said offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. “Once the season starts, he is able to do so many things for us and do them so well. We’re trying to put our best guys on the field, and he’s usually one of those best guys for certain situations.”

That situation could soon be starting quarterback. 41-year-old Drew Brees is taking things on a year-by-year basis, but with a job in TV waiting, 2020 feels like it could be his final NFL season. Hill is now entering year 3 with the Saints, he knows the playbook and will be given the opportunity to show he’s ready for a steady role under center.

“We have all the confidence in him being back there and leading the team from back there,” Carmichael said of Hill playing QB; then added more on his development.  “We have some lengthy play calls and his ability to just spit those out with ease and get in and out of the huddle; you’ve just seen all of those progressions.  His throwing from the pocket and obviously he’s always had the ability to move and make some plays on the run. But, there’s been development.”

Nothing will be handed over to Hill. While it may have appeared that Teddy Bridgewater’s departure to Carolina paved the way for Tayom’s takeover as the Saints #2 QB, more competition was brought in with the addition of former top overall pick Jameis Winston.   

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