Taysom Hill appears in line to start vs. Jets

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

Despite suffering a finger injury in Week 13, Taysom Hill is reportedly projected to start as the New Orleans Saints quarterback against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Prior to Week 13’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, Hill was already suffering from a partially torn plantar fascia in his foot. In the first half, Hill hurt his middle finger while he was trying to throw the ball but ended up playing through the injury for the rest of the game.

Afterward, it was determined that Hill suffered a mallet finger injury that would not require surgery.

Following this diagnosis, coach Sean Payton insinuated that Hill would start again for the Saints when the team faces the Jets in Week 14.

Trevor Siemian and rookie Ian Book will likely serve as the backup quarterbacks if Hill starts on Sunday.

Per Sean Payton, Hill apparently hasn’t squandered his opportunities like Siemian has this season.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill is prepared to start in Week 14

But in his first start of the year, Hill failed to break New Orleans’ losing streak, and the team’s defeat to Dallas marks their fifth straight loss.

Hill went 19-of-41 for 263 yards, completing just 46.3 percent of his passes. He added 101 rushing yards to his stat line and, most notably, did an impressive hurdle over a Cowboys defender on one of his carries.

Still, Hill has been widely criticized for not being able to throw, and his arm will be on full display on Sunday against a weak Jets secondary.

To make matters worse, though, top wideout Deonte Harris will sit out of the game as the first of three in his league suspension.

After waiving wide receiver Kenny Stills and signing Kevin White to the practice squad, the Saints seem to be making desperate moves to salvage what’s left of their 2021 season.

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While many believe the Saints’ season is already over, Week 14’s matchup will be important for Hill to prove what he can do at center even if he’s not the franchise’s quarterback of the future.