New England Patriots

UPDATE: Jeremy Hill has agreed to a deal with the Patriots, according to Field Yates of ESPN.


Free-agent running back Jeremy Hill is visiting with the Patriots on Friday, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Hill played in just 7 games for the Bengals in 2017, grabbing 41 touches for 132 total yards and no touchdowns. He ended up being placed on Injured Reserve in November with an ankle injury.

Incredibly, Marvin Lewis appeared to throw Hill under the bus after he opted for season-ending ankle surgery. The Bengals head coach apparently felt Hill could’ve played through the injury. Hill can rest assured that Bill Belichick would make no such comment publicly.

Jeremy Hill (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Jeremy Hill (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

But in any event, the Bengals weren’t relying on Hill all that much in 2017 as they transitioned to Joe Mixon as their lead back. Hill has never been the most dynamic back, and hasn’t looked like the same player since he went off in the second half of his rookie year in 2014. In the final 9 games of that season, he rushed for 929 yards (5.4 yards per carry) with 6 touchdowns; in 38 games since, he’s averaged 3.63 yards per carry and rushed for over 100 yards just two times.

Still, the 25-year-old could be a low-risk, high-reward signing for Belichick and the Patriots. He’d fit as a candidate for early-down duties, especially since Mike Gillislee was underwhelming in his first season in New England.

Clearly, the Pats are looking to add a back to replace the departing Dion Lewis. Hill isn’t the same kind of player, but he could have some untapped potential as a power back in the right offense. Tom Brady and the Patriots would give him as good a chance as any team to produce and succeed.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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