Sean Payton surprised many when he announced he would join Taysom hill over backup Jameis winston as starting quarterback in Sunday’s match against Atlanta Falcons but for him the decision was about the long term.
Sources told ESPN that more players and people in Saints the organization believed Winston should have gotten the starting job, but according to other reports, Payton is using the absence of Drew Brees to test the waters with Hill, who could possibly become the starter in the near future.
“Sean just wants to know,” a source told the Associated Press NFL Network.
Hills signed a major two-year, $ 21 million low-season contract – signaling the Saints had big plans for the 30-year-old.
The Saints operate under the assumption that this is likely to be Brees’ final season, which may be the leading reason behind the start of Hill over Winston, ESPN reported.
Brees was unable to finish last week’s match against 49ers after absorbing a heavy hit on a sack attempt from 287-pound San Francisco defensive tackle Kentavius Street.
He said on Saturday he had 11 broken ribs, but revealed that the majority of them were maintained in the Week 9 match against Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hill has yet to start a regular season, but he is four to five passes on 86 yards and has yet to throw a touchdown or wicket this season.