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Justice Hill

Justice Hill

Running Back #5
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 10
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: 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

Justice Hill: Six total touches in win

Hill had five carries for 18 yards and caught his lone target for nine yards in Sunday's win over the Texans.

Analysis: The rookie continued to see minimal time on the field, playing just eight snaps. Hill's usage when in the game was significant, though, as he had six total touches on those eight snaps, and he averaged 4.5 yards per touch. As long as Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards remain as a healthy and productive 1-2 punch behind Lamar Jackson in the Baltimore backfield, there won't be a path for Hill to have much of a role.

November 19, 2019 7:00 AM EST

Justice Hill: Rushes for 31 yards

Hill ran for 31 yards on five carries during Sunday's 23-17 win over Cincinnati.

Analysis: Hill's 31 total yards set a season high. The total was fueled by three runs of at least six yards after not having such a run in four consecutive weeks. Hill is in a very crowded backfield with Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards that is made all the more tight with the running ability of Lamar Jackson. Hill might not get many carries, but could break a few against a Seahawks team surrendering 4.7 yards per carry, 22nd in the league.

October 15, 2019 7:56 PM EST

Justice Hill: Disappearing from offense

Hill had two carries for seven yards Sunday against the Steelers.

Analysis: The rookie's role is bottoming out; Hill played just five offensive snaps -- a season-low -- on a day where the Ravens had 81 plays. Hill Hasn't seen more than two carries in any game since the season-opener and his primary usage is as a kick returner. Unless Hill can somehow overtake Gus Edwards for the backup role behind Mark Ingram, he'll continue to fly below the fantasy radar.

October 7, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Justice Hill: Minor role against Browns

Hill had two carries for eight yards and caught both of his targets for nine yards in Week 4 against the Browns.

Analysis: The rookie's snap count bounced back to 16 after bottoming out at 11 in Week 3. He still wasn't very involved in the offense, though, as he got just four total touches. Hill's season-high for carries remains at seven, and those came in a blowout win over the Dolphins in the opener. Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards, and Lamar Jackson all running the ball effectively leaves very little work in the backfield for Hill.

October 1, 2019 8:09 AM EST

Justice Hill: Role continues to diminish

Hill had one carry for one yard Sunday against the Chiefs and did not catch any of his three targets.

Analysis: The rookie's snap count has dropped each week since the season-opener, bottoming out at just 11 snaps on Sunday. Hill only had one carry and was unable to do anything with it while the likes of Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards had no problem running on the Chiefs defense, averaging 6.4 and 7.6 yards per carry, respectively. Edwards' strong day is particularly worrisome for Hill as it now appears that the rookie is clearly the No.3 back in this offense. Hill and the Ravens will host the Browns in Week 4.

September 23, 2019 7:18 PM EST

Justice Hill: Minimal involvement in Week 2

Hill had one carry for four yards and added one catch for 10 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Mark Ingram was on the field for 46 of the Ravens' 79 plays, while Hill and Edwards each saw 16 snaps. Hill came just shy of scoring his first career touchdown on his 10-yard reception but was otherwise uninvolved in the offense for the most part. His ability as a pass-catcher should get him on the field over Gus Edwards in passing down situations when Mark Ingram needs a breather, but Hill doesn't seem to have a projectable and consistent role at this stage.

September 16, 2019 12:54 PM EST

Justice Hill: Quiet in debut

Hill had seven carries for 27 yards in his NFL debut on Sunday against the Dolphins.

Analysis: The rookie was third in the pecking order for carries Sunday, with Mark Ingram (14 carries) and Gus Edwards (17 carries) seeing considerably more work. Hill also did not factor into the passing game, seeing zero targets over his 23 snaps. Though Hill possesses the best big-play ability in this backfield and should see his role expand as the season progresses, it seems as though the Ravens trust Ingram and Edwards to handle the bulk of the backfield work for now.

September 9, 2019 1:31 PM EST

Justice Hill: Chance for early impact

Hill enters the season primed for a role in the Baltimore offense.

Analysis: The rookie fourth-rounder is in the mix for backfield work right away in Baltimore's run-heavy system. Mark Ingram is the No.1 but Hill has a chance to make a bigger impact than Gus Edwards. Hill has speed unlike any other back on the Baltimore roster and his pass-catching ability, while not as polished as Mark Ingram's, is superior to that of Edwards', which should help him get some third-down work before long. The Ravens draw a favorable matchup against a Miami team that ranked just 24th against the run in DVOA in 2018.

September 2, 2019 12:31 PM EST

Justice Hill: Struggles in start

Hill got the start in Thursday's preseason win over the Eagles, taking seven carries for eight yards and catching two of three targets for another eight yards.

Analysis: The Ravens held out a slew of key players, including Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, Kenneth Dixon, Gus Edwards and three projected starters on the offensive line. The Eagles, on the other hand, used most of the top players from a talented defense, leaving Hill with a tricky mismatch in what could be his final appearance of the preseason. If so, the rookie fourth-round pick will finish with 27 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown and four catches for 24 yards on five targets. Hill's highlights gives him a strong case for some type of role on offense, but his lack of snap-to-snap consistency also will be a factor. It isn't clear how the Ravens plan to divide backfield work behind Ingram, with Hill, Edwards and Dixon all having decent arguments to stay involved.

August 23, 2019 9:02 AM EST

Justice Hill: Scores in victory

Hill rushed 10 times for 49 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's 26-13 preseason win over the Packers.

Analysis: Hill scored from one yard out to begin the second half, punctuating an impressive performance. Although he worked behind Mark Ingram, Kenneth Dixon and Gus Edwards, Hill made a nice case for more run going forward, finishing as Baltimore's leader on the ground. The rookie fourth-rounder could perhaps further his case by getting involved in the passing game in next week's exhibition outing against the Eagles.

August 15, 2019 8:18 PM EST

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