Bengals running back Jeremy Hill took 20 carries for 90 yards and caught six passes for 70 yards in the Bengals' Thursday night preseason finale. Hill left the game at one point with an elbow injury, but was able to return to the field. He also missed a block in pass protection that lead to a sack. Overall this preseason, Hill took 41 carries for 190 yards and caught 10 passes for 93 yards. He did not score a touchdown this month.
It's hard to know what to make of this performance. Typically, players who will figure majorly into a team's offensive plans don't see this kind of usage in the fourth preseason game. It could be that the Bengals believe Hill needed the extra work, as he's shown some rawness this preseason. Hill's numbers in four exhibition games have been impressive but have come almost exclusively with the Bengals' second-string offense going up against second-string defenses. Hill's a popular "sleeper" candidate, and is a value pick at his ADP of 134. But beat writers and fantasy owners suggesting he'll see an even split with RB Giovani Bernard might want to temper their expectations, as 26 touches in the fourth preseason game do not suggest he's considered a critical component of the Bengals' offense yet.