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Can Saints QB Taysom Hill really become Drew Brees' heir?

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"I was kind of joking around with a few guys that this is the first opportunity I've had to take a rep at quarterback in the New Orleans Saints' offense. So these last [two weeks of OTA practices] have been a ton of fun," said the second-year quarterback, who managed to create an enormous amount of buzz last fall -- even though he barely even saw the practice field as the Saints' third-stringer.

For those who might have missed it, here's how this unique and surprising tall tale started:

Hill, an undrafted dual-threat quarterback out of BYU, had an impressive preseason with the Green Bay Packers in 2017. But the Packers let him go when they cut their roster to 53 players in September, and the Saints quickly snatched him off the waiver wire.nfl authentic jerseys cheap

Flash forward to December, when two eye-opening things happened.

First, Hill started playing on special teams -- and actually thriving in kick coverage -- after the Saints found a rare way to use his skill set as a big, athletic, 6-foot-2, 221-pounder.

That helped Hill run for 2,815 yards and 32 touchdowns in college, to go with his 6,929 passing yards and 43 TD passes. He also threw for two touchdowns and ran for another during the Packers' preseason last year.4

"You just don't see guys that are as strong and as fast as him very often. ... Oftentimes those guys are playing safety or running back or receiver," Lombardi said. "A guy that can run like that obviously causes problems for a defense, in a different way than maybe a Drew Brees does.

"So he has traits that can help him be successful. And obviously his job and our job is to help him mold those traits into a guy that can effectively play the position."

Lombardi also mentioned to The Advocate that one of the strengths Hill has shown so far in practice is the ability to make throws down the field while on the move outside the pocket.

"Every great quarterback has to have a way of making a play when the play call isn't perfect," Lombardi said. "Someone's not open right away, or the pressure gets to you, and you have certain guys like Tom Brady or Drew, they do it by finding these creative throws or getting the ball out so quick and having that sixth sense of where to go with the ball. Other guys get away from the rush, and they get outside the pocket, and they create. You see Aaron Rodgers and those kind of guys make plays that way."

Only two of the Saints' OTA practices have been open to the media so far. But Hill has turned heads on a couple of plays -- one when he took off running down the field and one when he made a strong throw across his body.customized nfl jerseys cheap

"He looks good," Payton said. "We like where he's at. He's grinding, working hard. You guys saw maybe a play where when he does get outside the pocket, he can run -- I mean real fast. So that presents a new challenge for the defense."

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