After a Sophmore Slump, do you trust Jeremy Hill can return to the player we saw take the Jungle by storm his rookie year?
So if you’re like me, you drafted Jeremy Hill in 2015 to help you win your league’s Championship right? I mean why wouldn’t you have done so?
The guy who in his rookie year was one of the best NFL Running Backs and continued to blow you away with big run after big run and even having guys like ESPN.com Fantasy Football expert Matthew Berry predicting that Jeremy Hill will lead all Running Backs in points in 2015. Well…… That didn’t exactly happen in 2015.
I won’t lie, I took Jeremy Hill with the 10th pick in the first round of my draft. I thought that for sure I was going to get the guy that we all saw from his rookie year, but what we got was a guy who had a lot of fumbles, didn’t have a single game where he eclipsed 100 yards rushing, and ended up splitting carries with Giovani Bernard.
Though Hill did rack up a very nice total of 12 trips to the end zone (11 rushing, 1 receiving), he also only had 794 yards rushing, and a 3.6 YPC average.
Here on Stripe Hype, a lot of us have chimed in on what Jeremy Hill will we get in year 3. Do we get the guy who could have potentially won the Offensive Rookie of the year award or do we get the guy who couldn’t hold onto the ball in 2015?
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I’m in the group of not only do I think that Jeremy Hill will bounce back, I believe Hill will be a mid round steal for your team when you draft this year.
Matthew Berry has definitely calmed his tune coming into the 2016 season listing Jeremy Hill as the 26th rated Running Back for 2016, which is completely fair given the things discussed over the off season this year, but a man who has no other choice but to improve is someone worth keeping his eye on.
We all know that Hill played a very huge part in the Bengals playoff meltdown against the Steelers when he fumbled the ball the play right after Vontaze Burfict intercepted Landry Jones to make us believe the Bengals finally won a playoff game, and I believe that will motivate Hill to be the effective back he was once before. We know he isn’t an East-West runner, and I trust the Bengals staff will have him return to the guy who saw the hole, crushed the hole, and made big runs.
Jeremy Hill will continue his streak of double digit TD seasons, but this year he will bring the yardage with him and I really believe the fumbles will go down to make him the great player he still can be.