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Taysom Hill capable of replacing Drew Brees, claims Sean Payton

The New Orleans Saints are confident that Taysom Hill is capable of being the team’s next starting quarterback once veteran Drew Brees hangs up his cleats.

More specifically, Saints head coach Sean Payton — who has often been one of Hill’s biggest supporters — firmly believes that the former BYU star is the next guy in line.

“When that time comes, and that’ll be probably at some point sooner than later, and Drew [Brees] decides to retire. I see Taysom [Hill] being a guy that has a great chance to come in there and become that QB,” Sean Payton said in a video-conference interview with CBS Sports on Tuesday.

Last season, Hill served as the Saints’ third-string quarterback behind Brees and Teddy Bridgewater, who is now the starting QB for the Carolina Panthers. However, while Hill might’ve been the third QB on the depth chart, his unique size and athleticism have allowed Payton to use him in a multitude of ways throughout his three-year career.

At 6-foot-2 and 221 pounds, a 4.44 forty-yard dash and a 38.5-inch vertical, Hill would absolutely be one of the most athletic quarterbacks in the league if given the chance. Brees is likely to retire after the 2020 season, but the Saints signed 2019 passing touchdown leader and former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston to serve as Brees’ backup this campaign.

For that reason, we will likely see more of Taysom Hill being used as a receiver, tight end and special teams ace rather than at QB.

Last season, the 29-year-old threw just six passes (of which he completed three) for 55 yards, but he did notch 27 rushes for 156 yards and one touchdown while catching 19 passes for 234 yards and six touchdowns — the third-highest mark on the team.