COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Easton Stick has drawn comparisons to Carson Wentz and Taysom Hill since being drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers in the fifth round two weeks ago. There's nothing wrong...
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Getting a chance to watch Taysom Hill do his thing as the New Orleans Saints' multi-faceted third-string quarterback was enough to convince coach Pat Shurmur the New...
LSU taps Saints assistant Brady to oversee passing game
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says he has hired New Orleans Saints assistant Joe Brady as the Tigers' passing game coordinator and receivers coach.
Brady fills the vacancy created when veteran receivers coach Jerry Sullivan retired after the 2018 season.
Orgeron says Brady brings LSU an innovative approach to offense and knowledge of the run-pass option after working under Saints coach Sean Payton.
Risk-taking Saints advance to host Rams for NFC title
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coach Sean Payton the New Orleans Saints are anything but risk averse.
After all, Payton's Saints won a Super Bowl with the help of a surprise onside kick nine years ago, and now New Orleans is one home victory away from its first Super Bowl since then — thanks to a pair of aggressive and pivotal fourth-down play calls when the Saints were trying to come back from a two-touchdown deficit.
Hill’s unconventional climb making Saints a greater threat
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints third-string quarterback Taysom Hill never envisioned launching his body across the path of a punted ball when he arrived in New Orleans last season to serve as an understudy to record-setting passer Drew Brees.
Meredith helps Saints beat Rams 28-0
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Cameron Meredith got a chance to show what he can bring to the Saints' offense.
Meredith caught two passes for 72 yards and a touchdown in a 28-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in the teams' preseason finale Thursday night. The former Bears wide receiver was one of the top free agents signed by the Saints, who brought him in even though he had major knee surgery last fall.
Saints acquire QB Teddy Bridgewater from Jets
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to acquire veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and a sixth-round pick from the New York Jets for a third-round draft pick on Wednesday.
While record-setting quarterback Drew Brees is entrenched as New Orleans' starter, the move signifies that Saints coach Sean Payton was not entirely comfortable with either veteran Tom Savage or second-year pro Taysom Hill serving as Brees' backup.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — Bryce Perkins sat with Virginia quarterbacks coach Jason Beck and watched videos of the offense the Cavaliers want to move toward. He saw the plays U.Va.’s coaching staff ran when it had dual-threat quarterbacks like Taysom Hill during their 11 seasons at BYU.
And Perkins saw the perfect fit for him to revive his football career.
“I could really see myself doing big things in the offense,” Perkins said. “It was built for someone like me.”
Idaho’s Saints — Local football stars making impact for their NFL team
By Josh Friesen, For the Journal
To the average NFL fan, the only thing you’d find in common with Josh Hill and Taysom Hill is their last names.
But to fans in Southeast Idaho who have followed their careers since their high school days, the unrelated pair share more similarities than the typical NFL twosome.
Special-teams sensation Taysom Hill looking forward to finding his place in Saints’ quarterback picture
From the impending free agencies of Drew Brees and Chase Daniel to the ongoing search for Brees' eventual successor in the draft, the quarterback position will draw plenty of attention this offseason in New Orleans.
And all the while, an unknown commodity will be hard at work, preparing for his first real chance to show the Saints what he can do under center.
Saints WR Brandon Coleman to miss playoff game vs Vikings
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints receiver Brandon Coleman has been declared out of Sunday's divisional-round playoff game in Minnesota.
Coleman has not practiced this week because of a neck injury.
Coleman played in the wild-card round against Carolina, catching four passes for 44 yards last Sunday.
Sean Payton downplays Fox talk that Taysom Hill is already Saints’ quarterback of the future
Third-string Saints quarterback Taysom Hill made a splash on two fronts on Sunday.
On the field, Hill looked like a dynamo on special teams, making two tackles and injecting some energy into the kicking units.
And then there was the hype. Fox announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman reported that Saints coach Sean Payton has told them in production meetings over the past couple of weeks that Hill is the quarterback who will one day replace Drew Brees.
New Orleans Saints defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha is active for the first time in the past three weeks.
Kikaha, who has two sacks but has played mostly as a situational pass rusher for the Saints, was a healthy scratch the past two weeks, prompting speculation about his role in New Orleans.
But the Saints have Kikaha up against Tampa Bay, which makes sense given the fact that the Buccaneers bring the No. 2 passing offense in the NFL into the Superdome.
