Hill, who left Sunday's game against the Rams with an ankle injury, suggested afterward that he is okay. While it's encouraging that Hill is downplaying his ankle issue, his status will nonetheless be worth tracking as next Sunday's game against the Browns approaches.
Hill was forced out of Sunday's game against the Rams with an ankle issue. Prior to his exit, Hill had recorded 16 carries for 86 yards and caught one pass for 14 yards.
Hill rushed for 15 yards on seven carries in Monday's loss to the Texans. He added three receptions on three targets for a total of five yards. Monday was Hill's fourth game averaging under four yards per carry in his past five games, he has yet to tally 70 total yards in a single contest. The powerful second-year back stands tied for sixth in the league in rushing touchdowns with five, but all five came in a pair of games earlier in the year. Hill has failed to score a rushing touchdown in his past five games or a score of any kind in his last three games. As the Bengals' goal-line back, he warrants starts in case he is able to put together multi-score games as he was able to earlier in the year. Owners should understand, however, that starting Hill can also lead to some dismal performances.
Hill carried the ball 15 times for 60 yards and caught his only target for eight more Sunday in Pittsburgh. This was a very pedestrian performance for Hill, yet the Bengals chose to use almost exclusively him on the ground instead of their usual balanced approach involving Giovani Bernard. Hill will see better days ahead if this trend continues, as a heavier workload would allow the second-year running back to pad his yardage totals while maintaining his role as the goal-line back on a high-scoring Cincinnati offense.
Bengals running back Jeremy Hill turned 16 carries into 56 yards and added a 13-yard score on his only target Sunday in Buffalo. Hill was relatively quiet on the ground, but salvaged his day thanks to the receiving touchdown. He saw 16 carries to Giovani Bernard's eight, but it's clear that the two will continue to operate in a timeshare moving forward as long as both are healthy.
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