Analyzing the New Orleans Saints stunning blowout win over Tampa Bay

Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Taysom Hill

Speaking of doing whatever it takes to win, how about Payton’s usage of Taysom Hill?

Heading into this week, Hill was averaging 2.71 rush attempts per game and around 15 offensive snaps per game. Yet, in this game, he had seven rush attempts and 19 offensive snaps, and that’s with half of the fourth quarter involving Jameis Winston handing the ball off to Dwayne Washington.

When you want to talk about being a utility player, look at Hill’s stats from this game:

  • 54 rushing yards, 7.71 y/attempt
  • 48 passing yards
  • 21 yards receiving

Hill has been held back this season, but this is where he’s most valuable: as a “jack-of-all-trades contributor”.

Additionally, rather than using him strictly as a rusher, Payton added a layer of unpredictability by not being afraid to dig up some pass packages for him, particularly when Tampa Bay committed to the run by playing zero coverage.

This is where Hill’s versatility can be used to exploit opposing defenses, and hopefully this is not the end of a more diverse usage pattern for him.

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