It took three starts and more than 60 career passes, but Saints QB Taysom Hill finally got the first touchdown pass of his NFL career.
On the Saints’ second drive of the game following three shared punts by the Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, Hill ripped off a 43-yard run to set them up in the red zone. On the very next play, Hill found wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith for a 15-yard touchdown for the 7-0 Saints lead.
Finding the endzone hasn’t been too much of a problem for Smith these past few weeks. But all of his touchdowns (an impressive four of them) have come on the ground, not through the air.
The NFL World was collectively happy that Hill finally got his first TD pass. But they made sure to point out just how wide open Smith was on the play.
First ever TD pass for Taysom Hill.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 6, 2020
Taysom Hill’s first career passing TD comes on a busted coverage. Can’t make it that easy for him.
— Sudu Upadhyay (@SuduUpadhyay) December 6, 2020
But the rest of the NFL world was simply happy for him.
Taysom Hill with his first career TD pass 👏
— ESPN (@espn) December 6, 2020
Congratulations to @T_Hill4 on his first career touchdown pass!
Hoping they are many more to come! #BYU
— Matthew Baiamonte (@baiamontematt) December 6, 2020
TAYSOM HILL TO TREQUAN SMITH FOR A SAINTS TOUCHDOWN. FIRST CAREER PASSINT TOUCHDOWN FOR TAYSOM HILL.
— Charlie Parker (R.I.P. Tyce) (@cmparker999) December 6, 2020
Hill has had a long road to NFL stardom. He joined the Saints as a utility player in 2017 as a 27-year-old rookie after being cut from the Green Bay Packers’ preseason squad.
After getting only special teams snaps as a rookie, he saw an increased role in the offense in 2018 and 2019. That increased role led to a two-year contract in the 2020 offseason, but no promises that he’d be the backup.
But when Drew Brees went down with injuries, Hill got the call and has made the most of it.
Whether you’re a Saints fan or not, Hill is an easy guy to root for.
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