"Signs are pointing towards" Saints QB Taysom Hill getting the start against the Falcons this weekend, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Hill has taken starter reps in practice this week. It's a mild surprise only because the Saints figure to drastically alter their offense moving from a pure pocket passer in Drew Brees to a dual-threat in Hill. There's still a chance New Orleans mixes in QB Jameis Winston, but Hill has suddenly become a super intriguing Week 11 fantasy play. He brings big rushing upside -- and the matchup is sweet vs. Atlanta's 32nd-ranked QB defense. The move to Hill is a major downgrade for WR Michael Thomas and the rest of New Orleans' pass catchers.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Hill "will start" vs. Atlanta after taking "all the starter reps" at practice this week. Winston will back him up.
Saints QB/TE Taysom Hill (concussion) is out for Monday night's game vs. the Seahawks. Hill has played 37% of New Orleans' offensive snaps this season -- 48 at WR, 27 at TE, 22 at QB and 12 in the backfield -- so it's a tangible loss for this offense. It's good news for QB Jameis Winston, though, who won't lose snaps to Hill this week.
Saints QB/TE/WR/RB Taysom Hill sustained a concussion in Sunday's game vs. Washington and is done for the afternoon. We'll track his progress through the protocol this coming week.
Saints QB Taysom Hill arrived to camp “noticeably slimmed down,” per Katherine Terrell of The Athletic. The change was intentional. “I think as a thrower it’s important to have a stronger backside than it is your frontside shoulder, and it’s natural to work your frontside muscles than it is your backside,” Hill said. “I can tell you for me historically when I get sore it’s all your (decelerating) motions from taking so many reps and throwing so many balls. So throughout my career here, I was always trying to find that balance of being strong enough to do what I was going to be asked to do, but still be able to throw a ball and so forth. So there was definitely a transition there.” This is the first time as a pro that he’s exclusively worked at QB, so the change in regimen makes sense. Last year alone, Hill lined up as a QB, RB, WR and TE — plus he held various special teams roles. No clear favorite has emerged as the QB1 in the early portion of training camp.
Here's the word from ESPN's Mike Triplett on the 1st Saints training-camp practice: "Taysom Hill got the first turn of training camp as New Orleans' starting quarterback during Thursday's practice. However, Jameis Winston generated more buzz with an efficient day." Triplett said Winston's rhythm, timing and patience looked better than last summer, which he conceded gave just a "small sample." We'll certainly be watching this QB competition through camp and the preseason.
The Boston Globe's Ben Volin hears from "league sources" that QB Taysom Hill is the favorite to start for the Saints this season. "If the experiment fails, [HC Sean] Payton can fall back on [QB Jameis] Winston and a more traditional pocket-based offense and move Hill back to his Swiss Army Knife role," Volin writes. This is the 1st time all offseason we've heard someone call Hill the favorite in this battle. Multiple Saints beat writers -- plus NFL Network's Ian Rapoport -- have tabbed Winston the starter. We're still leaning in that direction, but this will be 1 of the biggest position battles for fantasy owners to track this summer.
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