Taysom Hill Sounds Less Than Thrilled With Position Switch

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The New Orleans Saints are no longer planning on using former quarterback / running back / wide receiver Taysom Hill as their gadget guy.

Instead, the Saints are assigning Hill to a tight end’s role, which the former full-time QB isn’t all that happy with …

Speaking with Saints media, Hill, 31, shared how the transition from QB to TE has fared this offseason — after nine starts the past two years at QB — and what his unique experience as the team’s Swiss Army Knife can bring to his position.

“That’s the nature of the NFL,” he said. “This isn’t necessarily what I want, it’s what’s best for the team and I’m good with that.”

“Things aren’t up to me,” Hill shared. “I’m willing to do what I need to do to help us win football games. … I love playing, and so it creates opportunities for me to add value and be on the field and compete.”

Last season, interim starting QB Jameis Winston proved to be a capable fit for former head coach Sean Payton’s system.

In seven starts in 2021, Winston threw for 1,170 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and maintained a QB rating of 102.8 until he suffered season-ending ACL and MCL damage in Week 8.

After struggling with accuracy and pushing the ball down the field as a QB, Hill now has the chance to showcase his pass-catching abilities — which has been a tricky element for defenses to contain in the past.

“Like I said, we started from ground zero, and we just started building from there,” Hill said on the process of practicing as a TE — and admitted to the physical gauntlet of playing the position.

With his deceptive speed at 6-foot-2 and 220-lb., Hill could prove himself to be a matchup nightmare for linebackers and small defensive backs. And with the perspective of a QB, Hill hopes to elevate his understanding of the role as he catches passes from Winston this upcoming season.

“I kind of just do what I would want a tight end to do if I was playing quarterback for that rep,” Hill added. “I’ve taken that mindset into the tight end position.”

Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.

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