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Taysom Hill Likely to Replace Trevor Siemian as Saints Starting QB vs. Cowboys

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVDecember 1, 2021

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Taysom Hill reportedly "appears poised" to take over as the New Orleans Saints' starting quarterback for Thursday night's Week 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Wednesday that Hill has been taking practice reps with the first-team offense and will replace Trevor Siemian as the starter if there are no setbacks with his foot injury:

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

From <a href="https://twitter.com/gmfb?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GMFB</a>: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Saints</a> are likely starting QB Taysom Hill on Thursday assuming his foot holds up today, while the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Giants?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Giants</a> are expected to start QB Mike Glennon this week due to Daniel Jones' neck strain. <a href="https://t.co/lR7khibGZ4">pic.twitter.com/lR7khibGZ4</a>

Hill lost a training-camp competition against Jameis Winston for the starting job to open the regular season. Winston suffered a torn ACL in an Oct. 31 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was replaced by Siemian for the past four games.

Although Hill has been active for each of Siemian's starts, he was initially recovering from a concussion suffered in the Bucs game and then trying the manage the foot injury, which severely limited the multifaceted playmaker's impact over the past month.

The Saints lost all four games under Siemian's guidance, dropping from 5-2 to 5-6, which likely spurred the move to consider another quarterback change.

Hill started four games last year in place of the since-retired Drew Brees and played quite well in his first extensive work as an NFL quarterback. He completed 71.9 percent of his throws (82 of 114) for 834 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He added 209 rushing yards and four scores on the ground.

The 31-year-old BYU product recently signed a unique four-year contract extension that's heavily dependent on his future role.

It's worth $40 million at baseline if he remains an all-around offensive weapon, but there's an additional $55 million in potential earnings mostly tied to him becoming the franchise's starting quarterback, per Rapoport.

Now it appears Hill will get a chance to stake his claim to the role during the stretch run of the regular season if he can play through a partially torn plantar fascia in his foot.

"I had a partial [tear], which after learning about, they said you'd rather have a full tear," Hill told reporters. "I think that's been what we've been working through in terms of pain management and tolerance. That's been the challenge. I think we're just getting to the point where I'm going to be dealing with pain. It's just getting to the point where it doesn't limit functionality."

His first start of 2021 is set to come against a Cowboys defense that's giving up the sixth-most passing yards per game (262.3) this season.

The Saints' aerial attack has been limited throughout the year in large part because of not having a true No. 1 wide receiver, with Michael Thomas missing the entire campaign with an ankle injury.

Hill will try to provide a spark to help the Saints push back toward a playoff spot.

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