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Saints Head Coach: Taysom Hill Will Be QB2 For New Orleans In 2020

Mar 25, 2020, 5:33 PM | Updated: 5:37 pm
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Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Mercedes Benz Superdome on August 29, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, La. – New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said that former BYU quarterback Taysom Hill will be Drew Brees’ primary backup in 2020.

Payton confirmed Hill’s move up the Saints’ depth chart on Wednesday, March 25.

The former BYU QB spent the 2019 season as a versatile offensive weapon for New Orleans but was QB3 on the team’s depth chart.

“He’s earned that opportunity,” Payton said of Hill’s move to QB2.

The Saints re-signed Brees, their franchise QB and future hall of famer, to a new deal earlier this offseason. New Orleans also placed a first-round tender on Hill and allowed QB2 Teddy Bridgewater to sign a deal with divisional rival Carolina.

By placing a first-round tender on Hill, the Saints had the chance to match any offer sheet Hill might sign with another team or get a first-round pick in return.

Despite the title of backup QB, Payton found ways to utilize Hill’s talents on offense and special teams.

Hill only threw six passes during the season but ran the ball 27 times for 156 yards and a touchdown. He recorded 19 receptions for 234 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Payton said that he plans to use Hill in a similar capacity in addition to being Brees’ primary backup in 2020.

Before his NFL career began, Hill played quarterback at BYU from 2012-2016.

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