The New Orleans Saints have great expectations for new QB Tommy Stevens
By Bob Garcia
The former Mississippi State quarterback could ultimately replace Drew Brees
For many New Orleans Saints fans, it is not clear yet the reason behind all the picks during the 2020 NFL Draft, including all the things the franchise gave up getting some of those players. Apparently, the Saints had their target set in getting Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens no matter what, and, initially, the team was hoping to sign him as an undrafted free agent. Since head coach Sean Payton didn’t think he would make it that far, he sent a 2021 sixth-round pick to the Houston Texans so he could get Stevens. He is more than just a quarterback and can be effective in different positions, just like Taysom Hill, so the team is planning on using him the same way.
Stevens made a career in both Penn State and Mississippi State, but, initially, he was benched in favor of Trace McSorley. That’s when head coach James Franklin and former offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead considered using Stevens in other positions as they thought him to be too valuable to have him out of the game. He showed enough versatility to play as quarterback, running back and wide receiver.
“We had a real good vision for this player. He’s athletic enough to play in the kicking game. He’s certainly someone we feel catches the ball exceptionally well and he’s someone I think is in a developmental role more as a quarterback, but we saw him do a number of things,” Payton said in a conference call. “A lot of his athletic traits, his height, his weight, his speed, all of those things were really good reviews. But I didn’t feel like through the process that we were going to be able to get him.”