New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton didn't want to make any comparisons between Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston after the first preseason game. Neither Hill or Winston impressed as the Saints lost 17-14 to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Saints finished the game with six turnovers and both Hill and Winston threw an interception. "I'm not making comparisons with the quarterbacks right now," Payton said after the game, per ESPN. "It doesn't matter who [played better], really, with six turnovers, right?" Hill, who started the game, completed 8 of 12 passes for 81 yards.
"At first glance, it's hard to talk about anything other than six turnovers. But I think there are a lot of really good things that we can all learn from [and] some really good things overall," said Hill, who said there was "just a little confusion" on his interception.
"I was expecting him to stay on the move in that look, and he thought he should settle," Hill said. "I think those are the things it's nice to see in a preseason game, so we can make sure that between our room and that room that we're all on the same page."
Hill finished without a touchdown, Winston threw one
When asked to describe his interception, Winston said: "Has to be a better ball -- and it will be." Winston completed 7 of 12 passes for 96 yards. Winston credit Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr.
for his touchdown. "Great playcall by Pete," said Winston, who also praised the offensive line and running back Tony Jones Jr. for their work on the scoring drives. "We ran it a little farther out than I was expecting, but just great timing.
LJ got open on the back end. Had pressure on us, they were in man-to-man coverage, and we got us a good one." Neither Hill or Winston have done anything so far to win or lose the competition. "Look, the talk of a competition is right here," Hill said, pointing to the media assembled in the postgame news conference area when asked if his mindset is different while battling for the starting job.
"I think for me, it's going out there and playing my best football every night. I don't like when things don't go well if I'm in a competition or not in a competition. At the end of the day, I'm trying to be as good as I possibly can for my teammates. So it's all the same [as any other year]."