Taysom Hill earned the highest rating in New Orleans Saints Week 2 win


New Orleans Saints do-it-all quarterback Taysom Hill thrived against the Chargers in Week 2, claiming Pro Football Focus’ highest rating.

Traveling to Los Angeles for their second preseason game, the New Orleans Saints yet again sat many of their top-tier stars. Drew Brees and Michael Thomas, two of the best in the game at their respective position, opted to take the day off. To be fair, Brees was highly active on the sideline.

But, no Brees did open up the door for Taysom Hill, the quarterback that many thought had already lost the backup gig to Teddy Bridgewater, to dominate.

And dominate he did.

Hill played 40 snaps, second only on the Saints offense to left tackle Patrick Omameh.

Of those 40 snaps, Hill dropped back to throw the ball on 15 of them. Completing 11 of those 15, Hill abused the Chargers defense for 136 yards and two touchdowns, ending the game with a 140.6 QB rating.

Those numbers gave Hill the highest Pro Football Focus (premium content) rating of the game.

At 93.8, no offensive weapon for New Orleans came even close with Larry Warford’s 85.2 coming in second.

Hill was joined by teammate A.J. Klein, a middle linebacker as the only two Saints to secure a 90-plus rating after the team’s 19-17 victory. Similarly, Los Angeles also boasted two players in the 90s on both sides of the ball and then a third on special teams.

That said, this performance by Hill not only showcased just how dynamic of a swiss armyknife he is, but it re-opened the backup quarterback debate.

In Week 2, his competitor, Teddy Bridgewater, hit just 5 of his 12 passes for 40 yards and an interception. The scripts were flipped in Week 2 after Bridgewater had a dominant performance against Minnesota in Week 1.

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Even as the preseason winds down in the next two weeks, no one will fully knowing what may happen if Drew Brees goes down. Head coach Sean Payton seems to have faith in both quarterback options following the future Hall of Famer.