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: 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

Brian Hill: Ready to replace Freeman

Hill will step in for Devonta Freeman (foot) in Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Freeman was officially ruled out Friday and is in danger of missing time beyond Week 11. Hill took over after the veteran's mid-game foot sprain last week against the Saints, ultimately picking up 60 yards on 20 carries and catching one of two targets for a 10-yard touchdown. Coach Dan Quinn mentioned that Qadree Ollison also will have a Week 11 role, and Kenjon Barner could get some work on passing downs. Hill may not get three-down usage, but he's at least a clear favorite to lead the team in carries, facing a Panthers defense that's allowed 5.2 YPC (32nd) and 136.7 rushing yards per game (29th).

November 15, 2019 10:02 AM EST

Brian Hill: Healthy scratch in Week 6

Hill (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 6 tilt versus the Cardinals.

Analysis: Hill had been active the prior two games but exclusively played special teams. He'll sit this one out, with Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith and Kenjon Barner the three active running backs against the Cardinals.

October 13, 2019 11:55 AM EST

Brian Hill: Available Week 4

Hill is active for Sunday's game versus the Titans.

Analysis: A spot was open on the Falcons' game-day roster due to the absence of Kenjon Barner (concussion), and Hill will get it over rookie Qadree Ollison. Hill's experience as a special teamer likely tipped the scales in his favor.

September 29, 2019 8:51 AM EST

Brian Hill: Opportunity knocks

Coach Dan Quinn said Friday that one of Hill or Qadree Ollison will be active for Sunday's game against the Titans, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill's opportunity comes with Kenjon Barner (concussion) ruled out for Week 4. Given that Hill received more reps in practice this week, he could be the favorite to suit up over Ollison. In any case, if Hill takes the field he'll serve as a reserve option behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.

September 27, 2019 10:04 AM EST

Brian Hill: Could be active Week 4

Hill received reps in the starting running back rotation during Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill took snaps alongside Devonta Freeman and Qadree Ollison in Wednesday's practice, with Ito Smith (concussion) and Kenjon Barner (concussion/knee) both listed as non-participants. If either of Smith or Barner are forced to miss time due to their injuries, it's possible that one or both of Hill and Ollison could be active for the first time this season Week 4 against the Texans.

September 25, 2019 2:33 PM EST

Brian Hill: Sitting once again in Week 3

Hill (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Colts.

Analysis: The reserve running back will take a seat for the third time in as many games to open the season. Devonta Freeman has generated career-low efficiency over the first two games of the season, but coach Dan Quinn apparently is content with Freeman, Ito Smith and return specialist Kenjon Barner constituting his backfield for at least another week.

September 22, 2019 8:56 AM EST

Brian Hill: Taking seat Week 2

Ollison (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Eagles, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Ollison joins rookie RB Qadree Ollison as healthy scratches, leaving Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith to man the backfield. Meanwhile, Kenjon Barner primarily will serve on special teams.

September 15, 2019 3:59 PM EST

Brian Hill: Taking seat Sunday

Hill (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday in Minnesota.

Analysis: Hill will be joined by rookie Qadree Ollison in street clothes Week 1, leaving the backfield in the hands of Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith. Meanwhile, Kenjon Barner is expected to be contained to special teams.

September 8, 2019 8:45 AM EST

Brian Hill: Quiet against Jets

Hill rushed four times for 12 yards and failed to haul in his lone target during Thursday's 22-10 loss to the Jets in Week 2 of preseason.

Analysis: Hill's momentum came to a grinding halt in this one, as he was soundly outplayed by both Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison in Atlanta's backfield. While Hill could still supplant Ollison as Atlanta's No. 3 running back, he can't afford another clunker like this over the final two weeks of preseason.

August 15, 2019 8:40 PM EST

Brian Hill: Tallies second preseason touchdown

Hill ran for 23 yards and a touchdown on eight carries, adding one reception for seven yards during Thursday's 34-27 loss to Miami.

Analysis: Another preseason outing, another impressive performance for the 23-year-old back out of Wyoming. Widely considered the fourth-string option coming into camp behind second and third-teamers Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison, Hill just refuses to disappear from the backup running back competition. Thus far this preseason he has accounted for 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on 19 attempts, along with three receptions for five yards and a receiving score. Smith and Ollison are liable to see an increase in workload over the next two weeks of preseason action, but Hill is keeping his hat in the ring with impressive play of his own.

August 9, 2019 4:08 PM EST

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