There are a lot of talking heads out there in the NFL, and it’s hard to know who to trust. When Ian Rapoport or Adam Schefter talk about an NFL rumor, we generally take it as true. On the flip side, when someone like Chris Simms rattles off about how the Seattle Seahawks considered trading Russell Wilson to the Cleveland Browns, most NFL fans rightfully scoff at Simms’s actual insight into NFL teams.
But somewhere between Chris Simms and New Orleans’ own Nick Underhill, is Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. Glazer and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton are known friends, and this has allowed Glazer the unique opportunity to break a fair amount of Saints-related news. For instance, Glazer broke the Jimmy Graham blockbuster trade that sent Graham to Seattle for Max Unger and a draft pick, and more recently broke Sean Payton’s extension that locks up the coach through 2024.
And now Glazer, in a Q&A with The Athletic (subscription required), has said this about Taysom Hill’s future for the New Orleans Saints:
No smokescreen, he’s the guy. Sean Payton loves him but it’s not just him, the whole team loves him, not just Sean Payton. Watch a Saints game. When he’s in the game, watch the other players on the sideline, watch their reaction. They all get up and stand on the sidelines to watch him. I think Sean was always hoping to unleash him on the league without anyone seeing him before but now we’ve seen it with Lamar Jackson. He’s a bigger Lamar Jackson. No, it’s not a smokescreen. He likes him that much, he’ll be the guy. He’s with the perfect coach for that.
If Glazer is reaffirming how much Sean Payton loves Taysom Hill, you can pretty much take that word to the bank. Maybe all we’ve been seeing from the Saints, in building the offensive line, drafting a player like Tommy Stevens who could back up Taysom as a starter, and easing Taysom more and more into the offense at quarterback have been steps taken to make Taysom “the guy” as early as 2021.
Or maybe Payton is just trying to talk Taysom up in the hopes Bill O’Brien trades Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt to the Saints for him.
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