Hungry competition in the quarterback room
The 2019 NFL passing yards leader, Jameis Winston, joined the Saints squad this past offseason. He left his Tampa Bay uniform to join a division rival, but he also signed a one-year, $1,100,000 contract to be with the Saints, a “Harvard” education as SI.com described.
Winston is highly motivated to compete with Drew Brees and Taysom Hill, under one of the best play-callers in the NFL.
Winston probably won’t come in for a series to take Brees out, like Hill does to twist things up against defenses with his dual-threat ability.
However, the young quarterback is coming for Drew Brees’ throne when he retires in the near future by performing well in practice day in and day out. This quarterback dilemma will put some added pressure onto Hill’s duty when he gets his few chances to take the field.
Taysom Hill will hope to throw more 50-yard bombs to his Saints’ receivers as he did in his playoff outing against Minneapolis. Sean Payton saw something special with Hill when he had a strong playoff performance through the air and on the ground because it led to Payton letting the previous heir to Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, walk out the door despite going 5-0 last season.
Hill will even stride on improving his all-around craft with regards to catching the ball and blocking because it could mean that a Taysom Hill rushing touchdown is close to being unleashed. Expect the feel-good story of Taysom Hill hungrier in every aspect of his game, as he wants to help Drew Brees win in what could be his last hooray.
Striving for a huge payday
When the Saints signed Taysom Hill for a 2-year, $21 million dollar contract, it wasn’t an accurate representation of his long-term future with the team, but more or less modeling a two-year franchise tag for the do it all football player.
Hill will look to pounce on a hefty contract in any way possible. The whole world witnessed how Patrick Mahomes signed a blockbuster deal worth half a billion dollars over 10 years.
Hill may play several positions, but if Hill can perform well with 20 passing attempts this season, rather than the 6 pass attempts he had last year noted by Pro Football Reference, there should be a hot market of teams looking to pounce on the dual-threat quarterback.
Hill loves playing football more than anybody else, but he knows his market value worth. There’s not even a player close to him in the NFL who plays several positions while being an essential contributor to his organization.
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Teams will hone in on the Swiss Army knife next off-season if the Saints fail to make ends meet with their speculating quarterback.
There was a reason that SI.com noted how the Patriots were rumored to be interested in Taysom Hill, before signing Cam Newton. Hill knows he has great talent, and he will continue to garner more great teams that want to employ it.
The Saints special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff from 2017-2018, who’s known for being one of the best special team coaches in league history, said, “who the hell is that guy” reported by Bleacher Report when he first saw Taysom hill.
Coach Westhoff learned that Hill was a 6-foot-2, 240-pound quarterback who runs a 4.44 40-yard dash. Hill went on to play kick off coverage at Coach Westhoff’s request, and he made the tackle on his first play against Carolina.
Eventually, Taysom Hill grew into more roles like a college football freshman, as he gained more snaps at more effective positions, like quarterback and wide receiver. Westhoff went from lobbying Hill for kick off coverage, to raging volumes of his quarterback ability.
Yahoo Sports reported how Coach Westhoff stated last February that Taysom Hill “throws better” than league MVP Lamar Jackson. Whether these notions unravel to be true, Hill’s confidence and salary have grown more than any player with his amount of offensive reps in the league.
Hill knows that he isn’t getting any younger as he’s approaching age 30 in August, and he’s made it abundantly clear that he wants to be a starting quarterback, which pays well in this league.