The New Orleans Saints may have found another way to deploy quarterback/special tamer/Incredible Hulk Taysom Hill: kick returner.
Saints special teams coach Bradford Banta was coaching Hill up in pregame warmups alongside the other kick returners, including wide receiver Tommylee Lewis and tailback Alvin Kamara.
Hill’s exploits on special teams are already well-documented, and he made noise throughout the summer by blowing up everything in his path covering punts and kickoffs. He cameoed in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an early two-point conversion attempt, on a “run-run-option” with Kamara.
The Saints coaches clearly love Hill and what he’s able to do with the ball in his hands. There’s a real case to be made that he’s, pound for pound, the best pure athlete on the team. Given his advanced age for the position – Hill is 28, and entering just his second year in the NFL – it’s not likely that he develops further as a quarterback, especially with Teddy Bridgewater as the heir apparent.
But Hill keeps finding new ways to get on the field. Don’t be shocked if he contributes again on a kick or punt return with a chance to break one off. Can he play tight end, or even better, linebacker?
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