The New Orleans Saints announced that they will start Taysom Hill on Sunday in Drew Brees' absence against the Atlanta Falcons, but could it just be a shot at the Falcons?
The move to start Hill over fellow backup Jameis Winston, the 2015 No. 1 overall pick, comes as a bit of a surprise, but NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley told Dukes & Bell that starting Hill is a disrespectful message for the Falcons.
"They're just disrespecting y'all's Falcons," Barkley said. "That is the ultimate sign of disrespect. When I heard that, I was like 'man, they got zero respect for the Atlanta Falcons defense.'"
The hype of Hill has been no secret the last three years with his ability to play running back, tight end and wide receiver all while being listed as a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.
Even while only completing 11-of-20 passes in his career, he received a decently sized two-year, $21 million contract extension with New Orleans this offseason.
Now, with Saints starter Drew Brees out for a few weeks with broken ribs and a collapsed lung, Hill will get his first career start on Sunday.
Barkley added that because of the little experience Hill actually has throwing the ball, it's unbelievable and disrespectful that New Orleans would start him over a proven quarterback like Winston.
Because of that, Barkley believes the Falcons will continue to play well and beat the division-leader Saints. So, Atlanta might get the last laugh if there is any truth to what Barkley said.