Hill is poised for increased touches after Todd Gurley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Raiders, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
In 10 games this season, Hill has had double-digit carries twice and 10-plus touches one additional time. That said, he's averaging 4.3 yards per carry and gathered in 16 of his 20 targets. Meanwhile, Ito Smith has 20 touches all year, and Qadree Ollison is unlikely to play much, if at all, so Hill is the prime candidate to be Atlanta's lead back Sunday.
Hill registered 18 rushing yards on four carries during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.
Hill went without a reception for a second straight outing Week 11 after recording at least two catches in seven of his first eight appearances to kick off the season. Against New Orleans, the game script flipped against Falcons backs in the second half as starter Todd Gurley registered a season-low nine touches and HIll produced his worst output in scrimmage yards all season. Atlanta's Week 12 opponent, Las Vegas, just surrendered three rushing TDs to Chiefs RBs on Sunday Night Football, providing optimism for a bounceback.
Hill registered 24 rushing yards on eight carries during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos.
Hill garnered fewer than half the number of carries as No. 1 back Todd Gurley in Week 9, but he enjoyed a steady dose of complementary usage throughout the contest, collecting multiple rush attempts in the first, second and third quarters. He also drew a fourth-quarter target from Matt Ryan, but the pass fell incomplete. After logging just 10 combined offensive touches in Atlanta's first two outings of 2020, the Wyoming product has seen his workload increase to an average of 8.9 touches per game over his past seven appearances. Hill remains securely fixed as Atlanta's No. 2 running back option with the Falcons heading into a Week 10 bye before traveling to New Orleans on Nov. 22.
Hill rushed 11 times for 55 yards and brought in two of three targets for nine yards in the Falcons' 25-17 win over the Panthers on Thursday night.
Whether the workload split between Todd Gurley and Hill on Thursday night is ultimately the first sign of a changing of the guard at running back for the Falcons remains to be seen. However, it's notable Hill logged a season-high number of rush attempts against Carolina and began to be worked in heavily on Atlanta's third drive early in the second quarter. Hill was easily the more efficient of the two backs as well, and the difference in his quickness and that of Gurley's is evident. Therefore, it will be interesting to monitor how the backfield touches are divided in a Week 9 home contest against the Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 8, with the ability of the Falcons defense to once again help the offense remain in a game script that's positive for the ground attack integral to the overall opportunities available.
Hill registered three rushing yards on two carries, also corralling all three of his targets for 27 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-22 loss to the Lions.
Hill's receiving total established a new season high for the 24-year-old back, though his two rush attempts were the fewest he's had in a game thus far in 2020. The former Bengal had averaged nine offensive touches per game over his preceding four appearances heading into Sunday, but Todd Gurley logged 92 percent of the RB carries in a tightly contested matchup against the Lions. Hill will slot in as the No. 2 option Thursday night against Carolina's porous rush defense, and he may be in line for extra touches with Gurley coming off a heavy Week 7 workload.
Hill registered 28 rushing yards on 10 carries, adding two catches for six yards during Sunday's 40-23 win against the Vikings. He also lost one fumble on the afternoon.
Though he logged his second-lowest yards-per-carry average of the 2020 campaign, Hill did at least establish a new season best with 12 offensive touches. His involvement has grown in recent weeks, as the 24-year-old has established himself as the clear No. 2 to Todd Gurley in Atlanta's backfield. Hill has averaged nine offensive touches per game over his past four outings after being granted only 10 combined touches Weeks 1 and 2.
Hill registered 39 rushing yards on six carries, also hauling in both of his targets for 15 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Panthers.
The 24-year-old back has improved from five offensive touches per game between Weeks 1 and 2 to an average of eight touches per game over Atlanta's past three outings. Excluding a frustrating Week 4 loss to the Packers in which he gained 10 yards on four carries, Hill has averaged 5.9 yards per carry on the season. As Atlanta's No. 2 option at running back, Hill faces a Vikings defense in Week 6 that just surrendered 124 rushing yards and one rushing TD to Seattle on Sunday Night Football.
