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Justice Hill

Justice Hill

Running Back #5
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 198 lb.
College:Oklahoma State
Born:November 14, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 4 (113)
Draft Team:BAL

Justice Hill: Ready for season debut

Hill (thigh) is on the active roster for the Week 4 matchup against the Washington Football Team.

Analysis: Hill hasn't taken the field all season after dealing with a thigh injury for the first two weeks and ending up as a healthy scratch in Week 3. That changes Sunday against the Washington Football Team, though it's admittedly unclear what, if any, role the second-year back might have on the offense (or if he'll be limited to special teams). Hill still presumably will have to work behind Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards in terms of the pecking order for carries.

October 4, 2020 8:40 AM EST

Justice Hill: Healthy scratch Monday

Hill (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Chiefs, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: A thigh injury kept Hill out of the first two games this season, but he's healthy and will still sit out. Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins are expected to lead the backfield while Gus Edwards rotates in.

September 28, 2020 4:00 PM EST

Justice Hill: Practicing fully

Hill (thigh) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Hill is healthy enough to suit up Monday night against the Chiefs, however he's behind Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins in the Ravens' backfield pecking order and is thus off the fantasy radar as long as that context doesn't change.

September 24, 2020 2:53 PM EST

Justice Hill: Surprise scratch Sunday

Hill (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's contest against the Texans.

Analysis: This is surprising news, especially considering Hill logged full practice time Friday. The second-year pro is a bit buried on the running back depth chart, as he appears to be the fourth option. In his stead, look for Devin Duvernay to handle kick return duties in the meantime.

September 20, 2020 12:12 PM EST

Justice Hill: Questionable despite full practice

Hill (thigh) practiced fully Friday and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Texans.

Analysis: Hill's ability to fully practice Friday means he's more likely to suit up than not. Even if he plays, Hill's likely to have a limited impact as the fourth running back on Baltimore's depth chart, though he should serve as the kick returner on special teams.

September 18, 2020 1:45 PM EST

Justice Hill: Limited Wednesday

Hill (thigh) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Hill didn't practice in any capacity last week, so logging a limited session Wednesday marks a step in the right direction. If he's able to get healthy in time to face the Texans on Sunday, Hill stands to play a depth role in Baltimore's crowded backfield.

September 16, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Justice Hill: Unavailable for Week 1

Hill (thigh) is ruled out for Sunday's season opener against the Browns, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill's next chance to take the field will come Week 2 against the Texans. With Chris Moore (finger) also ruled out for Sunday's tilt against the Browns, Devin Duvernay and James Proche look like the top candidates to handle kick return duties for the Ravens.

September 11, 2020 12:32 PM EST

Justice Hill: Sitting out practice

Hill (thigh) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: With two absences from practice to begin the week, Hill will likely need to turn in at least a limited showing in Friday's session to garner a questionable designation heading into Sunday's season opener versus the Browns. As a rookie last season, Hill logged 58 carries as the team's No. 3 running back behind Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards, but the Oklahoma State product may have fallen to fourth on the depth chart this season after the Ravens selected another back (J.K. Dobbins) in the second round of April's draft.

September 10, 2020 10:51 AM EST

Justice Hill: Misses practice with thigh injury

Hill (thigh) did not practice Wednesday, Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Hill finds his name on Baltimore's first injury report of the season. The change-of-pace back will hope to heal up in time for Sunday's season opener against the Browns.

September 9, 2020 1:31 PM EST

Justice Hill: Back to work Monday

Hill was back at practice Monday after dealing with a soft-tissue injury, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill was sidelined for about a week while tending to the injury, as the specifics remained unclear. Now healthy, Hill is expected to be the featured kick returner in 2020 while being deployed in a depth role at running back.

August 31, 2020 4:07 PM EST

Justice Hill: Battling soft-tissue injury

Head coach John Harbaugh said Hill is dealing with a soft-tissue injury, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Harbaugh didn't elaborate on the nature of Hill's injury, so it's a concerning report considering the wide range of outcomes. If Hill is forced to miss any time, it'll mainly affect special teams, where Hill features as a kick returner.

August 23, 2020 2:15 PM EST

Justice Hill: Still in team's plans, maybe

Coach John Harbaugh said he expects Hill to take a big step forward in his second pro season, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's a reasonable expectation, but even an impressive offseason won't necessarily give the 2019 fourth-round pick a path to playing time in a backfield that also holds Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. It sounds like Harbaugh may carry four tailbacks on the 53-man roster instead of his usual three, especially if Hill and Edwards prove useful on special teams. Hill played 187 snaps on offense and 97 on special teams last year, averaging 3.9 yards on 58 carries, 8.8 yards on eight receptions and 18.9 yards on 12 kickoff returns. Any hope for 2020 fantasy value likely involves a trade or an Ingram/Dobbins injury.

