|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 229 lb.|
|Born:||May 21, 1990|
|Drafted:||2013 / UDFA|
Hill lost two yards with his lone reception during Monday's 30-28 win over Houston.
Analysis: Hill finished Monday with 32 snaps, just 10 fewer than Jared Cook, but finished with two fewer targets and 39 fewer yards. The Saints' offense is capable of attacking defenses in a different way each game, but with several established receivers, two dependable backs, Cook, and do-it-all Taysom Hill, Hill who hasn't topped three catches since Week 12 of 2016, shouldn't have a dependable number of passes thrown his way week to week.
The Saints' addition of tight end Jared Cook nudged Hill (concussion) down the depth chart.
Analysis: In the wake of Ben Watson's (appendix) retirement, Hill was left as New Orleans' top incumbent tight end as the offseason kicked off, but free agency brought another veteran into the fold. Cook is coming off a career year in which he reeled in 68 of his 101 targets for 896 yards and six touchdowns in the Raiders' 23rd-ranked offense. Working with Drew Brees increases Cook's profile further, but also places a cap on Hill's relevance. Expect Hill to settle into a modest role, per usual, which has yet to yield a 200-yard campaign in six pro seasons.
Hill (concussion) could be in play for the starting tight end spot entering the 2019 season, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: This shouldn't come as much of a surprise given Benjamin Watson (appendicitis) has openly contemplated retiring following the team's NFC Championship loss to the Rams. Without a first-round pick this season as a result of a draft-day trade last year with the Packers, it seems likely the Saints will opt to use what remaining draft capital it has on improving other areas of need. The emergence of Dan Arnold and Garrett Griffin as potential depth options certainly will dissuade the Saints from investing premium resources on another tight end, but it's worth pointing out that despite playing the most offensive snaps of his six-year career, Hill only managed to record 16 receptions, 185 yards and a touchdown. Those figures would rise should he lock down a starting role, but it's difficult to project a substantial jump in production even with the No. 1 role all too himself as the Saints have been diligent about spreading the ball around to a variety of different targets in recent years.
Hill won't return to Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the Rams due to a concussion, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Analysis: The diagnosis is the result of a legal hit to Hill's helmet at the conclusion of a 24-yard catch and run in the first quarter. With Hill joining Ben Watson (appendicitis) on the sideline, the Saints' tight end corps has been whittled down to Garrett Griffin and Dan Arnold.
Hill went to the locker room during Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Rams to be evaluated for a head injury, Jeff Duncan of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Hill took a legal hit to the helmet at the end of a 24-yard reception in the first quarter, looking dazed as he attempted to get to his feet. If he eventually is diagnosed with a concussion, the Saints will be down their top two tight ends with Ben Watson inactive due to appendicitis. Garrett Griffin and Dan Arnold are the team's remaining healthy options at the position.
With Ben Watson tending to appendicitis, Hill is slated to be the Saints' top tight end for Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the Rams, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Per Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com, the Saints have ruled out Watson, who so far has avoided surgery but won't be well enough to play this weekend. Hill regularly logged more snaps on offense than Watson for much of the season, but the former may garner most, if not all, of them Sunday. Still, expect the 28-year-old Hill to yield some snaps to Garrett Griffin and possibly Dan Arnold as a means to keep the corps fresh.
Hill agreed Monday with the Saints on a three-year, $8.85 million contract extension, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With top tight end Benjamin Watson headed for retirement at the conclusion of the Saints' playoff run, the organization elected to bring back Hill to ensure they would have an experienced option at the position heading into 2019. Since bursting on the scene in his second NFL campaign in 2014 with five touchdown receptions, it's taken the subsequent four seasons combined for Hill to match that scoring output. Even with the Saints resting Watson and most of their other core contributors in Sunday's 33-14 loss to the Panthers, Hill didn't gain much involvement in the passing game, as he failed to corral his lone target while playing 38 of the team's 52 offensive snaps. Though he'll tentatively top the Saints' depth chart heading into the upcoming season, Hill probably remains a less intriguing fantasy commodity than second-year tight end Dan Arnold, a converted college receiver who has flashed some big-play ability in his limited opportunities in 2018.
Hill caught two passes for 10 yards in Sunday's win against the Rams.
Analysis: Hill again saw more snaps than Ben Watson -- 55 snaps compared to 33 snaps -- but the latter continues to be the preferred option in the passing game, as Watson caught three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. As a result, Hill remains off the fantasy radar in most leagues.
Hill was not targeted in Sunday's win against the Ravens.
Analysis: Hill caught his first touchdown of the season in Week 5, but he returned to his role as a blocker in Baltimore following the Saints' Week 6 bye. While he should continue to split snaps with Ben Watson, Hill remains an afterthought in the passing game and should probably not be used in most fantasy leagues.
Hill caught two passes for 24 yards, including a one-yard touchdown, in Monday night's win against the Redskins.
Analysis: Hill (38 snaps) and Ben Watson (36 snaps) continue to see approximately equal playing time, though Watson has out-gained Hill in all but one of the team's first five contests. The touchdown was nice for those who rolled the dice on the former Idaho State Bengal, but Hill remains largely an afterthought in the Saints' passing game. With New Orleans on bye in Week 6, most fantasy owners should be seeking out other options.
Hill caught all three of his targets for 63 yards in Sunday's win against the Giants.
Analysis: Hill had exactly one catch in each of the first three games of the season, so it's probably best to chalk up his big game as an outlier. While the sixth-year pro has some decent skills as a receiver, he is primarily deployed as a blocker in the Saints offense and can still be largely ignored in more fantasy leagues.
Hill caught his only target for 17 yards in Sunday's win against the Falcons.
Analysis: Hill actually out-snapped starting tight end Ben Watson (49 snaps vs. 45 snaps), but Watson was far more active in the passing game, making five catches for 71 yards. Hill should continue to see substantial playing time but he remains primarily a blocker and probably does not need to be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Hill caught his only target for five yards in Sunday's win against the Browns.
Analysis: Hill played 39 of the Saints' 66 offensive snaps, sharing the field frequently with starting tight end Ben Watson, who saw 54 snaps. Still, Hill barely saw a look in the passing game and probably should not be owned in most fantasy leagues.
Hill caught one pass on one target for 15 yards in Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Hill played only 24 offensive snaps compared to 51 snaps for Ben Watson. So long as Watson remains healthy, Hill shouldn't be anywhere near most starting fantasy lineups.
Hill failed to reel in his lone target in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Hill has caught just one pass this preseason. While a valuable contributor to the Saints offense, particularly as a blocker, Hill is unlikely to contribute much to fantasy teams so long as Ben Watson remains healthy.
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