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Drew Brees Says People Don’t Realize Pressure Saints QB Taysom Hill Puts On A Defense

Drew Brees #9 and Taysom Hill #7 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate a touchdown pass during the third quarter during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said that people don’t realize the stress that former BYU signal-caller and Saints backup Taysom Hill puts on an NFL defense.

Brees highlighted Hill’s impact following the Saints’ dismantling of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9. The former BYU quarterback had over 100 yards of total offense in New Orleans’ 38-3 win over Tom Brady and Tampa Bay.

“I think what people don’t realize too, is the stress that that puts on a defense. You know, the defense has to have a plan for when Taysom comes in the game at the quarterback position, and the myriad of things that we can do,” Brees said during a press conference. “We can run read options stuff. We can do RPOs. Sometimes he’s handing off. Sometimes he’s running. Sometimes it’s designed quarterbacks runs. Sometimes we’re throwing. Sometimes it’s short. Sometimes it’s deep.”

The future hall of famer continued to elaborate on Hill’s “big play” ability with the Saints’ offense.

“We have the opportunity to do so many things when he’s in the game,” Brees continued. “When he’s at the quarterback position, it’s just that much more stress on defense and there’s big play opportunities and big play ability there. I think coming off a game like the one we just had against Tampa where Taysom had over 100 total yards of offense, both receiving running and throwing, so that just becomes a great element of the offense.”

This season, Hill has accounted for 37 touches.

He’s gone 4/5 passing for 86 yards through the air. On the ground, Hill has 26 carries for 141 yards and a touchdown. He’s also caught six balls for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Taysom Hill at BYU

Hill played quarterback at BYU from 2012-2016.

He posted a completion percentage of 58.2 percent as BYU’s quarterback. He accounted for 6,929 yards and 43 touchdowns through the air.

On the ground, Hill ran for 2,815 and 32 touchdowns.

After his senior season, Hill went undrafted and signed with the Green Bay Packers. The Packers waived Hill before the start of his rookie season and he was picked up by the Saints.

Hill recently entered his fourth professional season with the Saints.

Up Next

Hill and the Saints currently own a 6-2 record and sit atop the NFC South.

New Orleans’ next contest is against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. (MDT). The game will broadcast on FOX.

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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