TE Josh Hill - New Orleans Saints
|6-5, 246||Born: 5-21-1990||College: Idaho State||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 7 vs CHI (3 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
This was the most effective game of the season for Hill. He caught all 3 of his targets including a long 27-yard catch and run and a 7-yard touchdown. Hill settled into the void in the Bears zone coverage and caught a deep pass up the seam before being tackled for his 27-yard gain. His touchdown pass looked like a blown coverage but again came when he settled down into a void. Hill leaked out into the flat that was wide open after the defensive coverage rolled to the inside. HE caught the ball 2 yards from the line of scrimmage and ran the last 5 yards in for the easy score without being touched. The Saints offense has been banged up all season and it will take different people stepping up to keep the streak going.
2019 Week 14 vs SF (3 / 2 / 4 / 1 rec)
Hill did not light up the box score this week, but he did come down with a touchdown. Brees found Hill wide open in the flat for an easy 3-yard score. He lined up in the back field as a full back and the play fake to Kamara sucked the entire defense to the middle of the field. Hill leaked into the flat and easily beat his linebacker to the goal line for the 3-yard score. He finished his day with 2 catches on 3 targets for 4 yards and a touchdown. He has been more of a blocking tight end all season and with the emergence of Cook in recent weeks there is no reason to think that will change.
2019 Week 15 vs IND (1 / 1 / 5 / 1 rec)
Just like Smith earlier, Hill made the most of his 1 catch this week. It was Jill who caught the record-breaking touchdown from Brees on a 5-yard route in the flat. The Saints normally run the ball in this situation, but they wanted to get Brees the record. It was a play action fake with Hill leaking into the flat. His linebacker in coverage bit on the fake and then did not have enough time to recover and make a play on the ball. It was an easy pitch and catch for the score and the all-time record for Brees.
2018 Week 5 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)
There is starting to be some more competition at the tight end position as Hill is taking some of the work away from Watson. It was Hill who ran the 1-yard play action route on the goal line instead of Watson this week. This is a play that Brees and Watson failed to hit on earlier in the season and there appears to be more trust in Hill right now. The duo also connected on a 23-yard play for a big first down later in the game. Hill will not take the starting job from Watson, but he does seem to be the tight end that they want in power run and play action situations right now.
2017 Week 18 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 49 / 1 rec)
Hill played a bigger role this week than he has at any other point in the season. He managed a big 25-yard reception for a key first down and a 9-yard pitch and catch touchdown with no defender in the area. The 25-yard reception came on a skinny post that Brees laid the ball right over his shoulder. It could have been a much bigger play had the corner not made a diving tackle. His touchdown catch was the benefit of a beautiful play fake where the entire defense seemed to bite. Hill only needed to beat a linebacker in coverage as he leaked out into the flat for the easy score. In a week where the running game was not effective, The Saints needed Hill more than ever.
2016 Week 6 vs CAR (5 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
Hill found space up the left sideline for his inaugural reception, elevating over a linebacker for a gain of 15. He fought through tight coverage to receive the game-winning touchdown on a wheel route up the left sideline where he was able to barely land in-bounds in order to successfully complete the eight-yard score.
2016 Week 7 vs KC (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Hill's lone catch came on a lone flat route early in the fourth quarter to the right side of the field for a modest gain of six.
2016 Week 8 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Hill was a checkdown option to the left flat late in the second period, picking up three.
2016 Week 9 vs SF (4 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Hill found space up the left sideline for his first catch of the day, running a PA vertical route out of a FB alignment to gain an uncovered 32 yards. Hill's next catch came late in the second quarter, a dumpoff to the right flat that picked up two. He caught a shallow crosser for four early in the third quarter, but it fell well short of the first down. The depth TE caught a nearly identical two-yard pass in the right flat for his final statistical contribution of the afternoon.
2016 Week 12 vs LA (6 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
Hill's big day began in the second quarter, running a stick route from the right slot for five yards. He ran a shallow crossing route later in the half, finding space over the middle for eight yards and a third-down conversion. Hill followed it up on the very next play with a 35-yard gain on a TE screen from the right flat. Hill sold a pass block before escaping into the flat and following his blockers up the sideline. He caught a checkdown very late in the half, gaining four yards but costing NO precious time without a TO. Hill caught another checkdown on the following down, picking up just one yard to end the half. Hill ran a deep crosser late in the third period, beating his man across the field before being led to the sideline for a 21-yard pickup. The targets are encouraging, but Hill's most productive day of the season cannot be considered a harbinger of things to come.
2016 Week 13 vs DET (2 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Hill's lone catch came on a dump-off on a third down in the second quarter in which Brees faced ample pressure. He was slow to get up after the play, injuring his right ankle, and did not return to the contest.
2015 Week 2 vs TB (4 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Hill's lone catch of the day went for two yards on a play-action flat route.
2015 Week 4 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)
Hill's playing time as been on the rise since the opening game of the season, but his involvement in the offense remains minimal. As he did behind Jimmy Graham, Hill found the end zone from the red zone, coming wide open on a strong play-action motion from Drew Brees and the run game. Hill also broke tackles on a quick-hitting reception later in the fourth quarter. While the breakout sizzle is gone from Josh Hill, his athleticism for the tight end position offers upside to an offense still searching for consistent playmakers early this season.
