HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 24: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball between blockers in the first quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Jeremy Hill says any running back the Bengals draft will be his backup

Appearing on the NFL Network’s “Up to the Minute” program Wednesday evening, Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill said he was not concerned about the team bringing in the top available rushers in for pre-draft visits.

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Hill went on to deliver a message to the Bengals when host Andrew Siciliano asked about the visits by LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon and Florida State’s Dalvin Cook.

“If they want to draft a back high, go ahead and do it. They’re probably going to be my backup,” Hill said.

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Hill is entering the final year of his contract, and Giovani Bernard is recovering from a torn ACL suffered Nov. 20.

Hill, who also went to LSU, said he knows Fournette well and would welcome a chance to be teammates.

“I would love to play with him,” he said. “It would be a great backfield attack with us three. It’d be amazing.”

Hill, who averaged 3.8 yards per carry in 2016 and 3.6 in 2015 after a breakout rookie season that saw him gain 5.1 per rush, said he’s been working on his strength and agility this offseason with the goal of raising his yards per carry.

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