Mickey Loomis praises Josh Hill, Jack Tabb; says Saints want to add tight ends

Mickey Loomis says the Saints are still high on Josh Hill’s potential.

The organization spent last offseason talking up Hill after Jimmy Graham was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, but it ended up being Ben Watson who stepped up to fill the void.

But Loomis, who appeared on Sirius XM’s NFL Radio Tuesday night, said the Saints aren’t ready to give up on Hill.

“Josh Hill is a guy that’s been in our building a while now,” Loomis said. “He’s got talent, he’s been for a couple years, he’s kind of been in the background behind Jimmy Graham when he was here and Ben last year as well. He’s got a lot of talent. I know this, he’s a versatile tight end in that he can help us in the pass game and the run game.”

A restricted free agent this offseason, Hill finished 2015 with 16 catches for 120 yards. Watson, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent, finished with 74 receptions for 825 yards.

Loomis also said the team is high on Jack Tabb, who signed with the Saints as an unrestricted free agent out of North Carolina last year. His season ended during training camp when he was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL.

“We’ve got another young guy, Jack Tabb, that was a college free agent for us,” Loomis said. “He was doing some real good things in training camp and he was injured. We got a couple other prospects that we’ll see how it goes.

“Look, we’re hoping to add a few in free agency and the draft.”