RB Jeremy Hill - Free Agent
|6-1, 233||Born: 10-20-1992||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
2017 Week 1 vs BAL (6 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)
The Bengals rotated backs with each getting a series mostly to themselves early. Hill was the first back in the rotation and had the first drive to himself (except for one third down). His best run of the day came on his first touch, cutting through a big hole up the middle and running straight ahead for a gain of 12. Hill started the first drive of the second half as well, but had no room to run. At some point he tweaked his ankle and sat out the final 20 minutes after playing just 10 snaps. With the Bengals trailing, he likely wouldn't have been part of the game plan down the stretch anyway. He indicated after the game that his ankle was fine.
2017 Week 2 vs HOU (6 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Hill received another start, played 15 snaps and was fine. He showed decent power and generally got what was blocked for him. Unfortunately, that wasn't much. Without big holes to run through, Hill averaged less than three yards per carry. On seven touches, he didn't make a guy miss.
2017 Week 3 vs GB (7 / 23 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Hill got the start and looked sluggish on his few carries the opening drive. He was able to step out of an ankle tackle to gain six yards on a short dump off. He came back in and took four straight carries near the end of a long drive early in the second quarter. He was able to pick up 16 yards and get the ball inside the 10-yard line to setup a Giovani Bernard touchdown. Hill touched the ball just one time after time, with Mixon dominating the touches down the stretch.
2017 Week 4 vs CLE (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Hill continues to be the starting running back on paper and still takes the first snap of the game and usually the first snap of the second half as well. He carried for a modest 3-yard gain on the Bengals first offensive play. On his next carry, Hill had the ball knocked out of his hands and the Bengals were lucky to recover when an offensive lineman jumped on it.
2017 Week 5 vs BUF (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hill continues to start every game but played just 11 of 66 snaps. He touched the ball four times and was solid. He gets what is blocked and is able to finish runs with some power.
2017 Week 7 vs PIT (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Bengals continue to use Hill to start the game and to open the first drive after halftime. He got off to a decent start with five yards on his first carry but didn't do anything else positive the rest of the way. He was stopped for no gain on two other first down carries on the opening drive that forced the Bengals into tough 2nd-and-10 situations.
2017 Week 8 vs IND (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hill again received the start and took back-to-back carries for a combined 14 yards to open the Bengals' first possession. Later in the drive, he was stacked up for a 2-yard loss. He came off the field for Mixon once the Bengals got inside the 10-yard line. As per usual, Hill took the first few snaps of the Bengals first second-half drive as well and was dropped for a loss on his only second-half carry. Hill saw only seven total snaps and his role continues to be limited to playing a few snaps on the first drives of each half.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs OAK (19 / 63 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
On the first series Jeremy Hill does a great job running between the tackles and also is able to bounce outside for a nice 9-yard gain and first down. Once again Hill is receiving all of the red zone caries in this offense. They go to him three times in a row in the red zone including his first touchdown on 4th down. Hill shows great athleticism on this 3-yard touchdown seeing his hole close between the tackles, cutting back left, and beating Ben Heeney on the outside into the end zone. Hill scores his second touchdown of the half in a first and goal situation of a hand off inside with 2:21 left. A smash right up the middle. He found less room to run in second half but the offensive line was dominate in front of him most of the game. He took the majority of the carries to kill the clock even when they were up big.
2015 Week 2 vs SD (10 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill was benched during the third quarter of this game after being credited with two lost fumbles. He finished the game with just 39 yards on 10 carries and did not get back on the field after his second fumble. He was forced to watch his backup Giovani Bernard run for 123 yards from the sidelines but did not downplay the issue in postgame interviews. "You could definitely start saying it's an issue," Hill said. "I can be happy and in denial about it, but it's definitely become an issue and it has to get fixed." The sophomore running back has seven fumbles in his career already in just 18 games.
2015 Week 3 vs BAL (12 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After being benched last week for fumbling twice, Jeremy Hill held onto the football in this game but did split carries almost 50/50 with Giovani Bernard. Hill posted a stat line of just 21 yards on 12 carries and had no receptions. His 1.8 yards per carry was largely unimpressive as was the Bengals ground game as a whole against Baltimore. Hill was getting all the carries early in the game but the team rallied around Bernard when the game was on the line. This time-share is a situation to monitor going forward.
