Locals in the NFL: Is it Taysom Time in New Orleans ... again? (+complete Week 8 roundup)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) is carted off the field after being injured from a horse collar tackle in the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. (Derick Hingle, Associated Press)

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AROUND THE SHIELD — Taysom Hill's time in the NFL's concussion protocol is expected to come to an end soon.

How long before he enters as the New Orleans Saints starting quarterback is still up for debate.

The former BYU star has been out with concussion symptoms since Oct. 10, but head coach Sean Payton confirmed that Saints starter Jameis Winston suffered a long-term ACL tear in Sunday's 36-27 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that could see Hill pressed into action as soon as he is reasonably available.

Will he be available next Sunday against the Falcons? Payton wouldn't say.

"He's doing well. He's progressing," the veteran head coach said of Hill. "He's on schedule."

When asked after Sunday's game if a healthy Hill would've been the go-to quarterback when Winston went down, the coach was less decisive. He said that Hill's injury, combined with the availability of Trevor Siemian — who completed 16-of-29 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown against the Buccs — meant that Hill likely would've dressed out as the third-string quarterback.

Of course, doing so also would've allowed the Saints (5-2) to allow Hill to do "Taysom Things," running him as a Wildcat quarterback, part-time running back and even at tight end where he has started a good chunk of his pro career in the Big Easy.

Asked if Hill will play Sunday, Payton repeated two words he said over during his 12-minute conference call: "We'll see." He did add that New Orleans has no plans to sign another quarterback before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, saying he's comfortable with the quarterbacks on roster as they currently stand.

But he wouldn't commit to bringing back Hill and re-inserting him at the top of the lineup, either.

"We're satisfied with the quarterback room," Payton said. "This is going to be the $6 million question, and honestly, we're going to look closely at what's best for our team and this team. As the week progresses, we'll see how we want to play it out. We'll be ready to play Sunday."

Former Notre Dame starter Ian Book is also on the Saints' practice squad. Speaking purely hypothetically, Payton said it would be extremely difficult to integrate a new quarterback into the Saints' current system, and a move to add another signal caller would have to come with one that is "a very quick study," in any event.

The insinuation is that no currently available quarterback in the NFL fits the billing.

"Hypothetically speaking, I think depending on if it's been done every year, the one thing in our league is that it happens all the time at different positions. When it happens at quarterback, it's more significant because of all the nuances of learning the position," Payton said. "Typically, that player has to be pretty smart, a quick study. It's something that is not unusual, but maybe what's more unusual is if someone has to come in and play very soon. But that would be a hypothetical situation; I think it's a challenge, yes."

So, will it be Hill taking snaps under center on the next available NFL Sunday?

To quote his coach: "We'll see."

Here's how other former local high school and college football standouts from Utah fared in Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season.

Kansas City 20, NY Giants 17 (Monday Night Football)

Chiefs (4-4)

  • Marcus Kemp, WR, Layton: Made one tackle on special teams.
  • Daniel Sorensen, S, BYU: Made two tackles on defense.

Giants (2-6)

  • Devontae Booker, RB, Utah: Starting running back ran for 60 yards on 15 carries, added five catches for 65 yards.

Green Bay 24, Arizona 21 (Thursday Night Football)

Packers (7-1)

  • Jordan Love, QB, Utah State: Active, but did not play.

Cardinals (7-1)

  • Leki Fotu, DL, Utah/Herriman: Made one tackle in 37 defensive snaps, seven on special teams.

New Orleans 36, Tampa Bay 27

Saints (5-2)

  • Marcus Williams, FS, Utah: Starting free safety had team-high eight tackles while playing all 61 defensive snaps.
  • Kaden Elliss, LB, Judge Memorial: Played two defensive snaps, 21 on special teams.

Buccaneers (6-2)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Carolina 19, Atlanta 13

Panthers (4-4)

  • Brady Christensen, OT, BYU/Bountiful: Played five snaps on special teams

Falcons (3-4)

  • No locals on the active roster.

Buffalo 26, Miami 11

Bills (5-2)

  • Zack Moss, RB, Utah: Ran for 19 yards on eight carries, caught six passes for 39 yards while playing 47 offensive snaps.
  • Taron Johnson, CB, Weber State: Starting nickel made five tackles while playing all 69 defensive snaps, two on special teams.
  • Star Lotulelei, DT, Bingham/Snow College: Starting defensive tackle had one tackle, one quarterback hurry in 35 defensive snaps, two on special teams.

