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.
Hill ran for 23 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, adding one reception for seven yards during Thursday's 34-27 loss to Miami.
Another preseason outing, another impressive performance for the 23-year-old back out of Wyoming. Widely considered the fourth-string option coming into camp behind second and third-teamers Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison, Hill just refuses to disappear from the backup running back competition. Thus far this preseason he has accounted for 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts, along with three receptions for five yards and a receiving score. Smith and Ollison are liable to see an increase in workload over the next two weeks of preseason action, but Hill is keeping his hat in the ring with impressive play of his own.
Hill rushed 11 times for 57 yards and brought in both of his targets for minus-2 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' 14-10 preseason loss to the Broncos on Thursday.
Hill comfortably paced the Falcons backfield in rushing touches and made very good use of them, gaining 5.2 yards per carry with a long run of 19. The third-year pro also managed to find the end zone through the air in the second quarter on a one-yard toss from Kurt Benkert, helping Hill make a strong initial preseason case for a backup running back spot. The 2017 fifth-round pick notably averaged 7.8 yards per rush last season on his 20 carries, and he significantly outperformed competition Ito Smith, Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison on Thursday night, albeit with an admittedly greater amount of opportunity.
Hill (undisclosed) participated in Monday's training camp practice, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Hill appears to have returned to full health after exiting practice early last week due to an undisclosed injury. The 2017 fifth-round pick is reportedly showing well as a pass catcher in training camp, which could bode well for his usage in 2019. It's also worth noting that Hill currently resides above Kenjon Barner and Qadree Ollison on the Falcons' depth chart, though preseason depth charts should be taken with a grain of salt.
Hill (undisclosed) exited Monday's training camp practice early, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Hill was visited by a team trainer before heading into the facility early. Details on the injury remain unknown but look for information to be released in the coming weeks as preseason nears.
Hill will have the opportunity to claim the Falcons' No. 3 running back spot heading into 2019, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The starting and backup roles are already locked in with Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith, respectively, after the departure of Tevin Coleman. Hill's competition for the No. 3 role comes primarily in the form of rookie Qadree Ollison and six-year pro Kenjon Barner. Ollison ran for 1,213 yards on 6.3 YPC over 14 starts at Pitt in 2018, while Barner currently projects to have a heavy hand in the return game for Atlanta, which could be his ticket to a roster spot. Hill saw some work at the end of last season while Smith was nursing a knee injury. The 23-year-old had 16 rushing attempts over the final two games for 145 yards, although 60 of those came on one carry.
Hill ran for 30 yards on eight attempts, adding a nine-yard reception during Sunday's 34-32 win against the Buccaneers.
Atlanta entrusted Hill with 16 carries over the final two games of the season after Ito Smith (knee) went down with an injury in Week 15. The second-year back turned those opportunities into 145 rushing yards against the Panthers and Buccaneers. Granted, 60 of those yards came on a single carry in Week 16, but Hill once again flashed big-play ability in Sunday's season finale, picking up nine or more yards on three of his eight attempts against Tampa Bay's porous rush defense. With Tevin Coleman potentially moving on to a new team in 2019, Hill has a shot to become the Falcons' third-string back behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.
Hill carried eight times for 115 yards and lost a fumble during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers.
Hill was thrust into a prominent role after Tevin Coleman (groin) left the game, as the team had no other tailback available. He gashed the Panthers several times as he topped the 100-yard mark, including an electric 60-yard gain. Considering that the team has nothing left to play for, Coleman could be held out of action next Sunday against the Buccaneers, which would give Hill the opportunity to build on this surprising performance.
Hill is the only other active tailback behind Tevin Coleman for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Panthers with Jeremy Langford declared inactive for the contest.
The second-year back will thus have any leftover carries all to himself. Hill rushed three times for seven yards Week 15 against the Cardinals and has carried just four times overall on the season. Given the Falcons' propensity for leaning heavily on the pass, Hill's workload is expected to be fairly limited despite his No. 2 role Sunday, although coach Dan Quinn did confirm earlier in the week he was planning to give Hill a closer look over the final two games.
Coach Dan Quinn plans to get a closer look at Hill after Ito Smith (knee) was placed on injured reserve, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Hill and Tevin Coleman are left as the only running backs on the 53-man roster, with Jeremy Langford potentially coming up from the practice squad at some point this week. The Falcons might turn to Coleman for heavy usage if they were still fighting for a playoff spot, but there isn't much incentive to overwork him in what likely will be his final two games with the team. Hill may thus be tasked with replacing most of Smith's workload, which jumped to an average of 9.0 carries and 2.7 targets over the past three weeks. Selected by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Hill took 11 carries for 37 yards with the Bengals late last season, eventually landing back in Atlanta this September. The Wyoming product has good straight-line speed (4.54 40) for a 219-pound running back, but he's unproven in terms of vision, agility, elusiveness and receiving ability.
