Sean Payton still unsure if Taysom Hill will start at QB this week

Kristen Wong
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) /
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The New Orleans Saints are yet again delaying an important quarterback decision up until the last minute. This time, the decision revolves around Taysom Hill and Trevor Siemian.

NFL’s Ian Rapoport suggested that the Saints were poised to make a quarterback change after Hill took first-team reps in practice a few days ago.

On Tuesday, coach Sean Payton publicly addressed the quarterback situation, but he refused to give a clear answer of whether Hill or Siemian would start on Thursday.

New Orleans will face the Dallas Cowboys on a Thursday primetime slot, and many will be watching to see if the Saints’ offense can find some semblance of identity after 13 weeks of the season.

New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton continues to monitor Taysom Hill’s progress

But the Saints’ continued ambivalence toward who will play at center doesn’t inspire confidence in this offense at all.

Siemian has started in the last four games and has a 0-4 record. Including the Tampa Bay game when he replaced Jameis Winston, Siemian has passed for 1083 yards this season with nine touchdowns against three interceptions.

His performance against the Buffalo Bills revealed his deficiencies more than his strengths and had some fans clamoring for Hill to replace him.

NOLA’s quarterback dilemma may come down to whether or not Hill feels healthy enough come Thursday. Hill was reportedly dealing with plantar fascia, a particularly painful foot injury that would be difficult to play through.

The league saw how battered and bruised Cleveland Browns’ QB Baker Mayfield was against the Ravens in Week 12, and Mayfield’s underwhelming performance should serve as a cautionary tale to all teams.

At this point, though, an injured Hill might be the same as playing with a healthy Siemian.

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Hopefully, Wednesday’s practice will offer more definitive answers.

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