The Patriots selected Georgia RB Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. It’s the first 1st-round RB for New England since Laurence Maroney in 2006. That didn’t work out so well, but Michel has the potential to fare much better. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry across his 4-year college career and flashed pass-catching ability with seasons of 26 and 22 grabs. Michel is electric in the open field with surprising power. The biggest concern is a lengthy injury history that includes a torn ACL and a pair of ankle injuries. This is a exciting landing spot for Michel. New England’s backfield is crowded on paper, but Rex Burkhead, James White, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee are all role players. Consider Michel the odds-on favorite to lead the 2018 backfield in touches.
The Patriots have signed RB Jeremy Hill. It's 1 of the few landing spots that could resuscitate his fantasy value. New England has ranked 5th and 6th, respectively, in rushing TDs over the past 2 seasons and just lost RB Dion Lewis in free agency. Hill totaled 27 scores over his first 3 seasons before last year's goose egg. Of course, he's averaged a pathetic 3.6 yards per carry across the past 3 years after going for 5.1 as a rookie. Hill won't be guaranteed anything in a Patriots backfield that also includes Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and James White.
The Bengals have placed RB Jeremy Hill on IR, ending his 2017 season. We don't have any details on the injury, but there's no reason to believe it'll impact his 2018. Hill is set to hit free agency in March and is likely done in Cincinnati. Joe Mixon will continue to operate as something close to an every-down back the rest of the way.
Update: HC Marvin Lewis revealed that Hill had surgery on his ankle.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Titans. RB Joe Mixon played a season-high 71.8% of the offensive snaps and handled 88.9% of the RB touches with Hill out last weekend. Give him a slight bump for Week 10.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is inactive for today's game against the Jaguars. He hurt something in pre-game warmups, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Paul Dehner. Hill has carried exactly 4 times times in each of the Bengals' last 3 games, so his absence is a slight boost to RB Joe Mixon's Week 9 outlook.
The Bengals have fired OC Ken Zampese, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Zampese's offense failed to score a TD in 2 games, although QB Andy Dalton has been just as much to blame as the play-calling. We'll see if this move sparks the offense. It might also help RB Joe Mixon, who's been mired in a 3-headed committee.
UPDATE: Zampese will be replaced by QBs coach Bill Lazor, who spent 2014 and 2015 as Dolphins OC. The 2014 Fins ranked 11 in points scored and 14th in total yards. They fell to 27th and 26th, respectively, in 2015.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (ankle) practiced on Wednesday. He was hurt in the 3rd preseason game but is on track to play in the regular-season opener against the Ravens. Hill will be part of a 3-man committee backfield in that one. He's a decent TD bet but should only be in fantasy lineups as a RB3 or flex in non-PPR.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill exited Sunday's preseason game with an ankle injury. We didn't notice the injury, and Hill told the media afterward that he's fine, according to insider Jim Owczarski. We'll keep an eye on him going forward. Hill got the start against the Redskins and carried 5 times for 15 yards and a score before leaving.
RB Jeremy Hill started in the Bengals backfield in Friday night's preseason opener against Tampa Bay, but rookie RB Joe Mixon got in for touches starting with the 1st drive. Altogether, he carried 6 times for 31 yards and caught a pass for 11 more. Hill, meanwhile, ran for 26 yards on 7 rushes. Amid rumors that Hill could "start" all season, it's clear that Mixon will at least factor heavily into the backfield. We'll see where this work split goes. Of course, Mixon's late-Round 3 ADP has made him an expensive upside play in recent fantasy football drafts.
Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official website expects RB Jeremy Hill to remain a factor this season. Specifically, Hobson believes that "Hill figures to always be a presence inside the 5." That makes sense. Despite disappointing the past 2 years, Hill has remained effective near the goal line. He's turned 14 of 28 carries inside the 5-yard line into TDs -- a 50% conversion rate that's more than 5 percentage points better than league average. That role could at least make Hill a factor in TD-heavy fantasy leagues. He also figures to put a dent in RB Joe Mixon's upside. We're as excited as anyone about the rookie's potential, but he might lose goal-line work to Hill and some pass-catching action to Gio Bernard. That'd make it tough to Mixon to pay off his current RB13 price tag.
The Bengals rolled the dice on Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon with the 48th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Mixon’s off-field transgression — he punched a woman in 2014 — caused him to drop in the draft and will continue to haunt him as a pro. But on the field, this is a 1st-round talent. Perhaps the best RB in the class. Mixon shows good patience, power and burst as a runner. And he’s a big-time weapon in the passing game. He exploded for 1,274 rushing yards on just 187 carries this past year and averaged a robust 6.8 yards per carry across 2 college seasons. Mixon added 65 total receptions for 894 yards (13.8 yards per catch) and 9 TDs. And he doesn’t turn 21 until July. Mixon joins a crowded backfield in Cincinnati alongside Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard. But Hill has disappointed since his rookie season, while Bernard is rehabbing from his 2nd torn ACL. Mixon certainly has a shot — and might be the favorite — to lead the 2017 backfield in touches.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Ravens. Rex Burkhead figures to operate as the feature back, making him a solid fantasy play.
The Bengals listed RB Jeremy Hill (knee) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Cincinnati has mailed it in for the season and could sit the banged-up Hill in the meaningless finale. We're not expecting him to play much even if he's active. RB Rex Burkhead should lead the Bengals backfield in touches.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Texans. He entered the day questionable but makes for a fine fantasy start against a Houston D that plays the pass much tougher than the run.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill ground out 111 yards and a score on 25 carries in Sunday's win over the Browns. None of his totes went for more than 11 yards, but he kept the offense on schedule with solid gains. Hill punched in a 1-yard TD in the 1st quarter and tacked on another 31 yards on 3 catches. He's now racked up 71 total touches in 3 games since RB Gio Bernard went down. Volume will keep Hill in the RB2 mix the rest of the way.
The forecast for today's Bengals-Browns game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and winds of 10-20 mph. We start to worry about the passing games when winds get over 15 mph, so this is a slight concern. Both teams figured to go run-heavy anyway, and the weather will only push them farther in that direction.
Bengals RB Gio Bernard tore his ACL in Sunday's loss to the Bills, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's done for the 2016 season and isn't a lock to be ready for the start of the 2017 campaign. Bernard turns just 25 in 2 days and just inked a new 4-year deal with Cincinnati this summer, so there's still plenty of long-term appeal here. His absence the rest of this season will mean an uptick in volume for RB Jeremy Hill. He's averaged 21 carries in 3 career games without Bernard.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill is not listed on the Week 8 injury report. It's notable after he appeared to aggravate his chest/shoulder injury in the 4th quarter of last Sunday's game. Hill is evidently ready to go, though, for a plus matchup in London this weekend against a Redskins defense allowing 5.1 yards per carry to RBs.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill aggravated his chest injury in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Browns. The team deemed him probable to return, but he never did. Cincinnati's 14-point lead might have had something to do with that. We'll keep an eye on Hill this coming week. He exploded for 168 yards and a score on just 9 carries before exiting.
Bengals RB Jeremy Hill (chest) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. The chest issue isn’t a major concern. But a matchup with a tough Patriots run defense and a Pats offense that figures to have the Bengals playing from behind are certainly concerns. Hill is a TD-dependent RB3.
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