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Saints’ Taysom Hill reflects on first career start with Drew Brees injured

Taysom Hill, Drew Brees, Saints

Speaking with reporters following his first career start, Saints quarterback Taysom Hill reflected on the advice Drew Brees provided him as he prepared to fill in for the veteran QB. Per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio:

“I spent so much time with Drew [Brees] preparing for the game,” Hill said. “And he was so great. I would say maybe the best advice I received was being patient, letting the game come to you, not feeling that I need to press in any way and make the plays when they come your way.”

While the play caller said he would give himself a grade of a “B to a B-plus”, the backup quarterback was ultimately able to pace the Saints’ offense to a productive day, in spite of a shaky first half that had some observers questioning his ability to lead the team.

Though turnovers have often been a mitigating factor for Hill throughout the season, the newly minted Saints’ starter was able to largely avoid them Sunday afternoon, completing 18-of-23 passes, for 233 passing yards, and two combined touchdowns. Operating an offensive unit that has slowly become defined by the running game of Alvin Kamara, rather than the passing attack of Brees, Hill worked within a game plan that did not require him to consistently beat the Falcons’ secondary.

In improving to 8-2 on the season, and winners of seven straight overall, the Saints continue to build a buffer over teams pursuing them in the chase for the postseason.

With Drew Brees still expected to return to the field before the conclusion of the regular season, the Saints’ ability to bank wins now, should allow them to continue with their more conservative approach as Hill occupies a spot in the starting rotation.

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