After 3 preseason and 2 regular season games in the books, it’s clear that Packers RB Kylin Hill needs more touches.
The 2021 7th round pick from Mississippi State was arguably the Packers best player during the preseason, recording 2 touchdowns while rushing and receiving the football effectively. Additionally, Hill has quickly showcased his play-making ability on special teams. During last Monday’s game, Hill ripped off an important 41 yard kick-return the play after the Lions had gone up 14-7 in the second quarter. The excellent field position set up by Hill’s return was capitalized by the offense as the Packers tied the game on that possession.
“He is a work in progress”, Special Teams Coordinator Maurice Drayton said on Thursday regarding Hill.
“We have miles to go, but he’s doing a great job. When you turn on his college tape and you see the way he’s able to process things, read blocks, we felt like we could build around his skill set of his vision, being able to press and get vertical.”
With only one football to go around, it can be a challenge to spread the ball around to all of a teams playmakers. Obviously, the Packers have RB Aaron Jones and at the moment, his stock couldn’t be higher as he’s coming off a four touchdown game. Packers RB AJ Dillon has yet to get going as he only has 9 carries through two games but his carries are coming. With all of that said, Green Bay still needs to get Kylin Hill on the field.
In the pre-season, Hill was shifty and quick while displaying reliable hands. Last year while in college, Hill set a school record at Mississippi State with the most receiving yards (158) by a RB in a single game while recording a whopping 15 receptions in that game as well. The 2019, 1st Team All SEC Player is talented and is already making the most of his very limited opportunities so far.
It’s also fair to question if Hill is going to take Amari Rodgers’ spot as starting punt returner. While it’s still extremely early in the season, Hill has made more of his opportunities than his fellow rookie teammate and the Packers have yet to give Rodgers any meaningful snaps on offense through two games, which speaking for myself and probably other Packers fans, has been a big surprise.
It’s the coaches job to make sure that the best players see the field. Kylin Hill has simply “Produced” since his arrival in Green Bay and I believe the Packers will find more ways to get #32 on the field moving forward.——————
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