Packers: Chris Odom added to roster, Jayrone Elliott traded to Dallas
GREEN BAY -- Give the Green Bay Packers this much: They did not stand pat with their initial 53-man roster. Whether the moves they made Sunday will pan out and whether they’ll regret losing the players they would’ve liked to get on their practice squad, time will only tell.
But there’s no disputing the Packers were among the NFL’s busiest teams Sunday. Their day-after-final-cuts moves included:
* Claiming ex-Atlanta Falcons defensive end/outside linebacker Chris Odom;
The New Orleans Saints claimed rookie quarterback Taysom Hill on Sunday, Nola.com reports. The Highland High School and BYU graduate was waived by the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.
GREEN BAY — Where will the Green Bay Packers put their No. 3 quarterback — on their 53-man roster or on their practice squad?
With uncertainty at several other positions and injuries complicating matters as the team works to pare the roster by the NFL’s 3 p.m. deadline today, there’s a good chance the Packers will risk losing impressive undrafted rookie free agent Taysom Hill on the waiver wire.
Tom Oates: Cutdown day reveals some potential problem areas on Packers’ roster
Welcome to NFL cutdown day or, as we now call it, the one day a year when Ted Thompson steps out of character and rolls the dice.
A year after taking the risky step of cutting Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton in the final roster reduction, the Green Bay Packers’ normally cautious general manager was at it again Saturday. This time he gambled by parting with a good portion of his promising young talent at quarterback and wide receiver.
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Packers: Roster trimmed to 53, more personnel moves likely to occur
GREEN BAY — Ted Thompson has always contended that it’s wrong to call what resulted from Saturday’s 34 roster moves the “final” roster.
Rather, the longtime Green Bay Packers general manager insists, the 53 players who are presently on the roster are part of what he calls the “first” roster.
Packers: Wait is on to see if Taysom Hill, Joe Callahan clear waivers
GREEN BAY — In the end, the Green Bay Packers decided going with only two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster was the right move and worth the risk of losing one or both of their promising young signal-callers to another NFL team.
The Packers cut both undrafted rookie free agent Taysom Hill and second-year man Joe Callahan as part of the 34 roster moves they had to make to get down to the NFL-mandated roster limit.
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.
Packers cut QBs Callahan and Hill, and 2 drafted rookie WRs
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The close competition for the Green Bay Packers' third-string quarterback job ended in an unfortunate tie for Joe Callahan and Taysom Hill.
They were among roster cuts and other moves announced by the team Saturday to get to the 53-man roster.
The Green Bay Packers have released quarterback Taysom Hill, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapaport. Rapport also reported the team hopes to bring Hill back on the practice squad. Saturday was the final day NFL teams could trim their rosters to 53 players.
Green Bay Packers rookie quarterback Taysom Hill played in the team's final preseason game Thursday and led the Packers on two scoring drives, including a nine-play, 58-yard drive capped with Hill's 25-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Peck with 12 minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Blackfoot native Colby Pearson was cut Monday by the Green Bay Packers. Pearson, who played wide receiver at Blackfoot High School and BYU, was one of 12 wideouts on Green Bay's roster and was released with two other players.
Pearson was not selected in April's seven-round NFL Draft but was signed by Green Bay on June 1. Pearson did not play in the team's first three preseason games.
Tom Oates: Brett Hundley’s play gives Packers a valuable trade piece
Rookie Taysom Hill is the latest quarterbacking flavor of the month in the Green Bay Packers’ training camp, following in the footsteps of Brett Hundley in 2015 and Joe Callahan last year.
The month, of course, is August, which is when young quarterbacks get their chance to shine while the starter — in this case, Aaron Rodgers — remains safely on the sideline for the most part during exhibition games.
Packers: Rookie quarterback Taysom Hill delivers again in second preseason game
GREEN BAY — For the third straight year, the Green Bay Packers have themselves a rookie quarterback who’s turning heads.
Two years ago, it was Brett Hundley, a fifth-round pick from UCLA who made it very clear very quickly he should have been drafted much earlier. Last summer, it was Joe Callahan, a little-known undrafted free agent from tiny Division III Wesley (Del.) who showed a Brett Favre-like knack for improvisation while Hundley scarcely played because of an ankle injury.
