Josh Hill

Detroit Lions
Tight End #89
Detroit Lions
Tight End #89

Josh Hill News

Hangs up cleats

Hill announced his retirement Thursday, Chris Burke of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hill spent eight seasons in the NFL and only took the field for the Saints. He signed with the Lions this offseason, but he decided instead to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family. In total, Hill tallied 116 catches for 1,071 yards and 15 touchdowns while serving a versatile role in New Orleans.

May 6, 2021 9:46 PM EST

Signs with Lions

Hill signed a contract with the Lions on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It's probably not surprising head coach Dan Campbell, who previously was the Saints' tight end coach, would bring in one of his former players. Hill will be expected to bring some experience to a tight end corps that features T.J. Hockenson as the eldest statesman after Jesse James was cut earlier in the week.

Mar 13, 2021 7:11 AM EST

Cut loose by Saints

Hill was released by the Saints on Wednesday.

Analysis: Hill entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Saints in 2013, and he ended up playing in 117 games with 67 starts over eight seasons. The Idaho State product posted career highs in receptions (25) and receiving yards (226) in 2019. He posted an 8-46-1 line in 2020. The Saints also released Jared Cook on Wednesday, so Adam Trautman, Garrett Griffin and Ethan Wolf are the only tight ends under contract for the Saints.

Mar 3, 2021 4:17 PM EST

Little involvement in 2020

Hill caught eight passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in 2020.

Analysis: Hill's eighth season saw him record his fewest receptions and receiving yards since his rookie campaign in 2013. He was used primarily as a blocking tight end, and he played clearly behind Jared Cook and Adam Trautman as a receiver. Even if Cook, who's set to be a free agent in 2021, doesn't return to New Orleans, Hill isn't expected to take on an increased role as a pass-catcher. He has little fantasy value, even in deeper formats.

Jan 30, 2021 4:07 PM EST

Over hand injury

Hill (hand) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's wild-card round matchup with the Bears after practicing fully Friday, Colleen Kane of the Chicaog Tribune reports.

Analysis: Hill logged back-to-back limited sessions to start the week after missing the regular season finale with this injury, but he was able to shed his injury designation with a full session Friday. The backup tight end should take on his usual role Sunday, which consists primarily of blocking, though Hill is capable of chipping in the occasional catch. He had eight receptions and one touchdown in the regular season.

Jan 8, 2021 12:53 PM EST

Unavailable for Week 17

Hill (hand) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hill suffered a hand injury early in the Week 16 win over the Vikings. He was unable to practice all week, so he'll predictably be sidelined in the season finale. Position mates Jared Cook and Adam Trautman should handle their typical workloads, but the Saints may elevate Garrett Griffin or Ethan Wolf from the practice squad to add depth at tight end.

Jan 1, 2021 2:54 PM EST

Hurts hand Friday

Hill suffered a hand injury in Friday's 52-33 win over the Vikings, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hill left the game early in the first quarter and was unable to return. The 30-year-old tight end plays a key blocking role in New Orleans' offense. If he is forced to miss any time, the Saints may call up another tight end from the practice squad to serve behind Jared Cook and Adam Trautman.

Dec 25, 2020 9:09 PM EST

Practicing as full participant

Hill (concussion) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Analysis: It's unclear if Hill has officially cleared the concussion protocol, but the fact he's practicing with no limitations is a sign he's nearing full clearance. The 30-year-old is on track to be available for Week 12.

Nov 25, 2020 2:51 PM EST

Won't suit up Sunday

Hill (concussion) has been ruled out of Sunday's game versus the Falcons, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Hill suffered a concussion last week against the 49ers and didn't practice at all this week, so he'll remain in the league's five-step concussion protocol. Jared Cook and Adam Trautman are the only healthy tight ends on New Orleans' roster, so they may elevate either Garrett Griffin or Ethan Wolf from the practice squad before Sunday's game. Hill will look to return in Week 12 against the Broncos.

Nov 20, 2020 1:36 PM EST

Absent from practice

Hill (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Hill has yet to resume practicing since he suffered a concussion during the Saints' Week 10 win over the 49ers. The depth tight end will need to fully clear the league's five-step protocol before retaking the field, so it's safe to assume that he's trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Falcons.

Nov 19, 2020 3:35 PM EST

Suffers concussion

Hill (concussion) exited Sunday's game against the 49ers and won't return.

