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Taysom Hill

New Orleans Saints
Quarterback #7
New Orleans Saints
Quarterback #7
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Taysom Hill News

Totals 16 rushing yards

Hill rushed twice for 16 yards during Sunday's 26-7 loss to Carolina.

Analysis: Jameis Winston and the Saints offense came crashing back to Earth after an explosive Week 1 blowout of Green Bay. However, Hill seemed to provide a small spark when given a couple of chances. It will be interesting to see if he becomes more involved going forward should Winston's struggles persist.

Sep 20, 2021 9:41 AM EST

Handling small offensive role

Hill completed his only pass for three yards while rushing twice for one yard during Sunday's 38-3 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Jameis Winston handled the vast majority of playing time while Hill mixed in sporadically, converting two third downs before getting stuffed at the goal line on a designed run. While he was largely effective within his gadget role in reality, Hill didn't see nearly enough playing time to even warrant consideration in two-quarterback fantasy leagues. Given the success Winston in the season opener, it seems unlikely that will change anytime soon.

Sep 13, 2021 10:54 AM EST

Won't be gameday backup

Coach Sean Payton said Monday that Hill won't be the Saints' primary backup quarterback on gamedays due to his other offensive roles and work on special teams, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: One of rookie fourth-round pick Ian Book and Trevor Siemian will instead handle backup duties week-to-week behind Jameis Winston, allowing Payton to utilize Hill freely in the versatile role. Hill is still clearly New Orleans' No. 2 quarterback and will take over starting duties the following week should Winston suffer an injury, but he won't be the in-game replacement in that situation.

Sep 6, 2021 4:23 PM EST

Beginning season as backup

The Saints will kick off Week 1 against the Packers with Jameis Winston starting under center, leaving Hill to handle backup duties, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Coach Sean Payton took his time evaluating all options before officially naming a No. 1 quarterback, but though Hill threw for 138 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's preseason win over the Jaguars while operating with the second unit, Winston was able to lock up the top gig after throwing 123 yards and two touchdowns while working with the starters. Hill will kick off the regular season operating as Winston's primary backup, though he could also still take the field in his usual capacity as a gadget player.

Aug 27, 2021 7:26 AM EST

Throws touchdown with second unit

Hill completed 11 of 20 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 23-21 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hill entered the game after Jameis Winston impressed with the starters, completing 9 of 10 attempts for 123 yards and two scores. Although Hill was able to toss a touchdown of his own, hitting Lil'Jordan Humphrey on a 14-yard fade in the third quarter, Winston's performance may have been enough to close New Orleans' quarterback competition ahead of Week 1. Coach Sean Payton reportedly hopes to name his starter prior to Saturday's exhibition finale versus the Cardinals, so Hill's role for the regular season could be known sooner than later.

Aug 23, 2021 9:03 PM EST

To play behind Winston on Monday

Hill will serve as the Saints' second quarterback Monday versus the Jaguars after coach Sean Payton named Jameis Winston the starter for that game, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Hill logged the first three possessions for New Orleans in preseason Week 1, but his stat line (81 yards and one interception) and team output (no points) fell shy of Winston's performance, who led the team to two TDs on five drives. Now Winston will get the first shot with the offense Monday, and more starters will be a part of the action (potentially Alvin Kamara). The competition for the No. 1 QB job between Hill and Winston remains up in the air, but Monday's game could go a long way in Payton's eventual decision.

Aug 20, 2021 7:25 PM EST

Mixed bag in preseason start

Hill completed eight of 12 passes for 81 yards and an interception in Saturday's 17-14 preseason loss to the Ravens. He didn't register a rushing attempt.

Analysis: Hill has been alternating first-team work with Jameis Winston in practice but got the starting nod in this one and played the first three possessions. He led the Saints inside Baltimore's 10-yard line on a strong opening drive that was spoiled by Latavius Murray's fumble, but Hill was picked off on his second drive and almost threw another interception on the next possession, which ended in a punt. Winston then played the final five possessions of the first half, leading a pair of touchdown drives before capping his night with an interception of his own. Winston probably came out ahead here, but the quarterback competition in New Orleans remains far from settled heading into a preseason Week 2 clash with the Jaguars.

Aug 14, 2021 7:39 PM EST

Leading starters in pregame warmups

Hill is working with the first-team offense in pregame warmups Saturday night in Baltimore, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Hill thus seems likely to get the start, with Jameis Winston replacing him at some point thereafter. The two QBs are competing for the Week 1 starting job.

Aug 14, 2021 3:36 PM EST

Spending time with second string

Hill practiced with the second-team offense Saturday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: After spending the first two practices of training camp with the starting offense, Hill relegated those duties to Jameis Winston on Saturday. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hill was reportedly much more impressive with the second stringers, specifically making impressive throws on deep passes. As head coach Sean Payton has previously said that Hill and and Winston will alternate practices with the top offense during training camp, it will be interesting to see if Hill can continue impressing as a downfield passer when he's back playing against the first-team defense.

Aug 1, 2021 12:58 PM EST

Opens camp with starters

Hill worked with the starters on the first day of training camp, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: However, Johnson notes that Jameis Winston was "really sharp" leading the second-string offense. Both quarterbacks figure to get plenty of run with the starters this summer, and Hill's standing on the first day may simply be a nod to his tenure with the Saints.