Taysom Hill scores second NFL TD Saturday in Packers preseason game
Pocatello native Taysom Hill scored a second touchdown Saturday in as many NFL preseason games. Hill scored the go-ahead points to give the Green Bay Packers a 21-17 road win against the Washington Redskins with a 23-yard scamper into the end zone. Hill also threw a touchdown pass to Michael Clark in his NFL debut Aug. 10.
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — With fewer than 15 seconds left in the game, some people thought the Green Bay Packers would simply run out the clock.
Taysom Hill had a different idea.
The rookie quarterback took a snap from the shotgun, looked to his first read in single coverage on the left side and threw a back-shoulder fade to wide receiver Michael Clark for a 7-yard touchdown. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers pumped his fist and was all smiles on the sideline.
Mangum ready to lead BYU after patiently waiting in 2016
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Tanner Mangum's moment at BYU is finally arriving.
Former Highland High School and BYU quarterback Taysom Hill made his NFL debut Thursday with the Green Bay Packers in the team's preseason home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hill led the Packers on an eight-play, 82-yard drive punctuated by his 7-yard touchdown pass to Michael Clark with 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. He rebounded from a tough first drive, when he was sacked and fumbled.
POCATELLO — Campers lined up with cleats, shirts and hats, eagerly waiting for their chance to get an autograph from a National Football League player.
A circle formed around Taysom Hill, with children gathering from all sides Thursday at Highland High School. Hill signed every last item with a smile on his face. The former Highland and Brigham Young University quarterback and current Green Bay Packer was back in Pocatello for the first-ever Taysom Hill Youth Football Pro Camps.
Evan Siegle/Green Bay PackersTaysom Hill hits one of his 19 home runs at the Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game in Appleton, Wisconsin, on Saturday.
By David Ashby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Taysom Hill is quickly proving that he belongs in the National Football League.
Taysom Hill hits 19 home runs at charity softball game, shatters windshield
Taysom Hill is quickly proving that he belongs in the National Football League.
But the former Highland High School standout recently showed the Green Bay Packers that his athletic skills aren’t just limited to the gridiron.
On Saturday, Hill walloped 19 home runs in front of 8,228 fans at the Jordy Nelson Charity Softball Game in Appleton, Wisconsin. One of the rookie quarterback’s shots shattered a car windshield.
Packers: QB Taysom Hill eager to battle for roster spot after injury-riddled college career at BYU
GREEN BAY — Having had to return his team-issued iPad and with the coaches confiscating his spiral-bound notebook from the rookie orientation camp, Taysom Hill left Green Bay with only what he’d committed to memory from his limited glimpse at the Green Bay Packers’ playbook.
“It’s all up here,” the undrafted rookie free agent quarterback said with a smile.
This weekend has been a dream come true for Taysom Hill.
On Saturday, the Pocatello native and former Highland High School standout was signed by the Green Bay Packers as a free agent.
“It’s very exciting,” Hill said. “I’m well-aware of the Packers’ rich quarterback tradition and I’m just excited to get the opportunity to compete and make the roster.”
Associated PressTaysom Hill throws a pass for Brigham Young University in this file photo.
By Journal Staff
Former Highland High standout and BYU quarterback Taysom Hill signed to play with the Green Bay Packers as a free agent Saturday after going undrafted in the seven-round NFL draft.
Taysom Hill's football career hit another hard-earned milestone on Saturday when he was signed as a free agent by the Green Bay Packers.
Hill, a Pocatello native and former star quarterback for both Highland High School and Brigham Young University, will likely compete for a backup quarterback position with the Packers.
Hill was not picked in the NFL draft, which ended Saturday, but he was signed afterward by Green Bay. CBS Sports ranked Hill as one of the top quarterback prospects in the draft.
Mangum confident as clear-cut No. 1 quarterback for BYU
PROVO, Utah (AP) — There's nothing unusual about the backup quarterback wearing a coach's headset on the sideline, but BYU had a deeper plan with that.
Tanner Mangum wore the headset as the No. 2 behind Taysom Hill in 2016 because coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer were thinking ahead to 2017.
Poinsettia Bowl features renewal of BYU-Wyoming rivalry
BYU (8-4, Independent) vs. Wyoming (8-5, Mountain West), 9 p.m. EST
Line: BYU by 7 ½
Series Record: BYU leads 44-30-3.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
A renewal of a rivalry that lasted from 1922 until 2010, most recently in the Western Athletic Conference and the Mountain West Conference. The Cougars left the Mountain West Conference to go independent.
