Who Was The Bengals’ Best Running Back In 2016?

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Jeremy Hill

Drafted out of LSU in 2014, Hill has been the Bengals workhorse back since he came into the league. He has rushed over 220 times each of the past three seasons and eclipsed 1,000 yards as a rookie. Hill has been the team’s leader in rushing touchdowns since he came into the league, averaging just under 10 TDs per season. While Hill is a solid runner (over 4.1 yards per carry as a career average) he hasn’t proved to be a dynamic pass catcher, only averaging 1.3 receptions per game in his three seasons and scoring just one receiving touchdown.

Hill adds power to the Cincinnati running game that the smaller backs on the team don’t offer. However, Hill sometimes lacks the elusiveness that can turn an average back into a top-tier back. He has also traditionally had some trouble holding onto the football as he fumbled eight times in his first two seasons but did not fumble once in 2016.

In 2016, Hill had a year similar to his 2015 numbers, rushing 222 times for 839 yards and nine touchdowns. His most notable games were against the Browns in Week 7 in which he ran for 168 yards and Week 14 when he rushed for 111 yards.

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