Journeyman Trevor Siemian remains at starter for the Saints today, and while head coach Sean Payton has made no declarative statements about how he will handle the quarterback position with Jameis Winston lost for the season, several league sources indicated that Siemian has an opportunity to remain in place.
The Saints signed backup quarterback/special teams ace/hybrid offensive weapon Taysom Hill to a lucrative contract when Drew Brees was still at the helm, but Hill missed two games with a concussion. Payton indicated he has packages of plays for Hill in the game plan for the Titans this week, but he has yet to fully commit to an approach at the quarterback position. He certainly could opt to toggle between Hill and Siemian from week-to-week and within games as well, though Siemian's ability to process quickly and distribute the ball quickly and accurately in short-and-medium quadrants holds a strong appeal with Payton and is not all that unlike how the offense operated with Brees nearing the end of his career.
Siemian replaced Winston in the first quarter of a Week 8 upset of Tampa, and while he started slowly against the Falcons last week, his play improved through the game and he nearly led New Orleans to a comeback win over Atlanta. While Siemian's completion percentage in two games this year is not ideal (59%), he has thrown three touchdowns without an interception and has a good feel for the offense. Payton continues to learn more about his former No. 3 quarterback as he gets more reps in practice, and Payton has made it clearly publicly and privately how much he believes the entire team benefits from Hill being in his jack-of-all-trades role, which also provides a major boost to the Saints special teams.
With Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara out for the game against the Titans, and former receiver Michael Thomas missing the entire season due to injury, Siemian will be without some of the team's top talent against a Tennessee defensive front that might be the best in football right now. A victory Sunday would only boost his chances to retain the job for a longer term.