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 year's NFL Draft 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 next season, as 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 serve as Brees' backup in 2018. 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 (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's NFC divisional-round game against the Vikings.
Hill was unable to practice Friday due to an illness, but he's now healthy enough to suit up Sunday and provide depth at quarterback behind Drew Brees and Chase Daniel.
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.
Coach Sean Payton suggested Tuesday that Hill will continue to be incorporated on offense in some situations, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports. "Just looking at different situations, I think it was a screen play," said Payton. "We'll continue to do that."
Hill possesses enough athletic ability to play different positions on the field and has even contributed on special teams this season. He checked in for just one offensive play Sunday, so it remains unlikely that the rookie signal-caller will see enough usage to warrant fantasy ownership in most leagues.
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, as Payton spoke highly of Hill after the contest and suggested in pregame meetings with Fox Sports' Troy Aikman and Joe Buck 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.
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