The New Orleans Saints have another Thursday game this week and they’re making a change at the most important position. Ian Rapoport reported that Taysom Hill is taking first-team reps this week while Trevor Siemian has been demoted to backup QB.
This isn’t shocking for a multitude of reasons.
First and foremost, Siemian has struggled in recent weeks. It’s not all on him, of course, as the receivers and amount of injuries to the offensive line would be enough for any quarterback to overcome.
Be that as it may, the NFL isn’t always fair. It’ll be Taysom Hill time in the Big Easy.
Taysom Hill is taking first-team reps for the Saints
Hill hasn’t started a game at quarterback for the Saints this year due to Jameis Winston winning the job. When Winston went down with an injury in Week 8, Hill was still recovering from a Week 5 concussion so he was unavailable.
When he finally returned to the team in Week 10, Siemian was playing decently and Hill was still battling a foot injury. Jeff Duncan reported that Hill’s dealing with plantar fascia and as he mentions if you’ve ever had one, it’s not fun to deal with. Imagine playing football while in that amount of pain.
Making the switch from Siemian to Hill is the best decision for New Orleans right now. This offense isn’t able to move the ball and again, that’s not all on Siemian but it does partially fall on his shoulders. He doesn’t have great pocket awareness and let’s just say that he’s a backup quarterback for a reason.
While Hill isn’t a great passer, his ability to take off and run with the football makes him dangerous. He was the starting quarterback while Drew Brees was out last year and only lost one game during that time.
This could be the spark the Saints’ offense needs moving forward. The fans have been clamoring for Hill and now they’ll get their wish.
The Saints have to do something to get this offense going and perhaps this is the answer. We’ll find out soon enough.