2015 Week 4 vs KC (9 / 40 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill was a star for the Bengals against the Chiefs Sunday as he punched in 3 touchdowns on the ground just two weeks after being benched for fumbling issues. He was given the start in this game but still only finished with 9 touches to Gio Bernard's 11. He had 40 yards on those 9 touches but effective in converting short yardage touchdowns for the Bengals and also added a two-point conversion for his team where he just breaks the plane. The first drive of the game was capped off by his 8-yard touchdown and later of a Chiefs fumble would punch another one in from 5-yards. Though his yardage on the season has not been impressive with just 660 yards, he is averaging over a touchdown per game behind this offensive line in Cincinnati.
2015 Week 5 vs SEA (8 / 13 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill finished the day with just 9 touches for 25 total yards, 12 of which coming off his lone reception of the day. His 3.0 yards per carry is troublesome for a team that would like to rely on the run a bit more. The team turned to Giovani Bernard in this game as they played the majority of it from behind.
2015 Week 6 vs BUF (16 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)
Running back Jeremy Hill did out-snap Giovani Bernard in Week 6 but this situation will continue to be a committee. Hill actually had an unlikely reception touchdown in this game even though Bernard usually dominates the passing down work in this backfield. Again Hill is underwhelming on the ground in regards to yards per carry but this offense is giving him a chance to score every week. On his touchdown reception he caught a rare pass from Andy Dalton and was able to stay in bounds along the sideline and dive for the end zone. Hill has not returned to his 2014 form yet but he has been breaking tackles and eluding defenders these past few weeks on a more frequent basis. This offense and offensive line play continued to be exceptional for Hill in Week 6.
2015 Week 8 vs PIT (15 / 60 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The Bengals play calling tilted more in the form of the passing game than the running game but Jeremy Hill handled the majority of the touches in the backfield with 15 carries against the Steelers. They only ran the ball nine times in the first half but especially late in the game, leaded on Hill heavily before ultimately throwing the winning touchdown pass to A.J. Green. Hill ended up with 60 yards on the ground with his longest play coming in the first quarter for 12 yards. The good news is that his usage is trending in the right direction away from the clear 50/50 split the Bengals have been committed to as of late. His yards per carry was 4.0 this game, his average is just 3.1 this season.
2015 Week 9 vs CLE (15 / 52 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
This seemed like a dream matchup for Jeremy Hill but he was again outplayed in this game by Giovani Bernard. Hill rushed for 52 yards on 15 carries in the Bengals win on Thursday night. Hill has not shown tenacity on his runs and seemed indecisive behind his blocks all night. He lost carries to Giovani Bernard in the 4th quarter even though he out-touched Bernard 16-14 in this game. Hill is averaging a subpar 3.3 yards per carry this season. He has yet to rush for more than 70 yards this year and doesn't have a touchdown since Week 4.
2015 Week 10 vs HOU (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 5 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill's season has been perplexing to say the least. He finished this game with a 7-15-0 stat line but did add three catches for five yards. He does not look confident behind the line and has been indecisive in his cuts. Week 10 was a horrendous performance outside of a few decent runs in the third quarter. The Bengals clearly want to get him more involved but he has been consistently outperformed by Giovani Bernard each week. The up-tempo offense they want to run is much more suited to Bernard's strengths and he out-gained him on Monday Night Football by 59 yards with just three more touches.
2015 Week 11 vs ARI (13 / 45 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
This was one of Jeremy Hill's best games of the season while registering just 3.5 yards per carry. He rushed for 13 times and had two goal-line touchdowns against the Cardinals and had zero targets in the passing game. This was the first game he has scored since Week 6 and he had just ten yards in the second half. The Bengals were playing from behind and riding Giovani Bernard heavily most of the game where he out-snapped Hill yet again in this offense. After a Carson Palmer interception, Hill drew a taunting penalty that stalled out the Bengals next drive. He threw the football at a Cardinals defender and was assessed a 15-yard penalty where they were quickly forced to punt.