Jul 29, 2021 9:52 AM EST

Strictly training as QB

Hill said Tuesday that he is strictly training as a quarterback this offseason, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Prior to logging snaps at six offensive positions in 2020, per Pro Football Focus, Hill said he spent previous offseasons by preparing to play in a variety of roles on offense and special teams. With Drew Brees now retired, there's an open window for Hill to secure the starting quarterback gig in New Orleans and, for seemingly the first time in his professional career, it appears he is exclusively being coached to play that one position. While the 30-year-old will face competition from fellow incumbent backup quarterback Jameis Winston this offseason, it was Hill who the Saints chose as the starter when Brees was injured for four games last season. Accordingly, the job may be Hill's to lose, especially after coach Sean Payton previously expressed doubt in March that New Orleans will add another signal caller to the mix.

Apr 21, 2021 2:42 PM EST

Expected to compete with Winston

Coach Sean Payton believes the Saints are done adding quarterbacks after they re-signed Jameis Winston to compete with Hill (knee) for the starting job, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Payton did say the team will still make some calls, and it would be easy enough to make an argument for drafting a quarterback in April. Winston is signed on a one-year contract, while Hill's "four-year, $140 million contract" is all voidable after 2021 (it just helps the team push some cap hit to 2022). The camp battle between these two QBs will be one of the major fantasy-football stories of the summer, with Hill offering upside thanks to his running ability, while Winston already has a 5,000-yard season on his resume. The Saints have lost a lot of talent this offseason, but they still have Sean Payton, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and one of the better O-lines in the league.

Mar 16, 2021 9:05 AM EST

Restructures contract

The Saints are restructuring Hill's contract into a voidable four-year, $140 million extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The grand total of Hill's extension appears enormous, but with all years being voidable it essentially serves as a means for the Saints to clear up cap space and potentially move dead money into future years. The restructure comes just following the announcement of Drew Brees' retirement, a development which gives Hill's spot on the roster a new context, even if it wasn't completely unexpected. With Jameis Winston currently set for free agency, Hill currently stands atop the Saints' quarterback depth chart. In the four games he filled in for Brees last season, Hill averaged 209 passing yards, one passing touchdown and 0.5 interceptions per contest. He also boosted his totals with an average of 52 rushing yards and one score on the ground per game, numbers which would extrapolate to a high-end fantasy season across 16 starts. Of course, it seems probable that Hill will face some form of real competition for the No. 1 gig, whether Winston re-signs or New Orleans brings in another option.

Mar 14, 2021 2:43 PM EST

Career-best season

Hill finished the 2020 season with 928 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions as a passer while contributing 457 rushing yards and eight additional rushing scores.

Analysis: Hill got his first taste of action as a starter this season, filling in for Drew Brees in four games, throwing for 834 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also chipped in four rushing touchdowns in that span and finished the season with career highs in carries (87), rushing yards (457) and rushing touchdowns (8). The possibility of Drew Brees' retirement is very real, and if the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback does call it quits, Hill will likely compete for the Saints' starting job in 2021. Jameis Winston is set to become a free agent, but if he sticks around, he'll surely be in the mix for the starting job, too.

Jan 30, 2021 2:35 PM EST

Inactive for divisional round

Hill (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Buccaneers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: This week, Hill didn't practice until Friday, when he put in a limited session. However, it wasn't enough for the Saints to clear the QB and gadget player to suit up in the divisional round. As a result, Jameis Winston will serve as the backup quarterback to Drew Brees on Sunday.

Jan 17, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Unlikely for divisional round

Hill (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Buccaneers, isn't expected to play, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.

Analysis: The Saints will presumably re-evaluate Hill in a workout early Sunday before ruling on his status ahead of the 6:40 p.m. ET kickoff, but the 30-year-old looks to be trending in the wrong direction after he managed only one limited practice this week while battling the knee injury. In addition to Hill, the Saints are also expected to be without the services of No. 2 running back Latavius Murray (quadriceps), so Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara would both seem less likely to lose out on scoring opportunities in the red zone.

Jan 17, 2021 6:24 AM EST

Listed as questionable

Hill (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after returning to a limited practice Friday, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: If Hill is available for Sunday night's 6:40 ET kickoff, he'd back up Drew Brees at QB, while also providing the Saints offense with a versatile rushing/pass-catching option. Hill finished the regular season with rushing scores in each of New Orleans' final three contests.

Jan 15, 2021 1:47 PM EST

Not at practice

Hill (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Hill missed a second straight practice, as did RB Latavius Murray (quad). The Saints should be alright without one or both of them, but it's definitely an interesting situation for fantasy purposes, impacting he outlooks for Alvin Kamara, Drew Brees and the New Orleans pass catchers. Including last week's playoff game, Hill has 18 carries, six targets and three TDs in four appearances since Drew Brees returned from IR.

Jan 14, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Tending to knee injury

Hill (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Hill dealt with a concussion last week, but he managed to pass through the protocol for head injuries and play this past Sunday against the Bears. In the 21-9 wild-card win, he lost a fumble, had four carries for 15 yards and caught both targets for five yards. Now with a knee issue in tow, his status will be one to monitor as the weekend draws closer.

Jan 13, 2021 1:41 PM EST

Logs just six touches in win

Hill rushed four times for 15 yards and caught both of his targets for five yards in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday.

Analysis: Hill's three-game streak of scoring a rushing touchdown was snapped as he logged just four carries and failed to get much going with them. New Orleans' offense was back to full health, and Hill's recent opportunities dissipated as all of Latavius Murray, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas found the end zone. Hill will have a tough time finding meaningful touches in next week's divisional round against Tampa Bay's league-best rush defense.

Jan 10, 2021 5:54 PM EST

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