Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill is returning home this weekend.
Born in Baton Rouge and having attended Baton Rouge Redemptorist high school, Hill picked the most obvious of colleges... Louisiana State University. Essentially, this man lived and breathed only Louisiana air for his entire life. During the 2014 NFL draft, Cincinnati snagged Hill in the second-round and placed him in a two-man rotation with Giovani Bernard. With Bernard missing the last two games (and the expectancy to be out again this Sunday against the Saints), Hill has taken a bulk of the team's carries (36) and posted 204 yards rushing (5.7 yards/rush) with two touchdowns.
Hill figures to be the primary workhorse this Sunday.
"(The Saints) are a defense that plays a lot of fronts," said Hill via The Times-Picayune. "They do a lot of different blitzes. They've toned back a lot of different things that they did early on in the season in these past few weeks now just creating a lot of generic looks and just relying on their front four to rush, Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette. Those guys can get to the quarterback.
"I think Rob Ryan's done a great job allowing those guys to rush and just find coverage behind him," said Hill. "We have our hands full. We need to set ourselves up for success, not put ourselves in third and long because that will be playing into their hands and get their home crowd rocking and allow those defensive ends to get off the ball. We can't do that to ourselves. We have to play in front of the sticks and not put ourselves in tough situations."
Hill will play in front of family and friends this weekend.
"I think my last ticket request was something in the 40s or something crazy like that," said Hill earlier this week. "I try to do my best to make sure everyone dear and near to me get the opportunity to watch the game. It will be good."
That said, it's good going home.
"It is always a good opportunity especially to go back home," said Hill. "Being from South Louisiana, just growing up and having aspirations of playing in the Dome (Mercedes-Benz Superdome) in high school just trying to make it to the state championship game, it is always a good opportunity to go back home and play in front of some of my home fans and some of my friends and family. It will be a good opportunity for me."
Great quotes here from Hill, who talks about his adjustment to the NFL, what to expect this weekend against the Saints defense and everything else.