2015 Week 12 vs LA (16 / 86 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill was battling through an ankle injury in Week 12 against the rams but still tallied 86 yards on 16 carries before exiting the game. He seemed to hurt it in the first quarter but did return to the game only to leave again in the fourth quarter He also had a 14-yard reception on an Andy Dalton check own pass. On the same drive Hill had his longest run of the season behind a two tight end set for 16 yards.
2015 Week 13 vs CLE (22 / 98 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill was the clear feature back for the Bengals in Week 13 against the Browns totaling 98 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries. The running game was essential in this game as Cincinnati secured a lead early and wanted to control the ball. Hill had a 1-yard touchdown run and nearly had a second in the fourth quarter but was stuffed at the goal line. He set a season high for yardage and much to the chagrin of linebacker Chris Kirksey, celebrated his touchdown by jumping into Cleveland's stands. Hill seems to be finding his stride at the right time for the Bengals.
2015 Week 14 vs PIT (7 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill carried the ball just seven times in a Week 14 loss against the Steelers and only accumulated 16 yards. He again split carries with Giovani Bernard who had a much better yards per carry average rushing six times for 40 yards on the day. Hill was a victim of poor game script as he didn't see the field much with limited snaps. The Bengals were behind much of the game as A.J. McCarron was forced to air it out for a high volume of pass attempts. Hill did catch two passes for eight yards.
2015 Week 15 vs SF (19 / 31 / 2 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill had 31 yards on 19 touches in Week 15 but did save his fantasy day with two touchdowns. He had one target in the passing game that was not successful. Both his touchdowns were short ones in the red zone, as the Bengals couldn't get anything going on the ground all game. Hill out-touched Bernard 19-14 in rush attempts but it was a relative split after Bernard got the majority of the work early.
2015 Week 16 vs DEN (19 / 63 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / -2 / 0 rec)
Cincinnati's game plan clearly called for a heavy dose of Jeremy Hill against the Denver Broncos, as the larger back played the majority of the Bengals' snaps and received a lot of handoffs to keep the defense from keying too much on the inexperienced quarterback. Running room, unfortunately, was difficult to come by; more than half of Hill's total yards came on his team's first drive, and after that he found himself met too often at the line of scrimmage by Denver's active, penetrating linebackers.
2015 Week 17 vs BAL (16 / 96 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill boasted a 16-96-1 stat line in Week 17 and had his longest run of the season on a key fourth down play where he took the ball 38-yards to the house in the third quarter. He did a good job behind backup tackle Jake Fisher following him to the left and cutting to the right through the hole that was created by Fisher. 70 of his 96 yards came on seven touches but the running game came up big for a Bengals team struggling on third down all night. Hill has been receiving more carries with A.J. McCarron at the helm and has looked more like his 2014 self in a lead back role. His 5.6 yards per carry in Week 17 is a vast improvement on times this season where he had trouble finding the line of scrimmage and couldn't protect the football.
2015 Week 18 vs PIT (12 / 50 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill ran for 50 yards on 12 carries and was a big part of the Bengals comeback contributing a goal-line plunge in the fourth quarter. Once Bernard was knocked out the game Hill took over in the receiving game as well where he registered three catches for 27 yards on four targets. What will be remembered in this game will be the costly fumble Hill committed in the fourth quarter trying to run out the clock for the Bengals apparent come-from-behind victory. Hill had the ball tucked under his left arm and the Pittsburgh defender knocked it out where the Steelers would then recover. The turnover paired with two personal foul penalties by the defense shortly after allowed the Steelers to get into field goal range to win the game. What was odd in this game is the Bengals did not go back to the success they had the week prior with Jake Fisher as a lead-blocking full back. Fisher did help clear the way for Hills 1-yard touchdown but they didn't use the tactic as much as anticipated. The Bengals gained 108 yards and Hill also had a 38-yard touchdown run last week with Fisher blocking from behind the line of scrimmage.
