The Bengals start OTAs on Tuesday and they moved closer to getting all their draft picks signed by that time on Sunday.
Running back Jeremy Hill sent out word on Twitter that he’s signed his deal with the Bengals. The second-round pick is the sixth member of the eight-man draft class to agree to a contract, leaving only first-round corner Darqueze Dennard and third-round defensive end Will Clarke left unsigned.
Hill ran for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns for LSU last season and capped his collegiate career with a 216-yard outing in the Tigers’ bowl game. His college career was marred by a pair of arrests, which led to a six-month suspended jail sentence and probation for Hill.
If he can stay out of trouble, Hill has a chance to earn a sizable role in the Bengals backfield. His size should make him a good complement for Giovani Bernard, although he’ll need to earn those snaps ahead of BenJarvus Green-Ellis. With Hue Jackson expected to emphasize the running game, all three could wind up in line for carries this season.