Taysom Hill

Taysom Hill

Quarterback #7
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 235 lb.
College:BYU
Age:29
Born:August 23, 1990
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Taysom Hill: Likely third-string QB

Hill would not be considered the immediate backup in the event Drew Brees were to miss time, Larry Holder of The Athleticreports.

Analysis: This probably shouldn't be much of a surprise considering Teddy Bridgewater took over during the six weeks Brees was out in 2019, but Hill's $16.3 million offseason extension certainly adds a bit more weight to the 29-year-old's claims to the backup throne. Winston poses a formidable foe given his starting resume, but ironically Hill's versatility is probably the ultimate detriment considering his ability to impact the team in a number of different ways.

June 13, 2020 11:18 AM EST

Taysom Hill: Inks contract extension

Hill has signed a contract extension with the Saints, Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Per Just, the deal is "essentially a one-year extension to the first-round tender the Saints placed on Hill in free agency." In that context, Adam Schefter of ESPN relays that Sunday's agreement with the QB effectively amounts to a one-year, $16.3 million extension. Hill is thus slated to remain in the New Orleans signal-caller mix through the 2021 campaign. This coming season, he'll continue to work behind long-term starter Drew Brees, as well garner touches in the team's offense as a gadget player. Additionally, the Saints are reportedly on the verge of adding free agent Jameis Winston.

April 26, 2020 9:30 AM EST

Taysom Hill: Offer sheet deadline passes

Hill didn't sign an offer sheet before the passing of Friday's deadline and will remain with New Orleans for the 2020 season, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old has yet to officially sign his contract tender, but he's no longer able to negotiate with other teams. The Saints placed a first-round tender on Hill in March, which will be worth $4.641 million for the upcoming season. He's set to serve as New Orleans' backup quarterback behind Drew Brees following the departure of Teddy Bridgewater via free agency, but Hill is still expected to work in the gadget role he's become known for.

April 18, 2020 7:56 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Gets first-round tender

The Saints have placed a first-round tender on Hill, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! reports.

Analysis: As expected, New Orleans made the move, which almost assuredly means Hill is in a Saints uniform in 2020. With Teddy Bridgewater expected to move on, Hill will move into the backup job to starting QB Drew Brees. Hill's gadget role in the offense shouldn't dry up, though, after posted 119 passing yards, 590 yards from scrimmage and nine total touchdowns over the past two campaigns.

March 16, 2020 11:06 AM EST

Taysom Hill: In line for first-round tender

The Saints are expected to place a first-round tender on Hill, who is a restricted free agent, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Hill has been a gadget player in the Saints offense the past two seasons, racking up 119 yards on 13 passes, 64 carries for 352 yards, 22 catches for 238 yards and nine total touchdowns while playing all 32 regular-season contests. With Drew Brees committed to playing in 2020 and Teddy Bridgewater almost certainly moving on as an unrestricted free agent, Hill seems resigned to serve as the backup QB in the Big Easy. If New Orleans proceeds with the aforementioned tender, the organization will have the opportunity to match any offer Hill gets on the open market, or otherwise receive a first-round pick if it opts not to match.

March 6, 2020 3:17 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Wants to play QB eventually

Hill said he'll leave New Orleans if he doesn't eventually get a chance to start at quarterback, Rob Maaddi of The Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Hill presumably understands that he won't have a shot at the starting job until Drew Brees decides to retire, something that hasn't officially been determined but doesn't seem likely to happen this offseason. Hill may be hinting at a desire to replace Teddy Bridgewater -- an impending free agent -- as the No. 2 quarterback, though it would be tricky for the 29-year-old to take on that responsibility while also handling his accustomed roles as a gadget player on offense and a member of multiple special teams units. For what it's worth, former Saints special teams coach Mike Westhoff told Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio that he expects Hill to be the eventual successor to Brees in New Orleans. Hill is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this offseason, and the Saints presumably will use a first- or second-round tender to provide some protection from offer sheets.

February 11, 2020 9:29 AM EST

Taysom Hill: Headed for bigger role in 2020?

Drew Brees said he'd be fine with Hill taking more snaps in 2020, Chris Simms of NBC Sports reports.

Analysis: Brees hasn't officially decided on playing another season but seems to be leaning in that direction. A few recent reports have suggested the Saints view Hill as Brees' eventual replacement at quarterback, which hints at Teddy Bridgewater finding a new team when he becomes a free agent this offseason. An expanded role for Hill in 2020 could involve more snaps at quarterback, or it could just mean more playing time as a wide receiver, tight end or running back.

January 31, 2020 12:15 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Blows up for 125 yards in OT loss

Hill completed his only pass attempt for 50 yards and caught both of his targets for 25 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: He also rushed for 50 yards on just four carries. Hill did a bit of everything Sunday and looked to be the more explosive Saints' quarterback on the afternoon. The 50-yard completion was a career-long, the rushing yards led the team and the 125 scrimmage yards were a career-high in Hill's final game of the 2019 season. The third-year BYU product ended his third season in New Orleans with a career-best 445 scrimmage yards and seven total touchdowns. He'll be a restricted free agent in 2020, and there should certainly be an interest in his multi-faceted services.

January 5, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Scores long receiving touchdown

Hill rushed two times for four yards, adding a 45-yard reception touchdown in the Saints' 42-10 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: The jack-of-all-trades player broke free for a 45-yard score Sunday to cap off a productive season. On the year, Hill has accumulated 390 total yards and seven total touchdowns, lining up as a running back, receiver and quarterback. He will likely play a similar role for New Orleans in the playoffs.

December 29, 2019 6:21 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Gets involved all over the field

Hill completed one of two pass attempts for 20 yards, adding two carries for 11 yards and catching both of his targets for an additional 21 yards in the Saints' 38-28 win over the Titans on Sunday.