Hill registered 10 yards on four rush attempts, also hauling in both of his targets for 13 receiving yards during Monday's 30-16 loss to Green Bay.
The 24-year-old back broke through with 80 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown last Sunday in a loss to the Bears, but his contributions were minor during an ugly Monday night defeat. HIll was offered high-upside attempts, at least, as three of his offensive touches came within the red zone during Week 4. He'll again serve as Atlanta's No. 2 back when the team faces Carolina on Sunday and a Panthers defense that has surrendered an NFL-worst 37 receptions to opposing RBs.
Hill ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on nine carries, also hauling in one of three targets for 22 receiving yards during Sunday's 30-26 loss to the Bears.
Hill was repeatedly referred to as one of the breakouts of Falcons training camp this summer, but he mustered only 10 combined offensive touches for 45 scrimmage yards Weeks 1 and 2. The 24-year-old was clearly more integral to the game plan this time around, as Hill's 10 touches marked his highest total since he last started at running back Week 12 of last season. Additionally, the fact that Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison were both active against Chicago indicates that Hill's increased usage may be a recurring trend going forward. Atlanta's Week 4 opponent, Green Bay, entered Sunday tied for the fourth-most rushing TDs allowed to opposing running backs (three), meaning that Hill has a reasonable chance of reaching the end zone for a second straight game.
Hill collected 14 rushing yards on three carries while also hauling in both of his targets for 11 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-39 loss to Dallas.
The 24-year-old back has garnered five offensive touches in each of Atlanta's first two outings of the year, a workload similar to his 2019 average of 6.5 touches per game. Todd Gurley soaked up 72.4 percent of Falcons running back carries against the Cowboys, while Ito Smith earned five carries of his own, limiting Hill to a bit role in the offensive operation. He will continue to be a complementary piece in the Atlanta backfield, but Gurley remains the unquestioned No. 1 heading into a Week 3 matchup against the Bears' 11th-ranked rush defense.
Hill collected 12 rushing yards on three carries and caught both of his targets for eight receiving yards during Sunday's 38-25 loss to the Seahawks.
The 24-year-old back was one of the breakouts of Falcons training camp, but his Week 1 role closely resembled the one he filled during 2019 when he tallied 6.5 offensive touches per game. Had Atlanta been able to build a lead he may have become more involved, but with the Falcons playing catch-up during the second half Hill was largely omitted from the game plan. Even in a more closely-contested game, however, it appears Todd Gurley may have dominated the workload, as he handled nearly 78 percent of the running back carries Sunday. Hill will continue to slot into a complementary role Week 2 when the Falcons take on a Dallas defense that ranked as a top-10 unit against the run during 2019.
Coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday that Hill has been "one of the most improved players" that he has seen in his various training camps over the last few years, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Having been cut twice in his career, Hill is now more accepting of criticism and says that it has had a positive effect on his dedication to improve. To that end, Hill said he made wholesale changes to his game this offseason, including becoming a much more reliable pass catcher. Quinn has confirmed that Hill is "definitely going to be a contributor" this season based on his play to this point in camp. Hill has established himself as the favorite to win the No. 2 role at running back behind Todd Gurley.
Coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday that Hill is "definitely going to be a contributor" for Atlanta this season, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hill averaged 6.5 offensive touches per game across 12 appearances during his third season in Atlanta in 2019, but he may have earned himself a larger role heading into the upcoming season based on his star turn in training camp thus far. Quinn already identified Hill as "a man on a mission" this summer, noting the vast strides the 24-year-old back has made to his skill set during the offseason. Most pertinent for fantasy purposes, Hill has reportedly become a more competent pass catcher out of the backfield after managing just 69 receiving yards in 2019.
