Taysom Hill has figured out how to not only get on the field for the Saints but also affect games in different ways. He demonstrated in the first half of Thursday’s Thanksgiving game vs. the Falcons most of those ways.
The former BYU quarterback contributed a punt block, a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown in the first 30 minutes as New Orleans built an eight-point lead over the Falcons in Atlanta. The touchdowns were his fourth and fifth of the season (four receiving, one rushing).
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For the season, Hill had 29 touches (16 rushes, 13 receptions) for 241 yards. In addition, he had taken part in 160 special teams snaps prior to Thursday, with one kick return to his credit.
He hasn’t forgotten how to throw the ball, either. He was 2 for 2 on the season for 35 yards before an incompletion on a trick play in the third quarter.
Hill’s versatility has taken him from undrafted free agent two years ago (by the Packers) to waiver-wire pickup (by the Saints) to secret weapon for a Super Bowl contender. (New Orleans clinched the NFC South with a 26-18 victory Thursday.)