Taysom Hill

New Orleans Saints
Tight End #7
New Orleans Saints
Tight End #7

Taysom Hill News

Subdued outing Week 18

Hill recorded five carries for 24 yards and hauled in his only target for one yard during Sunday's 10-7 defeat versus Carolina.

Analysis: Hill saw a downturn in workload during Sunday's regular-season finale, as he logged his fewest number of touches since the Week 13 loss to Tampa Bay. The 32-year-old was limited by a back injury during Week 18 prep, so it's possible this issue could have affected his usage. Hill finishes the 2022 campaign with career lows as a passer, completing 13 of 19 attempts for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Instead, his versatile role on offense shifted distinctly toward the ground game, recording career highs in carries (96) and rushing yards (575) to go along with seven rushing touchdowns. He also collected nine receptions (on 13 targets) for 77 yards and two touchdowns, and his 11 total touchdowns are the second-most of any season in his six-year career. With the Saints' lacking both a clear starting quarterback and No. 2 running back heading into the offseason, Hill seems poised to continue serving as a key component of the team's offense in 2023.

Jan 8, 2023 3:18 PM EST

Active Sunday

Hill (back) is active for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Hill experienced a cap on his practice reps Wednesday through Friday due to a back issue and exited Week 18 prep as questionable to suit up Sunday. With his availability now confirmed, he can continue his typical gadget role in the Saints offense, which involves far more work on the ground than any other aspect at this point in his career. In 15 appearances this season, Hill has reeled off 6.1 YPC and seven touchdowns on his 91 rushes, but he's also added a pair of scores as both a passer and receiver.

Jan 8, 2023 8:38 AM EST

Deemed questionable for Week 18

The Saints list Hill (back) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Hill and fellow tight end Juwan Johnson (quadriceps) are both taking questionable tags into the weekend, though the two fill wildly different roles in the New Orleans offense despite being listed as position mates. While Johnson serves as the Saints' top pass catcher at the position, Hill is a more versatile weapon for New Orleans, with most of his opportunities of late coming as the de facto top backup to starting running back Alvin Kamara. If Hill is cleared to play through his back issue, he'll likely be in store for a handful of carries behind Kamara and could see some occasional reps as a goal-line or short-yardage quarterback.

Jan 6, 2023 12:52 PM EST

Limited in practice again

Hill (back) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Hill maintained limited activity in practice for the second straight day, but Saints head coach Dennis Allen hasn't yet indicated that the versatile 32-year-old is a candidate to sit out Sunday's season finale against the Panthers. Before the Saints decide whether to give Hill an injury designation for the weekend, they will see what he can do at Friday's practice. If he suits up for the season finale, Hill will essentially serve as the Saints' backup running back behind Alvin Kamara. Despite being listed as tight end, Hill took a season-high 14 carries in last week's upset win over the Eagles.

Jan 5, 2023 12:54 PM EST

Limited with back injury

Hill (back) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: It's a new injury for the versatile 32-year-old, following a season-high 14 carries (for 46 yards and a TD) in Sunday's 20-10 upset win over the Eagles. Both teams figure to prioritize the run game in Sunday's matchup between the Panthers and Saints, with Hill serving as the de facto No. 2 RB for New Orleans if he's able to play through the back injury.

Jan 4, 2023 1:16 PM EST

Heavily involved in offense

Hill rushed the ball 14 times for 46 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-10 win over the Eagles. He added one reception on one target for nine yards.

Analysis: Hill has seen his involvement as a rusher tick up in recent weeks in the absence of Mark Ingram (knee), and that continued in Sunday's win. He had only two rushing attempts fewer than Alvin Kamara, and his day was highlighted by a one-yard touchdown plunge midway through the first quarter. Otherwise, his performance was unremarkable, as he averaged only 3.3 yards per attempt. Nevertheless, the Saints have shown a desire to keep Hill involved in the offense and that is unlikely to change in a Week 18 matchup against the Panthers.

Jan 1, 2023 9:40 PM EST

Helps power rushing win

Hill logged nine carries for 56 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 17-10 victory over the Browns. He did record a target or passing attempt.

Analysis: Hill played a primary role in this comeback effort during Saturday's brutally cold and windy conditions. After struggling to establish any consistency with its banged-up receiving corps, New Orleans turned to an option running game between Hill and running back Alvin Kamara, the latter of whom paced the team with 20 rushing attempts for 76 yards. Hill totaled 27 yards on his first two carries in the second quarter, and he finished his most carries since the Week 8 win over Las Vegas. This included an eight-yard rushing touchdown through the middle of Cleveland's defense to tie the game 10-10 early in the third quarter. While Hill's increased usage was largely due to the unique conditions of Saturday's game, New Orleans' recent success with its rushing game could mean an increased role for Hill over the final two games of the regular season.

