Taysom Hill won’t be quarterbacking the New Orleans Saints offense this year… at least not on a regular basis. He’ll be dipping his toes in a few different pools for the black and gold this year.
When Dennis Allen was hired as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, he came right out and said that Taysom Hill was going to transition to more of a tight end role. While he later confirmed that Hill would still be doing a lot of the same offensive weapon work he’s done in the past, Hill won’t be stepping in to play quarterback if Jameis Winston gets injured. That’ll be Andy Dalton’s job.
Hill’s already taken on a new role in the tight end job but during Wednesday’s practice he was seen taking on potentially another new role.
John Hendrix tweeted that Hill was “handling some kickoffs in walkthroughs”. Could Hill be another factor in the return game for the New Orleans Saints?
Taysom Hill… return specialist?
As of now, Deonte Harty is the rightful frontrunner to be the primary return specialist in the Big Easy. Harty has excelled in both the punt return and kickoff return aspect of special teams but this is the final year of his contract so it makes sense to see what other potential options there could be in the return game.
Marquez Callaway and Easop Winston Jr. are also listed on the Saints’ depth chart as return specialists.
Just because Hill is working out in this role doesn’t necessarily mean anything, especially with the team having plenty of help in the return game, but it’s still worth monitoring. Hill has proven how versatile he can be with his ability to throw the ball, catch the ball, and run with the ball during his time in New Orleans. Why not add returning kicks to his list?
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Will Taysom Hill be the next big thing in the return game? We’ll have to wait and see.