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Saints coach Sean Payton confirms Taysom Hill will be Drew Brees’ backup

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is officially back in the fold in the bayou. Upon re-signing with the Saints for a few more go-rounds earlier this offseason, Brees took a bit of a pay cut on a team-friendly deal, which seemingly allowed the NFC South franchise to spend some additional cash elsewhere, including on fellow signal-caller Taysom Hill.

As a result of retaining both Brees and Hill with the team’s previous primary backup quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater with the Saints, New Orleans head coach Sean Payton was recently able to confirm at least one portion of his depth chart. According to Payton, in addition to serving as a legitimate weapon all over the field for the Saints, Hill will also serve as Brees’ primary backup.

Hill, previously a collegiate quarterback at BYU, also lines up on special teams, at wide receiver and running back — among some other spots on the field.

“He’s earned that opportunity,” Payton recently said of Hill backing up Brees in 2020-21, via Jeff Duncan of The Athletic.

The Saints will surely enter the upcoming season as the favorite in the NFC South over the aforementioned Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. However, things won’t be too easy for New Orleans in 2020-21 as all three of those rival franchises have made major upgrades this offseason.

With Bridgewater heading to Carolina, the Buccaneers infamously added former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with the Falcons managed to secure former Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley.