TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS: 7
TOTAL YARDS: 457
FIRST DOWNS: 25
PFF Grade: 84.1
Future Status: 2020 Restricted Free Agent
Taysom Hill is the third-string quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, but he may have been the most valuable of the three this season. He can do it all: Throw, catch, run, block, defend, and tackle. That is quite possibly a shortlist if you ask Saints fans.
Quarterback purists may scoff at an A+ grade because of the specific grading on purely playing the role of quarterback.
To be fair, they would be right, and his grade would be the worst of the three quarterbacks. However, this is based on the player himself and what he does for the team as a whole. Gone are the days where we only have drop back quarterbacks and a few running ones.
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The question becomes, is Hill changing the position as we know it, or is he an isolated example of this Swiss Army Knife for so many uses.
We haven’t seen a player with so many abilities since Deion Sanders in the 1990’s, defending, returning, and catching. Taysom brings a whole new dynamic with his ability to affect change in momentum by securing a first down on offense and then blocking a punt on defense.
Hill has become a fan favorite, creating roars of cheers any time he lines up under center, leaving most fans and defenses to wonder what’s to come. Beyond catching and running in touchdowns, Hill creates huge blocks playing FB, TE, and WR. this is such an underrated part of what he does because this allows other to become open in the field.
While there is much to debate about Hill becoming the starting quarterback once Brees is gone, it is more than likely he will be back in the black and gold with a similar role.
While Hill is great to watch and accomplishes so much with his time on the field, it’s almost certain he will be the back up in order to allow him to continue his many roles. If he becomes the second-string quarterback, should Teddy or Drew leave, his roles would be reduced to some degree.
Should he become the starter, his role would have a drastic change, and Saints fans may not feel great about that once it was rolled out. It is worth noting he is a restricted free agent.