2014 Week 1 vs BAL (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cincinnati Bengals Andy Dalton Despite being 3rd all-time in passing yards and TD in the first three seasons of a player's career, Andy Dalton has taken a beating among the media this off-season. 20 interceptions and a 3rd straight playoff loss have not done him any favors. So a week one matchup in a stadium in which he has never won, against a team that he threw 7 int's against last year seemed like the worst possible start for Dalton's 2014 campaign. The off-season has been full of proclamations that the Bengals were going to be a running team, and Dalton's value has amazingly plummeted in fantasy circles to the point where he isn't even in the top 15 in many people's preseason polls. Against the Ravens, new coordinator Hue Jackson obviously had one thing in mind: Don't turn the ball over. Dalton started the game throwing it short, and kept things short and safe the entire game. In the first half, Dalton repeatedly led the Bengals down the field with short slants, screens and out patterns, and had no trouble moving the ball. Unfortunately, the offense repeatedly stalled in Baltimore territory. On the first possession, Dalton threw it away to end the drive. On the second possession, Hue Jackson had Dalton run a QB keeper, which not surprisingly didn't work against the physical Ravens defense. Dalton failed to convert another 3rd down on the 3rd possession with another QB keeper. Later in the first half, Gresham was wide open deep in Ravens territory, but Gresham didn't finish running the route and the miscommunication cost the Bengals an easy TD. Also, on numerous occasions Dalton simply threw the ball away. It was obvious he was coached to make no mistakes in this game, a decision that seemed to serve Cincy well. The second half was full of miscommunications and errors. The new offense looked much different than the old one, was being run at a fast pace, and miscommunication with Green and Sanu stalled a few drives. Jackson called reverses, Dalton ran the triple option, and the offense obviously wasn't sharp. The conservative approach and the lack of a solid running game almost cost the Bengals the game. A deep pass to Steve Smith gave the Ravens the lead deep in the 4th quarter. For the first time in the game, Dalton had to throw the ball deep downfield, and the result was spectacular. Two daggers in a row buried the Ravens. First Dalton threw a deep ball down the right sideline and hit AJ Green in stride. Green juggled it due to great defense by the CB, but Green adjusted, made the play and walked in for an astounding 78 yard TD. Then Dalton threw it up at the pylon to Sanu and Sanu made the catch for the 2-pt conversion. Overall, the offense isn't clicking and the loss of Marvin Jones and Tyler Eifert (as well as Hawkins from a year ago) have severely limited the number of receiving options for Dalton. But despite that, Dalton threw for 300 and hit a big game-winning bomb to AJ Green. Overall, despite the issues, it's a great start for Dalton under Hue Jackson. He was able to eradicate the turnovers, move the ball and beat a tough defense on the road. Giovani Bernard The ultimate preseason question for Cincy was the usage for Bernard and Hill. If this game foreshadows the season, it's Gio's time to shine. The Ravens are a hard-nosed defense that doesn't miss tackles. Gio ran hard and looked explosive at times, but he didn't find a lot of running room. In the first quarter, Bernard hit the hole, made a tremendous spin to avoid a defender and fought for a few additional yards. It was a WOW moment, but as usually happens with Baltimore, the hole closed fast. He scratched and claw for ground yardage, and finally got a big gain in the 4th quarter. Bernard finally found a seam up the left side, shot through the hole, broke a tackle and ran for 16 yards. But for much of the day there just wasn't a lot of room to run. But where Gio shined was in the passing game. He showed great natural hands, catching the ball cleanly most of the time, and proving a great safety valve to Dalton. In the early part of the second half, Bernard got open on a swing pass, found wide open space and soared down the right sideline for 32 yards. On the same drive, Gio came around the front of the OL on a little wheel route and CJ Mosley made a great play to end the drive. Overall, Gio was on the field the majority of the game. His touches were limited though, as he only had 14 rushes. It still doesn't feel like Gio will be getting 20-25 rushes a game, which is a good thing for him and his owners. Jeremy Hill It appears that the Bengals didn't have much confidence in their ability to run the ball against the Ravens. First, Dalton threw it 38 times, and the rb's combined for only 18 rushes. The score and opportunities to run were there, as the Bengals had the lead for most of the game. But Hue Jackson decided to move the ball through the air, and so Hill's debut was a dud. It was probably a wise move by Jackson, as neither Hill nor Bernard had much room on the ground. Hill faced a wall of defenders on 3 of his carries, though he showed good strength in moving the wall a yard or two. He did have a nice run between the tackles, finding a seam, and diving over the defender to extend for an 8 yard gain. The Bengals "run-first" offense never materialized, and this will be something to monitor in the weeks ahead. The Ravens are a nightmare scenario for Cincy, as they are rarely able to move the ball effectively against Baltimore. When the running game ramps up, Hill's carries will as well.