Mangum era begins at Poinsettia Bowl after Hill injury
PROVO, Utah (AP) — The wait is over for Tanner Mangum.
The BYU sophomore quarterback sat most of 2016 despite setting several freshman records in 2015 after Taysom Hill suffered a season-ending foot injury. Hill won the job back as a fifth-year senior, but will miss the final game of his career due to an elbow injury. Mangum will start the Poinsettia Bowl against Wyoming (8-5) on Dec. 21 and take over what should be his team for the foreseeable future.
Old rivals BYU, Wyoming to be reunited in Poinsettia Bowl
BYU (8-4, Independent) vs. Wyoming (8-5, Mountain West, Dec. 21, 9 p.m. EST)
LOCATION: San Diego
BYU: RB Jamaal Williams has rushed for a team-leading 1,165 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns.
Wyoming: RB Brian Hill is the Cowboys' career rushing leader, and he broke his single-season school record with 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns.
College football: BYU’s Hill out for remainder of season; career over
BYU senior quarterback Taysom Hill will not play in the Cougars’ bowl game after suffering an elbow injury Saturday against Utah State, the school’s athletic department announced Monday. The injury marks the end of Hill’s college career and is Hill’s fourth season-ending injury in five seasons at BYU. Three of those injuries happened in games against Utah State.
BYU’s Taysom Hill to miss bowl game with injury, career ends
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Quarterback Taysom Hill will miss the final game of his collegiate career due to injury.
BYU announced Monday that the senior suffered an elbow strain in the regular-season finale Saturday and will not play in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 21.
Hill failed to finish four of his five seasons due to injury. The 2016 season was a medical redshirt year after playing just one game in 2015.
PROVO — Takeaways have been hard to come by for Utah State's football team this season, but that changed in the first half Saturday night at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
For the second time this season and first time since Sept. 16 against Arkansas State, the Aggie defense forced a pair of turnovers in the same game. Unfortunately for USU, it wasn't enough as BYU made a couple of big plays defensively and played well enough offensively to secure a 28-10 victory.
BYU retains Old Wagon Wheel, beats Utah State 28-10
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Jamaal Williams ran 18 times for 131 yards and a touchdown and BYU beat Utah State 28-10 in the annual Old Wagon Wheel rivalry game on Saturday night.
BYU (8-4) pulled away with Taysom Hill's 10-yard pass to Mitch Juergens that made it 21-10 late in the third quarter and Tanner Magnum's 5-yard TD pass to Colby Pearson early in the fourth. The Cougars led 14-10 at the break and outgained Utah State 227-46 in the second half.
BYU wins 37-7, heads for Poinsettia Bowl
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Taysom Hill threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns and BYU secured a bowl berth with a 37-7 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday.
The Cougars (6-4) will play in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 21 in San Diego against a Mountain West Conference team.
Hill rushed 16 yards for the game's first score and passed 31 yards to Nick Kurtz and 21 to Colby Pearson for touchdowns. KJ Hall ran over from 2 yards out in the final minute of the first half as the Cougars took off to a 31-7 lead.
Hill helps BYU pull away to 20-3 win over Cincinnati
CINCINNATI (AP) — BYU enjoyed the chance to simply grind one out.
Taysom Hill set up his touchdown scramble with a long flea-flicker completion, and BYU pulled away to a 20-3 victory over Cincinnati on Saturday despite losing running back Jamaal Williams for much of the second half.
"People say a 20-3 game isn't exciting, but that's my kind of excitement," BYU coach Kalani Sitake said.
QBs Hill and Terrell among 12 finalists for academic Heisman
IRVING, Texas (AP) — BYU quarterback Taysom Hill and Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell are among 12 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors the top scholar-athlete in college football.
The other finalists announced Tuesday by the National Football Foundation for the academic Heisman are:
BYU hands Michigan State third straight loss in 31-14 rout
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Taysom Hill guided Brigham Young through the third quarter, and Jamaal Williams took over in the fourth.
Williams ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and BYU beat Michigan State 31-14 on Saturday, sending the Spartans to their third straight loss. Hill ran for a touchdown and threw for another in the second half.