Saints should carry 3 QBs so Taysom Hill can serve as offensive weapon

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Saints named Jameis Winston as their starting quarterback, which now begs the question — What will Taysom Hill‘s role be in 2021?

In previous years, the Saints have used Hill in the best possible way, as he’s been the perfect Swiss army knife that defenses have had a tough time figuring out. This is exactly what the Saints need to implement again in 2021 and it’s when Hill is at his best.

Hill has done pretty much everything for the Saints when he’s been on the field. He’s thrown passes, caught passes, ran with the ball, and also played on special teams, making him the most elusive player on the roster.

The Saints need to keep three quarterbacks on their roster.

Some might ask that if Hill is staying in the same role he’s been in the past few years, would he still be the backup quarterback? He could be but the Saints have still made sure to have another quarterback on their roster in case their starter were to get injured. In this case, the backup would likely be fourth-round rookie, Ian Book.

Ever since Hill joined the Saints in 2017, the Saints have had another quarterback on their roster aside from Hill and Drew Brees. In 2017, it was Chase Daniel; In 2018 and 2019, it was Teddy Bridgewater; and in 2020, Jameis Winston was the backup. Carrying three quarterbacks is nothing new for this team and they need to stick with it in 2021.

I was previously on board with the Saints keeping Trevor Siemian to serve as the backup but Book is a rookie who the team could have hopes to be a future starter (unless they look to trade him). While Book is nowhere near ready to see the field, if Winston were to get hurt, the Saints could do what they did this past year and put Hill in as the starter instead of who the technical backup is.

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Keeping three quarterbacks might seem like a waste to some but Hill isn’t a traditional quarterback and that’s why having an extra one on the roster once again makes perfect sense.