Hill caught all three of his targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England. Hill saw the field for 26 of the Saints' 65 offensive plays and has been on the field almost as much (40.2 percent of offensive plays), as starter Coby Fleener (50.4 percent). Fleener is definitely the more valuable of the two, emerging early this season as a quality red-zone target, and New Orleans' offense is not exactly worthy of wagon-hitching at this point. That said, the difference between Hill's playing time as the backup as compared to Fleener's is fairly unique.
Hill played 25 snaps on offense in the Saints' 29-19 loss to the Vikings but wasn't targeted in the contest. Despite Hill's quiet showing, quarterback Drew Brees didn't overlook his tight ends entirely in Week 1, as starter Cody Fleener, who played 32 snaps, hauled in five of six targets for 54 yards and a touchdown. Hill was mostly marginalized in 2016 by the Saints' addition of Fleener along with the existing receiving threats on the roster, and it doesn't appear things are likely to change for the 27-year-old this season, even with wideout Willie Snead missing the first three games of the campaign due to suspension and Brandin Cooks now plying his trade in New England.
Hill started and played 27 offensive snaps in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans. He was targeted three times, catching one pass for 14 yards. Hill spent most of the offseason recovering from a broken fibula he suffered last December. Now healthy, he should see significant playing time while splitting snaps with Coby Fleener. So long as Fleener is healthy, however, Hill will likely serve primarily as a blocker, limiting his fantasy appeal.
Hill (leg) passed his physical and is expected to be ready for the start of the Saints' training camp, Herbie Teope of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Hill is coming back from a broken fibula suffered in Week 13 of last season. The injury prevented him from participating in New Orleans' on-field work during the offseason, but the veteran is apparently back to full strength. In nine games in 2016, Hill caught 15 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.
Hill (leg) was present at the Saints' training facility Monday for the start of the team's offseason workout program, reports Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune. Hill broke his fibula last December was finished the season on injured reserved. In addition to his broken leg, Hill was also sidelined early in the season with a sprained ankle. In all, the tight end appeared in only nine games in 2016, finishing with 15 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. While his overall numbers were underwhelming, Hill quietly become a key member of the Saints offense as a versatile blocker and occasional pass catcher in his fourth season. In fact, he was playing about 66 percent of New Orleans' snaps over the seven games before he suffered the season-ending injury -- a likely contributing factor to fellow tight end Coby Fleener's disappointing first year in New Orleans. Assuming Hill is at full strength, which is likely given the nature of his injury, he should again see significant playing time for the Saints.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/22||@Green Bay Packers||2||1.00|
|9||11/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.00|
|12||11/26||@Los Angeles Rams||13||5.00|
|15||12/17||New York Jets||22||8.00|
|17||12/31||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.00|
|3 Year Avg||24||15||148||3||8||9.87||32|