Dontrell Hilliard

Tennessee Titans
Running Back #26
Tennessee Titans
Running Back #26

Dontrell Hilliard News

Only three touches in win

Hilliard rushed the ball twice for 14 yards in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Raiders. He added one reception for 30 yards.

Analysis: Hilliard was on the field for only 14 offensive snaps as Derrick Henry dominated the work out of the Titans' backfield. Even so, Hilliard managed to impress with a 30-yard reception late in the third quarter that pushed the Titans out from their own goal line. While limited in his role, Hilliard has recorded four receptions for 91 yards in two games this season.

Sep 26, 2022 4:30 PM EST

Ready for Week 3 action

Hilliard (hamstring) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: After sitting out Week 2 prep and eventually not playing this past Monday at Buffalo, Hilliard returned to the practice field this week, following up limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday with all activity Friday. He's thus ready to resume his role as the direct backup to workhorse running back Derrick Henry, which resulted in five touches for 69 yards and two receiving TDs on 11 offensive snaps against the Giants in the season opener.

Sep 23, 2022 1:54 PM EST

Remains limited Thursday

Hilliard (hamstring) remained limited at Thursday's practice, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: Following back-to-back limited sessions, Hilliard will need to practice fully Friday in order to avoid approaching Sunday's game against the Raiders with an injury designation. If he's out or limited this weekend, Hassan Haskins would once again be in line to see added backfield work for the Titans in Week 3 behind Derrick Henry.

Sep 22, 2022 12:53 PM EST

Listed as limited Wednesday

Hilliard (hamstring) was listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, which Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site described as "more of a conditioning/walkthrough session."

Analysis: A previous report relayed that the running back wasn't initially spotted at Wednesday practice, but Hilliard's eventual presence suggests that he has a shot to return to action Sunday against the Raiders after being inactive for the Titans' Week 2 loss to the Bills.

Sep 21, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Remains sidelined

Hilliard (hamstring) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: After sitting sitting out this past Monday's loss to the Bill, Hilliard's status for Sunday's contest against the Raiders is cloudy. If he's unable to suit up this weekend, Hassan Haskins would once again be in line to see complementary backfield work for the Titans in Week 3 behind Derrick Henry.

Sep 21, 2022 12:08 PM EST

Ruled out for Monday

Hilliard (hamstring) will not play Monday against the Bills, Terry McCormick of reports.

Analysis: Head coach Mike Vrabel ruled out Hilliard shortly after the Titans finished practice Saturday. Rookie Hassan Haskins is expected to fill the void behind Derrick Henry in Monday's prime-time contest, but Haskins likely won't have a similar upside as a receiver compared to Hilliard who tallied three catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 1 loss.

Sep 17, 2022 12:14 PM EST

Misses another practice

Hilliard (hamstring) didn't practice Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Back-to-back DNPs put the focus on how the Titans list Hilliard's participation level and injury status on Saturday. If the running back is out or limited Monday night against the Bills, Hassan Haskins would presumably be next in line for added complementary snaps behind top back Derrick Henry. In Week 1's 21-20 loss to the Giants, Hilliard carried twice for eight yards and added three catches on four targets for 61 yards and two touchdowns.

Sep 16, 2022 12:48 PM EST

Sits Thursday with hamstring injury

Hilliard didn't participate in practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury, Turron Davenport of reports.

Analysis: Hilliard played just 11 snaps on offense in last week's season-opening loss to the Giants, but he made the most of his time on the field by carrying twice for eight yards and hauling in three of four targets for 61 yards and two touchdowns. However, the 27-year-old apparently picked up the hamstring injury at some point along the way, leaving his status in question for the Titans' Week 2 matchup with the Bills on Monday. If Hilliard is unable to play Monday, the Titans would be left with Hassan Haskins, Julius Chestnut and Trenton Cannon as depth options behind bell cow Derrick Henry.

Sep 15, 2022 12:49 PM EST

Two TD grabs against Giants

Hilliard carried the ball twice for eight yards and caught three of four targets for 61 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 21-20 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: The receiving back supplied most of the Titans' offense on the day, catching a seven-yard TD in the first quarter and a 23-yard score in the fourth. Hilliard came into 2022 with zero receiving touchdowns in his career, but with Tennessee still sorting out its wide receiver corps now that A.J. Brown is no longer on the roster, Hilliard could wind up being a key target for Ryan Tannehill this year.

Sep 11, 2022 6:44 PM EST

One carry in final tuneup

Hilliard tallied one carry for 14 yards in Saturday's 26-23 preseason win over Arizona.

Analysis: Hilliard tallied the first carry for the Titans and it proved to be his only for the game. He reportedly will enter the season as the primary backup to Derrick Henry, having beat out rookie Hassan Haskins during training camp.

Aug 29, 2022 7:44 PM EST

One touch despite start

Hilliard rushed once for three yards in the Titans' 13-3 preseason win over the Buccaneers on Saturday night.

Analysis: Hilliard logged the first carry of the night for the Titans but saw minimal action. The 27-year-old is seemingly firmly entrenched as Derrick Henry's primary backup, so it wasn't surprising that head coach Mike Vrabel opted to given the bulk of the work in the ground game to Hassan Haskins and Julius Chestnut, who seem to be battling it out for the third running back job. Hilliard may not be due for much action in the Titans' preseason finale against the Cardinals at home next Saturday night.