2014 Week 2 vs ATL (15 / 74 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
There has been a lot of Gio vs Hill debate in the preseason. Let there be no mistake, Hill will have a huge role on this team. He is exactly the weapon that Cincinnati needed on this team. Hill delivered blows early and often. At times in the first half, he showed no mercy on whoever was in his way, even at times knocking down his own blockers. Hill isn't super fast, but he wastes no time choosing a hole. He takes the handoff and runs full steam ahead at the holes. Hill also showed his versatility, as on his first touch of the game he caught a pass and went for 18 yards. The first half was big for Hill, as the Falcons had no answers for him. He had gains of 5, 13, 9 and 7. Each time he ran hard, physical and was punishing in the run game. In the second half, he had a more difficult time, as Gio did, due to the obvious run situations that Cincy was in. But as a back of his size will do, he eventually wore down the defense. In the 2nd half, on one drive he had 5 carries for 14 yards. But on the last carry, he showed his strength as he plowed into the endzone for a 1 yard td. At this point, Hill has proven his value. Expect to see his numbers go up. Giovani Bernard doesn't need 27 carries a game, and Hill can support a much bigger load than he's getting. When he gets the carries, his numbers will only improve.
2014 Week 3 vs TEN (7 / 39 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The bruiser only had 7 opportunities to run in this game. Surprisingly, his first two big runs were both designed to go to the outside, while Gio got mostly inside runs. Hill made the most of them, getting solid gains on both runs. In the second half, Hill tok a sweep headed to the left side, made a guy miss and lumbered for 12 yards. Then he somehow scored on a 4 yard TD up the middle. It looked as if he was easily down at the 2, but he just fought and pushed and somehow ended up in the endzone, showing the power he currently possesses. Hill still isn't getting enough carries to be an every-week player, but as a fill-in on this offense, he's an insurance policy that can still put up points.
2014 Week 5 vs NE (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 68 / 0 rec)
Hill continues to be nothing more than a guy who comes on to give Gio a rest. Thus far, it's not a RBBC by any stretch of the imagination. Hill get one series early on, and did make a big play. He came out of the backfield, streaked downfield and Dalton hit him for 15 yards in stride. Aside from that play, though, Hill did nothing until the final drive of the game when Jason Campbell was on the field. Campbell dumped it off to Hill, and Hill made the most of the prevent defense, charging downfield for 38 yards on an impressive catch and run. Hill has shown surprisingly good hands this year, and the potential for RB1 status is there if Gio gets hurt. But in this game, the lopsided score kept Hill firmly on the bench for the majority of the game.
2014 Week 6 vs CAR (8 / 22 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)
Hill couldn't get anything going on the ground, aside from his 3 yard touchdown plunge, after a 97 yard kickoff return from Adam Jones. Hill continued to showcase his receiving skills, showing soft hands on 4 receptions, but all four were snuffed out rather quickly by the Panthers. Hill did have a potential game-winning touchdown called back by a penalty late in the fourth quarter. He made a cut at the line, and outran the defense around the right edge while racing in for a 22 yard TD. But Andre Smith was called for holding and the TD was nullified. 5 games into the season, and Hill is still not really eating into Gio's carries. The timeshare that we all expected hasn't materialized, as most of Hill's carries came when Gio was banged up on the sideline.
2014 Week 7 vs IND (4 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hill was completely shut down in this one as well. His first three carries went into the heart of the Colts defense and got him nothing. Hill also dropped a dumpoff pass from Dalton that he could have possibly turned into a solid gain. Hill had one nice 11 yard run late in the game on a draw, but it was a rather meaningless point in the game, and obviously had little impact on the game.
