After trading trading Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks, tight end
“I think it might open a few opportunities for me as I continue to grow in my role and just do everything they ask me to do,” Hill said when asked about the trade of Graham to the Seahawks.
Hill recognized that Graham helped him transition from college to the professional level.
“It’s a big difference, especially coming from a smaller school and a smaller city," Hill said. "He was always there for me. We became pretty good friends over the past few years so it will definitely be different without him.”
Head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill is ready to step up.
“Josh Hill is a player that we value a lot," Payton said last week at the NFL annual meeting. "He’s not on anyone’s fantasy first three rounds, I promise you, but he’s a real good tight end. He’s versatile in the running game, in the pass receiving game, a special teams player.”
Hill, heading into his third year in the NFL, has recorded 20 receptions for 220 yards and six touchdowns.
Hill, 24, is a 6-5, 250-pounder who caught five touchdowns last season. He finished with 14 catches for 176 yards while playing every game.
Drew Brees faked a handoff, rolled right and found Hill open in the flat for 8- and 7-yard touchdowns in the first half. Those were Hill's only two targets.
He'll face Atlanta on Sunday.
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