The Buccaneers should be happy every time they see Taysom Hill’s name in the news.
The Saints own the Buccaneers in the regular season. There is almost no way around it. Whether the quarterback is Jameis Winston, Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, or Trevor Siemian, Tampa has struggled to find an answer for New Orleans in recent years during the regular season.
Now, as Bucs fans will point out, the playoffs is what matters, and Tampa has won as many Super Bowls with Tom Brady as the Saints did going “all-in” for decades with Drew Brees, so there is that to hang hats on.
But still, the losses to the Saints need to stop, and the Bucs have a chance to prove themselves when they host the Saints later this season.
The good news for Tampa is that the Saints are only going to make life easier in the regular season going forward by paying Taysom Hill yet again. How the great third-string WR, RB, TE, and second-string quarterback keeps getting paid is hard to comprehend, and it appears that the Saints are going to continue trying to prove how much smarter they are than the rest of the league.
Hill’s versatility is exciting and fun to watch, but he does not bring anything dominant to the table at any position other than being able to play multiple positions, and let’s not kid ourselves. This talent is not unique to Hill.
Does anyone honestly believe that Devin White wouldn’t also be a great running back? Or that Mike Evans couldn’t be a good backup safety? Almost every NFL athlete played both sides of the ball for their entire life before college, but there is a need to specialize in the NFL.
Professional athletes have to be masters of their positions. There is a reason why so few players play multiple positions in the modern era, and it usually boils down to needing players to spend all of their time getting better at their main position.
A jack of all trades is a master of none, and the NFL desperately needs masters if you want to succeed.
Hill has had his way with the Buccaneers so far in his career, but one has to think that his recent deal indicates that Payton will give him yet another shot to win the starting job. After watching one game with Jameis Winston at the helm, the Bucs would be more than happy to see the Saints sign on for four years of someone else starting rather than a real quarterback.
The Buccaneers will get their chance to expose Hill.
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