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New Orleans Saints told to ditch Drew Brees and start Taysom Hill at quarterback

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton should bench Drew Brees and let Taysom Hill showcase his skills.

That’s according to two-time Super Bowl winner and NFL expert Osi Umenyiora who thinks the 29-year-old deserves a chance to shine.

Hill was the hero of the hour against the Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving.

He deflected a punt on special teams, caught a three-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 30-yard run during the 26-18 triumph.

The BYU graduate has never been given a chance to prove his worth as a starting quarterback in the NFL ranks.

And, with the NFC South title now in the bag, New York Giants legend Umenyiora wants Hill to deputise for veteran QB Drew Brees.

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“He’s supposedly a quarterback,” Umenyiora to the BBC.

“But doing all those things, you’ve got to call this guy a Swiss Army knife, which means he has a multitude of purposes on the football field.

“You see what he was able to do. A fantastic young guy, balling.

“I really want to see this guy at the quarterback position, though.

“For like a four series or maybe a game or two, just to see what this guy would play like at the quarterback position.”

In the aftermath of the victory over the Falcons, Payton was quick to praise his popular star.

“I don’t know that there’s anyone that enjoys playing football more than him,” he said.

“And that kind of rubs off and is kind of contagious on his teammates.

“So when guys like him makes a play, you see the bench get excited,”

“He’s neat to coach. There aren’t many guys like him. The first one I’ve ever coached like him. So while he’s developing as a quarterback, there’s a lot of places he’s playing.

“And I probably need to keep giving him the ball even more.”

Despite Umenyiora assertion that Hill should be given a starring role at QB, the ex-Green Bay Packers man was staying humble.

“Look, I know what my role is on this team, and I’m happy with that,” said Hill

“I certainly have different goals and plans for the rest of my career.

But I’m just happy to help our team win in any way that I can. So if I can step on the field eight to 10 or 15, 20… whatever number that is, my goal is to add a spark whenever I can.”

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