Taysom Hill

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

Rehabbing during minicamp

Saints head coach Dennis Allen said Hill (foot) is rehabbing at the team facility during minicamp, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Hill was expected to miss 6-to-9 months following January surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, which would put his return timetable close to Week 1. The dynamic playmaker is expected to focus solely on the tight end spot in 2022 after former head coach Sean Payton experimented with him as a dual-threat QB. When healthy, Hill will compete with Adam Trautman, Nick Vannett and Juwan Johnson for snaps.

Jun 15, 2022 10:49 AM EST

Focusing on TE position

Coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday that the plan is for Hill (foot) to "focus" on playing tight end, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: The Saints' new coaching staff doesn't appear as intrigued with Hill's potential as a dual-threat quarterback as Sean Payton once was. This offseason, it appears that Hill will return to a familiar gadget role that primarily involves taking snaps as a tight end. Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate recently reported that Hill, who is recovering from left foot surgery to address as Lisfranc injury, was never in the mix for the starting quarterback gig this offseason, and the team has since re-signed Jameis Winston (knee). What remains to be seen is whether Hill could still operate as a backup quarterback, or if his time under center has run its course entirely for New Orleans.

Mar 29, 2022 6:16 AM EST

Not in mix for starting job

The idea of Hill (foot) competing for the Saints' starting job at quarterback has "run its course," Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Analysis: Given the 6-to-9 month timeline to recover from his Lisfranc injury, Hill was not even certain to be ready for the start of 2022 campaign anyway. However, it appears the Sean Payton-led Hill experiment may be over regardless with Payton now retired. Not only did New Orleans find limited success with Hill as a starter, but he could hardly hold up to increased usage in a part-time role given the laundry list of injuries he dealt with last season. Instead, it seems that Hill will go back to being used as the position-flexible gadget player we've seen before thanks to the return of offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael. Meanwhile, the Saints will likely explore different options for its starting signal quarterback, including a possible reunion with Jameis Winston (knee).

Mar 14, 2022 3:21 PM EST

Long recovery on tap

Hill is expected to need six -to-nine months of recovery following surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his left foot, Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com reports.

Analysis: It's important to note the Saints have not officially announced a recovery timeline, but given the nature of previous Lisfranc injuries, the aforementioned timeframe is a fair guess. Hill will undergo two separate surgeries this offseason in order to repair the injury with the latter likely occurring sometime after the 2022 NFL Draft. The 31-year-old dual-threat quarterback did start the year behind Jameis Winston, but after the 2015 No. 1 overall pick tore his ACL in Week 8, Hill eventually took over as the starter. Provided the Saints bring back Winston, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, expect the duo to once again compete for the starting honors to begin the 2022 season.

Jan 15, 2022 8:12 AM EST

Requires surgery

Hill (foot) will require surgery to repair his Lisfranc injury, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill suffered his foot injury during Sunday's Week 18 matchup against Atlanta and will undergo surgery to repair the issue before undergoing a second procedure to remove the hardware from his foot. Coach Sean Payton said Monday that he didn't yet have a timetable for the quarterback's recovery. The 31-year-old completed 78 of 134 passes for 978 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing 70 times for 374 yards and five touchdowns across 12 appearances in 2021, and he finished the season as the team's starter. He was rewarded with a four-year extension in November, but Payton declined to reveal the team's plans at quarterback in 2022 during Monday's press conference.

Jan 10, 2022 10:17 AM EST

Injures foot in Week 18

Hill sustained a foot injury during Sunday's contest in Atlanta, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: As the Saints returned to the field from halftime, coach Sean Payton told Laura Okmin on the Fox broadcast that Hill has a Lisfranc injury. Payton also relayed, "If he can go, he will go." Hill wasn't spotted on the sideline to begin the third quarter, and Trevor Siemian remained under center, so it's unclear if Hill actually will get a chance to return. Assuming Hill doesn't, he'll finish Week 18 having completed seven of nine passes for 107 yards and one touchdown and five carries for 18 yards.

Jan 9, 2022 3:19 PM EST

Exits Sunday's game early

Hill left Sunday's game in Atlanta with an undisclosed injury, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Analysis: Hill went down awkwardly on a short run in the second quarter, and after attempting to get up he sat on the turf for a spell before making his way to the sideline tent. He then walked slowly to the locker room with his right shoe in his hand, per Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network. The nature of Hill's health concern is unknown, but Trevor Siemian took over quarterback duties in his stead.

