Despite Saints Quarterback Drew Brees missing just nine starts during the course of his 15-year career in New Orleans, the back up QB position has never been more important for the Saints, who are now 6-0 in games Brees doesn’t start dating back to last season.
The Saints were 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater last year and are now 1-0 with Taysom Hill this year. In his first ever career start at quarterback, at 30, Hill overcame some early game jitters to lead the Saints to a 24-9 win.
Mostly known for his speed, Hill completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards and had a 57-yard touchdown to Emmanuel Sanders called back due to a holding penalty.
In the end, Hill put the game on ice with his legs, scoring from two yards out in the third quarter and 10 yards out in the fourth.
Even with Brees on injured reserve, his presence was very much felt on the field on Sunday. Hill said, “If I’m being honest, I didn’t fully understand what it took to be a starter in the NFL until I got here and I had the opportunity to learn from Drew. And man, Drew has been with me every step of the way this week because we watched film and he was just constantly asking me what I needed and how he could be helpful and so he was so critical. He was such a comfort for me to have around, and I look up to him so much and he’s become one of my best friends.”
After the game, Hill acknowledged cutting back on the number of designed runs despite rushing for 51 yards on 10 carries.
In the first half, Alvin Kamara scored from three yards out, his 50th touchdown in Saints history.
That ties him for sixth place with Joe Horn, now trailing only Marques Colston, Mark Ingram, Deuce McAllister, Dalton Hilliard, and Jimmy Graham.
Also on Sunday, Kamara became the first ever player in NFL history to record at least 500 yards rushing and receiving in each of his first four seasons in the league.