Dec 24, 2022 1:55 PM EST

Could benefit from poor weather

Hill may be in store for more carries than usual in Saturday's game against the Browns due to a forecast in Cleveland that includes frigid temperatures and sustained winds of almost 30 miles per hour, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Hill is listed as tight end on the Saints' official roster, he continues to be deployed in a variety of ways on offense. In last week's win over the Falcons, he completed a 68-yard touchdown pass and added another 12-yard completion, but Hill saw his most involvement on the ground, carrying seven times for 30 yards. With New Orleans down two key receivers in Chris Olave (hamstring) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) and with the heavy winds likely to affect the passing game, the Saints may have even more incentive than usual to lean on the Alvin Kamara-led ground game. Kamara logged 21 carries of his own in the Week 15 win, but there were still some touches left over for Hill, who essentially acted as the Saints' top backup running back in the contest. The Saints left Eno Benjamin on the inactive list last week, while David Johnson carried just four times behind Kamara and Hill and lost a fumble.

Dec 23, 2022 9:55 AM EST

Completes long passing TD

Hill logged seven rushes for 30 yards and tallied zero targets during Sunday's 21-18 victory over the Falcons. He also completed both of his passing attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Hill launched a 33-yard pass down the middle of the field to wideout Rasheed Shaheed, resulting in a 68-yard touchdown in the first quarter. This marked the Saints' longest play from scrimmage in 2022 as well as Hill's biggest impact as a passer dating back to last year's regular-season finale. The hybrid offensive player made up for his lack of involvement as a receiver, as he continued to serve as a rushing threat while lined up at quarterback. Hill did put the ball on the turf during a fourth-down attempt that would have iced the game with just 12 seconds remaining. But he managed to jump on this fumble for a turnover on downs rather than giving up a potential scoop and score. Hill's fantasy upside could continue to climb if he remains involved as a passer against Cleveland in Week 16.

Dec 18, 2022 3:56 PM EST

Scores in MNF

Hill hauled in two of three targets for 35 yards and one touchdown to go along with three rushes for 10 yards during Monday's 17-16 loss versus the Buccaneers. He also completed his lone passing attempt for 21 yards.

Analysis: Hill caught the Saints' lone touchdown of the game, as he got behind the Buccaneers' defense for a 30-yard score in the second quarter. The all-purpose player also contributed as a rusher, receiver and passer in this relatively solid outing for New Orleans' offense. This was Hill's first game with a touchdown since Week 7 against Arizona, and his untraditional usage still makes it difficult to predict his value week to week. However, his production often comes and goes with the Saints' overall success on offense, and this banged-up squad will have additional time to rest and recover while on bye Week 14.

Dec 5, 2022 9:49 PM EST

Limited production in loss

Hill rushed six times for 13 yards, caught one pass for seven yards and failed to complete his lone pass attempt in Sunday's 13-0 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: Hill was denied by the 49ers' stout defense anytime the versatile player was called upon. The seven touches were nice from the tight-end eligible fantasy asset, but everyone struggled offensively with the Saints being shut out for the first time since 2002. Hill has the ability to pop off for crooked fantasy totals, but his recent stretch of stinkers really highlights the boom-or-bust nature of his utility. The Swiss army knife will look to get his season back on track in an important matchup against the Buccaneers next Monday.

Nov 27, 2022 7:20 PM EST

Regains versatile role

Hill tallied nine rushes for 52 yards and reeled in his only target for eight yards during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Rams. He also completed one of three passes for 14 yards.

Analysis: Hill returned to form coming off his two least productive outings of the season. After totaling just two touches for seven yards since Week 8, the 32-year-old finished as the Saints' leading rusher ahead of running back Alvin Kamara in Week 11. Hill also secured his fifth catch of the season as quarterback Andy Dalton, whose starting job has come under much scrutiny recently, went 21-for-25 passing for 260 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams. The versatile Hill also got involved in the passing game once again, though he was sacked on one of his four drop backs. Hill should continue to benefit if the Saints' offense can stack up another solid performance against the 49ers on Sunday, Nov. 27.

Nov 20, 2022 1:59 PM EST

Disappears in loss

Hill compiled three rushes for one yard and zero targets during Sunday's 20-10 loss against the Steelers. He also failed to complete his lone passing attempt.

