Saints to start Taysom Hill at quarterback vs. Falcons

Taysom Hill New Orleans Saints

The latest Drew Brees injury seemed to spark an internal tug-of-war over whether he'd be placed on injured reserve.

Payton declined to announce the Saints' starting quarterback after Friday's practice, despite being asked about the Hill reports. Yet the news had spread that Taysom Hill, not Jameis Winston, will replace Brees against the Falcons.

Hill, who signed a two-year, $21 million deal in April, is a jack-of-all-trades for the Saints. Winston was expected to start Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, but instead Hill will get the nod, NFL Network reported Friday morning. The Saints gave Hill a lucrative extension in the summer with hopes that he could eventually become the franchise quarterback.

He has completed just 11 of 20 passes in his career, including the playoffs, for a total of 255 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Hill, 30, has 34 carries for 186 yards this season, almost eclipsing career-highs set in 2018, and has six catches on eight targets for 74 yards.

Hill has maintained he sees himself as a future starting quarterback in the league.

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Brees was unable to finish Sunday's 27-13 win over San Francisco after absorbing a heavy hit on a sack attempt by 287-pound 49ers defensive tackle Kentavius Street, who was penalized for roughing on the play. Brees was initially expected to miss just two weeks due to those injuries, but the team made a decision to give Brees more time to recover. He was 6-of-10 for 63 yards, and though head coach Sean Payton didn't tip his hat in either backup's direction, it appeared as though the 26-year-old former No. 1 pick would be back as a starter.



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