New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill warms up before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. | Butch Dill, Associated Press
Former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill is making his first NFL start at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Follow along for live updates from his performance.
In his fourth year in the NFL, Taysom Hill is finally being handed the reins as a starting quarterback.
Hill will start for the New Orleans Saints against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, with All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees, the Saints’ starter since 2006, on injured reserve with a reported 11 fractured ribs, per ESPN, and a collapsed lung.
Hill — who signed a two-year, $21 million contract extension with New Orleans this offseason as a restricted free agent — is earning the starting nod over fellow backup Jameis Winston, who started 70 games over the past five years for Tampa Bay before signing a one-year, $1.1 million deal in New Orleans.
Before the game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Saints coach Sean Payton, long an ardent supporter of Hill, wrestled with the decision, and there are many among the organization that thought Winston should be starting.
“The Saints view this as a chance to get an evaluation of Hill at quarterback now and for the future, with Brees still likely to retire after this season, according to sources,” Schefter wrote.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Hill dealt a bit of nerves at practice early in the week, as the enormity of the situation sunk in.
“But he settled in and had a solid week. Expect Hill to find Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas early on short passes to get him in a rhythm and find success,” Rapoport wrote.
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