2014 Week 8 vs BAL (10 / 25 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Gio's injury opened up the door for Hill to get a solid workload, but like Gio, Hill couldn't do anything on the ground. Hill also failed to convert late in the game on 2 short yardage runs to seal the game. Dalton eventually scored the TD, but Hill looked a bit hesitant. For all of Hill's size, he doesn't seem to attack the line of scrimmage with a full head of steam. The Bengals aren't blocking for him either, but he's just been unable to do much on the ground recently, and posed no threat against Baltimore. Hill did get involved in the passing game, catching 4 balls. Hill is surprisingly a natural receiver, and did a great job of getting open and hauling in his opportunities. He had a 15 yard reception on a play just before the Dalton fumble, and it was his only real opportunity to get into space.
2014 Week 9 vs JAX (24 / 154 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill got his opportunity to shine with the injury to Giovani Bernard. Hill exploded with a huge game, and he looked very good throughout. The Bengals line did a nice job of getting him some good holes. Hill has struggled so far this year, but he had openings against Jacksonville, and he took advantage. The on-air commentators continued to marvel at his vision, which was spectacular. Hill did an excellent job of using his blockers, seeing the holes and running where he needed to run. Giovani has a tendency to attack the line and take what he can get. Hill shows more patience initially, and then attacks once the hole opens up. In recent weeks, when the line doesn't block well, this initial patience has hurt Hill, as he gets stuffed for no gain frequently. But against Jacksonville, it worked wonders. Hill started the game with a 9 yard run up the middle, then converted a 10 yard pitch later in the first half. But the game started very quietly for Hill. That changed in the second half. First, Hill scored at the goalline on a 1 yard run. The Bengals tricked Jacksonville and ran outside. Hill made a man miss, then turned upfield and walked into the endzone. On the next possession, Hill took the pitch, saw nothing, reversed field and got 11 yards. Very impressive use of his vision to see that the play was going nowhere, and then impressive speed to get 11 yards after reversing field. After an ugly Dalton INT and a resulting Jacksonville score, the fans were restless and the Bengals were in danger of imploding. Hill took a handoff and made a great cutback toward the inside as he spotted a hole. Then he torched the linebackers and ran past everyone. Hill met the safety deep downfield and completely shrugged off his tackle attempt as he took it to the house for a 60 yard touchdown. On one play, he showed off his vision, his speed and then finally his power. Hill finished off the game by grounding out the clock. He added to his yardage totals, dragging defenders for an 11 yard gain, and then finishing things up by gaining 6 with a final impressive run. How this running back situation sorts itself out when Gio returns is anyone's guess. At this point, Hill seems to have more power and better vision than Gio at the line of scrimmage. Gio is dynamite in space, but often struggles to get into space from the LOS. However it shakes out, this is great for Cincy, as they now have two bigtime talents at RB. Ultimately, Hill showed off the kind of skills that could make him one of the top running backs in the league. If the Bengals decide to make Gio the COP back and involve him in the passing game more, the Bengals might be better off. Hill seems to be able to shoulder the load, and this game is going to give the coaching staff a lot to think about in the 2nd half of the season.
2014 Week 10 vs CLE (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Coming off his best game as a pro, Jeremy Hill looked poised to have another huge game against Cleveland. His number was called on the first three plays of the game and he churned out strong yardage behind an O-Line that was pushing around Cleveland's weak front. Unfortunately, Hill was hampered by extremely poor QB play and a game script that only offered him nine more carries after Dalton threw a drive-killing INT to end the Bengal's first possession. He still was productive given his limited workload, averaging 4.41 YPC, and he had a few beastly runs that showed off his feature back skillset. Hill could have padded his stats with his activity in the passing game, but he had two catch and runs called back due to penalties. Unfortunately Hill was culpable as well in his team's defeat, taking a handoff in the second quarter and galloping for thirteen yards on a strong run before getting the ball bounced out of his hands for the Bengal's second turnover of the game. Cedric Peerman and Rex Burkhead started to receive touches following Hill's mistake. However, Hill's talent still shone through when he was given second half touches, even with the Bengals horrific offensive output capping any upside in the game.
