Saints news: Sean Payton compares Taysom Hill to NFL legend Steve Young
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Saints coach Sean Payton compares Taysom Hill to NFL legend Steve Young

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has had high praise this offseason for Taysom Hill and is now comparing him to fellow BYU alumni Steve Young. Hill is still a project, but has proven how athletic he is, and Payton thinks people forget that’s what Young was before he joined the San Francisco 49ers.

“If you look back at Steve’s career, people don’t remember the time before he came to the NFL, you have a very athletic player that, I think, advanced when he got to San Francisco,” Payton said Via Nathan Brown of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “He always had great ability with his legs, so you’re trying to create visions for players, and that’s no different than how you’d evaluate how we see Teddy Bridgewater progressing and what we think he can be. That’s the business we’re in.”

Hill has mostly been an offensive gadget since coming to the Saints, but he has still worked in the quarterback room and there is hope at some point he could be the backup to Drew Brees or maybe even the starter.

Against the Los Angeles Chargers, he played against the deep reserves and was strong, going 11-for-16 for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

“We’ve seen a significant growth with both him and Teddy,” Payton said. “You’re seeing things take place on a day-to-day basis that maybe weren’t happening a year ago.”

Right now, the expectation is that Teddy Bridgewater will still be the backup this season and Hill will still be the do it all guy for the offense. It’s clear Payton still thinks that Hill’s best option at some point is to be a full-time quarterback.