Grading Taysom Hill’s up and down week 13 performance

Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Taysom Hill, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Taysom Hill returned to his starting quarterback role this past Thursday against the Cowboys and it went… Well — It went. That’s a good way of putting it. The New Orleans Saints lost their fifth-straight game by a score of 27-17 and they’re now 5-7 after a 5-2 start.

While it wasn’t all smooth sailing for Hill, the offense looked the best it has since Jameis Winston went down and that’s a result of him taking over as the starter. He was really good in the run game, going for over 100 yards rushing off 11 carries and at one point, hurdling a Cowboys defender.

That was the good from Hill. The bad from Hill, however, was really bad. He threw four picks with three of them coming on three straight drives in the fourth quarter. Had just one of those interceptions not been thrown, New Orleans could have had a chance to get back in the game. Hill played a big part in why the Saints lost.

Taysom Hill Week 13 Report Card

Without Hill, the Saints’ offense probably doesn’t put up 17 points. I mean — Did you see them last week? Hill definitely gave the Saints the spark they needed on the offensive side of the ball but at the end of the day, he cost them a much-needed win with the three straight picks he threw.

With all of that in mind, I’ll give Hill an average grade of a C. He helped the offense look the best they have in weeks but also prevented them from winning when the game was still within reach. For that reason, I think a C grade is reasonable for Taysom Hill and his performance against the Cowboys.

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What do you think, Saints fans? What grade would you give Hill for his first start of the 2021 season?