Taysom Hill: Role isn’t necessarily what I want, but it’s best for the team

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If Taysom Hill had his way, he’d be playing quarterback for the Saints.

Hill doesn’t get to make that call, however, and those that do have pushed him toward tight end. Hill’s overall role is still likely to include taking snaps and moving around the offense, but the Saints have primarily viewed Hill as a tight end since Dennis Allen took over as head coach.

After Tuesday’s practice, Hill said he sees that move as “expanding” the kinds of things that he’s been doing for the Saints in recent years and that he’s happy to see the team “trying to give me the best opportunity to be successful” even if it isn’t the exact opportunity he’d draw up for himself.

“Things aren’t up to me,” Hill said, via the team’s website. “I’m willing to do what I need to do to help us win football games. . . . I love playing, and so it creates opportunities for me to add value and be on the field and compete. . . . That’s the nature of the NFL. This isn’t necessarily what I want, it’s what’s best for the team and I’m good with that.”

Hill suffered a rib injury early in camp and said he’s ramping back up now that he’s resumed practicing. That’s allowing him to devote his attention to the “far more physical element” of the position compared to what he experienced while practicing with the quarterbacks. That process will take a while, but the Saints and Hill hope it will prove to be a prosperous one.

12 responses to “Taysom Hill: Role isn’t necessarily what I want, but it’s best for the team

  1. Swap Hill for Jordan Love. Hill can back up Rodgers this year, then when Rodgers retires he can take over. Love will never be a favorite of Packers fans while Hill was a Packers’ fan favorite after he was drafted in 2017. In one of the late Ted Thompson’s poorest moves late in his tenure, he tried to sneak Hill through waivers at the final cu tdown. The Saints grabbed him and he was gone.

    The Packers kept NFL also rans Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan, both are long gone.

  2. Remember a few years ago when Saints fans kept telling us Hill was a not only starting QB material but elite starting QB material?

  3. He’s 32 in a couple of weeks. It’s now or never if he’s ever going to be an every down player (at any position). Freakish athletism typically doesn’t continue very far into your 30s.

  4. His attitude is commendable, still can run and hit like a high speed freight train. We should still see a fair amount of Taysom.

  5. This guy sucks at any position. He should just be happy he’s getting paid as much as he does.

  6. I wish I could root for him. I just can’t. Seems to be preventing the Saints from finding good, every down players at the positions he plays.

  7. $52 mil in dead cap money for next two years. For a TE that has less than 400 receiving yards in his career.

  8. joshcomputername says:
    August 9, 2022 at 10:14 pm
    I wish I could root for him. I just can’t. Seems to be preventing the Saints from finding good, every down players at the positions he plays.
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    I’m not sure why people don’t like your comment. Hill isn’t a top 30 player at any one position. Maybe not top 50. But he’s a top 10 salaried player at several positions.

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