Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said rookie running back Jeremy Hill may get some first-team repetitions in Sunday's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, according to a report from Cincinnati.com.
The Bengals selected Hill, 21, in the second round of the 2014 draft. The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder is listed as the No. 3 running back on Cincinnati's depth chart, behind Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
Hill, who has rushed for 52 yards on nine carries over two preseason games, left Saturday's contest against the Jets with a shoulder injury.
"I think it definitely would be good," said Hill, who has carried the ball nine times for 52 yards in the first two games. "I've just been working with what opportunities the coaches have been giving me. If it is with the ones it would be great, but I'm just going to continue doing what I'm doing."
"He's worthy of playing with those guys," Jackson said.
"As long as he's doing what he needs to do I'm fine," Jackson said. "I think that's a little overrated (that he has to get reps with the first team to be in sync) – runners run."
In his final season at LSU, Hill rushed for more than 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns at 6.9 yards per carry.
The Bengals open the regular season Sept. 7 against the Baltimore Ravens.
- Chris Johnson