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New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill warms up before an NFL game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

By design, somebody other than Drew Brees took the snap for the Saints' first touchdown of the 2018 season. 

With the Saints facing a 3rd-and-2 in the red zone, Brees headed out wide and lined up wide at receiver, making room for Taysom Hill to enter the game at quarterback. 

Hill's presence made the ensuing read-option much more effective. 

"It was part of a short-yardage or red-zone package, and if the guy catching the snap is a runner, potentially, you get a number back when you look at how you're going to block things," Payton said. 

While the run-pass option, or RPO, has been all the talk in the NFL after the way the Philadelphia Eagles used it last season, Hill's play was a simple read-option, the kind where a quarterback reads the defensive end and either keeps it or hands it off to the back.

In this case, Hill handed off to Alvin Kamara, who bulled his way past the first-down marker and into the end zone.  

"I'm not going to define an RPO, it was more of an RRO," Payton said. "Run, or you run, O."

Hill has a lot of history with the read-option. 

During his time at BYU, Hill had three offensive coordinators. The first, Brandon Doman, incorporated some read-option, but the second, Robert Anae, made it a staple of the offense from 2013-2015.

"That was what we did," Hill said. "We did all the spread, zone-read stuff. ... Even in '16, it was an integral part of the offense, but it wasn't as big as it was the previous years."

Hill's running ability, size and experience make him the perfect quarterback to handle those snaps, and to incorporate a passing option if the Saints wanted to add an RPO. 

If he does throw out of it, Hill knows there's one receiver he can't target, a certain legendary passer who lined up 5 yards off the line of scrimmage and joked with reporters on Wednesday that it's the first time he's ever lined up at receiver

"They made it very clear," Hill said, "That I was not supposed to throw it to Drew."

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