Brian Hill

Brian Hill

Running Back #25
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 219 lb.
College:Wyoming
Age:24
Born:November 9, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 5 (156)
Draft Team:ATL

Brian Hill: Curtailed workload in Week 7 loss

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.

Analysis: 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 on 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.

October 25, 2020 11:04 PM EST

Brian Hill: Inefficient outing against Vikings

Hill registered 28 rushing yards on 10 carries, adding two catches for six yards during Sunday's 40-23 win against the Vikings.

Analysis: 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 Gurly 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.

October 18, 2020 6:45 PM EST

Brian Hill: Eight touches in Week 5 loss

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.

Analysis: 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. Outside of a frustrating Week 4 Monday night loss to the Packers in which he gained 10 yards on four carries, Hill has averaged 5.9 yards per carry on the season. He remains the Falcons' No. 2 option at running back heading into a Week 6 matchup against the Vikings. In its most recent outing against, Minnesota's defense surrendered 124 rushing yards and one rushing TD to Seattle on Sunday Night Football.

October 11, 2020 8:59 PM EST

Brian Hill: Six touches against Packers

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.

Analysis: The 24-year-old back broke through with 80 scrimmage yards 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.

October 5, 2020 10:27 PM EST

Brian Hill: Reaches end zone Week 3

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.

Analysis: 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.

September 27, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Brian Hill: Logs five touches against Cowboys

Hill collected 14 rushing yards on three carries, also hauling in both of his targets for 11 receiving yards during Sunday's 40-39 loss to Dallas.

Analysis: 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'll 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.

September 22, 2020 3:49 PM EST

Brian Hill: Five touches in loss to Seattle

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.

Analysis: The 24-year-old back was one of the breakouts of Falcons training camp, but his Week 1 role much 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.

September 13, 2020 6:46 PM EST

Brian Hill: Notably improved player in camp

Coach Dan Quinn called Hill "one of the most improved players that (he has) seen over the last few years," Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Having been twice cut as an NFL player, Hill is now more accepting of criticism and says that it's made a possible impact on his career. Hill identifies himself as his biggest critic, and he's now making wholesale changes to his game, including becoming a much more reliable pass catcher over the offseason. Quinn has confirmed that Hill is "definitely going to be a contributor" this year based on his play to this point, and it appears that Hill has established himself as the favorite to win the No. 2 role at running back behind Todd Gurley.

September 2, 2020 2:12 PM EST

Brian Hill: Roster spot all but assured

Coach Dan Quinn said that Hill is "definitely going to be a contributor" for Atlanta this season, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Hill averaged 6.5 offensive touches per game across 12 appearances during his third season in Atlanta last year, but his involvement in 2020 has potential to increase based on the fact that he has been a star in training camp to this point. Quinn already identified Hill as "a man on a mission" this summer, considering vast strides the 24-year-old back has contributed to his skill set over the offseason. Most pertinent for fantasy purposes, Hill has reportedly becomes a more competent pass catcher out of the backfield after managing just 69 receiving yards in a complementary role last season.

September 2, 2020 5:38 AM EST

Brian Hill: Pass-catching abilities improving

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.

Analysis: 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 that is looking to improve upon a woeful 30th-place finish in yards per game (85.1).

August 20, 2020 5:31 PM EST

Brian Hill: Signs tender

Hill signed his original-round tender with the Falcons on Saturday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: 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.

April 18, 2020 12:08 PM EST

Brian Hill: Receives tender from Falcons

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.

Analysis: 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 (along with Ito Smith) after Devonta Freeman was released Monday. 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 passes for 69 yards and another score.

March 17, 2020 3:22 PM EST

Brian Hill: Atlanta's No. 2 rusher of 2019

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 for 69 yards and one additional TD.

Analysis: The third-year back out of Wyoming got his first crack at being a starting NFL running back between 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 over the course of 2019, rushing to an outstanding 5.2 yards-per-rush average in games in which he did not start. With his contract expiring over 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.

