Kylin Hill helped set up a Packers touchdown with a spectacular 41-yard kickoff return.
While his opportunities on offense remain limited with Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon ahead of him, he stepped up on special teams in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions.
Shortly after T.J. Hockenson gave the Lions a 14-7 lead, Hill returned the kickoff 41 yards and made an impressive move down the sideline before hurdling over the kicker.
The return shifted momentum the Packers’ way, giving the offense excellent field position at their own 44-yard line. It’s the type of special-teams play we didn’t see from Green Bay enough last season.
The Packers made the most of the good field position, marching down the field before Aaron Rodgers found Aaron Jones for a game-tying touchdown. It was the second time the two connected for a touchdown in the contest, this time making the game 14-14.
Hill, a seventh-round pick selected 256th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, was outstanding in the preseason and could have a bright future in Green Bay.
The Packers’ defense has struggled throughout the game with the Lions’ offense making it look easy. After re-taking the lead, Green Bay needed someone to shift the momentum. Hill made it happen with a return that got a packed Lambeau Field crowd roaring.
The offense made the most of the field-position advantage, quickly putting points on the board to get right back into the game.
Hill has a great future ahead of him. If he can keep making big plays on special teams, he’s going to help the Packers win games.
One thing is for sure, the Packers are in a tough game against the Lions.