Packers: 5 players who are shining at training camp
Entering training camp, it felt like the number three running back job was Kylin Hill’s to lose. After one preseason game, Hill has only pulled ahead in the positional battle. It’s still possible the Packers keep four running backs on the roster, but for now there appears to be little doubt that Hill will be the number three behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.
Hill’s work as a runner wasn’t all that impressive in the preseason opener — his five carries went for minus-two yards — but struggles along the offensive line were largely to blame. What Hill did show was his ability in the passing game, catching a screen pass and taking it 22 yards for the Packers’ only touchdown of the night.
Many believed Hill falling to the Packers in the seventh round was a steal and, so far, he’s been proving them right. The fact he has been getting plenty of first-team reps with Aaron Jones injured shows the Packers have also been impressed with his work this summer.
Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette noted on Wednesday that with Hill getting first-team reps, he “seems to have supplanted himself as the team’s third running back”.
And for good reason. Hill has looked good as a runner and even better in the receiving game. He’s also been returning kickoffs so could play a key role on special teams this year.
The question now should be whether the Packers will keep a fourth running back on the roster, because Hill looks set to win the number three job.