2015 Week 6 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Hill's first catch came on the third play of the game to move the chains with a gain of 12 yards over the middle as Drew Brees left the pocket. Hill was targeted on the subsequent third down as well, once again sitting down in the middle of the field for a gain of 19 yards. Hill's final catch came much later, midway into the third quarter, when he ran a short out route into the left flat for seven yards. The underneath target is a distant second to Benjamin Watson on the TE totem pole, and will continue to battle Michael Hoomanawanui for targets.
2015 Week 9 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 21 / 1 rec)
Hill found the endzone to punctuate New Orleans' first drive, running across the formation on a play-action rollout for an easy ten-yard score. Hill's second and final catch came on another underneath play-action route. He's a capable TE complement for the Saints' voluminous passing attack.
2014 Week 3 vs MIN (2 / 2 / 48 / 1 rec)
Hill played over one third of the snaps and got involved in the passing game. He was wide open down the seam on the early 34-yard TD and looked fluid getting down the seam. Hill also displayed good speed on a short dump off that he took for 14 yards and a first down.
2014 Week 4 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 12 / 1 rec)
Hill scored the first Saints TD of the game in the early 4th quarter. Brees faked a pitch left to Khiry Robinson and then rolled right as Hill blocked for a few seconds before releasing into the right flat, catching the dump down from Brees and walking untouched into the end zone.
2014 Week 5 vs TB (3 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
Hill again answered the bell when given an opportunity to make an impact and should continue to earn more opportunities in the passing game. Hill had a big 37-yard gain down the left sideline on a wheel route in which he outraced the defender to create a couple feet of separation. Hill again showed off his speed and looks very smooth for a guy his size. He has a chance to be a real weapon for the Saints going forward and could be heavily involved should Jimmy Graham miss any time. His upside is limited somewhat by the presence of the veteran Watson who is a stronger blocker.
2014 Week 7 vs DET (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
With the return of Graham in a limited role, Hill was an afterthought. His only target of the day was on a short dump off on 3rd-and-20 that came nowhere near to picking up a first down.
2014 Week 8 vs GB (1 / 1 / 2 / 1 rec)
The Saints used a lot of three TE formations but mainly ran from the look. That made play-action extremely effective and Hill was able to slip out after a play-action fake and was completely uncovered for an easy 2-yard touchdown reception.
2014 Week 9 vs CAR (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hill played 28 snaps and was targeted in the end zone on a 3rd-and goal play action pass from the 1 yard-line. Hill made a nice play to pull in the high pass but was unable to get both feet down in bounds.
2014 Week 10 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hill played 25% of the snaps as the Saints continue to use a lot of multiple-TE sets but did not receive a target. Hill lined up as the lone RB on one play, next to Brees in the shotgun. He chipped Justin Smith and then headed towards the flat to make himself available as an outlet but Brees looked elsewhere.
2014 Week 12 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Hill caught a 17-yarder with the Saints backed up to their own end zone. He blocked for a few seconds and then leaked out across the middle of the field where he was wide open for the big gain that gave the Saints offense some breathing room.
2014 Week 14 vs CAR (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Hill had a bad 3rd down drop as the Saints setup a screen for him. It looked like there were enough blockers out ahead for a big gain potentially. The ball was lobbed right to him, but he turned his eyes to look upfield too early and dropped an easy one.
2014 Week 15 vs CHI (2 / 2 / 15 / 2 rec)
Hill scored the first touchdown of the game, grabbing an 8-yard pass from Brees. The Saints ran hard run action to the left as Brees faked the handoff and rolled right. Hill released from his block and his defender left him to chase Brees, leaving Hill all alone for the easy reception. He showed off his speed in racing for the right pylon and barely got into the end zone ahead of a host of converging Bears defenders. The Saints went back to the well a 2nd time and ran the exact same play in the 3rd quarter and it again resulted in an easy touchdown for Josh Hill. Play action left to Khiry Robinson drew in the Bears defense and Hill slipped out to the right to make the easy grab and walk in for a 7-yard-touchdown.
2013 Week 8 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Hill made his first career reception on his first target from Drew Brees and gained 8 yards. He was targeted again in the 4th quarter and again made the catch for gain of 9 yards.
2013 Week 9 vs NYJ (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)
Josh Hill had one target that fell incomplete, but his lowlight came on a tight end reverse that was defended well by Coples and lost 8 yards turning the ball back over to the Jets.
2013 Week 11 vs SF (2 / 1 / 3 / 1 rec)
Josh Hill was targeted immediately after Graham converted the first down at the 3-yard line. Hill held his block for a long time and then broke away as Brees' check-down and caught the pass for his first career TD. He was targeted again later, but the pass was well defended and fell incomplete.
2013 Week 12 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
The young tight end got open on a second-half pick play to the flat courtesy of Jimmy Graham and gained nine yards up the left sideline for a first down. On the next play, he was the third option on a Drew Brees bootleg where he slipped inside the shallow zone to make the catch and gain seven yards.
2013 Week 13 vs SEA (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Josh Hill was targeted on a critical play nearing the end of the first half. The Saints had a 3rd and 2 and Hill ran a solid route to get open, but the ball was slightly overthrown and Hill turned awkwardly and was unable to make the catch.
2013 Week 18 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Josh Hill had one target late in the third quarter and made the catch for a short 9 yard gain.
2013 Week 19 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Hill was targeted late in the first half on a tight end screen, but the pass was thrown high and hard and Hill could not make the catch. His second and last target came late in the 3rd quarter, a deep route to the sideline. The pass was a little high, but Hill went up to get it for a gain of 23 yards and a first down.