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Taysom Hill Can Play Football, but as a ‘Franchise Quarterback?’ No Chance.

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Taysom Hill views himself as a “franchise quarterback.”
The 29-year-old Idaho native has claimed he’ll leave the Saints if they don’t consider him to be QB1.
Hill has often been referred to as a Swiss army knife due to his ability to play a host of positions.
Taysom Hill played 10 different positions for the Saints during the 2019 NFL season. Including quarterback.
Does that make him a quarterback? Of course not. His claim that he views himself as a “franchise quarterback” is borderline ridiculous.

What is Taysom Hill’s best position?
Looking at how he performed last year, it’s safe to say that Taysom Hill is at his best when he’s given the football as a runner or a receiver.
Taysom Hill’s usage in 2019 for the Saints | Source: SaintsWireHe caught 21 of 24 targets for 259 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in the 2019 season.
Source: TwitterThose are good numbers, so why on earth is Saints coach Sean Payton stoking the fire by going along with this crap?
Asked the question if Hill could be a full-time QB in the NFL, Payton responded:
Absolutely. Absolutely. Sooner than later. He’s gonna be a starting quarterback in our league.
Just not with the Saints, though, right? Come on.
Teddy Bridgewater must be shaking his head in disbelief
As he approaches free agency, Teddy Bridgewater must be wondering what the hell is going on. Once Drew Brees dropped out of the Saints lineup last year due to injury, Teddy stepped up. Big time.

Bridgewater threw for 1,384 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions with five straight victories. He earned a 67.9 percent completion rate in just nine games last year.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a quarterback.

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Taysom Hill, at 29 years old, has 13 career pass attempts and zero touchdowns. And despite Sean Payton seeming to big him up to anyone who’ll listen, he wasn’t chosen to throw the ball when Brees went down injured.
I don’t care what Hill may say, that isn’t the mark of a “franchise quarterback.”
If Hill decides to move on to fulfill his dream, where could he end up?
Almost as insane as Hill referring to himself as a franchise quarterback is that he’s threatening to leave for opportunities elsewhere at the worst possible time:
I want to play quarterback in this league, and if New Orleans don’t view me that way, well, then I have to leave. That’s really where we’re at.
You’re picking a hell of a year to chase that dream, Taysom! Have you been living under a rock? Take a look at the potential free agency market this off-season! Do you think you’re going to be able to compete with those quarterbacks and capture yourself a QB1 position in the NFL?

A Taysom Hill grounded in reality is an asset in this league
As I said, Taysom Hill can do great things when utilized correctly by his coach. Plug him in as a runner or a receiver, and he’s part of a lot of team’s conversations.
As a quarterback, though? Please.
This article was edited by Gerelyn Terzo. Last modified: February 12, 2020 2:24 AM UTC

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