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New Orleans Saints 2018 season recap: Taysom Hill

Hill saw the field in all 16 games and put up career-high numbers

Taysom Hill was the Swiss army knife of the New Orleans Saints offense in 2018. Though his official position is quarterback, Hill was used in many different capacities for the Saints, including tight end and receiver. Hill made an impact on special teams for the Saints during 2017, but he only saw the field during five games. This year, Hill saw the field in all 16 games and put up career-high numbers. Behind the Saints key rushers, Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, Hill ranked third in rushing with two touchdowns and 196 rushing yards on 37 carries. Teammates gave Hill the nickname, the "Mormon Missile," but he's also been compared to Fred Flinstone, and a "Thor-terback."

Hill took 343 snaps with special teams, tied for most on the team with linebacker Craig Robertson, and 182 snaps with the offense. In only his second year in the league, the Brigham Young University product created mayhem for the opposing team's defense. Coach Sean Payton used Hill in a multitude of ways and continued to credit Hill with being the "total package."

BEST GAME: Offensively, Hill's best game came in Week 3 against the Atlanta Falcons. Hill had three carries for 39 yards and returned the ball three times for 64 yards, averaging 21 yards per return.

Defensively, Hill made impact game after game on special teams. Hill's biggest play came in Tampa Bay when he blocked Bryan Anger's punt. The ball was recovered by Saints special-teamer Dwayne Washington and eventually resulted in a Saints touchdown and a win for New Orleans.


"It's kind of a learning process, you know. And I think having this weapon now is really intriguing, because Taysom is so versatile, he can do so many things," quarterback Drew Brees said about Hill. "We're still just kind of scratching the surface. We're still just kind of learning what we can do with all that stuff."


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