The Falcons had a crowded backfield last year and Devonta Freeman dominated the carries and targets out of the backfield. With Freeman now gone, there will be a lot of opportunity for the backs who remain on the roster, especially if Atlanta (surprisingly) doesn’t draft someone.
Brian Hill is probably the most logical choice to be that guy, and no matter what he figures to get some kind of opportunity in this offense in 2020 now that he’s back. Oh, yeah, Brian Hill’s back.
The Falcons placed an original round tender on Brian Hill, a restricted free agent.— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) March 17, 2020
The tender means that Hill, a 2017 5th round pick, would cost a 5th rounder for another team to pry away. If he does return to Atlanta, it’ll be on semi-affordable one year deal that should clock in at a bit over $2 million, with a chance to improve on his 78 carries, 323 yards, 3 total touchdowns, 10 grabs, and 69 receiving yards. With Ito Smith working his way back from a lost season ruined by two concussions and Qadree Ollison serving primarily as a goal line and short yardage vulture in year one, that opportunity could be huge, though I still very much expect the team to kick a second or third day pick into the position in the upcoming draft.
Given the relative cost, Hill’s flashes of strong play, and Freeman’s departure, it’s a smart move. Welcome back, Brian Hill!