Justice Hill

Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #5
Baltimore Ravens
Running Back #5
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Looking good for roster spot

Hill is in good position for Baltimore's No. 3 RB spot, according to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic.

Analysis: The Ravens didn't sign any veteran running backs this offseason, nor did they use any of their eight draft picks on the position. That's probably a vote of confidence in J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards more so than Hill, but it nonetheless puts Hill in good position for the No. 3 spot, which might just be the same role he handled late last season after Mark Ingram fell out of favor. Between the final five weeks of the regular season and two playoff games, Hill saw three carries and two targets on 35 offensive snaps, mostly handling third downs. While it isn't a role that comes with any inherent fantasy value, Hill does find himself just one injury away from a shot at more work on the ground.

May 4, 2021 8:26 AM EST

Role diminishes in 2020

Hill had 12 carries for 60 yards and added five catches for 20 yards in 12 games this season.

Analysis: Hill's already-minimal role evaporated in his second season as he dropped from 58 carries for 225 yards and two scores as a rookie to 12 carries for 60 yards in 2020. His snaps dropped from 193 to 73 as well. Rookie J.K. Dobbins has cemented himself as the primary ball carrier for Baltimore and the combo of Gus Edwards and quarterback Lamar Jackson take up most of the other carries. Even if Mark Ingram is gone next season, Hill doesn't appear to have a path to playing time in Baltimore entering his third year with the team.

Jan 5, 2021 8:49 AM EST

Takes three snaps on offense

Hill did not receive any rush attempts or targets during Sunday's 27-13 win against the Giants.

Analysis: Hill garnered 14 of his 17 snaps on special teams during Baltimore's Week 16 win. The 23-year-old cost his team with a roughing the kicker penalty early in the fourth quarter, allowing New York to extend a drive that would culminate in the Giants' only touchdown of the game. Hill has more game appearances (11) than he does carries (10) as Baltimore heads into an all-too-familiar Week 17 matchup against the Bengals.

Dec 29, 2020 4:49 PM EST

Posts eight-yard reception

Hill reeled in his only target for eight yards during Sunday's 40-14 win against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The second-year back from Oklahoma State registered his fourth catch in as many games during Baltimore's Week 15 rout, though he remains uninvolved in the ground game. J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards combined for 106 rushing yards and a TD on 23 RB carries, while Hill went without a rush attempt for the eighth time over 10 appearances this season. Hill is expected to continue contributing as a depth option Week 16 when Baltimore hosts the Giants' No. 6 rush defense.

Dec 22, 2020 6:03 PM EST

Reverts to minor role

Hill had a four-yard reception on one target Tuesday against Dallas.

Analysis: Baltimore getting both J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram back in the mix had a direct impact on Hill's playing time as he saw just six offensive snaps. The role Hill saw against the Cowboys was in line with how he has been used for every game outside of the Pittsburgh matchup in Week 12, which was his only outing with double-digit snaps on offense. Hill will remain an ancillary part of the Ravens' ground game as long as Dobbins, Ingram, and Gus Edwards are healthy and available.

Dec 10, 2020 12:31 PM EST

Likely reverting to reserve role

Hill is active alongside running backs J.K. Dobbins, Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards for Tuesday's game versus Dallas.

Analysis: Hill saw double-digit offensive snaps for the first time in 2020 last week against Pittsburgh and had 11 touches for 40 yards, but he should return to a minor offensive role with Ingram and Dobbins clear from COVID-19. Hill had only one touch in six games during 2020 before working as the change-of-pace option behind Edwards in Week 12.

Dec 8, 2020 3:57 PM EST

Solid in extended opportunity

Hill rushed nine times for 35 yards and secured both targets for five yards in the Ravens' 19-14 loss to the Steelers on Wednesday.

Analysis: The third-year back looked good on a couple of his runs, most notably on a game-long 19-yarder. Hill hadn't logged a carry all season before Wednesday, so he certainly had fresh legs and was able to use them to carve out a bit more success on the ground than backfield mate Gus Edwards. Despite showing some encouraging signs, the reality is Hill seems destined to revert back to anonymity if Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins are activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Tuesday night's Week 13 battle versus the Cowboys.

Dec 2, 2020 4:13 PM EST

Change-of-pace role awaits

Hill is expected to serve as the top backup to Gus Edwards in Thursday's game against the Steelers after fellow running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Hill, a 2019 fourth-round pick, has dressed for only six of the Ravens' 10 games this season, playing 108 of his 125 total snaps on special teams. This week's game will mark the first time this season the Ravens won't have two of their top three backs available, so Hill should be thrust into an offensive role out of necessity. Edwards and quarterback Lamar Jackson will most likely dominate the carries out of the backfield, but Edwards' limitations as a pass catcher could clear the way for Hill to step in as the Ravens' primary third-down back.

Nov 24, 2020 3:21 PM EST

Role exclusive to special teams

Hill collected three tackles on 17 special-teams snaps, registering zero carries or targets on three offensive plays during Sunday's 24-10 win against the Colts.

Analysis: With rookie second-round draft choice J.K. Dobbins now a member of Baltimore's backfield, Hill has gone without a rush attempt in 2020 after fielding 58 during his debut NFL season out of Oklahoma State last year. After dealing with a thigh injury throughout most of September, Hill has made game appearances in Weeks 4, 6, 8 and 9 while registering five total tackles. His offensive role is likely to remain obsolete, however, barring an injury ahead of him on the RB depth chart.

Nov 10, 2020 5:34 PM EST

Gets first offensive work of 2020

Hill garnered two offensive snaps, though he did not register a carry during Sunday's 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Hill dealt with a September thigh injury that held him out early in the season, but since his Week 4 debut, the 22-year-old has played a nearly exclusive special-teams role. 57 of Hill's 59 total snaps have come in that department, while he's yet to garner a carry amongst Baltimore's talented RB stable. Week 8 did mark the first time in 2020 that Hill registered a snap on the offensive side, and perhaps a limited role will continue in the near future for him as Mark Ingram nurses a high-ankle injury.

Nov 3, 2020 5:29 PM EST

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.

Oct 4, 2020 8:40 AM EST

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.

Sep 28, 2020 4:00 PM EST

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.

Sep 24, 2020 2:53 PM EST

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.

Sep 20, 2020 12:12 PM EST

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.

Sep 18, 2020 1:45 PM EST

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.

Sep 16, 2020 2:34 PM EST

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.

Sep 11, 2020 12:32 PM EST

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.

Sep 10, 2020 10:51 AM EST

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.

Sep 9, 2020 1:31 PM EST

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.

Aug 31, 2020 4:07 PM EST

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