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.
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.
Hill (ankle) logged a full practice Thursday, Jay Morrison of Cox Media Group reports.
Hill's full session sets him up to play Sunday against the Lions. The rookie running back logged five carries against the Vikings on Sunday, but his role will likely dissipate with Joe Mixon (concussion) looking like he will play in Week 16.