2014 Week 11 vs NO (27 / 152 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill played the role of workhorse, churned out tough yardage, and was a huge reason that the Bengals beat the Saints. The Saints were on him early, but then he responded with some big runs. On the 2nd drive, Hill picked his way through the line, found himself in space, faked out Bush and then ran 21 yards. At the end of the half, the Bengals were deep in their own territory and were looking to run out the clock. But Hill found a bit of space in the middle of the field, faked Bush out again and took off toward the left sideline. He ran for 62 yards and got the Bengals a field goal with one second left. In the 2nd half, Hill wore down the Saints with a number of solid runs. He was effective both inside and outside. Hill's patience is a key to him being able to find holes and get big gains. He's also strong enough to take the pounding that comes with being a workhorse. Hill didn't get into the endzone, but had a huge day for Cincinnati
2014 Week 12 vs HOU (18 / 87 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Hill's unlikely to get a lot of carries as the season progresses. His solid work over the past month has been encouraging for the future, but is a thing of the past. The Bengals love both of these backs, and the two seem to be in a 50/50 timeshare. Hill definitely looked like the better player in this one, running hard, dragging defenders, making big plays, and scoring a 2 yard TD. Hill's 30 yard run was an impressive bit of running, as he patiently danced at the line, then exploded through the hole going for 30 yards. Hill's most impressive run came late in the game on a 9 yard run. He picked through a hole then moved the whole pile for 9 yards, showcasing his strength. Jeremy Hill is shaping up to be a great NFL rb and he's a great RB on a potentially high scoring offense. But Giovani still remains a big part of the gameplan for Cincinnati. As a result, there are large stretches of the game where Hill is on the sideline watching. That isn't comforting for his owners.
2014 Week 13 vs TB (13 / 40 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 12 / 0 rec)
Jeremy Hill couldn't get a lot going against Tampa Bay. He had a tough 8 yard run early in the game, a punishing 3 yard run for a first down in the 2nd quarter, and 2 solid runs late in the 2nd quarter. He also ran for 12 yards late in the 4th quarter with a nice run up the gut. But aside from these isolated runs, Hill was stuffed frequently by a swarming Tampa Bay defense that was determined not to give up a lot of yards on the ground. Hill split time with Gio, getting a few more carries, but neither RB is likely to do anything to pull away from the other at this point. They both bring something different to the table, and Hill is going to have bad games like this. He was targeted out of the backfield a few times, but the Bucs were all over the rb's, and he couldn't do anything with his 4 receptions.
2014 Week 14 vs PIT (8 / 46 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Even though Hill saw more carries, he wasn't on the field as much as Gio. As usual, Hill looked like the better running back, though the holes weren't usually there for Hill, either. Hill's big plays came at the end of the first half. First, he patiently waited for a hole to open, and then exploded through it for a big 15 yard gain. Then later on in the drive, Hill caught a screen pass, found himself in space, and ran for 15 yards. Aside from those two plays, Hill didn't have much success until a meaningless 13 yard gain on the game's final drive when the game was far out of hand. Hill clearly seems like the best pure running back on the team, but the team is committed to getting both of their backs the ball. But if both backs continue to get less than 10 carries, they will both be irrelevant on your fantasy roster.
