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Jeremy Hill makes good first impression with Patriots

Ryan Hannable
August 10, 2018 - 12:40 am

FOXBORO -- New Patriots running back Jeremy Hill said he lost 10 pounds this offseason and the early results say it paid off.

In the first preseason game, Hill was arguably the best Patriots running back as he ran for a game-high 51 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 26-17 win over the Redskins. The way Hill hit the holes and got to the second level was much quicker than we're used to seeing from him. It was a flashback to when he was a rookie and ran for over 1,000 yards with the Bengals.

“I’m just doing my job – just going out there competing,” Hill said. “Just doing my job and continuing to work. Hopefully, that will put me in a position where I need to be when the regular season gets around.”

Added Hill: “I think I just feel lighter on my feet. I can get in and out of cuts and kind of make people miss a little better now. That’s something I’ve been working on this entire offseason with Moses [Cabrera] and our strength staff. Just continuing to do that stuff and hopefully it’ll help me with my play on the field.”

Hill can do a number of different things, as he can get short yards, but also can catch passes out of the backfield and break one loose if given the chance.

The running back position is one of the most competitive on the team with James White, Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, Mike Gillislee, Brandon Bolden and Hill all battling for not only playing time, but roster spots.

Michel and Burkhead didn't dress for the game, so that gave Hill more reps than he might have received otherwise. He didn't look at it that way, though.

“I can’t focus on that stuff. Whenever I get an opportunity, I’ve got to go out here and play well,” Hill said. “That’s what I try to do. I can worry about who’s up, who’s down and who’s playing. I just got to do my part and hopefully that’s enough to get the team to win.”

It would appear it may come down to Hill and Gillislee for one roster spot and if things continue to go like they did Thursday, it doesn't seem like it will be a tough call.

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