Rookie running back Jeremy Hill will see reps with the Bengals' offensive starters in the team's third preseason game on Sunday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said that Hill "is worthy of playing with [the starters]" and was surprised to learn that Hill hadn't seen carries with the starting unit in the previous two exhibition games. The Bengals drafted Hill with a second-round pick in the 2014 draft, and he's expected to fill the team's No. 2 RB slot behind Giovani Bernard.
Given the amount of positive talk surrounding Hill coming out of Bengals camp, it is surprising that he hasn't seen first-team reps in a preseason game yet. Jackson was formerly the RBs coach in Cincinnati, and the team will likely have a run-first mentality this year. That means that both Hill and Bernard will have fantasy value. Expect the 6-foot-1, 238-pound Hill to take on most of the heavy, between-the-tackles work while Bernard will have a greater presence in the passing game. Both backs are likely to see 200 carries on the year, according to multiple reports. Draft Bernard as an RB1 and Hill as an RB3/Flex with some upside.