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RB Jeremy Hill - Cincinnati Bengals

6-1, 233Born: 10-20-1992College: LSUDrafted: Round 2

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2016 Week 16 vs HOU (7 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Aside from a pair of big games against the Browns, 2016 has been a nightmare season for Hill. He had no room to operate against the Texans and did nothing to make anything happen on his own. On the one play where the Bengals beleaguered line opened up a decent hole for Hill, he turned what should have been a 7-yard gain and first down into a gain of just four yards by cutting backwards to try to get outside and losing yards at the end of the run. Rex Burkhead has been the better back over the past month and that says more about how poorly Hill is playing (and the way the Bengals are using him) than it does about Burkhead.

2016 Week 15 vs PIT (20 / 43 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Hill had some moderate success early in the game and had a plethora of opportunities to score, but was able to find the end zone on just one of his seven carries inside the 7-yard line. He caught an 8-yard pass in the red zone on the first drive, but was stacked up on a pair of carries inside the 10-yard line and the Bengals had to settle for a field goal. The next drive, Hill had back-to-back solid gains to get the Bengals into Steelers territory. After a pass interference penalty set the Bengals up with 1st-and-goal at the 1-yard line, Hill was stuffed on three consecutive attempts at the goal line. He looked like he had a hole on first down but was hit hard and knocked back by Lawrence Timmons inches short of the end zone. He tried to leap over the top on the next down, but was rejected. On fourth down, the Bengals were able to score on a quarterback sneak. The next drive, Hill got some redemption. He powered straight up the middle on 2nd-and-goal for a 4-yard touchdown. The second half was a struggle for Hill. He had no room to run and lost yardage on three separate carries.

2016 Week 14 vs CLE (25 / 111 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Hill played 58% of the snaps (out-snapping Rex Burkhead 41 to 30) and received five of the six red zone carries. Hill averaged 4.4 yards per carry on his 25 rushing attempts. It was the first time since Week 7 (also against the Browns) that Hill averaged more than 3.8 yards per carry. Even against the porous Browns run defense, Hill's long carry was just 11 yards. Moving forward, it's a safe bet that Hill will get volume, but unless he's facing the Browns it is hard to see him being efficient with the touches he gets, which makes him highly dependent upon short touchdowns to be a fantasy asset. He had five carries from inside the ten over the past two weeks. The Bengals faced first-and-goal from the six yard line in the first quarter. Hill ran off of right guard for five yards on first down and then plunged in for a 1-yard touchdown on second down.

2016 Week 13 vs PHI (23 / 33 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Hill out-snapped Rex Burkhead 37 to 27. Those expecting Hill to play nearly every snap down the stretch with Bernard out will continue to be disappointed. Hill's career-high is just 39 snaps (and that was in an overtime game that ended in a tie). Hill did touch the ball 25 times with the Bengals in control from start to finish, but his efficiency was awful against a solid Eagles run defense. None of Hill's 25 touches went for more than seven yards. The only highlight of Hill's day was a short touchdown after a long completion to Cody Core set the Bengals up with the ball inside the 5-yard line. Hill made a nice cut to pick up a couple yards on 1st-and-goal then plunged straight through the middle of the line on 2nd down for the 3-yard touchdown. Hill is running hard, there's just nothing there.

2016 Week 12 vs BAL (12 / 21 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 61 / 0 rec)

Unsurprisingly, the Bengals weren't able to get much going on the ground against the Ravens top-ranked run defense. Hill averaged under two yards per carry and had a long run of just seven yards. He was able to salvage a decent fantasy day due to his increased involvement as a pass catcher however, catching each of his six targets. While Rex Burkhead picked up most of the third down and two-minute drill work, Hill inherited extra early down targets that he wouldn't have seen had Giovani Bernard been playing. The Bengals trailed by two scores for most of the second half, so Burkhead played most of the snaps in the fourth quarter as the Bengals went to their hurry up, two-minute style offense.

2016 Week 11 vs BUF (16 / 62 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)

Hill had another mediocre game, averaging under four yards per touch. He ran hard but missed the hole a couple of times, passing up modest gains to try to bounce outside and finding no room to run. The slight bump to Jeremy Hill's fantasy value due to the Giovani Bernard injury is mostly offset by the impact of the A.J. Green injury upon the Bengals offense overall. Hill should see more snaps and the Bengals will likely try to force feed him 20+ carries per game down the stretch with Bernard and Green out. However, Hill will only see a modest uptick in targets due to Rex Burkhead picking up most of the third down work. Plus, the Bengals offense is going to struggle to move the ball without Green drawing double teams and making big plays down the field, so there will be less red zone opportunities. Even with 20 carries, Hill may struggle to top 70 rushing yards most weeks given the surrounding talent and poor offensive line play.

2016 Week 10 vs NYG (15 / 46 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill started and had some positive gains early in the game. He ran hard and had a number of 4-to-6 yard runs up the middle, but just wasn't able to break loose for any long runs as the holes were few and far between. The Bengals returned the opening kickoff of the second half all the way to the Giants 13-yard line and Hill took it the rest of the way. After a 4-yard gain on first down, he took the next hand off for a 9-yard touchdown off of left tackle. The Bengals faked a fly sweep to A.J. Green on the play, which temporarily froze the linebackers and allowed Hill to slip through the line untouched and jog into the end zone. The 9-yard gain was Hill's longest of the game. Hill was narrowly out-snapped by Giovani Bernard, 31 to 27.

