The Cincinnati Bengals are getting their rookie contracts done, and got second round pick Jeremy Hill signed today according to his Twitter account. Hill tweeted this out earlier:
Just inked my deal with the Bengals #WhoDeyNation gonna be a great season
— Jeremy Hill (@JeremyHill33) May 25, 2014
Hill will likely step in as a rookie and play a lot, possibly taking most of the carries that were previously allotted to BenJarvus Green-Ellis. He’s a big, physical runner who also brings a speed element with him to the NFL. Whereas Green-Ellis is fairly limited to short yardage and goalline situations, Hill is a threat to take every carry the distance. He is also a very good receiver out of the backfield, something The Law Firm has struggled with.
The Bengals, and offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, intend to run the ball more in 2014, and Hill will probably be a big part of that. He and Giovani Bernard, who burst onto the scene last year as a rookie, could be a devastating one-two punch at running back. The Bengals surprised some analysts by taking him in the second round of the draft, and ahead of Carlos Hyde. The Bengals love his talent and the system fit. If he is as successful as Bernard was last year, fans won’t care who he was drafted ahead of.