Analysis: Hill joins an extensive list of Saints to suffer injuries in this one, including quarterback Drew Brees (ribs). The backup tight end isn't much of a contributor in the passing game but plays an important role in the rushing attack with his blocking ability. He'll need to clear concussion protocol to play against Atlanta in Week 11.

Nov 15, 2020 5:29 PM EST

First touchdown of 2020

Hill corralled both of his targets for 14 yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 38-3 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: The receptions were a season high for Hill, who scored his first touchdown of the season in the blowout victory. Up 31-0, Hill hauled in a three-yarder mid-way through the fourth quarter to put the cherry on top of a dominant offensive performance. Unless New Orleans goes up big on San Francisco in Week 10, Hill is unlikely to return much fantasy value even in the deepest of leagues.

Nov 9, 2020 1:33 PM EST

Makes one-yard reception

Hill hauled in his lone target for a one-yard gain Monday in the Saints' 30-27 overtime win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Hill has logged either one or two targets in the Saints' four games this season, and his role is unlikely to change as the season progresses. The veteran is valued for his prowess as a run blocker, which may be enough for him to consistently play ahead of Adam Trautman in two-tight end sets, or when starter Jared Cook substitutes out of games.

Oct 13, 2020 12:19 PM EST

Back at practice

Hill dressed for practice Friday and got in limited work on the side, Amie Just of reports.

Analysis: It was Hill's second day of this routine, and though he wasn't fully involved, it's a positive step after he missed the Saints' first two days of practice with an undisclosed "tweak." He's expected to serve his usual role as a blocker and occasional pass-catcher in 2020.

Aug 21, 2020 2:47 PM EST

Sustains injury Monday

Coach Sean Payton said Hill "tweaked" something and was forced to miss practice Monday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but it appears serious enough to force him out of valuable practice time. The 30-year-old was a solid No. 2 option at tight end behind Jared Cook last season, racking up 25 catches for 226 yards and three scores. Expect the Saints to update Hill's status as needed as they prepare for the 2020 season.

Aug 17, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Totals three yards in loss

Hill caught two of three targets for three yards in the Saints' 26-20 overtime loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Hill was the recipient of back-to-back catches on one drive in Sunday's loss, and he remained quiet the rest of the afternoon. As has been the case throughout his seven-year career, Hill was sparsely involved in the Saints' offense all year, though he was still able to amass 25 receptions for 226 yards -- both career high marks.

Jan 5, 2020 5:35 PM EST

Catches historic touchdown on MNF

Hill caught his lone target for a five-yard touchdown in the Saints' 34-7 win over the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: Hill was a part of history Monday, as he caught Drew Brees' record-setting 540th career touchdown pass. It was a wonderful moment for the veteran tight end, and he's now scored in two straight contests. Hill has accumulated just seven targets across his last four outings, and touchdowns can't be depended upon given such low volume.

Dec 16, 2019 9:06 PM EST

Catches short touchdown

Hill brought in two of three targets for four yards and a touchdown in the Saints' 48-46 loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: The score came on the first play of the second quarter from three yards out to put the Saints up 20-7. Hill was surprisingly quiet the rest of the afternoon, despite Jared Cook heading to the locker room before halftime with a concussion. The former could have more opportunities in Week 15 if Cook doesn't clear the concussion protocol, though with just 19 receptions for 182 yards on the season, he'll be tough to trust against Indianapolis.

Dec 8, 2019 7:07 PM EST

Gains two yards in win

Hill caught one of his two targets for a two-yard gain during Thursday's 26-18 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Hill has now been held to under 15 yards in four of his last six games. He had nice little run in the middle there, six total catches for 82 yard and a touchdown in Weeks 7 and 8, but he's mostly been quiet this season thanks to the quality play of Jared Cook. Hill and the Saints will have their hands full Sunday against the league's top pass defense, San Francisco.

Dec 3, 2019 5:29 PM EST

Catches one pass in win

Hill caught his lone target for 12 yards in the Saints' 34-31 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Hill took the field after suffering a concussion in Week 11 and saw a typical workload in Sunday's win. He's been a non-factor in the receiving game all season, but with Jared Cook's recent explosion over the Saints' last three games (14-206-2 receiving line), Hill could see his usage trend down even further.

Nov 24, 2019 6:55 PM EST

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