New Orleans Saints: Who is Tommy Stevens and why is he the next Taysom Hill
How can he help?
With Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and Jameis Winston on the depth chart before Stevens, it’s unlikely that he will see the field for the black and gold in this coming season, but that doesn’t mean that his time with New Orleans will be ill-spent.
If the Saints are to recreate the kind of rotation that they had with the quarterback position last season, then it is likely to have Brees as the starter, Winston as the back-up and Hill as the utility player.
That would leave Stevens with the practice squad, but that is likely the best place for him.
Currently, many analysts are praising Jameis Winston for accepting a backup role with New Orleans because it will provide him with a legendary quarterback mentor and a great coach to help him rehab his faults as a player.
Stevens may not have the same over-aggressive mental errors that plague Winston as a player, but his time in New Orleans could prove to be beneficial for his own physical rehab following a year of injuries.
The assistance of an NFL training staff and less pressure to get recognition will allow Stevens to return to the flashy dual-threat quarterback that he is capable of being.
Depending on how Stevens’ develops, granted that he is not cut by the team, his use for the team likely lies in his legs. Sean Peyton has found a unique tool in Taysom Hill, and that production has earned Hill a new two-year, 21 million dollar contract.
Numerous teams have made an effort to replicate a weapon like Hill, but few have found real success in doing so. Considering Peyton was the one who saw the potential in Hill, it is not unlikely that he is seeing something similar in Stevens.
If Hill continues to rush, pass and catch touchdowns the way he has for the past few seasons then it is not unreasonable to assume that he will receive an even larger contract in the future. With players like Thomas and Kamara consuming more of the team’s cap space, finding a cheaper replacement for Hill’s production is a worthwhile investment for the Saints.
Stevens has proven he can fit the mold of any position, and he might be the team’s next swiss-army knife.