Saints’ Taysom Hill, The Swiss Army Knife Game: Week 5 By The Numbers

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The New Orleans Saints (2-3) earned their first home win of the season on Sunday, beating the Seattle Seahawks (2-3) 39-32. The offensive battle inside the Superdome was highlighted by Taysom Hill’s career day. The Swiss Army Knife did a bit of everything for New Orleans, returning kicks, recovering fumbles and scoring touchdowns.

The win was a much-needed boost for the Saints. They had lost three games in a row heading into Week 5 and played three of their next four home clashes.

Let’s dive into the numbers for the Saints’ first home win of the 2022 regular season.

2: Sunday was Taysom Hill’s 2nd career 100+ Yard Rushing performance

Prior to Sunday, Taysom Hill had only had one rushing performance for more than 100 yards in his NFL career. That came back in December 2021 in a loss to the New York Giants inside the Superdome. Hill carried the ball 11 times in last season’s loss, rushing for 101 yards and entering the end zone on a memorable 8-yard run.

Unlike Hill’s first 100-yard rushing outing, New Orleans emerged victorious in Week 5. Hill was a rushing threat averaging 12 yards per carry north and helped New Orleans establish a solid ground game alongside Alvin Kamara.

The duo of Kamara and Hill both eclipsed 100 rushing yards against Seattle. However, it was Taysom’s 60-yard touchdown trot late in the fourth quarter that sealed the game for the Saints and earned him his second career day of 100+ yards.

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3: Taysom Hill is 3rd in the NFL in Rushing Touchdowns in 2022

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Going into the 2022 NFL season, the New Orleans Saints made it clear that Taysom Hill was moving away from quarterbacking and back into his gimmick role. Throughout the five weeks of the regular season, Hill excelled in the role that made him a household name in New Orleans.

The former BYU UDFA not only leads the Saints in rushing touchdowns this year, but is also two shy of the NFL’s leading mark. With five rushing touchdowns this year, Hill trails only Jalen Hurts (6), Jamaal Williams (6) and Nick Chubb (7) for most in the NFL.

Hill has already matched his rushing total from a year ago and is three shy of a career high in one season (8 in 2020). Dennis Allen said after the game that he would like to see Hill more involved at quarterback, which could lead to more QB powers, as well as passing passes on the road. Hill appears to have re-solidified in the Saints’ offensive attack.

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Over the years, fantasy football websites have struggled to rank Taysom Hill’s position. After a few years of being ranked as a quarterback, Hill was reclassified as a tight end a season ago by many leagues. His offensive versatility made Hill an interesting play at tight end, but seemed like a touchdown or bust game most weeks.

This week, the few who started Hill at tight end or as a FLEX scored big. Despite a four-touchdown performance by Travis Kelce on Monday night, Hill finished Week 5 as the PPR Fantasy Leagues leading scorer.

Hill didn’t catch a pass in the Saints’ win, but his 112 rushing yards, 22 passing yards, 3 rushing touchdowns and 1 passing touchdown were more than enough to shine in fantasy this week. He can still be an ideal, questionable touchdown or bust player to start forward. However, if you started Hill this week, you almost certainly won your game.


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