The New Orleans Saints were riding high at the end of October.
The team picked up a Halloween victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to improve to 5-2, but the win came at a cost.
Jameis Winston left with an injury and was later ruled out for the season.
The Saints have not won since then with Trevor Siemian in at quarterback.
That has increased the call to see change under center and one player stands out as the focal point of that movement.
That would be Taysom Hill, who just signed a unique new deal with the Saints that could be worth up over $90 million if he ends up becoming the starting quarterback.
It appears he may be given a shot to begin a new long-term role beginning on Thursday.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 29, 2021
If Hill is healthy, he is reportedly set to be the starter Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys.
A Real Chance For Hill
Hill did get four starts at quarterback in 2020 with Drew Brees out with an injury.
The Saints went 3-1 in those games.
But this will be his first real shot to seize the job on a full-time basis.
New Orleans’ QB Taysom Hill signed a unique four-year, hybrid-type of contract extension that could be worth anywhere between $40 million and $95 million, depending on the position he plays, and includes $22.5 million guaranteed, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 22, 2021
Hill has attempted a total of eight passes this season and has really not seen much action at all after dealing with some injuries.
He essentially enters with a clean slate as the Saints not only try to reach the postseason, but try to determine their quarterback plans for 2022 as well.
Hill is one option, while Winston is another.
One way Hill can hold down the job is by getting the Saints into the postseason.
The Saints enter Week 13 at 5-6, which is the same record as the No. 7 seed Minnesota Vikings.
New Orleans just loses out based on tiebreakers.
Hill’s first test, given he starts, is against a Cowboys team with Super Bowl aspirations, so he will have a chance to make a statement right away.