Saints heaping praise on Taysom Hill at OTAs

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Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill was something of an NFL curiosity last season: An undrafted rookie, he obviously wasn’t going to get any playing time ahead of Drew Brees, but he did get playing time on special teams and even made some tackles covering kicks, which is almost unheard of for a quarterback.

Last year Hill was the third-string quarterback behind Brees and Chase Daniel, but this year he’s competing with Tom Savage and J.T. Barrett for the No. 2 job, and the Saints are liking what they’re seeing.

He looks good,” Saints coach Sean Payton said of Hill. “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.”

Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi gushed about Hill’s athleticism.

“Every great quarterback has to have a way of making a play when the play call isn’t perfect,” Lombardi said. “Someone’s not open right away, or the pressure gets to you, and you have certain guys like Tom Brady or Drew, they do it by finding these creative throws or getting the ball out so quick and having that sixth sense of where to go with the ball. Other guys get away from the rush, and they get outside the pocket, and they create. You see Aaron Rodgers and those kind of guys make plays that way. Just the ability to avoid the rush. The guy runs a sub-4.5 40, and he’s strong — he might be the strongest guy on the team.”

Strength and speed are why Hill was able to help out on special teams, but passing accuracy are what he needs to develop if he wants to be a quarterback. Playing behind Brees, Hill has time to develop. And perhaps some day, Hill could even be Brees’ successor.

36 responses to “Saints heaping praise on Taysom Hill at OTAs

  1. Take notes Colon: When you’re not a good quarterback, you can always cover kicks too.

  2. Probably should move tom savage, he’s already proven he’s an average to mediocre qb at best.

  3. In one of Ted Thompson’s(Mike McCarthy was involved as well) final acts of bad judgement at Green Bay, he cut Hill and kept Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan. Hundley spent two years training for the day Aaron Rodgers would get injured. When it happened, Hundley looked like he’d never been on a football field before. They kept Joe Callahan over Hill at #3. It was obvious to most fans Hill had ‘it’, and Callahan was just a camp arm. So Thompson cuts Hill, New Orleans gets him for nothing. Hundley was so bad, the Packers traded for DeShone Kizer from the Browns. Callahan was cut a few weeks ago for another undrafted rookie and Kizer very well could mean Hundley is cut.
    When you want to look at bad personnel decisions, here’s a textbook example. One bad decision on a rookie affects many players and two organizations.

  4. Did this guy ever make it through a full season at BYU? And they think he’s going to be able to make it as a pro?

  5. Better hope Brees retires soon then, dude will be 28 when the season starts.

  6. Green Bay cuts Taysom Hill and New Orleans may have found the future starting QB and the Packers get the Saints first round pick next year. I guess what goes around; comes around.

  7. Packers should have kept him over Callahan. But, it sounds like he made a play outside the pocket and Coach referenced his speed. So he had a nice run when the pass play broke down? Let’s don’t put him in the HOF just yet.

  8. watchem313552556 says:
    May 25, 2018 at 9:35 am
    Green Bay cuts Taysom Hill and New Orleans may have found the future starting QB and the Packers get the Saints first round pick next year. I guess what goes around; comes around.

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    Remember when little-known, Canadian prospect, David Onyemata, got a phone call from Cheese City letting him know they were talking him during the 4th round of the ’16 draft, only to discover that nola jumped in front of them in a trade (acted on because the player’s agent called New Orleans with to tip them off)?

    That guy just got named the best-kept secret by bleacher report.

    Sure…it sounds like they are about even.

  9. Taysom Hill is an outstanding leader with a linebacker mentality. When he gets the chance watch him roll. He’s a “throwback” to Bret Farve.

  10. If all the Packers needed last year was a few extra special team tackles, then yes, Taysom Hill could have saved the Packers season.

  11. “In one of Ted Thompson’s(Mike McCarthy was involved as well) final acts of bad judgement at Green Bay, he cut Hill and kept Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan.”

