Taysom Time: Hill to become latest Saints starting QB

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Taysom Hill
Taysom Hill will reportedly make his first NFL start at quarterback Sunday (Photo: Parker Waters).

When Tayson Hill reportedly takes the first snap from center Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, he will join a select group.

Hill will become only the 32nd starting quarterback in the 54-year history of the Saints franchise, and only the fifth QB to start a game since the arrival of Sean Payton and Drew Brees prior to the 2006 season.

Brees, who went on injured reserve Friday after leaving last Sunday’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers with rib and lung injuries, holds the franchise record for starts by a quarterback with 225. Today will be just the ninth game he misses as a starter in his Saints career – two Week 17 games because the Saints had secured his playoff position and seven because of injury.

Quarterbacks making their first start in a Saints uniform are 9-22 all-time. Brees won his first start as a Saint in 2006 at Cleveland, but none of his replacements have been able to do the same. Prior to Brees, the last quarterback to win his first start was Aaron Brooks in 2000.

For what it’s worth, the five starting quarterbacks under Payton is still one fewer than Mike Ditka used as a starter in 12 fewer years in New Orleans.

Here’s the full list of starting quarterbacks in franchise history.

Name Starts 1st Start Result
Gary Cuozzo 10 1967 L
Billy Kilmer 39 1967 L
Karl Sweetan 3 1968 L
Ed Hargett 8 1970 L
Archie Manning 129 1971 W
Bobby Scott 14 1973 L
Larry Cipa 3 1974 W
Bobby Douglass 8 1976 L
Dave Wilson 31 1981 L
Ken Stabler 22 1982 L
Richard Todd 14 1984 L
Bobby Hebert 75 1985 L
John Fourcade 11 1987 W
Steve Walsh 19 1990 L
Mike Buck 1 1993 L
Wade Wilson 14 1993 W
Jim Everett 47 1994 L
Doug Nussmeier 2 1996 L
Billy Joe Hobert 12 1997 W
Heath Shuler 9 1997 L
Danny Wuerffel 6 1997 L
Kerry Collins 7 1998 W
Billy Joe Tolliver 11 1998 L
Jake Delhomme 2 1999 W
Jeff Blake 11 2000 L
Aaron Brooks 82 2000 W
Todd Bouman 3 2005 L
Drew Brees 225 2006 W
Mark Brunell 1 2009 L
Luke McCown 1 2015 L
Teddy Bridgewater 6 2018 L
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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