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Brian Hill

Tennessee Titans
Running Back #25
Tennessee Titans
Running Back #25

Brian Hill News

Reaches injury settlement

The Titans cut Hill (undisclosed) from IR with an injury settlement Thursday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Rather than spend the entire 2021 season on Tennessee's injured reserve, Hill will now be eligible to sign elsewhere in the league when recovered from his undisclosed issue. Through 16 games in Atlanta last season, Hill racked up 465 rushing yards and one touchdown on 100 carries.

Sep 3, 2021 4:09 AM EST

Headed to IR

Hill has been placed on IR after suffering an undisclosed injury in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With Hill no longer in the mix, Darrynton Evans, Mekhi Sargent and Jeremy McNichols are now in the line to jostle for backup slotting in Tennessee's backfield behind undisputed top back, Derrick Henry.

Aug 29, 2021 1:11 PM EST

Leading rusher Saturday

Hill carried the ball 14 times for 63 yards and caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Bears.

Analysis: While his numbers were solid, Hill may not have put any distance between himself and the other candidates fighting for depth roles in the Titans' backfield -- Mekhi Sargent got the start and gained 51 rushing yards and a TD, while the newly signed Javian Hawkins added 49 rushing yards and a touchdown and even fullback Khari Blasingame chipped in 64 combined yards. Derrick Henry is of course locked into the lead role, with Darrynton Evans (leg) expected to be the No. 2 RB if he's healthy by Week 1, leaving Hill or whoever wins the No. 3 spot little opportunity for touches without an injury ahead of them.

Aug 28, 2021 9:14 PM EST

Gets late work

Hill recorded 10 carries for 33 yards in the Titans' first preseason game against the Falcons.

Analysis: Hill was listed as the co-second string running back on the team's initial depth chart, yet he worked behind Darrynton Evans (knee), Jeremy McNichols and Mekhi Sargent. That may have simply been part of coach Mike Vrabel's plan for the game, and Hill broke off several runs of six and seven yards once he entered the contest. Hill is coming off his most productive season as a pro in 2020 and should be locked into some sort of backup role with the Titans come the regular season.

Aug 13, 2021 9:19 PM EST

Moves ahead of McNichols

Hill was listed ahead of Jeremy McNichols on the Titans' first official depth chart, Gentry Estes of the Tennessean reports.

Analysis: Hill joined the Titans in the offseason coming off the most productive season of his career. Even so, he came into training camp in a battle with both McNichols and Darrynton Evans for a role and potentially a roster spot. Hill is currently listed as the team's co-number two back with Evans, so presumably he's outperformed McNichols to this point in camp. However, without an injury to Derrick Henry, Hill will have a hard time earning any significant amount of touches out of the backfield.

Aug 9, 2021 7:58 PM EST

Gets deal with Titans

Hill's representatives announced Wednesday that he has signed a contract with the Titans.

Analysis: Hill managed a respectable 4.7 yards per carry on 100 attempts behind a miserable Atlanta O-line last season, but there's no chance that he'll handle more than a reserve role behind Derrick Henry in Tennessee. He could provide competition against 2020 third-round pick Darrynton Evans for the No. 2 gig, but that job won't guarantee a consistent workload as long as Henry is on the field.

May 5, 2021 3:00 PM EST

Composes 136-yard performance

Hill registered 94 rushing yards over nine carries while corralling all three of his targets for 42 yards during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Hill's explosive outing began on his very first play from scrimmage, as the 25-year-old collected a 25-yard catch-and-run to kick off his afternoon midway through the first quarter. He wasn't done there, however, adding a 62-yard scamper on an early fourth-quarter drive that helped momentarily reduced Atlanta's deficit to three points with 8:19 to go. The Falcons couldn't overcome Tampa Bay, ultimately, but HIll ends his fourth NFL season with the second-highest single-game rushing output of his career. Atlanta's running back situation remains an open book at this stage, with contracts set to expire over the offseason for both Hill and Todd Gurley.

Jan 4, 2021 4:53 AM EST

Second on team in Week 16 carries

Hill logged 36 yards on seven carries while corralling all three of his targets for 25 yards during Sunday's 17-14 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Ito Smith led the way with 10 carries for Atlanta, but Hill garnered more rush attempts than Todd Gurley for a second consecutive game. While Hill has yet to exceed 30 receiving yards in a contest this season, he's contributed multiple receptions in three straight outings as the Falcons prepare for a Week 17 finale against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay has surrendered an NFL-high 96 receptions to opposing backs this year; however, a league-low 3.2 yards-per-carry average conceded to opposing RBs diminishes expectations.

