Hill logged 62 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries during Sunday's 40-20 win against Carolina.
The 24-year-old back saw an increase in offensive involvement with Atlanta building a three-possession lead midway through the third quarter and carved his way through the Panthers' defense to the tune of 6.9 yards per rush. Over the past three weeks -- including two games in which he started -- Hill managed just 2.0 yards per carry on 28 rush attempts and failed to reach the end zone. He is thus a strong candidate for statistical regression in Week 15 in a tough matchup against a 49ers defense that has allowed just seven rushing touchdowns all season while forcing the second-most fumbles in the NFL with nine.
Hill logged 13 rushing yards on four carries and caught all three of his targets for 24 receiving yards during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.
The third-year back failed to leave a notable impression during his two-game audition in Devonta Freeman's absence, and consequentially only garnered seven offensive touches during Atlanta's inter-divisional defeat to New Orleans. Freeman dominated the workload by commanding 81 percent of the team's backfield carries, and barring injury, he will remain the Falcons' clear No. 1 option during a Week 14 matchup against a Carolina defense that is conceding 5.0 yards per carry on the season.
Hill ran for 14 yards on nine carries, and caught three of his four targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.
With Devonta Freeman (foot) sidelined the past two weeks, Hill had an opportunity to take hold of the Falcons' starting running back position in his stead. Hill has thus far proven incapable of overcoming a weak offensive line that has struggled to open up running lanes all season, rushing for a putrid 1.8 yards per carry in starts against the Panthers and Buccaneers. Touchdowns in consecutive games between Weeks 8 and 10 momentarily inflated Hill's value, but he's little more than a deep-league desperation play heading into a Thanksgiving night matchup against New Orleans' top-three rush defense.
The Falcons have Hill, Kenjon Barber and Qadree Ollison on hand to fill in for Devonta Freeman, who will miss Sunday's game against Tampa Bay due to a foot injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Hill led the backfield with 15 carries, three targets and 60 percent snap share in last week's 29-3 win over the Panthers, but he produced just 38 scrimmage yards and saw Ollison vulture the touchdown. While he still seems to be the favorite to handle the lead role, it isn't out of the question for Hill to have his playing time reduced after the lacking Week 11 performance. It's a tough matchup for all the Atlanta running backs, with the Buccaneers allowing the second-fewest standard fantasy points (12.0 per game) and third-fewest yards per carry (3.4) to the position.
Hill ran for 30 yards on 15 rush attempts and caught one of three targets for eight receiving yards during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.
Hill's fantasy stock price saw a massive increase as result of Devonta Freeman's injury (foot), a circumstance that suddenly thrust the 24-year-old back into a lead role. Fantasy GMs flocked to the waiver wire in droves to acquire the young back, but those who plugged him into their lineups against Carolina were let down despite Hill benefiting from a matchup against a Panthers defense that had conceded more than 135 yards per game on the ground entering Sunday. With Atlanta heading into a Week 12 matchup against Tampa Bay's top-ranked rush defense, there is reason to survey other options before inserting the relatively unproven Hill into lineups.
Hill will step in for Devonta Freeman (foot) in Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Freeman was officially ruled out Friday and is in danger of missing time beyond Week 11. Hill took over after the veteran's mid-game foot sprain last week against the Saints, ultimately picking up 60 yards on 20 carries and catching one of two targets for a 10-yard touchdown. According to McClure, coach Dan Quinn mentioned that Qadree Ollison also will have a Week 11 role, and Kenjon Barner could get some work on passing downs. Hill may not get three-down usage, but he's at least a clear favorite to lead the team in carries, facing a Panthers defense that's allowed 5.2 yards per carry (32nd) and 136.7 rushing yards per game (29th).
Hill is expected to step in as Atlanta's starting running back for Sunday's matchup against the Panthers if Devonta Freeman (foot) is unable to play, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
The 24-year-old back out of Wyoming figures to be one of the top waiver-wire additions heading into Week 11, with Freeman doubtful for Atlanta's matchup against Carolina's bottom-five rush defense. Hill inherited the lead role after Freeman exited late in the second quarter of the Falcons' Week 10 win at New Orleans and went on to amass 61 rushing yards on 20 carries, while also hauling in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan. It was reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Freeman is expected to be out for about two weeks, providing Hill an opportunity to cash in during a favorable matchup against the Panthers in Week 11, before having to take on Tampa Bay's No. 1 rush defense the following Sunday.
Hill ran for 61 yards on 20 carries while also catching one of his two targets for a 10-yard receiving touchdown during Sunday's 26-9 win against the Saints.
