We continue series that will likely span the length of the entire New Orleans Saints offseason where we look a key questions the Saints will face at various points of the year - the 2018 NFL Draft, free agency, and the 2018 regular season. We turn next to a what has been a hot topic during OTAs: what role will Taysom Hill have in 2018?
Maybe failing to draft the heir apparent to Drew Brees in the 2018 NFL Draft wasn’t such a bad idea after all. If you’re to believe media outlets reporting on this Saints during training camp, Taysom Hill could be the future for the Saints at QB. Just look at what Bleacher Report is saying:
The New Orleans Saints didn’t draft a successor to quarterback Drew Brees, and free-agent pickup Tom Savage isn’t the answer. Does that mean the team might be under the impression Taysom Hill could be the heir apparent?
For what it’s worth, the former Packer’s first offseason in New Orleans has gone extremely well.
James Parks of 247Sports noted “Hill has stood out in practice and earned some pretty serious compliments from coaches and players alike.”
Those have come right from the top.
”He looks good,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said, per the New Orleans Advocate’s Nick Underhill. “We like where he is at. He is grinding and working hard. You guys saw [him make] a play today. When he does get outside the pocket, he can run, real fast. That presents a new challenge for the defense.”
Quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi also heaped praise on Hill while suggesting “he might be the strongest guy on the team.”
”The guy is a freak athlete,” Lombardi added. “I’ve never seen anyone like him at this position.”
At the very least, Hill would be a superb special-teamer. But he might be earning a much larger role.
This preseason, we’re sure to see Taysom take snaps at QB, and if he is able to make plays like he did in Green Bay, we just might see the Saints pull Taysom from special teams plays.