The Saints gave quarterback-of-all-trades Taysom Hill a two-year, $21 million contract within the offseason. The query is whether or not the cash was spent on a participant the Saints plan to make use of accordingly, or whether or not the contract represents a downpayment on the power to make him the starter every time Drew Brees retires.
Primarily based on the primary week of the 2020 season, it appears to be the latter. On the sphere for 25 p.c of the offensive snaps and 36 p.c of the special-teams performs, Hill had three carries for 13 yards, one reception for 4 yards, and a garbage-time go on a gadget lateral from Brees for 38 yards, to Alvin Kamara.
These are all reductions from the final time we noticed Hill, within the wild-card sport towards the Vikings. Hill participated in 41 p.c of the offensive snaps and 84 p.c of the special-times play. He ran the ball 4 occasions for 50 yards, caught two passes for 25 yards, and threw one go for 50 yards.
With receiver Michael Thomas anticipated to be out for a number of weeks, Hill turns into one of many candidates to switch a number of the manufacturing of the participant who caught 149 passes final yr, particularly since Thomas operates roughly 25 p.c of the time from the slot. But when the plan is to make use of Hill sparingly so as to hold him wholesome and to proceed his growth throughout apply as a passer, logic factors to seeing him in smaller doses.
If, sooner or later, Hill will likely be on the sphere for each snap, it makes extra sense to see him on the sphere greater than as soon as out of each 4. Provided that he’s making $10.5 million per yr, it is smart to see him extra typically than that.
No matter whether or not he’s being groomed to succeed Brees, Hill routinely pops when given the possibility to take part. If the Saints hope to maneuver the ball and rating factors successfully with out Thomas, Hill might must be concerned greater than he was final Sunday.