The Atlanta Falcons lost Ito Smith for the rest of the season and Devonta Freeman for at least the next couple of games. These injuries open the door for Brian Hill, who is coming off of a great performance against the New Orleans Saints.
Hill has not had many opportunities throughout his career with the Atlanta Falcons. He has been delegated to being a backup who sees very little playtime. Last season, he was given some opportunities to show the team what he could do due to injuries to Devonta Freeman. His eight carries for 115 yards against the Carolina Panthers last season is an example of how good Hill can be when given the chance.
This season, Brian Hill will once again be given an opportunity to show what he can do thanks to yet another Freeman injury. Hill will more than likely be the starter for the next couple of games during Freeman’s absence, opening up an opportunity to continue to build off of the momentum of his great performance against the New Orleans Saints that saw him catch a crucial 10-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan, as well as run for 61 yards on 20 carries.
In the Saints game, Hill showed signs of his ability to not only be a threat on the ground but through the air as well.
If Hill plays like he did against the Panthers in 2018 and last week against the Saints, the Atlanta Falcons will gain more and more confidence in Hill’s ability to be the featured back of this team.
Hill showed throughout his tenure at the University of Wyoming that he has what it takes to be the man. In three seasons at Wyoming, Hill ran for 4,287 yards and 35 touchdowns on 775 rushes.
The Atlanta Falcons play the Panthers this Sunday, which is great news for Hill. The Falcons need to stick to the run and block like they did against the Saints. If they can do this, then Hill may be looking at a career day that could lead to stardom and the Falcons may be looking at yet another upset on the road over a division rival.