Sean Payton on what Saints are looking for in a 3rd quarterback

Steve Geller
April 01, 2020 - 3:57 pm

The Saints might have had the best quarterback room ever in the NFL last season, with Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. Teddy is now in Carolina, while it has become Taysom’s time as Brees’ main back-up.

Saints head coach Sean Payton has acknowledge the need to add a 3rd signal caller for 2020, but isn’t quite sure where they’ll find their guy.

“We're not specifically saying that has to be a player that comes through the draft, we're not saying it has to be a veteran player,” explained Coach Payton. “It'll be the best available player that we feel like fits our program.  But, we know with what we want to do with Taysom that we're going to have not only a third quarterback, but that quarterback is going to be up on game day.”

Hill getting elevated to the #2 QB spot is great, but his services are still needed in other places on offense and special teams. That puts him at a higher risk of injury and why Coach needs the team’s 3rd option to be ready to step in as the #2 guy in case something were to happen to Hill.

The Saints have had a virtual meeting with Utah State prospect Jordan Love. He completed 64 percent of his passes for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and six interceptions as a sophomore, but took a significant step back last season.  Love still completed 62 percent of his attempts as a junior, but threw just 20 touchdowns and saw his interceptions climb to 17.

“I see real good arm talent,” said Payton. “I see a player that has a great release. He can throw from out of the pocket, he can throw inside the pocket. He turned the ball over lot this season, I think he was above 30 when you look at his interceptions and fumbles. They had a coaching change though that I think hurt him to some degree.”

The Saints haven’t been linked to any veteran arms on the free agent market yet, but there are some interesting options out there in former NFC South rivals Jameis Winston and Cam Newton along with former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

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