Jan 9, 2022 2:33 PM EST

Quiet in Sunday's win

Hill completed 17 of 28 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown and added 45 rushing yards on 12 carries in Sunday's 18-10 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: The QB was the Saints' leading rusher on the afternoon, but it was still a modest performance from a fantasy perspective as the team once again relied on its defense for a victory. Hill will look to end his regular season on a high note, and potentially even lead New Orleans into the playoffs, in Week 18 against the Falcons.

Jan 2, 2022 8:23 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Saints activated Hill (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Considering this activation occurred two days after the Saints' last game Monday against the Dolphins, Hill wasn't particularly close to gaining clearance to play Week 16. Trevor Siemian (illness) also came off the COVID-19 list Wednesday, setting him up to act as the No. 2 quarterback on New Orleans' active roster and pushing rookie Ian Book to his usual spot as the third signal-caller. Hill will resume working with the first-team offense in advance of Sunday's contest versus the Panthers.

Dec 29, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Not activated, won't play Monday

The Saints didn't activate Hill (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list, making him ineligible to play Monday against the Dolphins, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: The same can be said for Trevor Siemian (illness), which hands Ian Book his first NFL start. Behind Book, Blake Bortles has been elevated from the practice squad to serve as the Saints' backup quarterback for Week 16. Hill's next chance to play is Sunday against the Panthers.

Dec 27, 2021 2:18 PM EST

Goes on COVID-19 list

The Saints placed Hill (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Hill was one of nine New Orleans players added to the list Thursday, all the result of positive COVID-19 tests, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. If Hill is vaccinated and asymptomatic, he'll be eligible to play Monday against the Dolphins, but the Saints already seem to be proceeding as though neither he nor top backup Trevor Siemian (illness) will be available to return from the list Week 16. That leaves rookie fourth-round pick Ian Book as the likely candidate to start in his NFL debut Monday night, in a game that has major playoff implications for both the Saints and the Dolphins.

Dec 23, 2021 1:59 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

The Saints aren't planning on having Hill available for Monday's game against the Dolphins after he tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: New Orleans is expected to formally move Hill to the reserve/COVID-19 list later Thursday along with top backup Trevor Siemian, who also tested positive for the virus. Though both Hill and Siemian, if vaccinated, could theoretically clear the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocols in advance of Monday, the Saints are seemingly preparing as though neither quarterback will be available. Ian Book is slated to take all the first-team reps in practices Thursday through Saturday as he prepares to make his NFL debut in a starting role. Like Hill, Book boasts above-average running ability, which could help the offense maintain some continuity as it makes room for its fourth different starting quarterback of the season.

Dec 23, 2021 11:41 AM EST

Set for COVID-19 list, likely out

The Saints plan to place Hill on the reserve/COVID-19 list later Thursday and aren't planning on him being available for Monday's game against the Dolphins, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Jeff Duncan of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported earlier Thursday that Hill's top backup, Trevor Siemian, tested positive for the virus and is also likely to be placed on the list. Neither Hill nor Siemian is expected to clear the necessary protocols in advance of Monday's game, though in Hill's case, it's not yet known whether he tested positive or was deemed an unvaccinated close contact of an infected person. In any case, Ian Book will take the first-team reps in practices Thursday through Saturday as he prepares not only for his first career start, but for his NFL debut. Hill's expected absence for the fantasy playoffs is a tough break for his managers, as he had been a strong producer in his three starts with 197.6 passing yards and 69 rushing yards per game to go with two passing touchdowns and two rushing scores over than span.

Dec 23, 2021 9:09 AM EST

Leads team in upset victory

Hill completed 13 of 27 pass attempts for 154 yards and rushed 11 times for 33 yards with no touchdowns or turnovers in Sunday's 9-0 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Hill led a slow-plodding offense behind a banged-up offensive line to an upset victory over Tom Brady and Co. Unfortunately for his fantasy managers, the 30-year-old was unable to replicate the strong rushing numbers from his last two contests (22-174-2) to offset his poor passing totals. Hill will look to get back on track from a fantasy perspective in a matchup with playoff implications against Miami next Monday.

