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New Orleans Saints’ Taysom Hill scores touchdown, shows versatility in 2018 NFL preseason debut

August 10, 2018

Second-year NFL quarterback Taysom Hill did it all for New Orleans in the Saints’ 24-20 preseason-opening win Thursday at the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hill led a 12-play, 81-yard drive in the fourth quarter that ended with the quarterback rushing for a 3-yard score, cutting his team’s deficit to 20-17. Hill was responsible for 78 of the yards on the fourth-quarter TD drive.

Taysom Hill with a 3-yard TD run. #Saints only trail by 3, 20-17. @FOX8NOLA@JeffDuncan_@BYUfootball#BYUpic.twitter.com/BK4K0NiG95 — Garland Gillen (@garlandgillen) August 10, 2018

Hill, a Highland High and BYU alumnus, led three second-half drives, completing 8 of 9 passes for a team-high 72 yards. He also rushed seven times for a team-high 52 yards and one touchdown.

👀👀👀 @T_Hill4#NOvsJAXpic.twitter.com/OkpF1gnnKf — NFL (@NFL) August 10, 2018

Hill displayed his versatility Thursday by lining up on the Saints’ kickoff and punt coverage teams. He was also the holder on the Saints’ three successful extra-point attempts and kicker Will Lutz’s successful 45-yard, first-quarter field goal.

Teammate and Blackfoot High and Idaho State graduate Josh Hill caught one pass for 7 yards.

Hill and the Saints (1-0) continue preseason play Aug. 17 at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Dirk Koetter (1977, 79-81) and Evan Smith (2004-08)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Koetter and Tampa Bay opened the 2018 NFL preseason Thursday with a 26-24 win at the Miami Dolphins.

Chandler Catanzaro’s 26-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining lifted the Bucs to the last-minute win. Bucs QB Ryan Griffin tallied a game-high 179 yards passing and one touchdown.

Smith, a ten-year NFL veteran, started for the Bucs at right guard.

Bucs have Evan Smith as starting right guard, Brad Seaton at right tackle.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 9, 2018

The Buccaneers (1-0) continue preseason play Aug. 18 at the Tennessee Titans.

Marvin Lewis (1978-80)

Cincinnati Bengals

Lewis and the Bengals rallied late to win 30-27 on Thursday against the Chicago Bears at home in week one of the 2018 NFL preseason.

Cincinnati’s Auden Tate caught the go-ahead, 33-yard touchdown with 2 minutes, 4 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Chicago jumped ahead 27-23 on a 3-yard run by Demarcus Ayers with 9:26 left in the fourth frame after Cincinnati led 23-14 at halftime.

Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton threw for 103 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Bengals (1-0) continue preseason play Aug. 18 at the Dallas Cowboys.

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