A lot has been said over the years about Taysom Hill, the do-everything weapon for the New Orleans Saints.
Teammate Alvin Kamara brought up something new to discuss, though — is Hill his team’s version of the Tush Push, the short-yardage formation popularized by the Philadelphia Eagles?
“Taysom is like the equivalent to the Tush Push,” the Saints running back said about Hill after New Orleans’ win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. “You know what’s coming, and you can’t stop it. That’s what Taysom does. You get in there, he don’t complain.
“… It’s good to have that in our Rolodex and be able to get that off when we need to.”
Hill had his best game of the season against the Colts, running for a team-high 63 yards and a season-high two touchdowns on nine carries.
He also threw a 44-yard pass that set up his second rushing touchdown and had a 14-yard reception.
Kamara’s Tush Push reference, though, most likely refers to Hill’s abilities as a runner, particularly in the red zone. Midway through his seventh NFL season, Hill has 26 career rushing touchdowns.
He scored on a 20-yard run in the second quarter, taking a designed QB draw up the middle before using his speed to burst outside and beat a defender to the pylon.
That score pulled the Saints within 17-14.
Hill later added a 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter — he took the snap, followed a lead block from 324-pound Saints defensive tackle Khalen Saunders, then fought his way into the end zone. That gave New Orleans a 35-20 lead in an eventual 38-27 victory.
It was the second straight week Hill had followed the lead block from Saunders for a rushing touchdown.