Report: Saints to start Taysom Hill at quarterback vs. Falcons

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) fends off Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) on a long carry in the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in New Orleans. (Brett Duke/AP)

The New Orleans Saints will start Taysom Hill at quarterback on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hill will get the nod over Jameis Winston as the Saints play without injured Drew Brees.

Many expected Winston, the former Heisman-winning quarterback with 70 NFL starts and almost 20,000 career passing yards, to take over for Brees under centre. Last season, Winston led the NFL in pass attempts (626), yards (5,109) and interceptions (30) while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Instead, Schefter reports that Winston will not be part of any offensive packages for the Saints, serving as Hill's backup.

Hill's total passing experience in the NFL is as follows: 10 for 18, 205 yards and an interception. The Saints have primarily used him as a rushing/receiving hybrid, a role in which he has accrued 850 total yards and 11 touchdowns in three seasons.

The undrafted 30-year-old did serve as a quarterback during his five-year college career at Brigham Young University, however. Hill passed for nearly 7,000 yards and 43 touchdowns on 6.6 yards/attempt in 37 games for BYU.

Now, Hill makes his first start as an NFL quarterback. Against the Falcons, Hill will see a defence that ranks 31st in passing yards allowed and 32nd in passing touchdowns allowed.

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