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Idaho native Taysom Hill’s sizzling debut for Packers incites call for preseason start

Green Bay Packers quarterback Taysom Hill scrambles past the Philadelphia Eagles’ Alex McCalister during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 24-9.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Taysom Hill scrambles past the Philadelphia Eagles’ Alex McCalister during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 24-9. The Associated Press

Quarterback Taysom Hill impressed enough in his first six minutes in a Green Bay Packers uniform to earn high praise from head coach Mike McCarthy last week.

After Hill completed 4-of-5 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown for a perfect passer rating of 158.3, McCarthy said the BYU alum “did a hell of a job” in his NFL debut, a 24-9 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

While Aaron Rodgers and Brett Hundley are set at the top of the Packers’ quarterback depth chart, Hill is now giving third-stringer Joe Callahan a run for his money.

FanSided.com reporter Raymond Rivard even said Hill deserves a preseason start.

Green Bay’s second preseason game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. MDT Saturday at the Washington Redskins.

Hill is sure to receive more playing time against the Redskins on the heels of Thursday’s debut that included a Lambeau Leap from the former Highland High (Pocatello) standout and Idaho Statesman’s 2008 5A All-Idaho Player of the Year.

During Hill’s eight-play, 82-yard TD drive, he scrambled for 11 yards and a first down, completed a 14-yard pass to Max McCaffrey on third-and-long and hit DeAngelo Yancey with a 46-yard pass.

“You have to be really excited about what he did on that last drive,” McCarthy told Packerswire.usatoday.com.

Several writers called Hill’s 7-yard scoring pass to Michael Clark with nine seconds left “indefensible.”

He also tied for the team lead in rushing yards with 14.

Hill signed with the Packers in May as an undrafted free agent. At BYU, he passed for 6,929 yards, rushed for 2,815 yards and contributed 75 total TDs, but four of his five college seasons were cut short due to injury.

MORE FORMER IDAHO HIGH SCHOOOL PLAYERS IN THE NFL

▪ TE, Josh Hill (Idaho State, Blackfoot High), No. 89 New Orleans Saints, started and caught one pass for one yard in a 20-14 loss to Cleveland on Aug. 10. Next game Sunday at L.A. Chargers.

▪ OT, Josh James (Coeur d’Alene), No. 66 Kansas City Chiefs, saw time off the bench in the Chiefs’ 27-17 loss to San Francisco on Aug. 11. Next game Saturday at Cincinnati Bengals.

▪ WR, Colby Pearson (Blackfoot High), No. 1 Green Bay Packers, sat out with an ankle injury in the Packers’ 24-9 win over Philadelphia. Next game Saturday at Washington Redskins.

Note: This list does not include former Boise State or University of Idaho players. See Idaho Statesman reporter Dave Southorn’s Bronco Beat blog for more updates on Idaho ties in the NFL.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @byrachelroberts

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