FILE – New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill warms up before an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020. Hill told media members Tuesday, April 20, 2021, he’s changed his offseason workout routine as he prepares for a starting quarterback competition for the first time in his NFL career, with fellow veteran Jameis Winston. | Butch Dill, Associated Press
Being in a competition for the New Orleans Saints’ starting quarterback job for the first time in his NFL career has Taysom Hill changing up his offseason workout routine.
That became possible after longtime Saints starter and surefire Hall of Famer Drew Brees retired last month after 20 NFL seasons.
“For the last four years, my workout routine has been different,” Hill told media members at a golf event Tuesday, per ESPN’s Mike Triplett. “It’s been structured to be the Swiss Army knife and do all these other things I was going to be called upon (to do), where now my emphasis, my focus is just being a full-time quarterback.”
This is the exact Taysom Hill comment I just edited from the video to share here. Found it interesting that he said he shifted his offseason workout focus from “Swiss Army knife” to full-time QB. https://t.co/yr6IQ99MAo pic.twitter.com/LdhMaf484T
— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) April 20, 2021
While Hill, the former BYU quarterback, had the chance to start four games last year when Brees was injured, he’s mostly been a utility player for New Orleans in his first four NFL seasons. Hill went 3-1 during his brief relief starting stint in 2020 and finished the year with 928 passing yards and four passing touchdowns with two interceptions, while also rushing for 457 yards and eight touchdowns. He also lost five fumbles.
“I would also say I think the mindset is different: Hey, Drew went down, you’re called on to step in and do everything you can to not mess it up as a backup,” Hill said, per NOLA.com’s Luke Johnson. “That was my mindset. I think the mindset shifts when you become the guy.
“… Last year, it was always a means to an end. Hey, when is Drew going to be healthy and when is he going to be ready, because your time is then over. So I think it’s a different mindset and something I’m looking forward …read more
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