Chargers Edged 19-17 by Saints in Preseason Game in Carson

Sean Payton doesn't shy away from comparing Saints quarterback Taysom Hill to Steve Young

Sean Payton doesn't shy away from comparing Saints quarterback Taysom Hill to Steve Young

Headline players for the Chargers have taken advantage of the opportunity to go toe-to-toe against two of the top teams in the National Football League in the controlled environment of a practice setting, which limits the possibility of potentially season-ending injuries. On Sunday, he showed again what makes him such a valuable weapon for the New Orleans Saints.

Trey Hendrickson #91 of the New Orleans Saints unable to tackle running back Justin Jackson #22 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of their pre-seaon football game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California.

With regular-season starting quarterback Drew Brees also getting the day off, Teddy Bridgewater made his second consecutive start at quarterback for New Orleans, despite coming "down with something about two days ago", he said.

"I felt like we needed some energy. So that was the objective".

Hill then directed an 11-play, 69-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter that culminated in a 1-yard TD pass to Devine Ozigbo. Anthony Lanier sacked Hill on the two-point conversion attempt, keeping the Chargers in the lead.

Melvin Gordon 'Just Waiting On The Call' From Chargers
Gordon is set to enter the fifth-year option of his initial rookie contract this season, which will earn him $5.6 million. Gordon is now training in California, apparently ready to go the second a deal gets done.

During this stretch, the Saints defense kept the Chargers at bay, forcing them to punt on 5 out of 5 drives in the second half. "I thought offensively, we were terrible". Hill has lined up as a H-back, wide receiver and at quarterback, as Payton finds ways to give him playing time.

Hill isn't on the career path Young faced in his early years, but Payton could see his No. 3 quarterback become that player in time.

"That's a pretty good test for us", Whisenhunt said of facing the Rams and Saints in joint sessions. Cardale Jones threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Andre Patton, Michael Badgley kicked a 32-yard field goal and Troymaine Pope returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown three seconds before halftime.

Two injury notes: New Orleans native and McDonogh 35 product, Chris Clark (OL) left toward the end of the second quarter, carted off the field, and Michael Ola (OL) left late in the third after Hill rolled-up on his leg.

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