Taysom Hill named Saints' starting quarterback and NFL Twitter can't believe it

Ross Houston
November 21, 2020

Hill reportedly took all the starter reps at practice this week instead of Jameis Winston, who stepped in for Brees last week.

Meanwhile, they placed starter Drew Brees on injured reserve Friday afternoon - meaning he must miss at least three games while recovering from cracked ribs and a punctured lung. If Hill gets the start against the Falcons on Sunday, it would be his first extended stretch of playing time as a quarterback. Yet the news had spread that Taysom Hill, not Jameis Winston, will replace Brees against the Falcons.

It would be Hill's first start at quarterback. He has performed a variety of roles for the Saints since joining the franchise in 2017. He has just 18 pass attempts in his career, and has spent so little time at quarterback that some fantasy football sites have him listed as a tight end.

Hill, who signed a two-year, $21 million deal in April, is a jack-of-all-trades for the Saints. He has thrown 86 yards on 4-of-5 passing, turned 34 carries into 186 yards and a touchdown, and six catches into 74 yards and another score this season.

Hill has maintained he sees himself as a future starting quarterback in the league. He also took snaps in Brees' absence last week.

Hill has long since been a prominent part of the Saints' offensive gameplan, head coach Sean Payton utilising his athleticism by incorporating him as a part-time quarterback as well as a runner and a receiver.

Later in the day, however, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport (h/t Kevin Patra) said that Brees will be out a minimum of two weeks, meaning the signal-caller will miss this Sunday's divisional showdown with the Atlanta Falcons and the November 29 game against the Denver Broncos.

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