When former New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees missed time in 2020, it was Taysom Hill that was thrown into the starter's role. It was a bit unusual, considering Hill was often used in a rushing or pass-catcher role throughout his tenure.
Now that Brees is retired, it's actually looking like Jameis Winston will be the Saints' starting quarterback in 2021 and not Hill. After all, that does make sense. Winston has more experience as a starter and a higher ceiling.
Still, that hasn't stopped Hill from focusing on the starting quarterback job.
Taysom Hill Rumors
According to Saints reporter Nick Underhill, Hill has exclusively been doing quarterback training over the offseason, rather than preparing for multiple positions like he did in the past. Unfortunately, changing up his training is a mistake and could come back to bite Hill in the future.
Part of what made Hill so valuable to the Saints in the past was his versatility. Over the last three seasons, Hill has rushed for 809 yards while scoring 11 touchdowns. He's also been involved in the passing game, making 30 receptions and turning them into 336 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. If Hill is going to assume this role next season, it would be smart to train for these situations. The last thing the Saints need is to put Hill out for a passing play, only to see him get hurt because he hasn't been training for these scenarios.
Truthfully, Hill wasn't that great of a quarterback last season. While he completed 72.7% of his attempts for 928 yards, he only threw 4 touchdowns to 2 interceptions in four games as the starter. He was also sacked 14 times and had a lowly 58.8 QB rating. To top things off, Hill also had 10 fumbles in 2020, which isn't something you want from your quarterback.
Overall, it's admirable that Hill wants to become a better quarterback. The only issue is that he should be focusing on the versatility that made him a mainstay in the Saints' offense in the first place. Focusing on a job that clearly isn't his is just a big mistake.
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