Analysis: Hill mixed in all over the field Sunday, getting involved in the passing, rushing and receiving games. His production, however, remained minor, as Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas led the way in typical fashion. Hill is a fine player for the Saints' real-world operation, as he creates mismatches and provides dynamic athleticism at a number of different positions. He's not worth rostering outside of deep, two-quarterback leagues for fantasy purposes, though.

December 22, 2019 6:50 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Catches touchdown in win

Hill corralled both of his targets for 42 yards and a touchdown, adding one yard on two carries in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: Hill caught Drew Brees' final touchdown on the afternoon, bringing in a 28-yard score at the end of the third quarter to put New Orleans up 34-0. The multi-faceted quarterback is always a threat to score when the Saints scheme him the ball, but he can't be relied on for consistent fantasy production due to his low weekly volume.

December 16, 2019 9:00 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Falls back to earth

Hill failed to complete his only pass attempt, adding five carries for 13 yards and a 12-yard reception in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: Last week's two-touchdown Thanksgiving bonanza is in the distant rear view, as Hill fell back to earth for a typical stat line in Sunday's loss. The rushing attempts were a season-high, though game script - a combined 94 points scored - likely contributed to that bump in usage out of the backfield. Hill shouldn't be utilized outside of deep two-quarterback leagues, and his value is almost entirely touchdown-dependent.

December 8, 2019 7:11 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Scores twice in career game

Hill rushed twice for 33 yards and a touchdown, adding two receptions for 12 yards and an additional touchdown in the Saints' 26-18 win over the Falcons on Thursday.

Analysis: Hill had himself a day, producing the first multi-score effort of his career. He got things going early with a three-yard reception touchdown, before taking a direct snap and darting through the line for a 30-yard scamper just before halftime. The versatile quarterback has flashed his elite athleticism throughout his career, though he rarely logs more than a handful of touches per game, making this an outlier performance.

November 28, 2019 9:22 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Logs one reception in win

Hill secured his only target for no gain in the Saints' 34-31 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: New Orleans' triple-threat put up a donut in the box score in Sunday's win, seeing almost no action in the shootout win. Despite his involvement in the passing, rushing and receiving games, Hill has totaled just 30 combined yards over his last four games. He should be left on the waiver wire even in the deepest of leagues.

November 24, 2019 7:07 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Goes for four yards in win

Hill rushed once for two yards, adding a two-yard reception in the Saints' 34-17 blowout victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: It was a typical day at the office for Hill who saw brief work as a back and a receiver in Sunday's rout of the Bucs. Hill's ability to line up anywhere on the field makes him a valuable real-world player for the Saints. That same ability, however, makes him avoidable in almost any fantasy format.

November 17, 2019 7:19 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Uninvoled once again

Hill rushed three times for 17 yards in the Saints' 13-6 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Hill continues to be uninvolved at quarterback, as Teddy Bridgewater has commanded the Saints' offense brilliantly, leading the team to a 4-0 record sans Drew Brees. Hill has attempted only one pass in four games with Bridgewater as the starter, and his usage as a gadget player makes him an unappealing deep-league option.

October 13, 2019 7:24 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Plays typical role in win

Hill completed his only pass attempt for 18 yards, adding two carries for 14 yards in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Hill saw his first pass attempt and completion since Drew Brees (thumb) went out and Teddy Bridgewater took over. Hill continues to be deployed as a jack-of-all trades player, though his very limited usage renders him a deep-league desperation play. With Bridgewater tossing four touchdowns in Sunday's win, any notion of Hill pushing Bridgewater for snaps has quickly dissipated.

October 6, 2019 8:13 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Uninvolved in win

Hill rushed two times for 16 yards in the Saints' 12-10 win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

Analysis: After Sean Payton hinted that Hill might be involved in the passing game alongside Teddy Bridgewater, Hill hasn't attempted a pass in two games with Bridgewater as the starter. Hill is being deployed as nothing more than a gadget player, and he is best used for deep leagues that utilize two quarterbacks or a superflex position.

September 30, 2019 3:34 AM EST

Taysom Hill: Not a factor

Hill did not attempt a pass in Week 3 against the Seahawks. He did rush the ball once for five yards and also hauled in one reception for an additional five yards.

Analysis: The quarterback controversy in New Orleans appears to be short-lived. Teddy Bridgewater was clearly the Saints signal-caller in the absence of Drew Brees (thumb), as Hill played only two snaps under center. While the team could choose to get him more involved in Week 4 against the Cowboys, Hill remains irrelevant for fantasy purposes for the time being.

September 22, 2019 7:51 PM EST

Taysom Hill: Likely to be 'sprinkled in' Sunday

Hill is expected to be "sprinkled in" to the Saints' game plan Sunday against the Seahawks while Teddy Bridgewater steps in as the starting quarterback and draws the majority of the snaps under center in place of Drew Brees (thumb), Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After Brees exited in the first quarter of last week's loss to the Rams, Hill went on to play 21 offensive snaps but didn't attempt any passes or receive any carries. Instead, it was Bridgewater who handled the majority of the reps, completing just 17 of 30 attempts for 165 yards while fumbling once. Bridgewater's lackluster showing prompted coach Sean Payton to leave the door open regarding his plans at quarterback for Week 3 while Brees is out, but Russini's report suggests it may have only been an act of gamesmanship on Payton's part. While Hill looks on track to handle the No. 2 role, he should at least notice a slight uptick in use compared to what he normally handles when Brees plays. That might be enough to make Hill worthy of consideration in deeper leagues that start two quarterbacks or make use of a superflex spot.

September 22, 2019 5:30 AM EST

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