K.J. Hill

Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #84
Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #84

K.J. Hill News

Joins the Chargers' practice squad

Hill cleared waivers and is re-signing with the Chargers' practice squad, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports.

Analysis: The Chargers waived Hill on Tuesday, but they signed him to their practice squad after he cleared waivers. The 2020 seventh-round pick saw minimal playing time across the first six weeks of the season, but Los Angeles is only carrying five wideouts on their active roster, so he will be a likely candidate to be promoted if one of them goes down with an injury.

Oct 23, 2021 9:17 AM EST

Let go by Chargers

Hill was waived by the Chargers on Thursday.

Analysis: The 2020 seventh-rounder saw minimal playing time across the first six weeks of the season but will be let go after Andre Roberts signed with the Chargers on Thursday. Hill hauled in all three of his targets for 30 yards to begin the season.

Oct 21, 2021 3:18 PM EST

Back at practice

Hill (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Chargers had been extra cautious with a number of skill-position players this preseason, including Hill, but considering no information was released regarding the severity of the injury, it's safe to assume the second-year returner won't be hindered in the future. The surprising release of Tyron Johnson leaves Hill as the team's No. 5 wide receiver on the depth chart, although he'll probably see more usage as the Chargers' punt returner.

Aug 31, 2021 5:20 PM EST

Absent from practice

Hill was sidelined at Wednesday's practice for an undisclosed reason, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Hill is currently competing for a special teams and depth receiving role with the Chargers. While it is unclear what he is specifically dealing with, a quick return to camp would be beneficial for his chances.

Aug 25, 2021 6:07 PM EST

Four catches in loss

Hill caught four of seven targets for 18 yards and gained one yard on his lone carry in Sunday's 15-10 preseason loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Hill got lots of run in this exhibition contest, but a combination of conservative quarterback play and tight defensive coverage resulted in minimal gains from his five touches. The speedy wideout ran back one kick and one punt return, a role he is likely to serve again this season for the Chargers. Next up are the Seahawks on Saturday for Week 3 of the preseason.

Aug 22, 2021 8:52 PM EST

Inconsequential rookie year

Hill finished his rookie season with seven receptions on 11 targets for 73 yards across 15 games.

Analysis: Hill also fielded a handful of special teams returns throughout the season accumulating 90 total return yards, but it was hardly a banner year for the 2020 seventh-round pick. The 23-year-old did see the fifth-most snaps of any Chargers wide receiver, but Hill was grossly outpaced by Jalen Guyton, who beat him out for the No. 3 role to start the season, and later by undrafted free agent Tyron Johnson who became a more prominent factor towards the end of the campaign. Considering the lack of significant draft capital invested in Hill, the prospects of the Ohio State product emerging as a quality fantasy candidate appear bleak entering the offseason.

Jan 8, 2021 2:24 PM EST

Secures lone target

Hill caught his only target for seven yards during Sunday's 45-0 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Hill's nine offensive snaps during Sunday's contest were the most significant playing time he's seen since Week 5, but it was still just a minor offensive role. The 23-year-old has three catches for 30 yards in 11 games this season.

Dec 8, 2020 5:21 PM EST

Practices fully Wednesday

Hill (hip) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Hill missed this past Sunday's win over the Jaguars due to this hip injury, but it appears the rookie has shaken off the issue and will be available for this Sunday's divisional tilt against Denver. He's still looking to establish chemistry with quarterback Justin Herbert, as Hill's six targets over four games with the fellow rookie have translated into just two receptions for 23 yards and no touchdowns.

Oct 28, 2020 4:35 PM EST

Unable to suit up for Week 7

Hill (hip) is listed as inactive heading into Sunday's matchup against the Jaguars.

Analysis: The seventh-round rookie seemingly suffered the injury during the practice week, as he was a non-participant Thursday after logging a full session Wednesday. Hill was unable to recover in time for Sunday's tilt with Jacksonville, meaning that Tyron Johnson will be promoted to the No. 4 slot in Los Angeles' receiving corps. Hill's absence also means that Joe Reed may be in the mix for snaps at kick returner.

Oct 25, 2020 12:20 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Hill (hip) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Hill appears to have picked up this injury in practice, as he went from being a full participant Wednesday to failing to practice Thursday. He had one catch on two targets in Los Angeles' last game before a Week 6 bye.

Oct 23, 2020 12:58 PM EST

Pops up on injury report

Hill was a non-participant during Thursday's practice due to a hip injury.

Analysis: It's unclear how Hill suffered the injury, as he was a full participant during Wednesday's session coming out of the bye week. Last time out, the rookie out of Ohio State saw 35 offensive snaps in Week 5, hauling in one of two targets for eight yards in a loss to New Orleans. If Hill was to miss Week 7, Desmond King could take over as the team's kick return man, with Jalen Guyton and Jason Moore seeing a slight uptick in offensive snaps.

Oct 22, 2020 4:30 PM EST

Draws two targets in loss

Hill turned two targets into an eight-yard reception Monday in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Hill played 49 percent of the Chargers' offensive snaps in the loss, matching his season-high total from Week 3, when he was targeted four times in a loss to the Panthers. The rookie has otherwise gone without a look in the Chargers' other three games this season, which has thus far made it difficult to rely on him for fantasy purposes.

Oct 13, 2020 12:14 PM EST

Records first career reception

Hill caught one pass four 15 yards in Sunday's 21-16 loss to the Panthers. He saw four targets.

Analysis: All four of Hill's targets came after Mike Williams was forced to leave Sunday's game due to a hamstring injury, but it was pretty clear the rookie was hardly more than a last-ditch read on any given play. Even if Williams were to miss next week's game, it's likely Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry and Austin Ekeler would see an even more dramatic target share.

Sep 29, 2020 9:31 AM EST

Not much of offensive factor

Hill played six snaps in the 23-20 overtime loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

Analysis: Much like last week, Hill simply wasn't a featured part of the offense, registering just six offensive snaps in a game that was close throughout. A number of injuries to guys ahead of Hill on the depth chart would need to occur before he becomes fantasy relevant.

Sep 22, 2020 9:58 AM EST

Sees 12 snaps Sunday

Hill played 12 snaps in Sunday's 16-13 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Hill failed to record a target in the win, operating as the No. 4 wideout behind Jaylen Guyton. It's good to see Hill out-snap rookie Joe Reed, but a bevy of injuries would need to occur for the seventh-round pick to have any sort of fantasy utility this season.

Sep 15, 2020 9:00 AM EST

Spot on roster secure

Hill earned a spot on the team's 53-man roster following Saturday's cutdown.

Analysis: It's not a particularly controversial decision, particularly after the injury to Mike Williams (shoulder) which could keep him out for Week 1. While Hill doesn't possess the necessary speed to be a typical No. 3 wide receiver in the Chargers offense, he's a simply better all-around player than Jalen Guyton and could be valuable fantasy pick up should injuries to Williams or Keenan Allen create a spot for him in the starting lineup.

Sep 5, 2020 1:47 PM EST

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