    Oh come on. Taysom Hill is going to be 28 by the time the season rolls around and not seen a down on offense in the NFL. Maybe he’s fast and maybe he’s strong, but he’s never faced real NFL coverages. Yes, he was fun in the preseason with vanilla defenses, running around like a kid on a sandlot and making plays. But that’s not how you play QB in the NFL. Maybe in spot duty as a backup, but certainly not as a starter. As the article points out, he needs to work on accuracy. Not to mention he had 4 college seasons end in injury. That doesn’t bode well for being an NFL player.

    And what does it say about your down linemen if a 3rd string QB is the strongest guy on the team.

  12. “Green Bay cuts Taysom Hill and New Orleans may have found the future starting QB ”

    Did you notice no one is talking about his passing skills? That’s because they’re not at an NFL level. Not in reading coverages, not in accuracy, not in running through progressions. You know the real skills you need to play QB, besides being “fast and strong.”

  13. So he had a nice run when the pass play broke down? Let’s don’t put him in the HOF just yet.
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    I think Sean Payton knows more about QB talent now more than you’ll ever know in your entire lifetime…

  14. ringheadcrusher says:
    May 25, 2018 at 10:34 am
    Dude sounds awesome! In fact he sounds just like Tim Tebow!

    Notice they’re not talking about what a great passer this kid is? Riiiighttt..
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    They’re not talking about Jesus, either. Tebow comparison lazy and inept.

  15. thegreatjimbrown says:
    May 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    “Green Bay cuts Taysom Hill and New Orleans may have found the future starting QB ”

    Did you notice no one is talking about his passing skills? That’s because they’re not at an NFL level. Not in reading coverages, not in accuracy, not in running through progressions. You know the real skills you need to play QB, besides being “fast and strong.”
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    The real Jim Brown would appreciate it if you stopped talking now.

  16. “The real Jim Brown would appreciate it if you stopped talking now.”

    Answer my question. Did YOU see anyone praising his passing skills? College is full of QBs that can run. You have to be able to throw to be an NFL QB. By the time he was Taysom Hill’s age, Kurt Warner had 4 years of playing QB in after college, 3 in the Arena League and one in NFL Europe, and he won many awards both places. Hill has some ST snaps in. That’s it. To proclaim him Brees’ potential successor at this point is laughable.

    I’m sorry Vikings fan that you are on the 110th starter (or whatever it is) during the time GB has had back to back Hall of Famers, but sniping on every article that relates to GB in any way is just evidence of your jealousy. Maybe your latest try, Mr Guaranteed Salary, can get you past 38-7.

  17. The Pack kept Hundley over Hill yes but they also cut Callahan and put him on the PS so please get your facts straight at least if you are gonna talk smack. Callahan was called up from PS after Rodgers was injured.

    Last year needed to happen because it led to Ted Thompson getting demoted and Dom Capers getting fired. If Hill was kept and somehow played better than Hundley, (if he even got a chance to play, Callahan didnt) then maybe nothing changes. So losing Hill may have been a blessing in disquise. Now GB owns NO 1st rounder next year, along with a very good looking draft class of 11 players and a few good FA additions.

    If anyone wants to try and say New Orleans got one over on the Pack, you are gonna have to wait a few years to find out if that is true or not. From my perspective they may have done the Packers a favor. At least they were nice enough to give GB a 1st round pick for the guy, in a roundabout way.

  18. thebiglabreeski says:
    May 25, 2018 at 10:39 am
    watchem313552556 says:
    May 25, 2018 at 9:35 am
    Green Bay cuts Taysom Hill and New Orleans may have found the future starting QB and the Packers get the Saints first round pick next year. I guess what goes around; comes around.

    ————————————-

    Remember when little-known, Canadian prospect, David Onyemata, got a phone call from Cheese City letting him know they were talking him during the 4th round of the ’16 draft, only to discover that nola jumped in front of them in a trade (acted on because the player’s agent called New Orleans with to tip them off)?

    That guy just got named the best-kept secret by bleacher report.

