Hill was a third-round pick for the Giants in 2018, which was the year that the Bengals drafted Price with the 21st overall selection. Hill has arguably had a more successful career than Price based on where he was drafted and the expectations coming into the league. He started 12 games in 2018 and had 5.5 sacks in his rookie year.
For whatever reason, his snap counts went down after that, though PFF says his overall play went up.
The folks at @PFF are fans of BJ Hill's production.— Paul Dehner Jr. (@pauldehnerjr) August 30, 2021
2018: 69.1 (642 snaps)
2019: 75.9 (486 snaps)
2020: 73.4 (375 snaps)
He's had 65 pressures and 61 stops across those three seasons. That's a large upgrade from their current DT depth.
In the last half of the season, Hill played in more than 50% of the teams’ defensive snaps, including a couple of games where he played 90%+. In the next two years, he only played 50 percent of the teams’ snaps on one game.
Hill was brought in to provide depth and versatility for the defensive line. He is 6’3” and 311 pounds, so he fits the mold of a 3-technique defensive tackle. He joins Larry Ogunjobi and Mike Daniels at that spot, assuming Daniels makes it through final cuts.
Meanwhile, Price was thought to be the backup center after starting the first two preseason games. This opens the door for either Michael Jordan or Trey Hill, who look like they are both on the chopping block.
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Do you approve of trading Price for Hill?
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No, the Bengals should have kept Price
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