Taysom Hill: “Really nice” to tailor all offseason work to playing QB

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Taysom Hill was a quarterback when he entered the NFL, but his time with the Saints has seen him fill a lot of roles on offense and special teams.

Drew Brees’ retirement has led to a shift back to his original stomping grounds, however. Hill is competing with Jameis Winston to be the new starting quarterback in New Orleans and said it is “something that I’m not taking lightly and I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”

Hill thinks his bid will be helped by spending an entire offseason playing quarterback after years of splitting focus among a variety of spots.

“Yeah it’s nice,” Hill said, via Rod Walker of NOLA.com. “Look, at the end of the day and when I first got here and I started doing all this stuff, the answer when I was asked ‘hey, what’s the end goal for you?’ has always been to play quarterback. I’m a quarterback at heart and that’s my mindset. That is really nice when I can tailor all of my offseason program to being as good of a quarterback as I possibly can.”

Hill had extended run as a quarterback when Brees was hurt last season and went 82-of-114 for 864 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in four starts. That came without the singular focus he’ll be able to employ this offseason and Hill’s hope is that the increased time will lead to an even longer stint under center.

20 responses to “Taysom Hill: “Really nice” to tailor all offseason work to playing QB

  1. Boy is he going to be surprised when he finds out his role hasn’t changed at all.

  2. lol don’t worry pal you will have those wr books open about 2 weeks into camp

  3. It’s really nice to wear that “Don’t hit me” jersey in practice.

  4. He may not be able to do what Jameis does, but Jameis definitely can’t do what Tayson does, can’t wait to see them both on the field at the same time….now, let’s do this, Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!! Whodat!!!

  5. Don’t sell Hill short as a qb. He has a big arm. If he can speed up his reads, he will be a force not to be taken lightly combined with his run capability.

  6. May the best QB win the job. Even if that QB is named Book. I’m still nervous about Winston’s INT ratio and Taysom’s inability to always go through his reads. Hopefully the off season does them both a world of good. It will be strange without Drew on the field but the Who Dat family will be in force. Geaux Saints!

  7. shoepik says:
    June 1, 2021 at 11:58 am
    Don’t sell Hill short as a qb. He has a big arm.
    ////////
    Did you even watch his QB play last year? His long ball looked like a wounded duck. That is, when he wasn’t running for his life. Had one single pass completion over 40 yards. One. In 121 attempts.

  8. If he can not beat out JW, he is a backup for life…
    2 backups jostling to see who will get the blame for the Saints losing season…
    Better hope Book is one of those underrated talented QB!

  9. Ran into a Saints fan the other day and he was expecting a Top 5 pick in 2022.

  10. Saints have a talented team, the QB only needs to be a game managaer. Run the ball, play good defense, and make the playoffs. A playoff berth the year after Bressus retires is a sign of a good team going forward.

  11. “I Predict” a spectacular season at QB for Jameis Winston, and that the Saints Offense will be a formidable Juggernaut.( This because Winston threw for 5108 yds in 2019 with less than good eyesight, in 2020 he had Lasik as well as a redshirt learning year in the Saints offices)
    Why would you take Taysom Hill’s fantastic versatility out of the Saints Offense?

  12. The fact that you’re in a “competition” with someone as bad as Winston should tell you what they think about you. Doubt your role changes at all.

  13. iberiasaint says:
    June 1, 2021 at 3:02 pm
    Saints have a talented team, the QB only needs to be a game managaer. Run the ball, play good defense, and make the playoffs. A playoff berth the year after Bressus retires is a sign of a good team going forward.
    ///////
    Oh, wow. Ok then. So, all your team has to do on offense is run the ball well…while every single team knows it doesn’t have to respect the QB play!!! Oh, and in case you didn’t know it, your defensive ranking is about to plummet as well, when your offense can’t stay on the field and score points.

  14. ahzroc says:
    June 1, 2021 at 4:00 pm
    “I Predict” a spectacular season at QB for Jameis Winston, and that the Saints Offense will be a formidable Juggernaut.( This because Winston threw for 5108 yds in 2019 with less than good eyesight, in 2020 he had Lasik as well as a redshirt learning year in the Saints offices)
    Why would you take Taysom Hill’s fantastic versatility out of the Saints Offense?
    ////////
    You do know having lasik eye surgery doesn’t mean Winston can suddenly read a defense, right? You’re seriously basing your entire prediction on the fact he had lasik eye surgery?

  15. @ footballguy…

    if you would have read my post, I said that “Winston…spent a Redshirt learning year in the Saints Offices”
    You read that , right?
    Under the tutelage of Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Pete Carmichael, and the rest of the Saints offense braintrust.
    For the entire season
    Also, improvement in Depth perception is a huge component of post Lasik Surgery

  16. iberiasaint says:
    June 1, 2021 at 3:02 pm
    Saints have a talented team, the QB only needs to be a game managaer. Run the ball, play good defense, and make the playoffs. A playoff berth the year after Bressus retires is a sign of a good team going forward.
    ——————————————–

    That might of been a good strategy to make the post season in the 1980s but in the modern day NFL you are not getting to the post season if you don’t have a QB especially in the NFC. Almost everyone has a good QB in the NFC and it’s extremely competitive, especially in the NFC South. And if your offense cannot stay on the field you’re going to be punting the ball to Tom Brady and Matt Ryan and Co in your own division giving them extra attempts to score, and they will score. Without a decent QB who can average 25 or so PPG offensively the Saints are going to be out of luck this season and struggle.

  17. ahzroc says:
    June 1, 2021 at 5:41 pm
    @ footballguy…

    if you would have read my post, I said that “Winston…spent a Redshirt learning year in the Saints Offices”
    You read that , right?
    Under the tutelage of Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Pete Carmichael, and the rest of the Saints offense braintrust.
    For the entire season
    Also, improvement in Depth perception is a huge component of post Lasik Surgery
    ——————————————-

    Last I checked Winston set an NFL record for INTs joining the 30/30 club under Bruce Arians. Last I checked Arians knows a thing about offense and QB play, and how to get the most out of his QB’s. If Arians cannot help you no one can, why do u think BA was so eager to get rid of him and bring in another QB?

  18. This magical eye surgery theory is going to have so many fans crashing down to reality!

    His sight did not cause him to panic and lob 50/50 balls most plays…
    His sight is not the cause of him throwing the ball while falling down or even worse, being tackled..
    His sight was not so bad that he thought the guy standing in the middle of the field, by himself and NOT on JW team, the open receiver he WAS SUPPOSE to throw to…
    His sight did not cause all his fumbles…
    His sight wasn’t his biggest problem, his bad habits since high school was, is and always will be his done side…

  19. @ hawkkiller
    Payton is way more likely to get the best out of Winston than Arians, because Payton adapts his offense to fit the talents of his players. Witness what happened when Brees was injured, he tailored it for Bridgewater (in one week) , then the next season, he tailored it for Hill (in one week), whereas Arians tried to make both Winston and Brady fit into his system, until Brady won out, the Bucs started doing Brady things, and they went on their superbowl run.

    @ Tyelee:

    Again I state- Winston has spent a redshirt year in the Saints offices learning the finer points of NFL QB from Sean Payton, Drew Brees, Pete Carmichael, and Joe Lombardi.

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