Falcons’ Dan Quinn is ‘confident’ with Brian Hill in Devonta Freeman’s absence
The Atlanta Falcons may need one of their running backs to step up if Devonta Freeman has to miss time. After Sunday’s victory, Dan Quinn says he is ‘confident’ in Brian Hill, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.
Dan Quinn said he would feel confident with Brian Hill in a lead role if needed depending on Devonta Freeman’s foot
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) November 11, 2019
During Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Freeman was forced to make an early exit due to a foot injury. While Freeman headed to the locker room, Hill saw an increased workload in the Falcons’ offense.
As a result, the third-year running back finished with 61 rushing yards on 20 attempts on the ground. Hill also showed his ability as a pass-catcher with a 10-yard receiving touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The touchdown by Hill aided in Atlanta’s 26-9 upset over the Saints in Week 10. Now, the team’s backup running back will be asked to handle a larger share of the touches while Freeman recovers from his foot injury.
Along with Freeman, Ito Smith has already been placed on injured reserve at the running back position. Therefore, Hill is one of the only remaining healthy options for Atlanta on the roster.
Before Sunday’s game, Hill only had 10 total touches for 54 yards and one touchdown for the Falcons. Above all, Hill has never started in an NFL game in his three years in the NFL.
With that being said, the Wyoming product seems to be on track to start in his first game in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers. For the sake of his job, Quinn is hoping that Hill can continue to produce well in the Falcons’ offense once again.