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Saints’ Sean Payton vows Taysom Hill will be an ‘outstanding quarterback’

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The New Orleans Saints have been insisting that they believe Taysom Hill will be Drew Brees’ replacement when Brees ultimately decides to call it quits. But most are not convinced.

After all, Hill has thrown just 13 passes since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2017.

But Saints head coach Sean Payton has high hopes for the 29-year-old:

“For those that aren’t sold, it’s probably because they haven’t seen enough of him in games and I can certainly understand that,” Payton said, according to Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Advocate. “Now, that being said, we’ve seen hundreds of reps that weren’t necessarily regular season games and we’ve seen some of the things we feel he can do on a consistent basis.”

Ironically enough, Hill has been used in essentially every role except quarterback.

This past season, Hill carried the ball 27 times for 156 yards and a touchdown and caught 19 passes for 234 yards and six scores. He also spent time returning kicks in 2018.

“We think he’s going to be an outstanding NFL quarterback,” added Payton. “He’s a very good athlete. But I think that’s a normal reaction for any fan relative to someone that is getting ready to play that position and they haven’t had the same amount of snaps to look at.”

The fact that Hill has very limited NFL experience as a passer and is turning 30 years old in August are two key reasons why many are doubting his long-term potential under center. However, Payton and New Orleans’ coaching staff are clearly seeing things they like behind the scenes.