The Saints have chosen their Drew Brees replacement.
With Brees out multiple weeks with multiple rib fractures and a collapsed lung, the Saints made the surprising decision to start Taysom Hill, not Jameis Winston, at quarterback Sunday against the Falcons, per ESPN.
Jameis Winston will not be part of any offensive packages Sunday vs. the Falcons, per @diannaESPN. The Saints’ QB now is Taysom Hill.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 20, 2020
While many expected the former Buccaneers passer, who threw for 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last year, to be named the starter until Brees returns, it'll be the former BYU star who gets the nod.
Maybe it shouldn't be too surprising, though, if you follow the money.
Even though Hill has never started at quarterback in the NFL, the Saints signed the dual-threat player to a two-year, $21 million extension as a restricted free agent in the offseason. Winston is currently on a one-year, $1.1 million pact.
With Brees out, the Saints have a chance to audition their two backup signal-callers to see who could replace Brees full time in 2021 as this year is almost certainly the future Hall of Famers final season. And it's clear that Hill is now the frontrunner for the job.
This is going to be an incredible test to determine if Taysom Hill is the future quarterback for the New Orleans Saints— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) November 20, 2020
In his career with the Saints, the 30-year-old Hill has completed 10 of his 18 passes for 205 yards and an interception.
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