Fox Deportes' Brady Poppinga Calls Lamar Jackson 'A Poor Man's Taysom Hill'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 26, 2020

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 11: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens runs against the Tennessee Titans during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 11, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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There are hot takes, there are nuclear takes, and then there's Fox Deportes' Brady Poppinga's take that 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson is a poor man's version of New Orleans Saints' jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill.

Poppinga made the comments Sunday on ESPN 960 Sports Radio, per Benjamin Criddle: "Lamar Jackson is the poor man's Taysom Hill. It's not the other way around. That's what we have in Taysom. That's why the Saints aren't messing around. He eventually will be taken care of."  

The comments came days after news surfaced that Saints backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was on the precipice of inking a three-year deal to become the Carolina Panthers' starter.

That, in turn, would make Hill the backup (and perhaps heir apparent) to Saints signal-caller Drew Brees, who will be 42 years old in January.

To Hill's credit, he's proved to be a gigantic thorn in the side of opponents. Last season, he rushed for 5.8 yards per carry and a touchdown on 27 touches, caught 19 passes for 234 yards and six scores and even played 62 percent of snaps on special teams, per Pro Football Reference.

He notably scored two touchdowns on just four touches in his team's 26-18 Thanksgiving Day win over the Atlanta Falcons.

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But he is also just 6-of-13 passing the ball in the pros. He doesn't have the body of work to suggest he'll develop into a great quarterback.

Hill was a menace on the ground with 32 career rushing touchdowns and a high of 1,344 rushing yards in 2013 for BYU. However, he wasn't as accomplished a passer, nearly throwing as many interceptions (11) as touchdowns (12) and tossing for just 6.2 yards per attempt in his final year as a Cougar.

Meanwhile, all Jackson did last year was complete 66.1 percent of his passes for a league-high 36 touchdowns to just six interceptions at 7.8 yards per attempt. He also rushed for 1,206 yards and seven scores en route to leading Baltimore to a league-best 14-2 regular-season mark.

One could argue he's the best player in the game not named Patrick Mahomes, and it's possible Jackson could threaten the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl-winning quarterback's perch next year.

Hill should enter the season as the Saints' No. 2 signal-caller, per head coach Sean Payton to radio hosts Bobby Hebert and Kristian Garic (h/t Sean Walker of KSL.com), so it's possible he sees some reps next year.

However, envisioning him as a better version of one of the game's best and most valuable players is a tough sell.

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