Hill picked up five yards on one carry during Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Packers.
The Falcons' 2017 fifth-round draft pick made one appearance last year for Atlanta but did not register a carry before being cut, and later signed with Cincinnati, where he finished out the season running for 37 yards on 11 carries over six games. Having rejoined Atlanta in early September, Hill dressed for his sixth game of 2018 Sunday against Green Bay, earning nine offensive snaps and receiving his first carry in a Falcons uniform. As Devonta Freeman (groin) remains on injured reserve for the time being, Hill continues to fill in as the third-string option behind Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith. The Falcons host Arizona's 30th-ranked rush defense in Week 15.
Hill will be available for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Hill was promoted from the practice squad Tuesday with Devonta Freeman dealing with a knee injury. Freeman has now been ruled out for Week 2, opening the window for Hill. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith should see the bulk of the reps at running back, while Hill will likely be limited to special teams, barring an injury.
The Falcons signed Hill to their active roster Tuesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Starting running back Devonta Freeman is nursing a knee injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Panthers. Still, the second-year pro will add depth to the position just in case. Hill averaged 5.1 yards per carry this preseason, and a majority of his snaps will come on special teams in Week 2.
Hill signed on to become the 11th member of the Falcons practice squad Monday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.
To bolster the team's depth at running back, the Falcons decided to sign Hill on Monday, bringing back a familiar face in the process. Hill was placed on Atlanta's practice squad this time last year after the team took him with a fifth-round pick, but Cincinnati scooped him up at midseason as an addition to their active roster. The 22-year old back has a shot to make an impression and potentially stick with the active roster in Atlanta as well, given that none of the candidates for the No. 3 running back role really stood out during preseason play (rookie fourth-rounder Ito Smith won the job with less than 2.5 yards per carry).
The Bengals are waiving Hill, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Hill lost a tight battle with Tra Carson for one of the final roster spots. Selected in the fifth round by Atlanta last year, Hill figures to land on the Cincinnati practice squad if he isn't scooped up by another team.
Hill ran well again in the Bengals' preseason finale against the Colts on Thursday, but so did his roster spot competition Tra Carson, Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com reports.
Rookie Mark Walton hurt his shoulder in the game, but it's uncertain how significant the injury is. But there's probably only one spot between Hill and Carson.
Hill could be in jeopardy of losing his job, Paul Dehner Jr. of Cincinnati.com reports.
The Bengals opted to spend their fourth-round pick on running back Mark Walton from Miami. While Walton figures to pencil in behind the likes of Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, there's a strong chance he'll slide above Hill on the depth chart. If that's the case, expect Hill's value to drop immensely, especially if he's unable to escape the current landscape of Cincinnati's clouded backfield.
Hill was on the field for 28 snaps in the Bengals' Week 17 win over the Ravens, but did not have a carry nor a target in the passing game.
The fifth-round rookie out of Wyoming finishes the season with 11 carries for 37 yards, along with two catches for 36 yards. He'll most likely remain the Bengals' third-string running back next season behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard, with Jeremy Hill likely departing via free agency.
Hill could be relegated to third-string duties Sunday against the Ravens with Joe Mixon (ankle) expected to play, Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com reports.
Due to a concussion and the ankle injury, Mixon has been limited to just 24 snaps across the last four games and has missed two contests entirely, which has opened the door for Giovani Bernard and Hill to see increased opportunities. Though he's seeing more snaps on offense after having previously been relegated to special-teams work, Hill has still only received 11 carries and two targets over that four-game stretch, as Bernard has seen the overwhelming share of touches out of the backfield. Though it's unlikely that Mixon will be in store for a sizable role if he's available Sunday, his presence might be enough to keep Hill out of the game plan.
Hill is expected to serve as the primary backup to Giovani Bernard in Sunday's game against the Ravens with the team not expecting Joe Mixon (ankle) to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mixon is expected to test his left ankle out during pregame warmups, but after his injury limited his participation in practices this week, it's expected the Bengals will err on the side of caution and hold the rookie out in a mostly meaningless season finale. Assuming that's the case, Hill would have a role in the game plan for the fourth straight week after previously being relegated to special-teams work in his prior appearances this season. Hill has proven capable when called upon three games with 11 carries for 37 yards and two receptions for 36 yards, but Bernard's ability to handle three-down duties will mostly limit Hill to entering the game only when the veteran needs a breather.
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