Saints Taysom Hill developing at quarterback, excelling on special teams

Saints Taysom Hill developing at quarterback, excelling on special teams
Taysom Hill is growing within Saints offense ( (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

(WVUE) - He's become the Saints most interesting man. He's Taysom Hill: the quarterback that Sean Payton reportedly once called the future at the position. But he stands 6'2, weighs 225 pounds and runs a 4.4 forty-yard dash and covers kicks and punts like he's done it for years as Arthur Maulet found out Friday.

"In some of those drills, you don't really know how things are going to play out. The collision wasn't on purpose, but he stepped in front of me as I was was trying to make a move and the collision just happened."

But first and foremost Hill is a signal caller. And in his first training camp in New Orleans, his goal is crystal clear: he wants to be the player backing up Drew Brees.

"Every time I step on the field I'm making sure I know my responsibility and then I can execute inside that responsibility. So, it's definitely a learning curve. I think the learning curve is still high. Obviously, I feel a lot better than I did last season and then where I was in OTA's."

But for every result, first comes the process. This is where Hill knows he must improve and for him it's all about footwork. In New Orleans, coaches teach it one way. When he was in Green Bay, they taught it another.

"Aaron and what they coached there was left foot forward in the gun. So, a three-step drop would turn into a four-step drop. That timed out with the routes they were running. Here, Drew will start with a right foot forward and take a true three-step drop."

With Tom Savage out, Hill has gotten just about all the second string quarterback reps. The potential is there, but he knows he must get more consistent in executing this offense to have a future.

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