Standing in the Broncos’ way of taking another step toward .500 sustained four season-ending injuries at BYU, wasn’t drafted three years ago, was cut after his first training camp and made his initial NFL impact in a Swiss Army Knife role for the New Orleans Saints.
What Taysom Hill lacks in starting quarterback experience he makes up for in athleticism, arm strength and play-making ability, and he has the Broncos’ attention.
In his 47th career game, Hill made his first start at quarterback in Sunday’s 24-9 win over Atlanta, replacing Drew Brees, who is on injured reserve with multiple broken ribs. Hill completed 18 of 23 passes for 233 yards and rushed 10 times for 49 yards and two touchdowns.
“He performed his duties as a quarterback,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “I don’t think the Saints changed their offense at all because he was the quarterback.”
And that was surprising to Fangio and just about everybody else who half-expected Saints coach Sean Payton to draw up a run-the-quarterback-scheme that is the opposite of what Brees has operated.
But no. A wise move by Payton was not exposing Hill to first-half hits on designated run plays. Eight of his 10 carries were in the second half when he used his 6-foot-2, 221-pound frame to pound away at Atlanta’s defense.
“I turned on the tape looking to maybe see something different, but it was the Saints’ offense they’ve been running since…