QB Notes: Hill, Stafford, Winston

Saints quarterback/athlete Taysom Hill has been the center of quite a bit of early offseason buzz. While the free-agent quarterback class is highlighted by the likes of Tom Brady and Drew Brees, a third-string quarterback, who threw just 14 passes last season, has dominated conversations. Hill has sparked a fervent debate around whether he has a future as a franchise quarterback, or is just a valuable weapon to deploy in certain packages. In an in-depth look at the situation, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic, dives into his circumstances and makes the case for Hill.

Here are some more quarterback notes from around the league:

  • Some early offseason murmurs suggested that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford could be on the trade block. Detroit general manager Bob Quinn was quick to shoot down the reports. Of course, it would not be the first time a personnel official has denied a player’s availability before subsequently moving them. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press analyzes the decision from all angles to make the case in favor and against keeping Stafford.
  • Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports argues that the Buccaneers need to find a way to keep free-agent quarterback Jameis Winston. Winston, of course, became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions (joining Vinny Testaverde). There’s no denying that Winston has had his flashes on the field, but a history of off-field issues and a historic propensity for turnovers make the decision far from straight forward.
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  1. davidkaner

    This is probably just early draft rumors that will help the Lions secure a trade down scenario. It’s doubtful they restructure his contract and then trade him. The restructuring made it very tough to trade him & would leave a huge amount of dead cap space this year & only half of it next year 1/4 of it in two years. They might draft Tua & let him sit a year then trade Stafford next year. However, I think Washington trades out of 2 and gets the package the Lions are hoping to secure.

  2. letmeclearmythroat74

    Totally disagree on the Winston take. He gave the ball to the other team 30 times. Cut that in half and possibly in the playoffs. Several QBs , ( Tannahill, Dalton, Rivers , Newton ) to name a few … could also throw 30 TDS in that offense with less INTs

    • Vinny Testaverde did not throw 30TD/30INT in a single season. That is uniquely Winston.

      Testaverde did throw 35 interceptions in his second season in 1988. He threw over 30 touchdowns only once, in 1996, almost ten years later when he threw 33. Testaverde was also something of a turnover machine with 275 career TD passes to 267 career interceptions. Was it worth dealing with Testaverde’s inconsistency?

      Only in the period of 1996-1998, where the Jets did win the AFC East under his leadership in 1998 (TD/INT ratio: 29/7). The rest of the years, having Testaverde at quarterback doomed his teams. So it will be with Winston. Too talented not to play, too inconsistent to win.

  3. JJB0811

    I hope that some team trades for T Hill with the dream of making him a franchise QB! The jokes will be endless.

    No reason to trade M Stafford this offseason. Too many available QB’s on the market. They’ll get a poorer return than if they wait a season. But drafting a QB and sitting could be in the cards for the Lions.

  4. fishy2022

    The best scenario for the Lions is this: Washington trades down with a qb-needy team and Chase Young falls in their lap. That helps(but not fixes) the edge problem

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