After James Wilder Jr. and Terrell Watson left for the Bills and Browns respectively over the last month, the Cincinnati Bengals needed some extra running back depth for their offseason roster.
Today, the Bengals announced the signing of running back Bronson Hill to a future/reserve contract.
Hill, who originally signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Michigan last year, is classified as a first-year NFL player for 2016. The 5'10", 215-pound back played in all four Bills preseason games, finishing first on the team in rushing attempts (29) and second in rushing yards (92). He also had two catches for 12 yards.
After being waived during final roster cuts, Hill spent time during the regular season on the Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints' practice squads.
During his college football career, Hill had 2,357 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 42 games at Eastern Michigan, averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
His best season came in 2013 when he rushed for 1,101 yards and earned all-MAC third team honors. He twice rushed for over 250 yards in a game and also competed on the indoor track team in college, once placing ninth at the MAC Championships in the 60-meter dash (6.97 seconds).
At his pro day, Hill ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 and 4.47 seconds and had a 35-inch vertical jump. Hill battled injuries during his senior season and finished with 351 yards and no scores, which led to him being undrafted. Perhaps the Bengals can try and find a way for him to contribute on special teams with a gunner or a return man role.
Under reserve/future rules, Hill will count on the Bengals' 90-man offseason roster as of Monday, February 8.
It shouldn't be confusing at all to have two running backs named Hill on the same roster, don't you think?