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What was said that may indicate Taysom Hill could be the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2021

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By Brandon Judd | Desert News

SALT LAKE CITY — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton seems to consistently have something positive to say about reserve quarterback/do-it-all playmaker Taysom Hill.

On Tuesday during a segment on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Payton talked about Hill’s role for the Saints in the upcoming season. During the tail end of answering a question posed by host Mike Greenberg, the coach also hinted that Hill’s chance to compete for a starting QB position may come sooner than originally imagined for a franchise that has seen All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees leading the Saints since 2006.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our vision for him this season,” Payton said of Hill, while mentioning that the former BYU quarterback is the third or fourth fastest player on the New Orleans roster and will resume his role at various offensive positions and on special teams.

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Third String Quarterback Key For 2020 New Orleans Saints

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By Dean Mullen | LWOS

Last week, Sean Payton stated Taysom Hill earned the right to be the backup quarterback to Drew Brees. This was no shock. In fact, Hill may have been the starter if Drew Brees ended up retiring after last season. Regardless, the New Orleans Saints have two quarterbacks on the roster. Bringing in a third is normal business coming into a new season. Usually, there can be a battle for the backup position, but the question already has been answered. In 2020, the third-string quarterback has a chance to become involved in the offense this year.

Taysom Hill’s Backup Could Play Pivotal Role

Hill is no Longer Expendable

The fact of the matter is, Taysom Hill is now the insurance policy. He is the guy who comes in just in case. Well, the “just in case” occurred last year, when Drew Brees went down for five games. Historically, Brees has typically stayed healthy since he’s been taking snaps in the black and gold.

But now, being at the age of 41 all bets are off. Hill has to be ready to go in a moment’s notice. Sean Payton is creative. He’s dynamic. He’s also not an idiot. Does anyone really...

Saints, Packers virtually visiting with QB Jordan Love

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By Kevin Patra |

Former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love continues to create buzz as we barrel towards the 2020 NFL Draft later this month.

Love combines tantalizing skills with a big arm and athletic ability and can make plays in and out of the structure of the offense. His inconsistent play in 2019, surrounded by lesser weaponry, however, could give teams pause to pull the trigger on the quarterback early in the first round.

With the NFL lockdown in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams continue to do groundwork on the young signal-caller.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts have been in contact with Love via FaceTime and other virtual methods, per a source informed of the meetings...

Sean Payton says 'I'm a big dummy' for misspeaking on Drew Brees' future

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton turned the NFL world on its ear this week during an appearance on ESPN, suggesting that the 2020 season would be the final year Drew Brees would play under center before riding off into the sunset. While Brees had not made the sort of public announcement Payton claimed, it sort of made sense given the quarterback’s contract structure (his 2021 base salary is not guaranteed, meaning it’s basically his choice whether to return after the 2020 season).

On Wednesday, Payton spoke with local new Orleans media during a teleconference call and explained that his previous comments were a mistake on his part.

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Saints to hold draft war room at local NOLA brewery

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By Around The NFL staff |

With the COVID-19 pandemic altering every facet of daily life, NFL teams have been forced to adjust while still preparing for April's NFL draft.

The New Orleans Saints are setting up shop in a local establishment owned by the Benson family, Dixie Beer's brewery, where the team is holding small draft meetings and plans to work during the draft with certain precautions, head coach Sean Payton said during a Wednesday conference call. Among the precautions: Each staff member will have his or her temperature taken before entering, and only six or seven members will be in the large room, spread out from each other practicing social distancing. The rest of the staff will call in to participate.

Payton also provided an update on his own health during Wednesday's conference call. Payton announced last week he was cleared of COVID-19.

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Fleur-de-Links, April 2: Sean Payton clarifies statement on Drew Brees, speaks on Tom Brady in NFC South

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Sean Payton clarifies Drew Brees “final season” statement, saying Brees is taking things “year by year.”

The Saints have set up the Dixie Brewery Company as their draft headquaters.

The Saints are looking at wide receivers, linebackers, cornerbacks, and a quarterback in the 2020 offseason.

Sean Payton shares his thoughts on Tom Brady joining the NFC South.

Some reasons why the Saints should extend Alvin Kamara’s contract.

Some reasons why the Saints shouldn’t...
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Sean Payton: Tom Brady makes the NFC South stronger

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The Saints have won the NFC South three years in a row, but coach Sean Payton isn’t taking anything for granted now that Tom Brady is in the division.

Payton said Brady’s presence in Tampa Bay makes the Buccaneers a real threat in the division.

“It was a great signing by Tampa, and this division has gotten a lot stronger,” Payton said, via

Payton said he believes the entire Buccaneers roster will get better with Brady’s leadership.

“It’s also what he...
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Report: Competition Committee now supports idea of sky judge

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A year ago, the idea of a sky judge received “no support” from the Competition Committee. Apparently all it took to convince them was the one-year failed experiment that expanded instant replay to include pass interference.

John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reports that the Competition Committee now supports having a sky judge to ensure that certain bad calls or non-calls are fixed in real time.