2014 Week 15 vs CLE (25 / 148 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
The Cincy coaching staff finally decided on Jeremy Hill as the starting rb, and Hill did not disappoint. Hill put up huge numbers, which he has done almost every time he has been consistently fed. His offensive line, it has to be said, was spectacular. They opened up tremendous holes all game long. But Hill just shows incredible patience and vision on virtually every run. He took a pitch, showed speed in getting to the open field, and ran for 20. He consistently shredded the Browns on counters and cutback runs up the middle. On his 16 yard TD run, he took advantage of a nice hole, but then finished it off by refusing to be tackled. Hill consistently shed tacklers. But his key trait, which he's shown all year, is his patience at the line. On many occasions, Hill takes the handoff, and pauses just long enough to assess the situation. The impressive thing about his decision-making is that it always seems correct. Hill was rarely stopped behind the line of scrimmage. It's the rare running back that has this trait. In the second half, Hill's longest run of the day went for 21, and the hole was massive. Not only did Hill explode through the hole, but he put a nasty stiffarm on the defender as he continued to fight for extra yardage. Hill's only mistake came late in the game when he was carrying the ball a bit loosely and the Browns defender stripped the ball from Hill. Fortunately for Hill, the Bengals recovered the ball. The Bengals seem to have made a great decision to feed Hill and let Gio be the complimentary back. Hill is hot, he's running great, and the Browns had no answer for him. With the struggles of Dalton, this might be the best formula for Cincy to have a shot in the playoffs.
2014 Week 16 vs DEN (22 / 147 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hill hasn't gotten a lot of publicity this season, mostly due to the explosive breakouts of so many other rookies. He changed that with a huge 85 yard first quarter run in primetime. Hill showed off all of his assets on this run. His incredible patience, which the announcers raved about, his strength to shed tacklers, and his surprising speed. It's rare to see big guys run for 85 yards, but Hill made it look relatively easy. As you've read in this space a number of times, it's as if he makes the perfect decision on each run. He just knows where to go. He would cut inside, then cut outside and each decision was perfect, and led to him going 85 yards on a tough Denver run defense. After that run, however, the tough Broncos defense really got tight. Hill got it going at one point in the 3rd quarter with two really tough runs up the middle. But then he had a bad fumble inside the Broncos 10 yard line that looked at one point as if it would cost the Bengals the game. After that, Hill was stuffed every time he touched the ball as the Bengals went completely conservative and began handing the ball off on 1st and 2nd down for practically the entire 4th quarter. One slightly worrisome trend for Hill may have begun to manifest itself in the 2nd half. Hill's patience is quite often lauded on this site and in the media. But when the Bengals were burning clock, was patience really needed? At times, you'd like to see Hill put his head down, go straight upfield and get whatever is there. Being a patient runner is a great quality, but it can build bad habits and can quickly turn from "patient" to "he dances and looks for the big play". Not a huge problem right now, but something he can focus on next week, in the playoffs, and in the offseason.
2014 Week 17 vs PIT (23 / 100 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Hill got off to a huge start, racking up 60 yards in the first few drives and looking as if he was going to run for 200+. The Steelers couldn't get a hand on him, and he successfully ran the ball up the middle and on the edges. Hill's patient running style was working perfectly, until the Bengals decided to pull him for a large stretch of the first half. Once he came back in, the Steelers had figured out the run to a degree, and the holes weren't there. Hill got a lot of carries in the 2nd half, but had very few solid runs. He did have a nice run in the redzone in the 2nd half, starting with patience, and culminating in an explosive run up the middle inside the 5 yard line. It's hard to rag on the Bengals too much, as Hill did get 23 carries. But it was tough to watch them take out the hot guy, as he was really gouging Pittsburgh in the first quarter. Overall, 2014 was a very successful rookie season for Hill. Few thought he would supplant Gio as the primary running back so decisively, but he has. He looks like a true stud at the rb position, a workhorse that can open up the offense for everyone else. If the Bengals succeed in the playoffs, it will be on the back of Jeremy Hill
2014 Week 18 vs IND (13 / 47 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hill had a good first quarter and a few good runs on the first few drives. His most impressive run was an 18 yard run off tackle on the TD drive, where he showed patience at the line, finished the run with a stiff-arm and helped move the sticks. Later in the drive, Hill had 2 solid redzone runs up the middle and things looked good for Hill and the Bengals. He had 8 carries on the first two drives and the Bengals were moving the ball. After that, however, he only had 5 carries the rest of the game. The Bengals pressed the panic button and played as if they were way down. In truth, the Bengals weren't really out of the game until late in the 4th quarter. Of course one reason that his carries were low is that Cincy was unable to convert on 3rd downs in the 2nd half, but you still have to get him the ball more, especially when you factor in the lack of talent at receiver for Cincy.