Oct 25, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) and running back Alvin Kamara (41) return to the sideline during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Jameis Winston, Alvin Kamara active vs. Panthers

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston and star running back Alvin Kamara are active for Sunday’s game against the host Carolina Panthers.

Winston (back, ankle) and Kamara (rib) were listed as questionable for the game after being limited participants in practice all week.

Winston, in his third season with the Saints and his second as their starting quarterback, has played in both games thus far but hurt his back in New Orleans’ 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener. His ankle injury was added to the injury report Wednesday.

Kamara, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, sat out last Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after recording nine carries for 39 yards against the Falcons.

Cornerback Paulson Adebo (ankle) also is active and will make his season debut against the Panthers. He was listed as questionable to play on Friday.

Versatile jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill (rib), safety Marcus Maye (rib), running back Tony Jones Jr., guard Wyatt Davis and wide receiver Deonte Harty were listed as inactive for Sunday’s game.

Cornerback Alontae Taylor (knee) was listed as out for the game after missing practice on Friday.

On the inactive list for the Panthers are wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., running back Raheem Blackshear, linebacker Arron Mosby, offensive lineman Cade Mays, defensive tackle Phil Hoskins and defensive end Amare Barno.

–Field Level Media

Jul 28, 2022; Metairie, LA, USA;  New Orleans Saints linebacker Eric Wilson (58) attempts to punch the ball from quarterback Taysom Hill (7) during training camp at Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Taysom Hill shifts to tight end, former QB no fan of move

Versatile New Orleans Saints’ offensive weapon Taysom Hill is done at quarterback for now, shifting to tight end on a regular basis under new head coach Dennis Allen.

Allen said Hill can be “one of the best players in the league” as a movement tight end or H-back in the New Orleans offense.

The system has undergone a revamp of sorts with Sean Payton retired, but Allen wants to implement wrinkles that feature Hill in new and evolving ways.

“That’s the nature of the NFL. This isn’t necessarily what I want, it’s what’s best for the team and I’m good with that,” Hill said.

The Saints are bringing Hill along slowly due to a Lisfranc injury in 2021 and a rib injury three days into training camp.

Hill, 31, played quarterback, wide receiver and running back during Payton’s days calling plays. He’s listed as the co-No. 1 tight end with Adam Trautman on the team’s first preseason depth chart. Hill said he wasn’t sure if he’d still get his number called for special teams duty.

“I’m still very raw in a lot of this stuff, but it’s nice to get some exposure,” he said.

The quarterback spot is being manned by Jameis Winston to start the 2022 season. Hill said he wouldn’t say no if he had his name on the quarterback depth chart or was asked to stay in those position meetings as an extra.

“We’ve got a structure of what we’ve been doing in the past,” he said. “I think we’ll just continue to build on that. “I don’t think what I have been doing is going to change, it’s just expanding that role. … They’re trying to give me the best opportunity to be successful.”

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) gestures as he calls a play in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints focusing on TE duties for versatile Taysom Hill

The New Orleans Saints want jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill to master one position in 2022: tight end.

First-year head coach Dennis Allen confirmed that plan Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., according to NewOrleans.Football.

Hill, 31, has played tight end, quarterback, running back and wide receiver during his five seasons with the team. He has also played more than 800 snaps on special teams.

In 65 games with the Saints since 2017, Hill has accumulated 2,025 passing yards, 1,183 rushing yards and 388 receiving yards. He has 16 touchdown runs, eight touchdown passes and seven touchdown catches.

Hill signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension last November.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) is checked after being injured running against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Taysom Hill needs surgery to repair Lisfranc injury

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill needs surgery to repair the Lisfranc injury he sustained in Sunday’s season finale against the Atlanta Falcons.

Saints head coach Sean Payton didn’t give a timeline for recovery, however reports put Hill out of action for about six months.

Hill was injured during the second quarter after being tackled on a running play. Hill completed 7 of 9 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown and rushed five times for 18 yards before departing in the 30-20 win over Atlanta.

For the season, Hill passed for 978 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. He rushed for 374 yards and five scores.

The 31-year-old Hill started five games this season for the Saints (9-8), who did not qualify for the playoffs despite Sunday’s victory.

He was one of four starting quarterbacks New Orleans utilized this season.

Jameis Winston was the starter before tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the Saints’ seventh game of the campaign. Trevor Siemian started four games and Ian Book received one start.

Siemian replaced Hill against Atlanta and went 9 of 15 for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Taysom Hill, Trevor Siemian headed to COVID list

The New Orleans Saints’ jack-of-all-trades Taysom Hill and quarterback Trevor Siemian are headed to the reserve/COVID-19 list, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

Their departures pave the way for rookie quarterback Ian Book to make his NFL debut for New Orleans in Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins. Book was selected by the Saints in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame.

