Backup Jameis Winston took over for Brees in the second half of last week's game when the future Hall of Famer left the contest with broken ribs and a collapsed lung. Regardless, starting Hill over Winston is certainly controversial, but if it works and the Saints win this weekend, then pundits like Smith will have a lot to answer for on Monday. He even filled in for Drew Brees in Week 10 after he got hurt and was the team's primary passer, with Hill sprinkled in for a few plays here and there.
An injured reserve designation previously would end a player's season with fewer than eight games remaining, but this year the National Football League has adopted more flexible roster rules because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brees was initially expected to miss just two weeks due to those injuries, but the team chose to give Brees more time to recover.
There was speculation that former Heisman Trophy victor Jameis Winston would get the nod, but apparently that is not the case.
Hill has attempted just five passes this season but has completed four of them for 86 yards.
In his availability with reporters later Friday, head coach Sean Payton remained amusingly uncommitted on which quarterback will get the ball. Hill has 34 rushes for 186 yards and a touchdown, as well as six receptions for 74 yards and a score. He has not thrown a touchdown pass or interception this season.
Hill took all the starter reps at practice this week, according to the source.
Hill, who signed a two-year, $21 million deal in April, is a jack-of-all-trades for the Saints.
It's assumed Brees will reclaim his role as the team's starter once he's healthy enough to return.
Now it appears Hill could be in line for his chance to show how well he can run the offense for a sustained period during the game.