Coach Dan Quinn said of Hill on Thursday, "He is 100 percent a guy on a mission. You see his speed at practice, his ability to catch has certainly improved," Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Hill may have only handled 88 total offensive touches during 2019, but he did cash in with three touchdowns. His 4.1 yards-per-carry average, meanwhile, was significantly better than that of Devonta Freeman (3.6), albeit on a limited sample size of 78 rush attempts. Hill failed to rise to the occasion between Weeks 11 and 12 when he was granted the first two starts of his NFL career, as he managed only 44 rushing yards on 24 attempts. Despite the disappointing starting debut, he remains a competent backup for a Falcons rushing attack (now led by Todd Gurley) that is looking to improve upon a woeful 30th-place finish in yards per game (85.1).
Hill signed his original-round tender with the Falcons on Saturday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
While not necessarily a game changer, Hill has been effective as the Falcons' backup. The 24-year-old amassed 323 yards and two touchdowns on the ground after injuries to Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith in 2019, showing he can produce when necessary. With newly signed star running back Todd Gurley leading the backfield, Hill should continue to serve as a strong change-of-pace rusher.
The Falcons have placed an original-round tender on Hill, who is a restricted free agent, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Hill was a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft, so the Falcons will receive that as compensation if the running back signs an offer sheet and the team doesn't match it. Assuming he's retained, he's a candidate to fill the void created after Devonta Freeman was released Monday, along with fellow holdovers Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison. In 12 games (two starts) last season, Hill turned 78 carries into 323 yards (4.1 YPC) and two touchdowns while hauling in 10 of 14 targets for 69 yards and another score.
Hill ran for 21 yards on five carries during Sunday's 28-22 overtime win against the Buccaneers. He concluded the 2019 season with 323 yards and two touchdowns on 78 carries along with 10 receptions on 14 targets for 69 yards and one additional TD.
The third-year back out of Wyoming got his first crack at being a starting NFL running back in Weeks 11 and 12 with Devonta Freeman inactive, but he was only able to accumulate 44 rushing yards on 24 attempts. Hill certainly should not entirely shoulder the blame for his inefficient rushing average during that span, as Atlanta's offensive line allowed its ball carriers to be stuffed at or behind the line of scrimmage at the sixth-highest rate in the league this season. When inserted into the lineup as a complementary option Hill was far more effective, posting an outstanding 5.2 yards per carry in games in which he did not start. With his contract expiring in the offseason he's a candidate to be brought back by Atlanta as a second or third-string option at RB, having proven already that he can be adequate in such a role.
Hill ran for 66 yards on seven carries and recovered a fumble from Jaguars return man Michael Walker during Sunday's 24-12 win against Jacksonville.
Following a six-play, 82-yard touchdown drive on Atlanta's opening possession of the afternoon, Jaguars kickoff returner Walker coughed up a fumble into the hands of Hill. The Falcons' offense capitalized four plays later, cashing in with a Matt Ryan-to-Devonta Freeman touchdown pass to seize a 14-0 lead at the 9:28 mark of the first quarter. Hill continued to make an impact throughout the contest, pacing the Falcons' backfield with 66 rushing yards and finishing with a game-high 9.4 yards per carry. He's expected to serve as a complementary option to Freeman again Week 17 when Atlanta takes on the Buccaneers' No. 1 rush defense.
Hill gained 16 yards on his lone rush attempt during Sunday's 29-22 win over the 49ers.
Devonta Freeman dominated the workload by garnering 12 of Atlanta's 14 RB carries, but Hill made the most of his only offensive opportunity, tearing through the San Francisco defense for an explosive gain to help set up a field goal from Younghoe Koo late in the second quarter. Though Hill was able to accumulate 62 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in Week 14 against Carolina, he has managed just 53 scrimmage yards in his other two appearances since Freeman returned to the lineup Nov. 28 versus New Orleans. Hill is expected to again serve as a complementary option when the Falcons take on Jacksonville's bottom-five rush defense in Week 16.
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.
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