May 29, 2020 8:28 AM EST

Justice Hill: Facing added competition

Hill's depth chart spot is in question after the Ravens drafted J.K. Dobbins in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The 2019 fourth-rounder had an invisible rookie season and the Dobbins addition does not bode well for him. At best, Hill is the No.4 running back on the depth chart behind Mark Ingram, Dobbins, and Gus Edwards. Hill will have an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster and could be a trade candidate come training camp.

April 27, 2020 12:48 PM EST

Justice Hill: No room to run as rookie

Hill finished his rookie season with 58 carries for 225 yards and two touchdowns while adding eight catches for 70 yards on 15 targets.

Analysis: Baltimore leaned on Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, and Gus Edwards in the run game, leaving very little room for Hill most weeks. His season-high in carries (10) came in a week where Ingram and Jackson were rested to get ready for the playoffs and his second-highest total (7) came in a blowout win over the Dolphins in the season opener. The explosiveness Hill showed in college didn't carry over right away in the NFL, either, as he managed just 3.9 YPC. Hill could be in line for a bigger role in 2020, but that would take the Ravens passing on re-signing Edwards, which seems unlikely. The Oklahoma State product does not have a clear path to production heading into the 2020 offseason.

January 23, 2020 11:27 AM EST

Justice Hill: Finds end zone in win over Steelers

Hill carried 10 times for 39 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Steelers. He also caught one of two targets for 10 additional yards in the 28-10 win.

Analysis: Hill played second fiddle to Gus Edwards, receiving double-digit carries for the first time in his young career. He averaged just 3.9 yards per carry, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with an eight-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter. Hill received extended run with Mark Ingram (calf) inactive for the contest, but the latter should return for the team's postseason run, which should constrain the distribution of backfield touches.

December 29, 2019 6:21 PM EST

Justice Hill: Scores first NFL TD

Hill rushed three times for 19 yards and a touchdown while catching three of four targets for 32 yards in Sunday's 31-15 win over Cleveland.

Analysis: The speedy rookie sealed the win with his first NFL touchdown in the fourth quarter, scoring from 18 yards out. Starting running back Mark Ingram left this game with a calf injury, resulting in more work for both Hill and Gus Edwards (12 carries for 66 yards). Hill and Edwards will likely split the workload against the Steelers in Week 17, as Ingram should sit that one out regardless of his health since Baltimore has locked up home-field advantage throughout the postseason.

December 22, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Justice Hill: Dashes for 15 yards

Hill ran for 15 yards on four carries during Thursday's 42-21 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Hill enjoyed as many touches Thursday as his previous to games combined as the Ravens jumped out to a huge lead and hung on for the rest of the contest. The rookie back might get a little more action as a RB3 on a run-heavy squad that has blown several opponents out recently, but that's a pretty low bar to clear. He doesn't offer much upside down the stretch as the Ravens seek to hold onto the AFC's top spot. Next up is a matchup against Cleveland, which held Hill to 17 total yards in Week 4.

December 17, 2019 5:45 PM EST

Justice Hill: Sees minimal workload in Week 14

Hill had three carries for eight yards Sunday against the Bills.

Analysis: Once again the rookie was on the field for a limited time as he recorded single-digit snaps for the second week in a row and third time in four games. He has too many obstacles to seeing a consistent role in the offense with Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson eating up nearly 70 percent of the rushing share while Gus Edwards also sees a healthy amount of carries. Hill and the Ravens will face the Jets on Thursday.

December 10, 2019 7:55 AM EST

Justice Hill: Carries once in win

Hill had a three-yard run during Sunday's 20-17 win over the 49ers.

Analysis: Hill had two of his busier days of the season in Weeks 11 and 12 in blowouts versus the Texans and Rams, many of his carries coming in the second half with the game in hand. Those opportunities weren't available during Sunday's slugfest and it wouldn't be a surprise if the red-hot Bills keep it close against the Ravens on Sunday. Buffalo has one of the best pass defenses in the game, but -- fortunately for Hill and Baltimore's backs -- the Bills have been more generous on the ground, surrendering 4.5 yards per carry, 21st in the league.

December 3, 2019 5:11 PM EST

Justice Hill: Enjoy's season-best usage

Hill ran for 27 yards on eight carries during Monday's 45-6 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Hill's eight carries set a season high, but at least some of his usage Monday can be attributed to garbage time. Half of Hill's carries came in the fourth quarter, with the Ravens boasting at least a five-score advantage. Hill gets more work than your average RB3 thanks to Baltimore's run-heavy attack, but he's still not somebody you should be looking to on Sundays. That is especially so this Sunday against the league's top defense, the 49ers, though San Francisco has been far more generous against the run than the pass this season.

November 26, 2019 4:19 PM EST

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