Hill said Tuesday that he's training exclusively at quarterback this offseason, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Prior to logging snaps at six offensive positions in 2020, per Pro Football Focus, Hill said he spent previous offseasons by preparing to play in a variety of roles on offense and special teams. With Drew Brees having retired, there's an open window for Hill to secure the starting quarterback gig in New Orleans, and for seemingly the first time in his professional career, he's only going to be taking snaps under center. While the 30-year-old will face competition from fellow incumbent backup Jameis Winston this offseason, it was Hill whom the Saints chose to start when Brees was injured for four games last season. Accordingly, the job may be Hill's to lose, especially after coach Sean Payton previously expressed doubt in March that New Orleans will add another signal-caller to the mix through the 2021 NFL Draft.
Coach Sean Payton believes the Saints are done adding quarterbacks after they re-signed Jameis Winston to compete with Hill (knee) for the starting job, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Payton did say the team will still make some calls, and it would be easy enough to make an argument for drafting a quarterback in April. Winston is signed to a one-year contract, while Hill's "four-year, $140 million" contract extension is all voidable after 2021 (it just helped the team push some cap hit to 2022). The camp battle between these two QBs will be one of the major fantasy-football stories of the summer, with Hill offering upside thanks to his running ability, while Winston already has a 5,000-yard season on his resume. The Saints have lost a lot of talent this offseason, but they still have Sean Payton, Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and one of the better O-lines in the league.
The Saints are restructuring Hill's (knee) contract into a voidable four-year, $140 million extension, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The grand total of Hill's extension appears enormous, but with all years being voidable it essentially serves as a means for the Saints to clear up cap space and potentially move dead money into future years. The restructure comes following the announcement of Drew Brees' retirement, a development which gives Hill's spot on the roster a new context, even if it wasn't completely unexpected. With Jameis Winston currently set for free agency, Hill stands atop the Saints' quarterback depth chart. In the four games he filled in for Brees last season, Hill averaged 209 passing yards, one passing touchdown and 0.5 interceptions per contest. He also boosted his totals with an average of 52 rushing yards and one score on the ground per game, numbers which would extrapolate to a high-end fantasy season across 16 starts. Of course, it seems probable that Hill will face some form of real competition for the No. 1 gig, whether Winston re-signs or New Orleans brings in another option.
Hill, who missed the team's final game due to a knee injury, finished the 2020 regular season with 928 passing yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions as a passer while contributing 457 rushing yards and eight additional rushing scores.
Hill got his first taste of action as a starter this season, filling in for Drew Brees in four games, throwing for 834 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also chipped in four rushing touchdowns in that span and finished the season with career highs in carries (87), rushing yards (457) and rushing touchdowns (8). The possibility of Drew Brees' retirement is very real, and if the future Hall of Fame quarterback does call it quits, Hill -- assuming his knee isn't a long-term concern -- will likely compete for the Saints' starting job in 2021. Jameis Winston is set to become a free agent, but if he sticks around, he'll surely be in the mix for the starting job, too.
Hill (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Buccaneers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
This week, Hill didn't practice until Friday, when he put in a limited session. However, it wasn't enough for the Saints to clear the QB and gadget player to suit up in the divisional round. As a result, Jameis Winston will serve as the backup quarterback to Drew Brees on Sunday.
Hill (knee), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Buccaneers, isn't expected to play, Ian Rapoport and Jane Slater of NFL Network report.
The Saints will presumably re-evaluate Hill in a workout early Sunday before ruling on his status ahead of the 6:40 p.m. ET kickoff, but the 30-year-old looks to be trending in the wrong direction after he managed only one limited practice this week while battling the knee injury. In addition to Hill, the Saints are also expected to be without the services of No. 2 running back Latavius Murray (quadriceps), so Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara would both seem less likely to lose out on scoring opportunities in the red zone.
Hill (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after returning to a limited practice Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
If Hill is available for Sunday night's 6:40 ET kickoff, he'd back up Drew Brees at QB while also providing the Saints offense with a versatile rushing/pass-catching option. Hill finished the regular season with rushing scores in each of New Orleans' final three contests.
Hill (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Hill missed a second straight practice, as did RB Latavius Murray (quad). The Saints should be alright without one or both of them, but it's definitely an interesting situation for fantasy purposes, impacting he outlooks for Alvin Kamara, Drew Brees and the New Orleans pass catchers. Including last week's playoff game, Hill has 18 carries, six targets and three TDs in four appearances since Drew Brees returned from IR.
Hill didn't practice Wednesday due to a knee injury, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Hill dealt with a concussion last week, but he managed to pass through the protocol for head injuries to play in Sunday's wild-card win over the Bears. In the 21-9 victory, he lost a fumble, had four carries for 15 yards and caught both targets for five yards. Now with a knee issue in tow, Hill's status will be one to monitor as this weekend's game against the Buccaneers draws closer.
