Report: Saints quarterback Taysom Hill will start against Falcons

Jordan Cohn
November 20, 2020 - 10:16 am

Attention all savvy fantasy football players: Taysom Hill is listed as a quarterback and tight end on some websites, including ESPN, and that could come in handy in Week 11. After all, a starting quarterback filling your roster's TE spot seems like a cheat code.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's not Jameis Winston but Taysom Hill who had been working out with the first team in practice leading up to the Saints' Sunday afternoon clash with the Falcons.

Not long after, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the speculation.

As Rapoport notes, Winston was the substitute for Brees after the veteran quarterback exited the game due to injuries which were revealed to be cracked ribs and a punctured lung. Winston, last season's leader in both passing yards and interceptions for the Buccaneers, was so-so in relief, going 6-10 with 63 yards and two sacks taken.

Both Winston and Hill were expected to compete for the role in Week 11, but with Rapoport's latest report, the latter option seems to have surged ahead and impressed the Saints. Hill rushed eight times for 45 yards in Week 10, but did not attempt any passes. On the season, he's 4-5 with 86 yards, and we've seen evidence that Sean Payton trusts him with making all kinds of plays, whether as a passer, runner or receiver.

In his career, Hill has attempted just 18 regular season passes, converting 10 of them for 205 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.

Up to this point, it was a massive question mark as to who would get the nod, keeping opponents on their toes. Falcons coach Raheem Morris said that the team has been "fully preparing for both Winston and Hill," (via Tori McElhaney).

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