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Patriots Reportedly Signing Big-Name Running Back

An internal view of the New England Patriots stadium.

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 26: Fireworks explode before a game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The Patriots have lost a bunch of offensive talent this off-season. They gained some back, with the reported signing of Jeremy Hill.

The 25-year old Hill visited New England today. According to ESPN's Field Yates, he will sign with the club.

Hill has spent his entire four-year NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals. The club drafted him out of LSU in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

His rookie year was his most productive. That season, he carried the ball 222 times for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns.

His production has been down since that year. He has split time with Giovani Bernard, and this season, Joe Mixon.

In 2016, Hill ran for 794 yards but did punch in a career-high 11 scores. In 2017, his yards were up to 839, and he rushed for nine touchdowns.

Hill's role with the Bengals fell off a cliff in 2017. He played in just seven games, and was just third on the team in rushing yards with 116.

Mixon led the team with 626 yards while Bernard had 458. He will join another running back-by-committee situation in New England.

Jeremy Hill will be one of four running backs that could get utilized this fall.

The Pats already have Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee, and James White on the roster. Hill effectively replaces Dion Lewis, probably New England's best running back of the last few seasons.

Lewis had 1,110 total yards and nine touchdowns for the Pats last season. He signed with the Tennessee Titans in free agency.