Josh Hill

Josh Hill

Tight End #89
Team: New Orleans Saints
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 229 lb.
College:Idaho State
Age:30
Born:May 21, 1990
Drafted:2013 / UDFA

Josh Hill: 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.

October 13, 2020 12:19 PM EST

Josh Hill: Back at practice

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

August 21, 2020 2:47 PM EST

Josh Hill: 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.

August 17, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Josh Hill: 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.

January 5, 2020 5:35 PM EST

Josh Hill: 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.

December 16, 2019 9:06 PM EST

Josh Hill: 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.

December 8, 2019 7:07 PM EST

Josh Hill: 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.

December 3, 2019 5:29 PM EST

Josh Hill: 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.

November 24, 2019 6:55 PM EST

Josh Hill: Full practice on Friday

Hill (concussion) carries no injury designation heading into Sunday's game against the Panthers, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Hill put in a full practice Friday and has bounced back quickly since suffering the injury Week 11 against the Buccaneers. He'll likely see a handful of targets on Sunday.

November 22, 2019 1:18 PM EST

Josh Hill: Making progress

Hill (concussion) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Hill suffered a "mild" concussion Week 11 against the Buccaneers, and it's a positive sign that he's already returned to the field. It appears the veteran tight end has a good shot to suit up for Sunday's divisional matchup against the Panthers. If he can't clear the league's concussion protocol, though, Dan Arnold will serve as the secondary option to Jared Cook.

November 20, 2019 2:22 PM EST

Josh Hill: Battling 'mild' concussion

Hill suffered a mild concussion during Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The report seemed optimistic about Hill's chances of returning for Week 12's matchup against the Panthers, but the 29-year-old tight end will still need to complete the league's concussion protocol. Hill's status on the first injury report of the week -- which comes out Wednesday -- should shed more light on his timeline. If he's unable to go, Jared Cook and Dan Arnold will be the only two healthy tight ends unless the Saints promote Jason Vander Laan from the practice squad.

November 19, 2019 11:13 AM EST

Josh Hill: Diagnosed with concussion

Hill won't return to Sunday's game in Tampa Bay due to a concussion, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Prior to his departure, Hill hauled in both of his targets for eight yards. Considering the uncertain nature of head injuries, he could lose his periphery TE reps in the short term to Dan Arnold behind top option Jared Cook.

November 17, 2019 12:29 PM EST

Josh Hill: Could see more work sans Cook

Hill likely will take on a larger role with Jared Cook (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's game in Chicago, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill primarily functions as a blocker, so the Saints could use depth tight end Brian Parker or one of their backup wide receivers to handle some of the snaps that usually go to Cook. The 29-year-old Hill has 92 catches in 93 regular-season games, never eclipsing six receptions or 74 yards in a single contest.

October 18, 2019 2:44 PM EST

Josh Hill: Totals eight yards in win

Hill brought in one of two targets for eight yards in the Saints' 13-6 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Hill continues to operate behind Jared Cook as the No. 2 tight end, leaving him with few opportunities in the Saints' offense. He's compiled just 78 yards on nine receptions through six games and isn't on the fantasy radar outside of the deepest of leagues.

October 13, 2019 7:34 PM EST

Josh Hill: Totals 39 yards in win

Hill caught three of four targets for 39 yards in the Saints' 31-24 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

Analysis: Hill set a new season high with his 39-yard effort Sunday, though he continues to be used sparingly in the Saints' passing offense. Hill played behind Jared Cook, who went for 42 yards and a touchdown on six targets. Hill doesn't need to be owned outside of deeper leagues.

October 6, 2019 8:18 PM EST

Josh Hill: Goes for season-high 29 yards

Hill secured three of four targets for 29 yards in the Saints' 12-10 win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

Analysis: The receptions and receiving yards were both season highs for Hill, who entered Sunday's contest sporting a 2/2 receiving line through three games. Despite the improved effort, Hill is low on the pecking order in the Saints' passing attack, and he is an option best reserved for the deepest of leagues.

September 30, 2019 3:39 AM EST

Josh Hill: Catches one pass in win

Josh Hill corralled one of two targets for four yards in the Saints' 33-27 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: The grab marks Hill's third of the season, and he's managed just six yards through three contests. Saints pass catchers not named Alvin Kamara or Michael Thomas can be avoided.

September 23, 2019 4:19 AM EST

Josh Hill: Loses yards in win

Hill lost two yards with his lone reception during Monday's 30-28 win over Houston.

Analysis: Hill finished Monday with 32 snaps, just 10 fewer than Jared Cook, but finished with two fewer targets and 39 fewer yards. The Saints' offense is capable of attacking defenses in a different way each game, but with several established receivers, two dependable backs, Cook, and do-it-all Taysom Hill, Hill who hasn't topped three catches since Week 12 of 2016, shouldn't have a dependable number of passes thrown his way week to week.

September 10, 2019 8:52 PM EST

Josh Hill: Pushed down depth chart

The Saints' addition of tight end Jared Cook nudged Hill (concussion) down the depth chart.

Analysis: In the wake of Ben Watson's (appendix) retirement, Hill was left as New Orleans' top incumbent tight end as the offseason kicked off, but free agency brought another veteran into the fold. Cook is coming off a career year in which he reeled in 68 of his 101 targets for 896 yards and six touchdowns in the Raiders' 23rd-ranked offense. Working with Drew Brees increases Cook's profile further, but also places a cap on Hill's relevance. Expect Hill to settle into a modest role, per usual, which has yet to yield a 200-yard campaign in six pro seasons.

March 28, 2019 2:07 PM EST

Josh Hill: Likely option for starting role

Hill (concussion) could be in play for the starting tight end spot entering the 2019 season, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: This shouldn't come as much of a surprise given Benjamin Watson (appendicitis) has openly contemplated retiring following the team's NFC Championship loss to the Rams. Without a first-round pick this season as a result of a draft-day trade last year with the Packers, it seems likely the Saints will opt to use what remaining draft capital it has on improving other areas of need. The emergence of Dan Arnold and Garrett Griffin as potential depth options certainly will dissuade the Saints from investing premium resources on another tight end, but it's worth pointing out that despite playing the most offensive snaps of his six-year career, Hill only managed to record 16 receptions, 185 yards and a touchdown. Those figures would rise should he lock down a starting role, but it's difficult to project a substantial jump in production even with the No. 1 role all too himself as the Saints have been diligent about spreading the ball around to a variety of different targets in recent years.

February 21, 2019 10:06 AM EST

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