Dec 27, 2020 5:23 PM EST

Goes backward on five carries

Hill registered minus-two yards over five carries, catching both of his targets for nine yards during Sunday's 31-27 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Since gaining 55 yards on 13 carries while earning a Week 12 start against the Raiders, Hill has logged just 11 combined rush attempts over his past three games for a total of 19 yards. The Falcons were ineffective on the ground Week 15 against the Buccaneers' top-ranked rush defense, collecting 37 yards over 13 carries. Ito Smith is expected to serve as the lead back going forward after gaining 24 yards on six carries Sunday, leaving Hill to continue filling a complementary RB role.

Dec 22, 2020 4:22 PM EST

Earns just two Week 14 touches

Hill collected three yards on his lone rush attempt, adding a 12-yard reception during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Ito Smith took over the Falcons backfield as Week 14 progressed, ultimately garnering a team-high 11 attempts on the ground. Hill, meanwhile, saw his workload contained to five or fewer offensive touches for the third time over his past four games. Prior to that, the Wyoming product had carved out a role consisting of eight offensive touches per contest Weeks 1 through 9.

Dec 15, 2020 5:51 AM EST

Posts 18 rushing yards

Hill registered 18 yards on five carries during Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Hill saw his involvement take a significant dip Sunday after he produced 55 yards over 13 carries during a Week 12 win over the Raiders. Ito Smith, meanwhile, tied Todd Gurley with a position-high nine touches before exiting in the fourth quarter with a head injury. Hill has drawn eight or more offensive touches in three of his past five games. If Smith sits out Atlanta's Week 14 matchup against the Chargers, the Wyoming product would likely become more involved as a complementary option to Gurley.

Dec 6, 2020 9:58 PM EST

Posts 55 rushing yards

Hill registered 55 rushing yards on 13 carries, and he was unable to haul in his lone target during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: There were increased opportunities to the Falcons' second and third-string RB options with Todd Gurley (knee) unavailable for Week 12. Hill outpaced backfield mate Ito Smith by a 13-12 count in the carries department, but it was Smith who enjoyed the more effective fantasy day with 5.4 yards per carry and the team's only rushing score. 12 carries marked a season high for Hill on Sunday, but it remains to be seen if Gurley will be back in the lineup for a Week 12 matchup against New Orleans.

Nov 29, 2020 3:43 PM EST

Set for larger workload

Hill is poised for increased touches after Todd Gurley (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Raiders, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: In 10 games this season, Hill has had double-digit carries twice and 10-plus touches one additional time. That said, he's averaging 4.3 yards per carry and gathered in 16 of his 20 targets. Meanwhile, Smith has 20 touches all year, and Qadree Ollison is unlikely to play much, if at all, so Hill is the prime candidate to be Atlanta's lead back Sunday.

Nov 27, 2020 2:13 PM EST

Gets just four carries

Hill registered 18 rushing yards on four carries during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Hill went without a reception for a second straight outing Week 11, after recording at least two catches in seven of his first eight appearances to kick off the season. Against New Orleans, the game script flipped against Falcons backs in the second half as starter Todd Gurley registered a season-low nine touches and HIll produced his worst output in scrimmage yards all season. Atlanta's Week 12 opponent, Las Vegas, just surrendered three rushing TDs to Chiefs RBs on Sunday Night Football, providing optimism for a bounceback.

Nov 22, 2020 9:39 PM EST

Eight carries, but slowed by Denver

Hill registered 24 rushing yards on eight carries during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Hill garnered fewer than half the number of carries as No. 1 back Todd Gurley in Week 9, but he enjoyed a steady dose of complementary usage throughout the contest, collecting multiple carries in the first, second and third quarters. He also drew a fourth-quarter target from Matt Ryan, but the pass fell incomplete. After collecting just 10 combined offensive touches in Atlanta's first two outings of 2020, the Wyoming product has seen his workload increase to an average of 8.9 touches per game over his past seven appearances. Hill remains securely fixed as Atlanta's No. 2 running back option with the Falcons heading into a Week 10 bye before traveling to New Orleans on Nov. 22.

Nov 9, 2020 7:09 AM EST

Expanded role in Week 8 win

Hill rushed 11 times for 55 yards and brought in two of three targets for nine yards in the Falcons' 25-17 win over the Panthers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Whether the workload split between Todd Gurley and Hill on Thursday night is ultimately the first sign of a changing of the guard at running back for the Falcons remains to be seen. However, it's notable Hill logged a season-high number of rush attempts against Carolina and began to be worked in heavily on Atlanta's third drive early in the second quarter. Hill was easily the more efficient of the two backs as well, and the difference in his quickness and that of Gurley's is evident. Therefore, it will be interesting to monitor how the backfield touches are divided in a Week 9 home contest against the Broncos on Sunday, Nov. 8, with the ability of the Falcons defense to once again help the offense remain in a game script that's positive for the ground attack integral to the overall opportunities available.

Oct 29, 2020 9:46 PM EST

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.

Oct 25, 2020 11:04 PM EST

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.

Oct 18, 2020 6:45 PM EST

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.

Oct 11, 2020 8:59 PM EST

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.

Oct 5, 2020 10:27 PM EST

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