By John Sigler
New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill has been lauded for his unusual special teams play, and that’s continuing in training camp. Hill has been working as a gunner on kickoff coverage units, rocketing downfield at 6-foot-2, 221-pounds, and Friday managed to destroy a teammate who was in the wrong place at the right time. The bone-jarring hit was captured on video by Garland Gillen of WVUE-FOX. It’s embedded below, and you can also watch it by following this link to Gillen’s Twitter account.
“We had a little collision there. It wasn’t on purpose,” Hill explained after practice to Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate.
Hill’s exploits on special teams lit a fire in #SaintsTwitter last season, as the reserve quarterback apparently got tired of holding a clipboard and wanted to make an impact. Saints special teams consultant Mike Westhoff was here for getting an athlete of Hill’s caliber on the field, and it turned into a game-changing fumble off of Carolina Panthers punter Michael Palardy late in the season.
It remains to be seen whether Hill will continue to thrill on special teams should he win the backup job behind Drew Brees. J.T. Barrett and Tom Savage would love to win it over him. New Orleans quarterbacks coach Michael Lombardi has raved about Hill’s athleticism all summer, telling the Advocate back in May, “[Hill might be the strongest guy on the team,] certainly pound for pound. He might be the strongest squatter. The guy is a freak athlete. I’ve never seen anyone like him at this...