Last training camp, Jeremy Hill won the contest to be the New England Patriots’ power back with an impressive preseason and camp. The stint, unfortunately, lasted only 1 match before the running back blew out his ACL.
This summer, the 26-year-old is still hoping to have cleared and find a home. Hill seems optimistic that clearance will probably come soon.
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“I believe for me personally coming off a big ACL injury, I’m just doing what I could to return to 100 percent,” Hill stated, via Herbie Teope of The Advocate. “I understand there’s likely to be a job waiting on me when I get rid, so that’s all I am doing today.
“I am only trying to get healthy and once that happens, I will be back. I’m fairly close. I’m about eight months out of operation, so hopefully soon.”
As he rehabs his knee injury, hill stays a free agent.
The running back beat out Mike Gillislee for a backup function in New England last year during training camp. Before tearing his ACL, his four bags appeared promising, garnering 25 yards (6.3 YPA). He also played on special teams to the Pats in that one game.
If he can show he is healthy, Hill could get a shot to fight for a roster spot throughout somebody’s training camp. Given the status of backup running backs, that opportunity isn’t a given, and also the veteran might have to wait until injuries start to pile up.
September and his operation last August suggested Hill has a location in the league. Getting healthy is the first step in acquiring another opportunity to prove that he belongs.
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