On Wednesday, Bengals RB Jeremy Hill posted the above tweet and video. As a Bengals fan, I’m not 100% sure how to feel about his departure. His four seasons here were so hit or miss (mostly miss after his rookie campaign). He showed so much promise in his rookie season that went on to go unfulfilled.
Did some of the lack of production in 2015 and 2016 have to do with awful O-line play? Of course. But, it also felt like he tried to change his running style to mimic Le’Veon Bell, where you hesitate and wait for the holes that never showed up. Running downhill was much more productive for him, and he seemed to lose that function of his game after 2014. His 1100 yards in 2014 shrunk to 800 in 2015 with the same amount of carries.
And then, there’s the 2015 playoff game against the Steelers. While you definitely can’t put the loss on Jeremy, he absolutely played a role with his untimely fumble. On the positive side, I liked the way he handled himself when talking about the game. He owned his mistake, which is more than you can say for some of the other players on the team at the time.
Jeremy only played 7 games in 2017 (where he was the “starter” in all 7, even though Mixon and Gio were featured much more often) before he was bitten by the injury bug, and opted for surgery. The nostalgia for Jeremy just isn’t there for me, which is why it’s not that hard to see him go down a separate path now that he’s a free agent. Good luck, Jeremy. I’m sure you’ll end up on some roster in the NFL and rush for 200 yards to first time you face the Bengals.