The efficiency certainly was not there, but Hill benefited from workhorse-level offensive involvement and delivered a touchdown for the second consecutive game by virtue of five red-zone touches. With Devonta Freeman (ankle) being forced to exit Sunday's contest and remaining questionable for Week 11, Hill could once again be in line for a substantial workload, as the Falcons prepare to take on Carolina's bottom-10 rush defense.
Hill's teammate Ito Smith (neck) won't play in Sunday's game against the Saints, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Smith also missed the Falcons' final game before a Week 9 bye, allowing Hill to step in as the No. 2 running back for a 27-20 loss to the Seahawks. Hill took three carries for 29 yards and a touchdown on 14 percent snap share, while Devonta Freeman had 21 touches on 79 percent of snaps. The Falcons also have Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison as options in their backfield.
Hill ran for 29 yards and a touchdown on three carries during Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Seahawks.
Game script phased the ground attack out of the equation with Atlanta falling into a 24-0 second-quarter deficit, as Hill's three attempts ranked second on the team behind Devonta Freeman's 13. The 23-year-old back made the most of his limited workload, however, scampering for a 23-yard score on the Falcons' opening drive of the second half to help reduce the deficit to 16 points. Should Ito Smith (concussion/neck) be forced to sit out once again when Atlanta returns from a Week 9 bye, Hill would be second in the running back rotation behind Freeman for a matchup against New Orleans' top-10 rush defense.
Hill may replace Ito Smith (concussion) as the Falcons' No. 2 running back Sunday against the Seahawks, William McFadden of the team's official website reports.
Hill picked up 25 yards on seven touches in last week's blowout loss to the Rams, handling the majority of fourth-quarter backfield work after Smith was injured and Devonta Freeman was ejected. The Falcons had Freeman play 90 percent of snaps when Smith suffered a first-quarter concussion back in Week 3, but they may look to get their backups involved now that they have time to prepare for the second-year pro's absence. Hill seems to be at the front of that pack, but Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison also are candidates to get snaps.
Hill ran for 11 yards on five carries and caught both of his targets for 14 receiving yards during Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams.
The third-year back out of Wyoming could be thrust into an integral offensive role for Week 8, with Devonta Freeman awaiting potential discipline from the league after throwing a punch on Aaron Donald, and Ito Smith (head) having been removed from Sunday's loss due to injury. If both Freeman and Smith are unavailable for Week 8, Hill and Qadree Ollison would be next in line for touches against a Seahawks defense that gave up a collective 81 rushing yards on 20 carries to Ravens running backs Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards on Sunday.
Hill (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 6 tilt versus the Cardinals.
Hill had been active the prior two games but exclusively played special teams. He'll sit this one out, with Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith and Kenjon Barner the three active running backs against the Cardinals.
Hill is active for Sunday's game versus the Titans.
A spot was open on the Falcons' game-day roster due to the absence of Kenjon Barner (concussion), and Hill will get it over rookie Qadree Ollison. Hill's experience as a special teamer likely tipped the scales in his favor.
Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that one of Hill or Qadree Ollison will be active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Hill's opportunity comes with Kenjon Barner (concussion) ruled out for Week 4. Given that Hill received more reps in practice this week, he could be the favorite to suit up over Ollison. In any case, if Hill takes the field, he'll serve as a reserve option behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.
Hill received reps in the starting running back rotation during Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Hill took snaps alongside Devonta Freeman and Qadree Ollison in Wednesday's practice, with Ito Smith (concussion) and Kenjon Barner (concussion/knee) both listed as non-participants. If Smith and/or Barner must sit, one or both of Hill and Ollison could be active for the first time this season Week 4 against the Texans.
Hill (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Colts.
The reserve running back will take a seat for the third time in as many games to open the season. Devonta Freeman has generated career-low efficiency over the first two games of the season, but coach Dan Quinn apparently is content with Freeman, Ito Smith and return specialist Kenjon Barner constituting his backfield for at least another week.
Hill (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Eagles, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
joins rookie RB Qadree Ollison as healthy scratches, leaving Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith to man the backfield. Meanwhile, Kenjon Barner primarily will serve on special teams.
Hill (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday in Minnesota.
Hill will be joined by rookie Qadree Ollison in street clothes Week 1, leaving the backfield in the hands of Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith. Meanwhile, Kenjon Barner is expected to be contained to special teams.
Hill rushed four times for 12 yards and failed to haul in his lone target during Thursday's 22-10 preseason loss to the Jets.
Hill's momentum came to a grinding halt in this one, as he was soundly outplayed by both Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison in Atlanta's backfield. While Hill could still supplant Ollison as Atlanta's No. 3 running back, he can't afford another clunker like this over the final two weeks of preseason.
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