Josh Hill is expected to suit up as the Saints No. 2 tight end, a job he earned last season behind Benjamin Watson. New Orleans had the chance to wave bye-bye to Hill this offseason when Chicago signed him to an offer sheet but matched the deal. That suggests Hill will have at least the same role in the offense he had last year when he caught 16 of 30 targets for 120 yards and two scores. The only difference is he'll play behind Coby Fleener. He's not worth drafting.
Hill will remain with the Saints after the team exercised its right of first refusal on the offer sheet he signed with the Bears. Hill signed a three-year offer sheet with the Bears earlier this week, but will remain in New Orleans now that the Saints have matched that deal. Entering his fourth season, Hill recorded a career-best 16 catches (on 30 targets) for 120 yards and two touchdowns last season, but his role will likely remain somewhat restricted given the presence of fellow tight ends Coby Fleener and Michael Hoomanawanui this season.
The Bears have signed Hill to a three-year offer sheet, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. The Saints now have five days to match the Bears' offer, though given the presence of fellow tight ends Coby Fleener and Michael Hoomanawanui, and the fact that New Orleans is low on salary cap space, there seems to be a pretty solid shot that Hill will wind up with Chicago. In such a scenario, he'd be in line to work in tandem with Zach Miller, in the wake of the team's recent trade of Martellus Bennett.
Hill gained 120 yards on 16 catches this season. He also scored two touchdowns. It was a disappointing season for Hill, who entered 2015 as a potential sleeper in the wake of the Saints' trading away Jimmy Graham during the offseason. Hill is a free agent this offseason, and after showing flashes of promise at the end of 2014, it would not be surprising if he re-signed with the Saints. If he returns, however, he may once again find himself behind Ben Watson in the tight-end pecking order.
Hill did not have a catch in Sunday's loss to Washington. A week after hauling in his second touchdown pass of the season, Hill once again went under-utilized in the Saints' offense. Hill played on only 19 of the Saints' 57 offensive snaps, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and he remains firmly behind Ben Watson in the tight end pecking order. Absent an injury to Watson, Hill should be left on waiver wires in nearly all leagues.
Hill caught two passes on two targets for 21 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown reception, in Sunday's loss to the Titans. The touchdown was Hill's second of the season, but he has only ten catches on the year in what has been a disappointing season for a player many pegged as a potential sleeper. Ben Watson continues to dominate the playing time at tight end, so barring an injury, Hill's upside is probably limited.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||@New York Giants||32||11.38|
|4||10/02||@San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|7||10/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|9||11/06||@San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|12||11/27||Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|14||12/11||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|3 Year Avg||20||12||113||3||7||9.42||29|