    Sure…it sounds like they are about even.
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    Oh Boy! Some of these cheeseheads on this thread are keeping score and staying bitter. I’ll let you in on a little secret, there are no best kept secrets in the NFL. It’s a dog eat dog world in the professional sports world and your team just overpaid for a underproductive and washed up TE that had his best days in New Orleans! Oh, and you’re starting QB can’t look your front office in the eyes after letting Jordy walk. I guess the only thing you’ve got to look forward to is a late 1st round pick in 2019 from the Saints…! There’s no secret about that.

  19. watchem313552556 says:
    May 25, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Oh Boy! Some of these cheeseheads on this thread are keeping score and staying bitter. I’ll let you in on a little secret, there are no best kept secrets in the NFL. It’s a dog eat dog world in the professional sports world and your team just overpaid for a underproductive and washed up TE that had his best days in New Orleans! Oh, and you’re starting QB can’t look your front office in the eyes after letting Jordy walk. I guess the only thing you’ve got to look forward to is a late 1st round pick in 2019 from the Saints…! There’s no secret about that.

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    Bleacher Report’s article named the best kept secret from EVERY team, and as a fan, I find it hard to disagree with them about Onyemata being that for the Saints. I’m with you on the late first round pick… might as well be an early second rounder.

    It seems like packer fans are acting like the first rounder was traded for Taysom Hill. Y’all have him away for free. They better use it on an OT, and hope they get a Ramczyk!

    When Davenport is crushing Erin’s fragile, little frame, maybe they’ll realize that they didn’t get the better end of that trade deal.

    Ps. hope you were taking to the cheese head I was blasting because it seems like you misinterpreted my statement.

  20. noringsforvikings says:
    May 25, 2018 at 2:30 pm
    thegreatjimbrown says:
    May 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm
    “Green Bay cuts Taysom Hill and New Orleans may have found the future starting QB ”

    Did you notice no one is talking about his passing skills? That’s because they’re not at an NFL level. Not in reading coverages, not in accuracy, not in running through progressions.

    billswillneverwin says:
    May 25, 2018 at 8:45 pm
    Hill is in no way shape or form an NFL caliber QB but these Aints fans are all in love with him

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    If you yokels look into some details about the practice, he threaded the needle on multiple passes, and made JT Barrett look average, at best, as well as took off with his 4.4 speed. Joe Lombardi, Saints QB coach and grandson of Vince, pointed out that every QB has his style, and like Erin Rodgers, Hill has a capacity to get receivers open with his scrambling, which differs from Brady and Brees, who he believes have a sixth sense about where to go with the ball, presnap, and the accuracy to make it happen from the pocket…but what does he know, right?

    Yeah, I guess NFL caliber to that clowns means throwing multiple picks in the first, real practice with a new team, like Mayfield.

    I try to deserve judgment about people’s intelligence, but you guys going on about a 1st rnd pick, on this article, make it difficult to not think that every fan in Wisconsin and Minnesota had the intellect of Steven Avery.

    Also, pal fans

  21. Hill definitely isnt an NFL Caliber starting QB but with Bree’s almost 40 years old Saints fans want to believe he is. Truth is the Saints are straight up screwed once Bree’s hangs them up at the end of this year or next.

  22. What exactly is the best case scenario keeping hm at QB? By the time he’s 30 he might develop into a Jake Locker type? What a waste. He’s the best pure athlete in the entire NFL.

    How many NFL players in the last 30 years can legitimately claim that on gameday they are simultaneously the fastest guy on the field, the strongest guy on the field, and the most athletic guy on the field? Not many. Lawrence Taylor could. Bo Jackson could. Maybe Vernon Davis. Maybe a young Jevon Kearse on a good day. Hill can. As a raw athlete, he’s a complete freak of nature even by NFL standards and he has BYU smarts on top of it. But he’ll never be a great NFL QB. Ever.

    Why waste valuable time developing him at a position he has limited potential at? You draft a player based on potential, right? He has huge potential at multiple positions. QB isn’t one of them.

    Put him at WILL and he might be Derrick Brooks on week 1…

    Until then, he’s just Joe Webb 2.0.

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