Aug 20, 2022 8:07 PM EST

Cements role with strong practice

Hilliard stood out in Thursday's joint practice with the Buccaneers, scoring three touchdowns, Paul Kuharsky of USA Today Titans Wire reports.

Analysis: Two of Hilliard's three touchdowns were thrown by starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, as Hilliard showcased the pass-catching skills that have him favored to work as Tennessee's third-down back this season. Kuharsky adds that Hilliard "has left no doubt" that he'll open the season as the team's top third-down option in the backfield, though he's unlikely to play much on early downs outside of hurry-up situations as long as workhorse Derrick Henry's healthy.

Aug 19, 2022 1:04 PM EST

Favorite for third-down role

Hilliard is expected to begin the season as the Titans' third-down back, Paul Kuharsky of reports.

Analysis: Hilliard impressed as a pass catcher when Derrick Henry was sidelined in 2021, recording multiple receptions in half of his 10 games. Hilliard has also proven to be a capable blocker, which could give him the advantage over rookie Hassan Haskins as the top handcuff to Derrick Henry to begin the season. Of course, so long as Henry remains healthy, no other quarterback on the Tennessee roster is likely to see a substantial role in the offense.

Aug 2, 2022 9:44 PM EST

Ready to battle for backup role

Hilliard has impressed while carrying a heavy workload in minicamp, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Hilliard is set to battle with rookie Hassan Haskins for the primary backup role to Derrick Henry in 2022. He caught a pair of touchdown passes from Ryan Tannehill during a minicamp practice Thursday, which is notable given Henry's lack of involvement in the passing game. Hilliard was also impressive in his limited opportunity in 2021, highlighted by a 131-yard effort on the ground against the Patriots in Week 12. His familiarity with the offense could be another reason he has the advantage over Haskins for the second spot on the running back depth chart -- at least initially.

Jun 17, 2022 10:38 AM EST

Back with Tennessee

Hilliard signed a contract with the Titans on Saturday, John Glennon of reports.

Analysis: Hilliard saw the most extensive playing time of his NFL career in 2021 thanks to Derrick Henry's injury absence, and he totaled 56 carries for 350 yards and two touchdowns while catching 19 passes for 87 yards. He should remain in a backup role next season and is unlikely to see much time in the backfield if Henry remains healthy.

Mar 19, 2022 9:57 PM EST

Backfield gets more crowded

Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports that the Titans have activated Derrick Henry (foot) from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game against the Bengals, adding more competition for touches in a Titans backfield that already includes Hilliard and D'Onta Foreman.

Analysis: Henry's return is likely to torpedo Foreman's fantasy value, but Hilliard may not see his touches impacted as much. Prior to getting hurt in Week 8, Henry had a near monopoly on early-down touches but Jeremy McNichols played in passing situations. Hilliard has slid into McNichols' role recently, pushing McNichols down to the practice squad. Look for Hilliard to continue to play on third downs and in the two-minute drill in the divisional round.

Jan 21, 2022 1:40 PM EST

Works efficiently in win

Hilliard rushed the ball nine times for 57 yards in Sunday's 28-25 win over the Texans. He added one reception for one yard.

Analysis: Hilliard once again worked behind D'Onta Foreman, though he nearly out-gained Foreman with 12 fewer carries. He tallied three rushes that went for 10 or more yards to average 6.3 yards per carry. Though Hilliard has worked efficiently with his recent uptick in opportunity, he is likely to fade down the depth chart with the impending return of Derrick Henry (foot) for Tennessee's playoff run.

Jan 9, 2022 10:32 PM EST

Punches in garbage-time score

Hilliard recorded eight carries for 45 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Dolphins. He added three receptions for 33 yards.

Analysis: Hilliard faded well behind D'Onta Foreman for the top running back role, as he was out-touched 26-11. While his final line is relatively strong, the majority of his work came in garbage time. For example, he accounted for 39 of his rushing yards on a scamper to the end zone with under two minutes remaining in the game and the Titans already up by 24. Heading into a Week 18 matchup against the Texans that Tennessee will be focused on winning in order to clinch the number one seed in the AFC, Foreman should be projected to serve as the primary back in Tennessee with Hilliard serving a complementary role.

Jan 2, 2022 9:33 PM EST

Role slips

Hilliard rushed the ball five times for 20 yards in Thursday's 20-17 win over San Francisco. He added two receptions for -6 yards.

Analysis: Hilliard finished third on the team in rush attempts behind both D'Onta Foreman and Jeremy McNichols. He was effective when given an opportunity, picking up decent gains of nine and seven yards in his role as the change-of-pace back. However, Hilliard's involvement as a receiver out of the backfield was disappointing, as he managed only two receptions after posting four catches in the team's Week 15 loss to Pittsburgh. Though Tennessee seems content to cycle through three players in its backfield, Hilliard's role appears to be slipping in favor of McNichols.

Dec 23, 2021 9:50 PM EST

Picks up four receptions

Hilliard recorded nine rushes for 49 yards in Sunday's 19-13 loss to Pittsburgh. He added four receptions for 10 yards.

Analysis: Hilliard was the clear second back behind D'Onta Foreman, picking up nine carries as opposed to Foreman's 22. However, he made the most of his opportunities by averaging 5.4 yards per carry with the help of a long gain of 15 yards. Of equal importance, Hilliard maintained his role as the top receiver out of the backfield and finished second on the team with six targets. Hilliard's upside is limited somewhat by the disappointing state of the Titans' offense, but he has maintained significant involvement -- particularly as a pass catcher.

Dec 19, 2021 3:13 PM EST

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