Despite being ranked second with seven rushing touchdowns this season, running back Jeremy Hill has hit the proverbial sophomore slump. In addition to only securing a 3.3 yard/rush average, Hill on pace to fall short of 650 yards rushing and his longest gain of the season is 15 yards. This was not what fans had expected entering the season.
Fans... and the team.
During GameDay Morning on the NFL Network, NFL reporter/insider Michael Silver reported that Hue Jackson called Hill into his office and added an anonymous player's perspective, who believes Hill is trying to do too much to hit the homerun. Here's a transcript of the report:
"Hue Jackson called Jeremy Hill into his office Saturday, the back that was such a revelation as a rookie, because as dynamic as that offense has been this year, he hasn't gotten going. Giovani Bernard, who had lost his job to Hill, responded the way Hue Jackson wanted, ‘saying I'll show you'.
"Hue is waiting for that from Jeremy Hill, so he said to him ‘hey, now is the time, it's been long enough, it's time for you to jump start this running game.'
"One player told me that Hill's struggles are a combination of him pressing, looking for the big one on every carry and him trying to be a Le'Veon Bell type of back, dancing at the line and not being physical at the open field. He said that he needs to go downhill."
Other acceptable excuses for Hill's decline includes "concern about the knee", "extreme focus on ball security" and playing more out of the "shotgun."