Hill will likely focus on special teams this season after the Saints acquired Teddy Bridgewater in a trade with the Jets on Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Apparently unimpressed by the backup quarterback battle between Hill and Tom Savage, the Saints acted aggressively to upgrade their depth behind starter Drew Brees. The team is expected to keep Hill around on the 53-man roster, as the athletic 28-year-old proved useful on special teams late last season and has some theoretical upside at quarterback. Hill owns an ugly 77.9 passer rating so far this preseason, but he's made up for it with 130 yards and two scores on 16 rush attempts. He'll likely get some work under center during Thursday's preseason finale against the Rams.
Hill did not register in the box score in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round defeat to the Vikings, but he played 19 special-teams snaps and narrowly missed blocking a punt in the second half. A standout dual-threat quarterback at BYU, Hill went undrafted in last April before signing as a free agent with the Packers. Despite an impressive preseason, Green Bay waived Hill, who was claimed off waivers by the Saints in September. The rookie quarterback spent most of the season on the practice squad before causing considerable buzz in his NFL debut in a Week 13 win over the Panthers -- a game in which he recorded two tackles and came close to blocking a pair of Carolina punts as part of the Saints' special-teams unit. While Hill continued to play on special teams (he finished the regular season with four tackles in five games), it's been reported that head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill could be the eventual successor to quarterback Drew Brees, who is a free agent this offseason. Hill's ascension to starting quarterback is unlikely to occur in 2018 -- considering Brees is expected to re-sign with the Saints this offseason -- but the team could let unrestricted free agent Chase Daniel walk this offseason, which could pave the way for Hill to bump up a notch on the depth chart. Although Hill's checkered medical history includes four season-ending injuries in college, he has intriguing potential as a dual-threat quarterback if he were ever to get an extended look in the NFL at any point.
Hill (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's NFC divisional-round game in Minnesota. Hill wasn't available to practice Friday, though he seems likely to recover in time for Sunday's 4:40 PM ET kickoff. However, even if he's ultimately cleared to play, Hill hasn't seen the field since logging one snap in Week 16 and isn't guaranteed to see the field against the Vikings.
Hill made his NFL debut in Sunday's win over the Panthers, recording two tackles on special teams and narrowly missing out on a blocked punt or two in the contest, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports. For the first time all season, the Saints dressed all three of their quarterbacks, with head coach Sean Payton desiring to make use of the 6-foot-2, 221-pound Hill's athleticism when injuries took a toll on New Orleans' special-teams units. Suffice to say, the undrafted rookie out of BYU passed the test, with Payton speaking highly of Hill's performance after the contest. During the game broadcast, Fox Sports' Troy Aikman and Joe Buck said Payton had suggested in their pregame meeting that the 27-year-old could eventually be groomed as the successor to Drew Brees under center. Though Hill has a checkered medical history from his time in college that included four season-ending injuries, he has intriguing potential as a dual-threat quarterback if he were ever to get an extended look in the NFL at any point.
Hill was claimed off waivers by the Saints on Sunday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Hill had an impressive preseason in Green Bay, completing 14 of his 20 passes for 149 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also showed he could be a mobile quarterback with 10 rushes for 71 yards and a touchdown, but he did fumbled the ball twice. Despite this, the Packers simply refused to waste a roster spot on a third-string quarterback. Drew Brees is still aging well for the Saints, but Hill could be seen as a project to become the next quarterback in New Orleans.
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