Jeremy Hill is awfully confident about his job security for someone who has generally been on the decline after a strong rookie season.
The Cincinnati Bengals‘ presumed No. 1 option out of the backfield isn’t afraid of his team drafting another running back – like Leonard Fournette, who worked out for the team Wednesday – but he doesn’t expect to lose his starting job.
“If they wanna draft the back high, go ahead and do it,” Hill told NFL Network on Wednesday. “They’re probably going to be my backup.”
Hill wouldn’t be offended if the Bengals added another backfield option to play alongside himself and Giovani Bernard, as he knows more talent will only improve the team.
“Not at all. That’s what the NFL is,” Hill said. “I don’t think when they drafted me, they said in my contract, they won’t draft any more running backs, so I think that’s understood, that’s part of the business.”
Hill, who went to LSU like Fournette, has not been able to recapture the success he had as a rookie, when he averaged 5.2 yards per carry. He hasn’t reached his 1,124-yard first-year total in either of the past two seasons, averaging 3.6 and 3.8 yards per carry in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
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