Jeremy Hill expects balance in Bengals backfield

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As his rookie season progressed in 2014, Bengals running back Jeremy Hill saw a steady rise in his workload.

Giovani Bernard got the larger share of work in the first half of the season, but missed a few games with injuries in midseason to open the door for Hill. Hill averaged over 18 carries a game over the final 10 weeks and turned in five games with at least 100 rushing yards to become the main man in Cincinnati’s running game. Bernard remained a contributor, especially in the passing game, but Hill was the top dog as long as he was running well.

Despite that seeming shift, Hill says that offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is planning on balanced approach between the two backs in 2015.

“Obviously there’s going to be a balanced attack,” Hill said, via ESPN.com. “I don’t think he’s got to wear either one of us out, so that way we can make it through all 16 games for a playoff push.”

Hill averaged more than five yards a carry last season and it’s tough to take that production off the field even with Bernard proving himself to be a capable back the last two seasons. The Bengals ran the ball almost half the time last year, though, and that leaves a lot of work for both backs since there’s no sign things are going to swing back the other way.

14 responses to “Jeremy Hill expects balance in Bengals backfield

  1. There’s balance because the RB’s are a positive and Howdy Doody is a negative.

    Balance.

  2. Now that they know what they have in RBs, hopefully they will use them the best way.
    Hill can wear them down, then throw in Bernard with his quick moves Vs. a tired Defense. I see some big plays coming for Bernard if they do that.

  3. Too bad the thinness at wide receiver and aging related thinness at cornerback could once again expose the Bengals when faced with teams with above-average offenses combined with above-average defenses.

    The maturation at guard and center (2014 rookie C Bodine) could make the already highly rated (but not perfect/injury-prone) and deep Bengals Offensive Line an interesting story for the coming season. Hill should be be excited… this line could make him All-Pro.

  4. doctorrustbelt says:
    May 31, 2015 12:10 PM
    Too bad the thinness at wide receiver and aging related thinness at cornerback could once again expose the Bengals
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    Huh? They are pretty set at both. They have 4 1st Rd CBs and drafted another that looks pretty good as well. What team in the NFL is more loaded at CB?

  5. Gio is decent, and I can see the benefit of resting Hill at times, but they’d be fools to split things 50/50. Jeremy Hill has potential to be the next great RB.

  6. Aging thinness at cb? You do realize that they have invested 2 first round picks at corner the past 4 seasons right? Kirkpatrick is taking over for Newman this year and at some point Dennard is going to unseat Adam Jones sometime this year. Josh Shaw was also drafted to push/ replace Leon Hall as the slot corner this/ next year. The secondary is fine.

    I also disagree with you to a point as far as wr thinness goes. keep in mind they did get another weapon in Tyler Kroft at te and I really think Tyler Eifert is going to be leaned on heavily in the recieving game this year as I believe he was to be last year before the injury. Marvin and Mohammad will fight it out for the #2 wr while Denarius Moore will provide a veteran presence for the rapidly developing James Wright. Mario Alford has all but ended the Brandon Tate reign and that’s a good thing IMO. Chin up.

  7. doctorrustbelt says:
    May 31, 2015 12:10 PM
    Too bad the thinness at wide receiver and aging related thinness at cornerback could once again expose the Bengals when faced with teams with above-average offenses combined with above-average defenses.

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    I don’t think we are thin at CB at all. We have Kirkpatrick who is probably going to start since Newman’s left, and Dennard who is going to get more playing time. They are the CBs of the future.

    WR: Besides Green, If Jones and Eifert (TE) are healthy, we will be fine. We also have other options: Wright is up and coming. Kroft is a new TE.

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