Brian Hill

Brian Hill

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

Brian Hill: Competing for No. 3 job

Hill will have the opportunity to claim the Falcons' No. 3 running back spot heading into 2019, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: The starting and backup roles are already locked in with Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith, respectively, after the departure of Tevin Coleman. Hill's competition for the No. 3 role comes primarily in the form of rookie Qadree Ollison and six-year-pro Kenjon Barner. Ollison ran for 1,213 yards on 6.3 YPC over 14 starts at Pitt in 2018, while Barner currently projects to have a heavy hand in the return game for Atlanta, which could be his ticket to a roster spot. Hill saw some work at the end of last season while Smith was nursing a knee injury. The 23-year-old had 16 rushing attempts over the final two games for 145 yards, although 60 of those came on one carry.

July 19, 2019 3:27 PM EST

Brian Hill: Making late-season impression

Hill ran for 30 yards on eight attempts, adding a nine-yard reception during Sunday's 34-32 win against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Atlanta entrusted Hill with 16 carries over the final two games of the season after Ito Smith (knee) went down with an injury in Week 15. The second-year back turned those opportunities into 145 rushing yards against the Panthers and Buccaneers. Granted, 60 of those yards came on a single carry in Week 16, but Hill once again flashed big-play ability in Sunday's season finale, picking up nine or more yards on three of his eight attempts against Tampa Bay's porous rush defense. With Tevin Coleman potentially moving on to a new team in 2019, Hill has a shot to become the Falcons third-string back behind Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.

December 31, 2018 7:02 PM EST

Brian Hill: Explodes for 115 rush yards

Hill carried eight times for 115 yards and lost a fumble during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Hill was thrust into a prominent role after Tevin Coleman (groin) left the game, as the team had no other tailback available. He gashed the Panthers several times as he topped the 100-yard mark, including an electric 60-yard gain. Considering that the team has nothing left to play for, Coleman could be held out of action next Sunday against the Buccaneers, which would give Hill the opportunity to build on this surprising performance.

December 23, 2018 3:09 PM EST

Brian Hill: Sole backup behind Coleman

Hill is the only other active tailback behind Tevin Coleman for Sunday's Week 16 tilt against the Panthers with Jeremy Langford declared inactive for the contest.

Analysis: The second-year back will thus have any leftover carries all to himself. Hill rushed three times for seven yards in Week 15 against the Cardinals and has carried just four times overall on the season. Given the Falcons' propensity for leaning heavily on the pass, Hill's workload is expected to be fairly limited despite his No. 2 role Sunday, although coach Dan Quinn did confirm earlier in the week he was planning to give Hill a closer look over the final two games.

December 23, 2018 9:14 AM EST

Brian Hill: Set for larger role

Coach Dan Quinn plans to get a closer look at Hill after Ito Smith (knee) was placed on injured reserve, Vaughn McClure of reports.

Analysis: Hill and Tevin Coleman are left as the only running backs on the 53-man roster, with Jeremy Langford potentially coming up from the practice squad at some point this week. The Falcons might turn to Coleman for heavy usage if they were still fighting for a playoff spot, but there isn't much incentive to overwork him in what likely will be his final two games with the team. Hill may thus be tasked with replacing most of Smith's workload, which jumped to an average of 9.0 carries and 2.7 targets over the past three weeks. Selected by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Hill took 11 carries for 37 yards with the Bengals late last season, eventually landing back in Atlanta this September. The Wyoming product has good straight-line speed (4.54 40) for a 219-pound running back, but he's unproven in terms of vision, agility, elusiveness and receiving ability.

December 17, 2018 2:57 PM EST

Brian Hill: Records first carry as a Falcon

Hill picked up five yards on one carry during Sunday's 34-20 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: The Falcons 2017 fifth-round draft pick made one appearance last year for Atlanta, but did not register a carry before being cut, and later signed by Cincinnati where he finished out the season running for 37 yards on 11 carries over six games. Now having rejoined Atlanta in early September, Hill dressed for his sixth game of 2018 Sunday against Green Bay, earning nine offensive snaps and receiving his first carry in a Falcons uniform. With Devonta Freeman (groin) remaining on injured reserve for the time being, he remains the third-string option behind Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith as the Falcons host Arizona's 30th-ranked rush defense in Week 15.

December 11, 2018 8:10 PM EST

Brian Hill: Ready for Week 2

Hill will be available for Sunday's game against the Panthers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Hill was promoted from the practice squad Tuesday with Devonta Freeman dealing with a knee injury. Freeman has now been ruled out for Week 2, opening the window for Hill. Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith should see the bulk of the reps at running back, while Hill will likely be limited to special teams, barring an injury.

September 14, 2018 10:53 AM EST

Brian Hill: Jumps to 53-man roster

The Falcons signed Hill to their active roster Tuesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Starting running back Devonta Freeman is nursing a knee injury but is expected to play Sunday against the Panthers. Still, the second-year pro will add depth to the position just in case. Hill averaged 5.1 yards per carry this preseason, and a majority of his snaps will come on special teams in Week 2.

September 11, 2018 4:19 PM EST

Brian Hill: Joins Atlanta's practice squad

Hill signed on to become the 11th member of the Falcons practice squad Monday, Kelsey Conway of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: To bolster the team's depth at running back, the Falcons decided to sign Hill on Monday, bringing back a familiar face in the process. Hill was placed on Atlanta's practice squad this time last year after the team took him with a fifth-round pick, but Cincinnati scooped him up at midseason as an addition to their active roster. The 22-year old back has a shot to make an impression and potentially stick with the active roster in Atlanta as well, given the fact that none of the candidates for the team's No. 3 role really stood out during preseason play (rookie fourth-rounder Ito Smith won the job with less than 2.5 yards per carry).

September 3, 2018 7:03 PM EST

Brian Hill: Falls just short of roster spot

The Bengals are releasing Hill, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Analysis: Hill lost a tight battle with Tra Carson for one of the final roster spots. Selected in the fifth round by Atlanta last year, Hill figures to land on the Cincinnati practice squad if he isn't scooped up by another team.

September 1, 2018 10:28 AM EST

Brian Hill: Runs well in preseason finale

Hill ran well again in the Bengals' preseason finale against the Colts on Thursday, but so did his roster spot competition Tra Carson, Geoff Hobson of reports.

Analysis: Rookie Mark Walton hurt his shoulder in the game, but it's uncertain how significant the injury is. But there's probably only one spot between Hill and Carson.

August 31, 2018 8:36 AM EST

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