While there’s no guarantee the Green Bay Packers will keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster when final cuts come Saturday in the NFL, it does look as though Taysom Hill has usurped Joe Callahan as the Packers’ third-string QB.
Hill, a graduate of Highland High and BYU, started the second half for the Packers in their final preseason game against the L.A. Rams on Thursday.
He played the entire third quarter and 2 1/2 minutes into the fourth quarter, culminating with a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Peck. Green Bay won 24-10.
Hill went 4-for-4 passing for 31 yards and a touchdown and also had two carries for 19 yards against the Rams.
With Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley set atop the Packers’ quarterback depth chart, Hill entered training camp as a long shot to make the roster.
But in three preseason opportunities, Hill has shown the same athleticism, speed and smarts that helped him pass for 6,929 yards, rush for 2,815 yards and contribute 75 total TDs at BYU.
He’s also become a favorite with two-time NFL MVP Rodgers.
ESPN reported that Rodgers took over the video screen at a recent quarterback meeting to show a YouTube clip of Hill scoring on a 30-yard touchdown run against Texas when he was a junior at BYU.
“He’s super athletic,” Rodgers told ESPN. “And he’s just a great kid.”
No. 2 Hundley played the entire first half for the Packers on Thursday, and Hill was the second QB to get on the field against the Rams. Callahan did not enter the game until under 7 minutes remained in the fourth quarter. Callahan went three-and-out in both of his fourth-quarter possessions.
Hill, who signed with the Packers in May as an undrafted free agent, received another sign he may be favored over Callahan earlier this week. In the Packers’ final public practice on Wednesday, Hill took reps ahead of Callahan.
“I came out here, and you don’t really know what to expect. Everyone talks about that jump from college to the NFL — the speed, the size of the game and all that — and I would say I had moments in practice where I was like, ‘Hey, I can do this. I can compete with these guys and I can compete at a high level,’ ” Hill told ESPN.
“And then, as I continued to have opportunities, my confidence in myself and my ability to play at this level has increased. I mean, these guys are really good, you know? And to go out and compete with them has been awesome.”