Dolphins (1-7)

  • Eric Rowe, DB, Utah: Made two tackles in 22 defensive snaps.

San Francisco 33, Chicago 22

49ers (3-4)

  • Fred Warner, LB, BYU: Starting middle linebacker had team-high eight tackles, one pass breakup while playing all 70 defensive snaps.
  • Kai Nacua, DB, BYU: Played 15 snaps on special teams.
  • Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah: Played seven snaps on special teams, all at holder.

Bears (3-5)

  • Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU/Granger: Posted one for loss in five defensive snaps, seven on special teams.
  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah: Starting cornerback had four tackles, one pass breakup while playing all 56 defensive snaps.
  • Patrick Scales, LS, Utah State/Weber: Made one tackle in seven special-teams snaps.

Pittsburgh 15, Cleveland 10

Steelers (4-3)

  • Miles Killebrew, S, SUU: Made two tackles on special teams in 15 snaps, added five on defense.

Browns (4-4)

  • Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU: Made three tackles in 22 defensive snaps, 15 on special teams.

Philadelphia 44, Detroit 6

Eagles (3-5)

  • Sua Opeta, OL, Weber State/Stansbury: Inactive for Week 8.

Lions (0-8)

  • Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU: Inactive for Week 8.
  • John Penisini, DL, Utah/West Jordan/Snow College: Made three tackles in 33 defensive snaps, nine on special teams.
  • Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Hills: Starting left tackle played 58 offensive snaps, one on special teams.

LA Rams 38, Houston 22

Rams (7-1)

  • Terrell Burgess, S, Utah: Made one tackle in 18 defensive snaps, 23 on special teams.
  • Matt Gay, K, Utah/UVU/Orem: Made 27-yard field goal, five PAT attempts, one tackle in 13 special-teams snaps, including kickoffs.
  • Jonah Williams, DE, Weber State: Played 16 defensive snaps, six on special teams.

Texans (1-7)

  • No locals on the active roster.

NY Jets 34, Cincinnati 31

Jets (2-5)

  • Javelin Guidry, DB, Utah: Made two tackles in six defensive snaps, one tackle in 10 special-teams snaps.
  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU/Corner Canyon: Out 2-4 weeks with PCL strain.

Bengals (5-3)

  • Jalen Davis, CB, Utah State: Played two snaps on special teams.

New England 27, LA Chargers 24

Patriots (4-4)

  • Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU: Had two tackles, one pass breakup in 42 defensive snaps.

Chargers (4-3)

  • Michael Davis, CB, BYU: Starting cornerback played 19 defensive snaps.
  • Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: Made two tackles in 22 defensive snaps.
  • Alohi Gilman, S, Orem: Made two tackles in 14 defensive snaps, 26 on special teams.

Seattle 31, Jacksonville 7

Seahawks (3-5)

  • Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State: Starting middle linebacker had game-high 14 tackles in 76 defensive snaps, two on special teams.
  • Cody Barton, LB, Utah/Brighton: Played 17 snaps on special teams.
  • Marquise Blair, S, Utah: Inactive for Week 8.
  • Bryan Mone, DT, Highland: Starting defensive tackle had two tackles in 22 defensive snaps.

Jaguars (1-6)

  • Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State: Played 18 snaps on special teams.
  • Jay Tufele, DT, Bingham: Placed on IR after hand surgery.

Denver 17, Washington 10

Broncos (4-4)

  • Tim Patrick, WR, Utah: Starting wide receiver caught three passes for 64 yards in 50 offensive snaps.
  • Garett Bolles, OT, Utah/Westlake/Snow College: Starting left tackle played 50 offensive snaps, three on special teams.

Football Team (2-6)

  • Dax Milne, WR, BYU/Bingham: Caught one pass for 22 yards in 21 offensive snaps, one on special teams.
  • Tyler Larsen, OC, Utah State/Jordan: Reserve center played 42 offensive snaps, four on special teams.

Dallas 20, Minnesota 16

Cowboy (6-1)

  • Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham: Starting tight end caught two passes for 11 yards in 60 offensive snaps, five on special teams.
  • Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah: Played 21 snaps on special teams.
  • Simi Fehoko, WR, Brighton: Inactive for Week 8.

Vikings (3-4)

  • Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State/Fremont: Made four tackles in 30 defensive snaps, 22 on special teams.


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