Hill rushed four times for 15 yards and caught both of his targets for five yards in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Hill's three-game streak of scoring a rushing touchdown was snapped as he logged just four carries and failed to get much going with them. New Orleans' offense was back to full health, and Hill's recent opportunities dissipated as Latavius Murray, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas all found the end zone. Hill will have a tough time finding meaningful touches in next week's divisional round against Tampa Bay's league-best rush defense.
Hill (concussion) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Bears, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Hill's lack of an injury designation confirms that he's completely cleared the league's five-step concussion protocol, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering that he's coming off back-to-back full practices. He'll handle his usual jack-of-all trades role versus Chicago while Drew Brees starts under center.
Hill (concussion) practiced fully Thursday.
Hill emerged from Week 17 with a concussion, but he's already displayed measurable progress through the protocol for head injuries by increasing his activity from limited Wednesday to uncapped one day later. Still, he must be cleared by an independent neurologist in order to suit up Sunday against the Bears.
Hill was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's injury report with a concussion.
Since Drew Brees returned to action Week 15, Hill has played his typical bit role in the Saints offense, completing both of his passes for eight yards, tallying 14 carries for 62 yards and three touchdowns, and hauling in two of four targets for 24 yards. Hill's current bout with a concussion wasn't revealed until the team reconvened for preparation for the wild-card round, but the fact he fit in some activity Wednesday indicates he's progressing through the NFL's protocol for head injuries. In any case, he'll be subject to a meeting with an independent neurologist before a determination is made on his status for Sunday's game against the Bears.
Hill rushed seven times for 41 yards and a touchdown and caught his only target for five yards in the Saints' 33-7 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
As expected, Hill saw some additional work out of the backfield with both Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray out after being placed on the COVID-19 list. Hill added to his career-best rushing touchdown total and scored on the ground for the eighth time in 2020 after accumulating just three rushing touchdowns across his first three seasons in the league. Hill finishes the regular season with the best statistical performance of his career, and he'll likely compete for the starting job in New Orleans in 2021 if Drew Brees retires.
Hill may handle more reps in Sunday's game against the Panthers following news that Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray and Dwayne Washington are out after being placed on the COVID-19 list, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports.
It's unclear exactly how the backfield will shake out. The Saints are expected to promote running back Tony Jones from the practice squad, and Ty Montgomery has experience at the position, too. However, with none of the top backs available, Hill could be in line for a bulk of the goal-line rushes, providing an intriguing opportunity to add to the seven rushing scores he's accrued thus far.
Hill completed both of his pass attempts for eight yards, rushed five times for 18 yards and a touchdown, and secured his only target for 19 yards in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday.
Hill once again played his jack-of-all-trades role with efficacy, recording a rushing touchdown for the second straight game and seventh time this season. Hill also put the ball up for the first time since his starting quarterback stint in place of Drew Brees came to an end Week 14. Hill could potentially see time in all three offensive roles again during a Week 17 road season finale versus the Panthers.
Hill carried the ball twice for three yards and a touchdown and failed to record a catch on two targets in Sunday's 32-29 loss to Kansas City.
With Drew Brees back under center. Hill returned to his usual role as a gadget player and backup QB, and he took a red-zone snap into the end zone in the second quarter. He was also targeted in the red zone by Brees later in the game but wasn't able to corral the pass. Hill still retains some fantasy value in very deep formats, but unless Brees gets hurt again, he's unlikely to see much action in Week 16 against the Vikings.
The Saints could make less use of Hill as a "jack-of-all-trades" player Sunday against the Chiefs after Jameis Winston was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Though Hill had been the Saints' starting quarterback each of the past four games, he was in line to serve as the No. 3 option behind Drew Brees (ribs/lung) -- who will start after being reinstated from injured reserve -- and Winston this week. As a result, most of Hill's practice reps this week came on special teams and in the versatile role he plays on offense when Brees is available. Because Brees is playing at less than 100 percent health, the Saints kept Winston prepared to replace him during the contest if necessary, but those duties will now fall to Hill. Terrell suggests that because Hill is the only option to step in at quarterback in the event Brees can't finish the contest, the Saints could scale back Hill's usage as a runner and receiver. While Brees started the first nine games of the season, Hill averaged 4.6 combined carries and targets per contest during that span.
Hill is slated to return to his versatile role on offense and special teams Sunday against the Chiefs with Drew Brees (ribs) expected to return from injured reserve to start at quarterback for the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Brees remains on IR for now, but he's expected to be activated no later than Saturday, putting an end to his four-game absence. Hill performed well as the fill-in starter during that stretch, compiling a 3-1 record and completing 82 of 114 pass attempts for 834 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions while also rushing 39 times for 209 yards and four more scores. The 30-year-old should be involved in the offense as a runner and receiver in addition to his duties on special teams while Jameis Winston serves as a more traditional backup option behind Brees.
Hill completed 28 of 38 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Eagles. He also carried the ball five times for 33 yards.
The Philly defense was able to contain Hill on the ground and force him to become a passer, and while he posted some fairly impressive numbers through the air as a result, New Orleans came out on the wrong end of the final score. Drew Brees (ribs) still doesn't have a clear timetable for his return to action, potentially leaving Hill under center again in Week 15's home clash against Kansas City.
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