Reports: Taysom Hill will make first career start Sunday for New Orleans Saints

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) warms up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. | Butch Dill, Associated Press

The Swiss Army Knife is getting his first NFL start.

Multiple national news outlets reported Friday that Taysom Hill will start at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

“Intrigue in New Orleans: The #Saints have given QB Taysom Hill starter reps in practice this week, source said. So while Jameis Winston took over for injured Drew Brees last week, signs are pointing towards Hill getting his first NFL start at QB if all checks out after practice,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported.

Intrigue in New Orleans: The #Saints have given QB Taysom Hill starter reps in practice this week, source said. So while Jameis Winston took over for injured Drew Brees last week, signs are pointing towards Hill getting his first NFL start at QB if all checks out after practice.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 20, 2020

Saints’ QB Taysom Hill will start Sunday vs. the Falcons, per source. Hill took all the starter reps at practice this week. Jameis Winston will be the backup.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2020

The chance for Hill to earn his first career start comes as New Orleans All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees deals with a reported five fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. It’s unclear how long Brees will ultimately be sidelined. It’s the second time in two years the 41-year-old will miss time because of injury.

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The Saints are going with Hill, who has thrown just 18 career regular-season passes, over fellow backup Jameis Winston, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft who started 70 games for Tampa Bay over the past five years. Winston took over for Brees at halftime last week in the Saints’ win over San Francisco and completed 6 of 10 passes for 63 yards while leading a touchdown and field goal-scoring drive in the final two quarters.

Hill has completed 4 of 5 passes this year for 86 yards and rushed for 186 yards and a touchdown on a 5.5 yards-per-carry average. During the offseason, Hill signed a two-year, $21 million contract extension with New Orleans.

“People should not be surprised at the Taysom Hill news. There’s a reason the Saints gave him $16 million in guaranteed money this year, and it’s not to be a gadget guy or run down the field on kickoffs,” The Athletic’s Jeff Duncan wrote.

People should not be surprised at the Taysom Hill news. There’s a reason the Saints gave him $16 million in guaranteed money this year, and it’s not to be a gadget guy or run down the field on kickoffs.

— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) November 20, 2020

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