METAIRIE, La. “The New Orleans Saints plan to start Thysham Hill in the quarterback before James Winston on Sunday against the Falcons in Atlanta,” a source told ESPN’s Adam Shefter.
According to the source, Hill took all the starting repetitions of the training week. A source also told ESPN’s Diana Rusini that Winston would not be part of any offensive packages unless necessary due to injury.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise, as Winston is more experienced and was the one to replace Drew Bryce in the second half of last week’s 27-13 victory over the San Francisco 49ers after Bryce received cracked ribs and a punctured lung.
However, the Saints’ decision recalls how coach Sean Peyton and team leaders have always maintained that Hill could be a starting NFL defender – and how they backed that belief by signing him for a two-year $ 21 million contract extension as a limited free agent. this off-season.
Hill, who was a double-backed quarterback at BYU from 2012-2016, has played a unique role with the Saints over the past four seasons as a reading specialist QB / RB / WR / TE / FB /.
He has completed just 11 of 20 assists in his career, including the playoffs, for a total of 255 yards without touchdown and one interception.
However, the fast and physically 6-foot, 221-pound man passed the ball 105 times for 596 yards (average 5.7 yards per carry) with four TDs.
Hill played seven clicks in a quarterback for the Saints in the second half of last Sunday’s victory, dropping the ball to five of them for a total of 31 yards – although he lost the mess in his last wear. He was also fired once.