December 31, 2019 11:16 AM EST

Brian Hill: Paces backfield in rushing

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.

Analysis: 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.

December 22, 2019 3:04 PM EST

Brian Hill: Peels off 16-yard scamper

Hill gained 16 yards on his lone rush attempt during Sunday's 29-22 win against the 49ers.

Analysis: 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 momentary go-ahead field goal from Younghoe Koo late in the second quarter. Though Hill was able to accumulate 62 yards and a touchdown on just nine carries 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. He is expected to serve as a complementary option when the Falcons take on Jacksonville's bottom-five rush defense Week 16.

December 16, 2019 9:42 PM EST

Brian Hill: Reaches end zone against Panthers

Hill logged 62 rushing yards and a touchdown on nine carries during Sunday's 40-20 win against Carolina.

Analysis: 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, taking on a 49ers defense that has allowed just seven rushing touchdowns all season, while forcing the second-most fumbles in the NFL with nine.

December 8, 2019 8:36 PM EST

Brian Hill: Role decreased as Freeman returns

Hill logged 13 rushing yards on four carries and caught all three of his targets for 24 receiving yards during Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: The third-year back failed to leave a notable impression during his two-game audition in Devonta Freeman's absence, and consequentially only garnered seven offensive touches during Atlanta's inter-divisional defeat to New Orleans. Freeman dominated the workload by commanding 81 percent of the team's RB carries, and barring injury, he will remain the Falcons' clear No. 1 option during a Week 14 matchup against a Carolina defense that is conceding an astronomical 5.0 yards per carry on the season.

November 28, 2019 9:56 PM EST

Brian Hill: Fails to seize opportunity

Hill ran for 14 yards on nine carries, and caught three of his four targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 35-22 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: With Devonta Freeman (foot) sidelined the past two weeks, Hill had an opportunity to take hold of the Falcons' starting running back position in his stead. Hill has thus far proven incapable of overcoming an offensive line that has struggled to open up running lanes all season, rushing for a putrid 1.8 yards per carry in starts against the Panthers and Buccaneers. Touchdowns in consecutive games between Weeks 8 and 10 momentarily inflated Hill's value, but he's little more than a deep-league desperation play heading into a Thanksgiving night matchup against New Orleans' top-three rush defense.

November 24, 2019 4:26 PM EST

Brian Hill: Filling in for Freeman again

The Falcons have Hill, Kenjon Barber and Qadree Ollison on hand to fill in for Devonta Freeman, who will miss Sunday's game against Tampa Bay due to a foot injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Hill led the backfield with 15 carries, three targets and 60 percent snap share in last week's 29-3 win over the Panthers, but he produced just 38 scrimmage yards and saw Ollison vulture the touchdown. While he still seems to be the favorite to handle the lead role, it isn't out of the question for Hill to have his playing time reduced after the uninspired Week 11 performance. It's a tough matchup for all the Atlanta running backs, with the Buccaneers allowing the second-fewest fantasy points (12.0 per game) and third-fewest yards per carry (3.4) to the position.

November 22, 2019 11:43 AM EST

Brian Hill: Disappointing Week 11 showing

Hill ran for 30 yards on 15 rush attempts and caught one of three targets for eight receiving yards during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.

Analysis: Hill's fantasy stock price saw a massive increase as result of Devonta Freeman's injury (foot), a circumstance that suddenly thrust the 24-year-old back into a lead role. Fantasy GMs flocked to the waiver wire in droves to acquire the young back, but those who plugged him into their lineups against Carolina were let down despite Hill benefiting from a matchup against a Panthers defense that had conceded more than 135 yards per game on the ground entering Sunday. With Atlanta heading into a Week 12 matchup against Tampa Bay's top-ranked rush defense, there is reason to survey other options before inserting the relatively unproven Hill into lineups.

November 17, 2019 5:01 PM EST

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