Hill, 31, has completed just 55.7 percent of his passes for 649 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He has rushed for 311 yards and a team-high five touchdowns, however.

Siemian, who turns 30 on Sunday, has completed 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,083 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions this season.

The Saints (7-7) have answered a five-game losing skid by winning back-to-back games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) before the game against the Buffalo Bills at the Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints’ Taysom Hill (finger) could be in line for surgery

New Orleans Saints versatile weapon Taysom Hill may have sustained a torn tendon in his middle finger on his throwing hand that could require surgery, NFL Network reported Friday.

Hill’s injury is feared to be similar to the one that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sustained against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 7. Wilson missed the Seahawks’ next three games before returning following the team’s bye.

Hill sustained the injury early in the Saints’ 27-17 setback to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. He played through the injury while wearing a splint on his finger, however he threw four interceptions — including one that was returned for a touchdown.

“It’s not broken,” Hill said. “I don’t know exactly what it is.”

Hill completed 19 of 41 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns in New Orleans’ fifth straight setback.

Hill, 31, has completed just 26 of 49 passes for 320 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He also has rushed for 205 yards and three scores and had four catches for 52 yards.

Trevor Siemian and rookie Ian Book are options for the Saints (5-7) should Hill be sidelined.

New Orleans next faces the host New York Jets on Dec. 12.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Skidding Saints moving to Taysom Hill at QB

The New Orleans Saints are planning a switch to Taysom Hill at starting quarterback this week, NFL Network reported Monday.

Hill is taking first-team reps in practice and is likely to start Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, per the report. Trevor Siemian, who has started the past four games, is taking No. 2 reps.

Hill continues to work through a foot injury and need to be healthy enough to play, per the report.

The move comes amid a four-game losing streak for the Saints, all with Siemian as the starter. Siemian replaced Jameis Winston when he went down with a knee injury in the team’s Week 8 game against Tampa Bay. Siemian led the Saints to the win over the Buccaneers but is winless since.

Siemian has completed just 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions on the season. All three INTs have come in the past two games.

The Saints are now 5-6 and have fallen out of the playoff race, for the moment.

Hill has played in just seven games, rushing for 104 yards while passing for 56 yards with an interception. He’s also caught four passes for 52 yards in his Swiss Army knife role.

The Cowboys (7-4) lead the NFC East.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) runs the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Taysom Hill inks ‘unique’ deal with Saints

New Orleans Saints utility player Taysom Hill, who has split time between quarterback, tight end, wide receiver and special teams throughout his five-year pro career in New Orleans, has received a new contract extension that reflects that hybrid role.

Per ESPN, the Saints and Hill have agreed to a contract that will pay him between $40 million and $95 million. The eventual dollar amount is contingent on the position that he ends up playing.

The “unique” four-year deal will pay Hill more should he become the Saints’ starting quarterback within the next four seasons and see regular time at that position. The incentives are designed to reward that scenario.

The Saints were motivated to reach an extension as Hill’s contract was set to expire at the conclusion of this season and the team would have carried an $8.9 million dead cap hit in 2022 even if he wasn’t on the roster.

Hill, 31, has attempted just eight passes this year, completing seven for 56 yards with no touchdowns and an interception.

Trevor Siemian has received the bulk of snaps under center for New Orleans since regular starter Jameis Winston suffered a torn ACL and was lost for the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8. Siemian has thrown for 920 yards on 56.9 percent passing with eight touchdowns against two interceptions.

Before his injury, Winston threw for 1,170 yards with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions on 59 percent passing.

For his career, Hill has completed 101 of 142 passed for 1,103 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions, with most of those stats coming in 2020. He’s also rushed for 913 yards on 171 carries with 14 touchdowns and has 34 career receptions for 388 yards and seven touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  New Orleans Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian (15) drops back top pass against Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Saints tab QB Trevor Siemian to start vs. Falcons

New Orleans Saints quarterback Trevor Siemian will start this weekend’s game against the visiting Atlanta Falcons, coach Sean Payton announced Friday.

Siemian will make his first start since 2019. He played well in relief of an injured Jameis Winston (torn ACL) during New Orleans’ 36-27 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.

Siemian, 29, entered the game in the second quarter and completed 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards with one touchdown. Siemian’s performance helped the Saints (5-2) win their third game in a row.

He has completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 5,848 yards with 31 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 28 career games with the Denver Broncos (2015-17), New York Jets (2019) and Saints.

New Orleans also have Taysom Hill and Ian Book as available quarterbacks. The versatile Hill is expected to return from a concussion to play this week.

–Field Level Media