The New Orleans Saints take on the Denver Broncos in a Sunday showdown this weekend. For New Orleans, they miss quarterback Drew Brees due to injury. But have a good deputy in Taysom Hill. Whereas, the Denver Broncos have no available quarterbacks for the game.
NFL analyst James Palmer gave his preview for the game and noted that deputy quarterback Jeff Driskel was put in the COVID reserves.
He said, “Broncos veteran safety Kareem Jackson said this week that it is so difficult to deal with a dual-threat quarterback because you cannot mimic their skillset during the week.
“What made things even more complicated for Denver is that backup quarterback Jeff Driskel, midweek, was put on the reserve COVID list. He was playing the role of Saints quarterback Taysom Hill.”
Palmer noted that Taysom Hill was a pass-first quarterback, even during a scramble. “Now Hill also said this week when talking to the media that when you’re an athletic quarterback, everyone just assumes when things break down that you’re going to use your legs. He insisted that he continues to look downfield and use his eyes.”
Palmer also said that while Hill has observed and learned under Drew Brees, he learned from another great quarterback in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers.
“We know in his time in New Orleans, he has observed everything Drew Brees does, from his footwork to his preparation. But Hill reminded us before he went to New Orleans, he was in Green Bay and he watched everything Aaron Rodgers did.
“Which was an athletic quarterback that used his legs to get outside of the pocket, and make big plays downfield.”
Palmer revealed that in his first start as quarterback, Hill asked all the wide receivers to continue moving downfield so he could continue to provide for them.
“That’s more of the quarterback he would like to be. To the extent of before the Falcons game in his first start, he went to each and every wide receiver and told them, ‘When things break down and I scramble around, keep working for me. I’m trying to throw the football downfield’.”
It will be interesting to see how the Broncos cope in the absence of their quarterback. It will be a challenge for the Broncos, especially against an offensively solid Saints team.
The Broncos have been scrambling through their roster to find a suitable replacement. However, they will not find a natural quarterback replacement and will have to soldier through.