Is there a compelling reason to get Jeremy Hill on Draft Day? Well, he is technically the Bengals' current lead running back and has delivered at least nine rushing touchdowns in each of his three years in the NFL. But his fourth season might be his last in Cincinnati after the Bengals drafted Joe Mixon. Hill's rushing average has declined after a great rookie year; last season, he delivered fewer than 60 rush yards per game. He also doesn't catch the ball very much. For Hill to bounce back, he'll have to fend off Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard from eating into his carries and also improve on the paltry 3.7 yard per carry average he's drudged up over his last 31 games. Given all that, along with the Bengals' suspect offensive line, it's risky to count on Hill as a dependable Fantasy running back. He's no better than a No. 3 option that shouldn't get snapped up until Round 7 at the earliest -- after Mixon for sure. While he won't be popular, there's no doubt he still has the potential to be a serviceable option in Fantasy, and for that he carries some value as a backup runner.
Hill rushed just six times for 17 yards and hauled in his lone target for five yards in Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Texans. Hill averaged just 2.8 yards per rush while once again getting outpaced by rookie Joe Mixon. The 24-year-old has logged just 12 carries over the first two contests, although none of the Bengals' backs have posted double-digit totes in the first pair of games. However, Mixon has seen the most work thus far, and it appears that head coach Marvin Lewis is set to keep that same division of labor going for the foreseeable future. Hill will still see his fair share of opportunity, but fantasy owners certainly have to be concerned with the early returns. Hill will look to make more of an impact in Week 3 against the Packers.
Hill rushed for 26 yards on six carries and added a catch for a loss of two yards in Sunday's loss to Baltimore. Though none of the Bengals' three backs cracked 12 touches on Sunday, due in part to the team nursing a deficit throughout the game, Hill's performance was particularly disappointing, as he trailed the group with seven touches and tied Joe Mixon for the a team-low 24 yards. With three talented backs, something will eventually have to give in the Bengals' backfield. Though he holds the starting job, Hill doesn't have the big-play ability of Mixon or Giovani Bernard, and he therefore may be the one to see his exposure reduced. Notably, none of his touches Sunday came after the first drive of the second half.
Hill (ankle) was a full participant during practice Wednesday. Hill was forced out of Cincinnati's third preseason contest with the injury and went on to sit out the final exhibition game. He should be fine for Sunday's game against Baltimore and is still listed atop the depth chart, but it's fair to wonder how long he'll retain that position with the Bengals starting their season against tough Ravens and Texans defenses. Hill, Giovani Bernard and rookie Joe Mixon all figure to have roles in the gameplan for Week 1.
Hill (ankle) is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason game at Indianapolis, Jim Owczarski of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. After leaving the Bengals' third preseason contest versus the Redskins, Hill won't press his luck on a bum ankle. With fellow backs Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon also expected to sit out for rest, Jarveon Williams seems like the logical candidate to head the backfield in the exhibition finale.
Hill left Sunday's preseason game against the Redskins with an ankle injury, Fox's Erin Andrews reports. Hill scored a touchdown on the Bengals' first drive but later left with the injury. All three Bengals backs saw the field on the opening possession, but Hill got the start and the majority of the early carries. Meanwhile, rookie Joe Mixon lost a fumble on the Bengals' second drive.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||@Green Bay Packers||20||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||222||919||10||21||156||0||166|