Report: Taysom Hill set to start for Saints over Jameis Winston in place of injured Drew Brees
While Jameis Winston took over for an injured Drew Brees last week, it’s Taysom Hill who will be getting the start for the New Orleans Saints against the Atlanta Falcons, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. This will be Hill’s first career start.
Brees suffered multiple broken ribs and a collapsed lung in his team’s Week 10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, which will sideline him for at least a few weeks.
In Hill’s four-year career, the ex-BYU quarterback has completed 11-of-20 passing attempts (including playoffs), with one interception and no TDs. He has carried the ball 105 times for 596 yards (5.7 yards per carry) from the QB position and scored four times.
In April, New Orleans made Hill, 30, the highest-paid non-starting QB in football, so it should ultimately come as no surprise that he’s getting the first crack at the gig after Brees’ injury.
However, the fact that Winston subbed in for Brees against San Francisco suggested that the former No. 1 overall pick would be the starter this week. Winston completed 6-of-10 passes for 63 yards in the second half in the Saints’ 27-13 win. Hill took seven snaps under center in the second half, recording five carries for 31 yards and a fumble. He did not attempt a pass.
However, Hill then received the starting reps in practice all week. Considering his various deployments across the positional spectrum, it seemed possible that Sean Payton was exercising a bit of gamesmanship to throw off the Falcons, with Winston preparing to receive a share of reps on Sunday.
However, that’s not the case:
Jameis Winston will not be part of any offensive packages Sunday vs. the Falcons, per @diannaESPN. The Saints’ QB now is Taysom Hill.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2020
One detail worth noting: Winston’s contract includes $1.8 million in playing time incentives, so the call by New Orleans could be fiscally motivated.
The Falcons have surrendered the third-most yards per game (410) in football through 10 weeks, offering an ideal opportunity for Hill to prove that he’s a capable starting NFL quarterback and not just a utility player.