Dec 19, 2021 9:54 PM EST

Runs in two late TDs

Hill completed 15 of 21 passes for 175 yards while rushing 11 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 30-9 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The Saints rode Alvin Kamara (knee) in the star running back's return, but Hill got in on the fun with a two-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. That score gave the Saints an insurmountable 23-6 lead, but Hill wasn't done, scoring again on a 44-yard run with 1:07 remaining. He was on pace for an unremarkable performance prior to the pair of late touchdown runs, and Hill's upside as a passer will remain limited in Week 15 against the Buccaneers due to the Saints' lack of receiving weapons, but his rushing ability will keep Hill fantasy-relevant.

Dec 12, 2021 1:32 PM EST

To start Sunday

Hill (finger) will start Sunday's road game against the Jets, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hill emerged from the Saints' Week 13 loss to the Cowboys with an injured middle finger on his throwing hand. He played through what was termed mallet finger, but his accuracy was lacking to the eventual tune of 19-for-41 passing for 264 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He was his dynamic self on the ground, though, with 11 carries for 101 yards. Hill will welcome Alvin Kamara (knee) back to the lineup after a four-game absence, but the offense will be without Mark Ingram (COVID-19 list), Deonte Harris (suspension), Ty Montgomery (COVID-19 list) and potentially Lil'Jordan Humphrey (hamstring). Fortunately for Hill, he'll get to face the Jets' 32nd-ranked overall defense, which is 29th against the pass (263.4 yards per game).

Dec 10, 2021 3:47 PM EST

Full practice Wednesday

Hill (finger) practiced in full Wednesday.

Analysis: During last Thursday's loss to the Cowboys, Hill slammed his right middle finger on the arm of a Dallas defender while following through on a throw. While he was able to gut through it and play all 69 offensive snaps, his performance was below par, as he completed 19 of 41 passes for 264 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Fortunately, Hill's mobility salvaged his day on the fantasy front, with his 11 carries going for 101 yards. Coach Sean Payton told Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football on Wednesday that Hill will start Sunday at the Jets, if he's healthy. But Hill will do so with a split as he manages what has been diagnosed as mallet finger, per Underhill.

Dec 8, 2021 1:30 PM EST

No surgery, plans to play

Hill (finger) isn't expected to need surgery and will attempt to play through an injury known as mallet finger on his throwing hand, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It's reportedly not as severe as Russell Wilson's mallet finger earlier this year. That doesn't necessarily mean Hill will be successful -- he did throw four INTs in Thursday's loss to Dallas after injuring his hand -- but he'll at least attempt to continue playing, presumably as the starting QB. It is possible he could move back to his non-QB role if that doesn't work out, in which case Trevor Siemian would step back in under center. For fantasy purposes, Hill mostly provides value with his feet, but it's still not ideal to add another limitation to his passing. It does sound like he's tentatively on track for another start at QB in Week 14 at the Jets, benefitting from extra rest after the TNF loss to Dallas.

Dec 3, 2021 12:27 PM EST

May need finger surgery

Hill is believed to have torn a tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand, with the injury potentially requiring surgery at some point, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It isn't clear if Hill would get surgery soon or try to play through the injury and wait until the offseason. He's reportedly scheduled for more tests, after playing through the injury in the majority of Thursday's 27-17 loss to the Cowboys. The initial belief is that he may have "mallet finger", similar to the injury Seahawks QB Russell Wilson dealt with earlier this year.

Dec 3, 2021 10:03 AM EST

Too many turnovers in loss

Hill completed 19 of 41 passes for 264 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in the Saints' 27-17 loss to the Cowboys on Thursday night. He also rushed 11 times for 101 yards.

Analysis: Hill played serviceably as a passer for significant swaths of the contest, and his work on the ground was outstanding, especially in the absence of Alvin Kamara (knee). However, the BYU product, understandably rusty after not having drawn a start under center all season, short-circuited too many drives, particularly in the second half, with his errant throws. Three of the four picks Hill threw came in consecutive possessions during the fourth quarter, with the final one a pick-six with 2:52 remaining that essentially put the game out of reach for New Orleans. Hill did manage to dress up his overall fantasy line one last time with a 70-yard touchdown pass to Deonte Harris with 2:32 remaining, his second scoring toss since Week 14 of last season. Despite the turnover-laden performance, Hill figures to be back under center for a more favorable Week 14 visit to the Jets a week from Sunday.

Dec 2, 2021 8:52 PM EST

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