Cincinnati Bengals High 5: Five questions with Brian Hill

Joe Mixon is no longer the Cincinnati Bengals running back with the most impressive college stats after the team signed Brian Hill off the Atlanta Falcons practice squad on Tuesday.

A fifth-round pick of the Falcons, Hill gives the Bengals depth in the backfield after Jeremy Hill elected to have season-ending ankle surgery.

In three seasons at Wyoming, Hill set the school career records for rushing yards with 4,287. No Cowboys player had ever topped 3,000 before Hill arrived on campus. Hill also set the school record with 34 career rushing touchdowns, and he owns the single-season marks for rushing yards (1,860), rushing touchdowns (22) and touchdowns (22).

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A little more than 24 hours into his tenure with the Bengals, Hill sat down an answered questions about his journey from Wyoming to Cincinnati for this week’s Bengals High 5:

Q: Running backs coach Kyle Caskey said when he scouted you he wrote down that you were best pass blocker in the draft. Is that something you pride yourself on?

A: Every running back wants to run the ball, but last year one of our main focuses was keeping (Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen) upright. So I had to take on a little more of that blocking role, just to make sure he didn't get hurt.

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Q: From what you can tell in just a couple of days, how similar is this Bengals system to what you were running in Atlanta?

A: It has some similarities, but other things are different. And it's a new language, so I've got to get used to that. Once I get the plays down, I should be able to be in the rotation. Right now (Wednesday afternoon) I've got the run plays down and the protection down. I need to get the routes down to go with the protections.

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Q: How excited are you for this opportunity to go from a practice squad to an active roster?

A: I'm definitely excited. I knew while I was on the practice squad in Atlanta that I just had to stick it out and wait my turn. I also knew that Atlanta wasn't the only team that could bring me up. So I just had to keep practicing hard and stay ready because just like n now, my name could be called up at any moment.

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Q: There aren't any Wyoming guys in this locker room, but do you have any sort of prior relationship with any your new teammates?

A: I played against Nick Vigil at Utah State. I played against both him and his brother (Zach) my freshman year and played against Nick my sophomore year. But that's about it. I went into Atlanta with kind of the same thing, didn't know anyone in the locker room, didn't play against anyone. But it was cool. And now I know what to expect coming in. I was real nervous coming into Atlanta, my first time in the NFL. Coming here I'm a little more calm. I know how a locker room is. Not, per se, this locker room. But I know how an NFL locker room works. I'm just coming in and trying to focus on the plays.

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Q: What do you know about Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard?

A: I've been watching Giovani in the league for some time now. I know about Joe from college. He had highlights on TV every other weekend. I know there's two good running backs here and I'm just hoping to come in and add to the talent pool.

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