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Saints TE Josh Hill Ready For Starting Role

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Oct 5, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill (89) is tackled after a catch by Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron (23) in the second quarter of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints sent shockwaves across Twitter by trading All-star tight end Jimmy Graham and a fourth-round draft pick to the Seattle Seahawks for center Max Unger and a first-round pick.

The natural question becomes who will step up at the tight end position to keep the offense moving vertical? Look no further than veteran tight end Josh Hill.

You might remember him as the vulture for Graham’s fantasy touchdowns in several games last year. He has scored six touchdowns over 20 receptions over the last two years.

Hill is a physical presence in his own right. The 6’5, 250 pound Idaho State product is only 24 years old and entering into his third season in the NFL.

Compare that to Graham who is 28 years old about two inches taller and 15 pounds heavier. Graham may still be in his prime, but Hill is entering his own.

He has proven to be a good pass catcher along with having a willingness to block. He already is familiar with the Saints playbook making him an easy plug and play next season over unnecessarily drafting a tight end in the draft.

Take a look at what Saints head coach Sean Payton had to say about him at his season-ending press conference in February.

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