Sean Payton sees a lot of potential in Taysom Hill.
So much, in fact, the Saints coach compared Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater’s backup to Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young.
“If you look back at Steve’s career, people don’t remember the time before he came to the NFL, you have a very athletic player that, I think, advanced when he got to San Francisco,” Payton said, via the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “He always had great ability with his legs, so you’re trying to create visions for players, and that’s no different than how you’d evaluate how he see Teddy Bridgewater progressing and what we think he can be. That’s the business we’re in.”
Hill signed with the Packers out of BYU as an undrafted free agent in 2017 but was later claimed off waivers by New Orleans following his release from Green Bay after four months with the team. He’s become a valuable asset serving as more than just a quarterback, but a returner/runner/receiver as well.
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With a future Hall of Fame QB already under center and an established quarterback behind him, Payton is confident Hill’s talents will only grow as he continues to learn from Brees and Bridgewater, who is on a comeback campaign of his own after suffering a horrific knee injury in August 2016.
“We’ve seen significant growth with both him and Teddy,” Payton said. “You’re seeing things take place on a day-to-day basis that maybe weren’t happening a year ago.”
Hill, 28, went 11-for-16 for 136 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Chargers.
He should get plenty more reps in as the Saints are slated to visit the Jets on Saturday before wrapping up exhibition play at home next Thursday against the Dolphins.