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 just one game before the running back blew out his ACL.
This summer, the 26-year-old is hoping to get cleared and find a home. Hill seems optimistic that clearance will probably come soon.
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“I think for me coming off a big ACL injury, I am just doing what I could to return to 100 per cent,” Hill stated, via Herbie Teope of The Advocate. “I understand there is going to be a job awaiting me once I get rid, so that’s all I’m doing now.
“I’m only trying to get healthy and after that happens, I’ll be back. I’m pretty close. I am 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 for the Pats.
If he could show he is healthy, Hill might get a chance to battle for a roster spot during somebody’s training camp. Given the status of backup running backs, that chance isn’t a given, and the veteran might need to wait until injuries begin to accumulate.
His operation last August and September suggested Hill has a location in the league. Getting healthy is your first step in getting another opportunity to prove that he belongs.
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