New Orleans Saints: Who will be the heir to Drew Brees’ throne?
Vikings head coach, Mike Zimmer, would’ve been in disbelief if he was told that they would shut down Drew Brees, but do-it-all quarterback Taysom Hill would come in and be the best player on the field, during the 2019 wild card playoff game.
Taysom Hill did just that in the playoff game, where he had monster runs, a 50-yard pass, and a receiving touchdown.
I know it’s not sexy if the Saints succeeding quarterback to Brees is an undrafted player who will be 30 years old. Yet, Taysom Hill has the scary dual-threat ability, and he would fit well in an offense that yields other playmakers who can make plays in their own space.
Hill doesn’t have to throw 350 passing yards if the Saints supporting cast shows up. Hill can be very dangerous behind the Saints top-5 offensive line, and he can control the clock well. Hill can pass for 175 yards, run for 75 yards, control the clock, and make more big plays when he needs to.
Taysom Hill has a big arm and breakaway speed. He will be able to make big plays in multiple faucets throughout his quarterback career. He’s already made big throws to Michael Thomas, and it will only help him thrive in the Saints passing game with the signing of Emmanuel Sanders.
Besides making big plays himself, Hill can throw short passes to MT, screens to Kamara, and let the Saints running game do damage.
The Saints didn’t let Teddy Bridgewater, who went 5-0 last year, walk out the door if they didn’t know that Hill has elite potential. Hill, who was rated as the third-fastest quarterback in Madden, can be very dangerous running the ball and passing it.
It will be very thrilling for Saints fans to see Hill potentially bring back images of former Saints quarterback, Archie Manning, where Hill can stretch the filed in a mere few plays. He can look like Marshawn Lynch with a 25-yard run, and then he can throw a 50-yard bomb to a Saints wideout as he did to Deonte Harris in the playoff game.
It makes sense for the Saints to field a starting quarterback in 2021 who’s not only familiar with the Saints scheme, but is very talented, fits the prototype of elite quarterbacks today, and his contract would be far less expensive than somebody like Dak Prescott.
His contract is still early on his career, where he would need to prove himself year 1. Hill is on a modest two-year, 21 million dollar deal, so the Saints could ride out his contract with him starting under center in 2021.