New Orleans Saints plan to use Tsum Hill New coach Dennis Allen emphasized on Tuesday that it’s primarily as a tight end rather than the midfielder’s forward run.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given the Saints – after continuing the trade Deshaun Watson – just signed James Winston for a two-year deal with a base value of $28 million to be the starting quarterback.
It is worth noting, however, that Hill spent last summer in open competition with Winston for a quarterback job, which will not be the case again in 2022.
“I think Taysom’s role is really going to be a lot more of a tight-end F type,” transferring the tight-end kind of role. “I think that’s the direction we need to move with him, because I think he can,” Allen told reporters during the NFL Annual Meetings. In Palm Beach, Florida “To be one of the best players in the league in that role.” “So if James is playing outside the middle, I don’t really like having Taysom next to me on the sidelines. So I think you’ll see him more in that kind of role.”
Saints have always held to the philosophy of not wanting to waste Hill’s ingenuity on the sidelines. So they rarely used him as their designated backup quarterback in game days. Instead, they’ve used it in the reading options packages – at the narrow end, wide receiver, running and back positions – and in many special team roles.
Hill only started playing in the middle when freshmen Drew Brees or Winston suffered long-term injuries, so it is unclear if this could remain a possibility for the 31-year-old if a similar scenario emerges going forward. But in the meantime, the Saints’ vision appears to be an expansion of Hill’s other assets.
The former BYU quarterback has been one of the NFL’s most versatile players since initially joining the Saints as an uncredited rookie in 2017. Hill has started nine quarterback games over the past two years with an impressive 7-2 record. This 6-foot-2, 221-pounder model also has 34 career catches for 388 yards and seven regular-season touchdowns—plus five more catches for 32 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs. He has 1,183 career rushing yards and 16 fast running.
Hill signed a unique contract extension with Saints last November that was set to pay him $40 million over four years if he stayed in a role other than quarterback, but could be worth up to $95 million if he becomes the initiator and reaches certain standards.
Meanwhile, Winston several times on Monday expressed his aspiration to be installed as the starting quarterback for a full season rather than vying for the job during training camp and pre-season.
“I’m glad I don’t have to go to training camp asking if I’m going to lead this team or not,” said Winston, who went 5-2 at the start of New Orleans last year before. An anterior cruciate ligament ruptured in his left knee. “I think that’s what a lot of people forget when we talk about continuity and we talk about development, I wasn’t called the midfield at the start of this team until a week before we played the Green Bay Packers (in Week 1). During the same week, we’re migrating to Dallas and coordinating Different things and we have to move our whole family (to evacuate for Hurricane Ida).
“So I am, as captain, to have an impact on this team the way I wanted to have an impact on this team… It didn’t last long. So I am excited to have this opportunity to get the full reins, to have everything I need. And I hope that Everyone in the building agrees with that, too.”