“The Competition Committee had an abbreviated conference call — obviously...
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Payton, Saints adjusting to unprecedented times as NFL draft looms

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Sean Payton is back at work.

The New Orleans Saints are full speed ahead with their NFL draft preparations.

But things are far from normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The most important thing for my coaches, with everyone in football operations, is the health and safety of our families,” said Payton, who self was self-quarantined with the virus before being cleared six days ago. “I know it’s the draft and it’s important, but it’s not as important as New Orleans...
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Saints, NFL offseason programs altered by coronavirus' 'life-changing experience'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton flips on his TV every morning to watch the news, and he sees what everyone else sees — the number of coronavirus cases continuing to increase.

What's surreal to him is the worldwide severity.

As of noon Wednesday, Louisiana had more than 6,000 cases of coronavirus. When Payton himself was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 19, Louisiana had just 392 cases.

"It's impacting our region and we're one of those hot spots," Payton...
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Sean Payton on facing Tom Brady twice a year: 'This division has gotten a lot stronger'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton remarked on Tampa Bay’s signing of quarterback Tom Brady as “a big change” within the NFC South, and it’s not just because his team now has to compete against the three-time NFL MVP and his “outstanding” talent twice in a season.

“It’s also what he brings to the rest of the team,” Payton said of Brady. “One of the great strengths a player like Tom has is those others around him get better. I’m sure that we’ll see an entirely...
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Saints aren't done assembling their 2020 roster. What positions will they bolster next?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Through a handful of strategic moves in free agency, the New Orleans Saints addressed some of the larger questions facing the roster at the outset of the off-season.

But with the draft still scheduled to begin in a few weeks, the team is not quite done adding to the roster, and coach Sean Payton hinted at a few of the positions at which the Saints may still strike.

“We’re going to be smart with the draft relative to the grades and paying attention to our board,”...
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Walker: Sean Payton unsure if this is final year for Drew Brees, but best guess here is this is it

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Should you go ahead and order those rocking chairs and fishing poles and all those other parting gifts to give Drew Brees for his farewell tour this season?

Or should you wait until 2021 (or 20 whatever) when No. 9 finally decides to walk away from his Hall of Fame career for good?

The answer to that depends on which Sean Payton you believe.

Is it the Payton who appeared on ESPN's Get Up on Tuesday and had this to say when talking about the Saints quarterback...
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Saints looking for third quarterback “to develop, work with, and improve”

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The Saints are one of the teams that have held video meetings with former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love recently and they’ll likely be spending time with other prospects at the position in the coming weeks.

Saints head coach Sean Payton said on Wednesday that a third quarterback to go with Drew Brees and Taysom Hill is an important piece for the team because of the way they use Hill on gamedays. That player will be on the active roster for games and Payton said...
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A war room in the tap room? The Saints' move their temporary HQ to Dixie Brewing

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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In a move that both fits the city’s reputation and fills a need as the coronavirus pandemic changes the way things are, the New Orleans Saints temporarily moved their headquarters to a local brewery and are planning to stay there through the 2020 NFL draft.

Outside of essential medical and security personnel, all 32 NFL teams are currently restricted from accessing their usual facilities, so the Saints branched out elsewhere. When coach Sean Payton spoke to local...
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Saints will add 3rd quarterback, had virtual meeting with Utah State QB Jordan Love

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints will sign a third quarterback before the 2020 season, that much is certain.

But who it'll be and what experience they may or may not have remains to be seen.

Saints coach Sean Payton said on Wednesday that the team isn't set on either drafting a quarterback or acquiring one through free agency, but rather that they'll mesh with the team.

"It'll be the best available player that we feel like fits our program," Payton said.

Whoever that...
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Saints set up draft headquarters in brewery

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METAIRIE, La. -- With NFL facilities closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the New Orleans Saints had to find a new space to set up their makeshift draft headquarters.

So they turned to their draught headquarters.

The Saints have set up shop in the brand new Dixie Brewing Company facility in New Orleans East, which is also owned by team owner Gayle Benson and is closed to the public for the time being. Saints coach Sean Payton said the team is prepared to stay at...
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Saints, Packers among teams showing interest in Jordan Love

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The Dolphins got to meet face to face with Utah State quarterback Jordan Love before the NFL imposed travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other teams didn’t get that chance, so they’re having to get to know him on FaceTime or Zoom.

The Saints, Packers, Chargers, Raiders, Dolphins and Colts have had contact with Love virtually, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Love is projected to go somewhere in the first round.

The Raiders, who had the No...
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Sean Payton says he's a 'dummy,' doesn't know if Drew Brees will retire after 2020

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Sean Payton is a "big dummy."

Those are his words, not a commentary, after the Saints coach addressed his word choice from a day earlier regarding his quarterback Drew Brees' plans beyond the 2020 season.

"I'm a big dummy. ... I honestly don't know if it's his last year," Payton said Wednesday, speaking on a teleconference with the media.

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