49ers Activate Ex-Falcons RB for Week 15

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The former Falcons run back to Brian Hill.

For their Week 15 match, Atlanta Falcons set up to face their old attack coordinator, Kyle Shanahan and San Francisco 49ers today.

But that’s not the only familiar face they’ll see. Need some re-run coverage with starter Elijah Mitchell out, the Niners have been activated Brian Hill from the practice team.

Hill will be assigned to play on special teams, but also act as an emergency run back behind Jeff Wilson Jr. and JaMycal Hasty. This is the second game in a row he has played with the 49ers after making his debut last week against the Bengals.

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Hill was drafted by Atlanta in 2017

Hill, the 6-foot-1, 219-pound runner, first entered the NFL in 2017 when the Falcons picked him in the fifth round (156th overall) out of Wyoming.

He played just one game for the Falcons in his rookie year before being released and re-signed with Atlanta’s practice team. Not long after that, he was picked up by the Bengals, where he played in six games that year.

But when the Bengals cut him off in the summer of 2018, the Falcons brought him back to the training team. He went on to appear in ten games that season, plus another 12 in 2019.

In 2020, Hill signed a $2.13 million contract as a restricted free agent and went on to have a career year, shooting 100 times for 465 yards and one touchdown, bronze. time there were 25 more hits for another 199 yards.

The Falcons ultimately didn’t re-sign Hill for the 2021 season, so he ended up with Julio Jones Tennessee Titans earlier this season. He didn’t get very far as he was put on the injured reserve before Week 1.

Over the four NFL seasons to date, Hill has dashed a total of 945 yards and 3 touchdowns along with 38 tackles 313 yards and 1 touchdown.


A Look at the Falcons’ Disrespectful Score Spread

Atlanta was just 2.5 points behind the Panthers last week and managed to take the lead with an 8-point win.

Both ball possessions did their part, but the defense actually got through with two interceptions, including a six pick for a 66-yard touchdown and a clumsy recovery. They also held the Panthers to 91 yards after letting them run around in Week 8. Hayden Hurst’s late comeback was also very beneficial as he scored a goal in his first game back. The Falcons even increased their playoff kick chance from 5% to 12% with the win.

Now, they’ll face the 49ers taking a 20-6 lead and a 23-20 lead in the OT round until QB Jimmy Garoppolo hits the ground with a touchdown pass to receive Brandon Aiyuk for the opening win. Similar to the Falcons, the Niners are dominant down the road, but have only recently recorded two consecutive wins at home. Facing the Falcons should be seen as an easier win for the 49ers, whose head coach has spent a lot of time as Matt Ryanattack coordinator’s. Not to mention the fact that the 49ers are a much better team than the Panthers and have the defense to take down Ryan, who suffered to zero last week.

But, December football means meaningful football and it looks like the Falcons are directing that to the heart and finally coming together. Ryan should bring back his A-match with the coach who lost his only chance at a Super Bowl. The rest of the pieces should follow him as they have in other wins. All that said, this near double-digit spread is a bit disrespectful for a team that is regrouping and going up against a team that has racked up 23 plus points in their last three games.

Let’s GO Falcons.

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John Walker

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