Analysis: Hill was a nonfactor for the second week in a row as New Orleans' offense continued to sputter against the Steelers. After logging a season-high 10 rushes and two targets in Week 9, the 32-year-old has accumulated seven yards on four touches over the past two games. The Saints also totaled just 29 team rushing yards with three of five starting offensive lineman injured either before or during Sunday's game. While it's hard to separate Hill's lack of production from these broader offensive struggles, this stretch of sparse usage is a discouraging sign for his value heading into next Sunday's game against the Rams.

Nov 13, 2022 10:50 PM EST

Lacks involvement in loss

Hill had one rush for six yards and failed to haul in his lone target during Monday's 27-13 loss against Baltimore. He also completed one pass for 13 yards.

Analysis: Hill logged his least productive outing of 2022, as the Saints gained just 243 total yards while running 49 plays against the Ravens' tough defense. The quarterback-tight-end hybrid totaled fewer than four touches in the receiving and rushing game for the first time this season, and he did not attempt a pass until New Orleans was already down 17-3 in the third quarter. Hill could play a bigger role if the Saints opt to take the ball out of quarterback Andy Dalton's hands more against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Nov 8, 2022 5:56 PM EST

Effective on ground

Hill rushed 10 times for 61 yards and caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Raiders. He also completed his only passing attempt for two yards.

Analysis: Hill filled his patented jack-of-all-trades role, gaining yards as a runner, receiver and passer. With the Saints winning comfortably, Hill garnered a season high in rushing attempts despite starting tailback Alvin Kamara scoring three times overall. With a difficult Monday night matchup versus the Ravens looming in Week 9, Hill's versatility could help the Saints move the ball.

Oct 30, 2022 1:36 PM EST

Multi-faceted role in loss

Hill completed both of his pass attempts for 48 yards, rushed three times for nine yards and secured his only target for a three-yard touchdown in the Saints' 42-34 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Analysis: Hill turned in another trademark performance that saw him involved in all three phases of offense. The versatile veteran was able to also find the end zone as a receiver on a three-yard touchdown grab early in the second quarter, giving him his first score in that capacity since 2020. Irrespective of whether it's Andy Dalton or Jameis Winston under center for New Orleans, it appears head coach Dennis Allen will continue to deploy Hill in the versatile role that's worked well in nearly every game thus far, although his typically limited touches always have the potential to cap his value.

Oct 20, 2022 9:55 PM EST

Involved on nine offensive plays

Hill (ribs) rushed five times for 39 yards and completed two of four pass attempts for 16 yards in Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Hill was limited by a rib injury at practice this week, but he was able to suit up and provide his unorthodox blend of statistics. The 32-year-old fell back to earth after a monster four-touchdown performance in Week 5, as he was keyed in on defensively when converted special teams star came on the field. The Saints appear set on having a traditional pocket quarterback under center (either Andy Dalton of Jameis Winston), while keeping Hill limited to specific packages and limited touches heading into a matchup against Arizona on Thursday.

Oct 16, 2022 4:47 PM EST

Puts in full practice Thursday

Hill (ribs) practiced in full Thursday.

Analysis: One day removed from having practice limitations Wednesday, Hill again was running on all cylinders on the practice field. He thus seems poised to be a big part of the Saints offense Sunday against the Bengals, as both Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) remained non-participants, while Chris Olave (concussion) was limited. If the team's receiving corps remains banged-up this weekend, New Orleans again may be run-focused, allowing Hill to be heavily involved alongside Alvin Kamara.

Oct 13, 2022 1:41 PM EST

Dealing with minor rib injury

Hill (ribs) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Hill was listed with the same injury last week and ended up running for three touchdowns and passing for a fourth. He even picked up 112 yards on nine carries, after taking no more than five carries in each of his first three games this season. Hill is unlikely to match the Week 5 eruption anytime soon, but the red-zone-heavy rushing work is enough to give him some value in formats where he's classified as a tight end (rather than a quarterback).

Oct 12, 2022 2:05 PM EST

Four total touchdowns

Hill rushed the ball nine times for 112 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 39-32 win over the Seahawks. He also completed his lone pass attempt for 22 yards and an additional score.

Analysis: Hill took advantage of Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (groin) being inactive to emerge as one of New Orleans' key playmakers. He accounted for four of the team's five touchdowns, with rushing scores coming from eight, nine and 60 yards away. Hill also delivered on his lone pass attempt when he hit Adam Trautman down the seam for a 22-yard score late in the third quarter. Prior to Sunday's game, Hill had 13 total offensive touches across three games, though this performance might force the coaching staff to get him more involved on a regular basis.

Oct 9, 2022 7:05 PM EST

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