Quarterback Taysom Hill doesn’t make cut for Packers
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Taysom Hill received a call Saturday he was hoping wouldn’t have to get.
The rookie quarterback learned he had been cut by the Green Bay Packers on the NFL’s mandatory cutdown day.
The Packers decided to just keep two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. That meant Hill and second-year quarterback Joe Callahan, who were fighting for the No. 3 job behind Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley, were let go.
Hill, a Pocatello native, is now a free agent and has the opportunity to get picked up by any one of the other 31 teams and added to their 53-man roster. If Hill isn’t added to a 53-man roster and clears waivers, he’ll be able to sign with any team’s practice squad starting at 11 a.m. MST on Sunday. Practice squads consist of 10 players.
After a strong performance in the Packers’ preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday, Hill was asked by Packers.com reporter Larry McCarren about how the next few days would go leading up to cutdown day.
“I’m hopeful, would love to stick around here,” Hill said.
Hill was an undrafted free agent out of BYU. During his college career, he threw for 6,929 yards, ran for 2,815 yards and had 75 total touchdowns. The 27-year-old signed with the Packers on May 1.
Hill was impressive the entire preseason. He played in three games, seven drives total. Four of series resulted in points: three touchdowns and one field goal. Against the Rams, Hill engineered two drives, with the first going for a field goal and the second a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Peck.
On the touchdown, Hill rolled out of the pocket, surveyed his options and spotted Peck.
“Protection broke down a little bit and stepped up and certainly saw a lot of green grass, and I knew there was an opportunity for me to run,” Hill told Packers.com. “I saw him get over the top and was wide open. And after I saw the corner sitting on my receiver there, I knew that I had a touchdown, so we took it. It was a fun play, and I’m glad it worked out.”
Hill finished the Rams game going 4-for-4 for 31 yards and a touchdown. He also added 19 yards on the ground on two carries.
During the preseason, Hill went 14-for-20 for 149 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The rookie also had 10 carries for 71 yards and a score.
Hill did just about everything he could have done to win a roster spot. However, the Packers’ brass decided two quarterbacks were enough on the 53-man roster.
“You could go back and look at the tape and say you could always do better,” Hill told Packers.com reporter Wes Hodkiewicz on Thursday. “At this point in camp, as you hope to not get a phone call over this weekend, I’m sure I’ll start to think of the things I could’ve done better.
“Overall, I was happy with the things I did with limited opportunities. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Green Bay’s camp.”