2016 Week 8 vs WAS (20 / 76 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -3 / 0 rec)

Hill was a workhorse for the Bengals, but unlike last week, was unable to break off any long runs. The Bengals came out pounding the ball on the first drive. Jeremy Hill was involved heavily on the opening drive, carrying the Bengals down to the Redskins 12-yard line with a pair of tough inside runs before giving way to Bernard after coming up holding his injured arm. Hill returned and found some modest success running up the middle. He received a 1st-and-goal carry from the 3-yard line and came up just inches short of a touchdown. The Bengals faked it to Hill the next play and everyone bit, leaving Dalton all alone to run it in on the bootleg. Two drives later, Hill got another goal line carry and cut outside to go in untouched on the 1-yard touchdown.

2016 Week 7 vs CLE (9 / 168 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

It only took nine carries for Jeremy Hill to put up the biggest rushing total by a Cincinnati Bengal in seven years. Hill had a solid gain on his first carry called back due to a block in the back. On the next play, he caught a 13-yard reception over the middle of the field. Hill did much of his damage on two big plays. His first big gain went for 40 yards and came on the first drive of the game with the Bengals lined up in the pistol. Hill took the handoff off right tackle, cut back across the middle, made a man miss with a sweet open field move and almost took it all the way. He was dragged down at the 5-yard line and Bernard came in to get the touchdown on the next play. Hill's second catch of the game was also in the first quarter. He caught a dump off along the sideline and powered through a tackle attempt to pick up 11 yards. Hill's biggest play came early in the third quarter on a 74-yard touchdown run. The Bengals shifted into an unbalanced line to the right and then pulled both the left tackle and left guard, opening up a big hole. Hill ran through an arm tackle and was off to the races, out-sprinting a defender down the right sideline for the long score. Hill re-injured his left shoulder early in the fourth quarter when he came down awkwardly after breaking loose for a 20-yard run down the left sideline. Hill was listed as probably to return, but never re-entered the game after the injury. It will be hard to trust Hill's usage until his shoulder injury fully heals, as he the problem has impacted his availability in each of the last four games.

2016 Week 6 vs NE (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Hill's snap count was down for the second straight week. He played just 21 snaps, but touched the ball on 14 of those snaps. Hill ran hard and broke tackles, earning some tough yards up the middle.

2016 Week 5 vs DAL (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill was on the injury report all week after suffering a chest/shoulder injury against the Dolphins in Week 4. The true extent of the injury became clear when Giovani Bernard got the start and played the vast majority of the snaps early. Hill did not get his first carry until the second quarter, which he took up the middle for a nice 8-yard gain. Hill aggravated the injury on his 4th touch of the game (early 3rd quarter) when he was tackled hard and landed on top of the ball. He did not return and ended up playing just 21% of the snaps on the day. While Hill said after the game that he "okay," it is clear that he is trying to play through an injury and it is limiting his effectiveness.

2016 Week 4 vs MIA (21 / 71 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill split time pretty evenly with Bernard (Hill led in snaps 36 to 34), but Hill received the vast majority of the carries. His 3.4 yards per carry average was pedestrian, but Hill made the most of his opportunities and often made something out of nothing. Hill looked a little shaken up twice during the game. He had the wind knocked out of him with 330-pound Jordan Phillips body slammed him out of bounds early. He also limped off temporarily after drawing a horse collar tackle on a nice gainer up the middle. He was able to play through pain and mostly kept the Bengals offense ahead of the chains with modest, but positive gains despite the Dolphins stacking the line. Hill had a pair of goal-to-go carries from inside the 5-yard line, but was unable to punch it in.

2016 Week 3 vs DEN (17 / 97 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Bengals established Hill early and he responded, showing a nice blend of power and speed on his way to a monster first half. He had four carries for 65 yards on the Bengals' opening drive. The big play was a 50-yard run off of left tackle. The Bengals lined up in an unbalanced look with a sixth offensive lineman outside of the tight end on the left side of the formation. Hill sprinted through the big hole and showed impressive speed, winning a footrace with safety Darian Stewart who barely tripped him just shy of the end zone. On the next play, Hill pounded it in straight up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown. Hill had a 4-yard rushing touchdown later in the first half. He looked to be stood up initially, but was able to stay up and bounced it outside for the score. Despite the big first half in which the Bengals rushed for over 100 yards and two scores, they found little success on the ground in the second half and abandoned the run too early.

2016 Week 2 vs PIT (11 / 22 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)

The Bengals were unable to get anything going on the ground against the Steelers stout defensive line. The Steelers regularly checked to cornerback run blitzes when the Bengals had Hill in the backfield. Hill was brought down for little or no gain by the blitzing defensive back multiple times early in the game. Hill made a couple nice plays in the passing game. His only big gain of the day came on a swing pass down the left sideline. He shook the first defender and was only brought down by a horse collar tackle after picking up 25 yards. Hill received a goal line carry from inside the 5-yard line, but was stuffed for no gain.

2016 Week 1 vs NYJ (9 / 31 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill had a quiet game overall, but his 12-yard touchdown run was a thing of beauty. He hit the hole hard, made a nice little move at the second level and then ran right through Safety Marcus Gilchrist at the 3-yard line to power his way into the end zone. On most of Hill's carries, he was hit in the backfield as the Jets won most the battles in the trenches. While he did not have register targets, the Bengals ran multiple pass plays on which Hill was the intended target. In the second quarter, a screen pass was set up beautifully for Hill and would have gone for a big gain, but center Russell Bodine couldn't hold up defensive tackle Steve McClendon long enough for Dalton to get the pass off and he took a sack. On the very next play, Hill lined up out wide and ran a quick crossing route. He looked to be the primary read and was open (with the help of a rub route from LaFell), but again the pressure got to Dalton too quickly and he took the sack before he could get the ball to Hill.

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