The Washington Redskins announced Monday, March 30, 2015, the signing of free agent running back Michael Hill. Check out these photos from his NFL career.
After years of movement across the league, running back Michael Hill is hoping he can finally stick with the Washington Redskins long-term.
Michael Hill hopes his search for a long-term home in the NFL stops with the Redskins.
After a successful four-year career at Missouri Western State, where he finished with nearly 5,000 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns while also adding in 93 receptions for 882 yards and nine touchdowns, Hill's NFL journey has gone from San Diego to Green Bay to Tampa Bay then back to Green Bay before heading to Indianapolis and then finally to Washington late last season.
"That's pretty much been the story of my career," Hill told Redskins.com last week when asked of his constant movement. "I've been in a bunch of different places. Eight times now. And then my second time back here, so really I just go with the flow of things and I'm excited about this new opportunity and hopefully I can stick around here."
Hill – who re-signed with the Redskins March 30 – said all of the movement was really tough on him at first, but he has learned to turn it into a positive.
"At first it was real stressful, but I learned to make fun of it," he said. "And being around all these players, coaches, new philosophies and just new perspectives on football, I can appreciate it. It actually helped me learn more, so I take that as an advantage over other guys and I know a whole bunch and it helps me out."
While he knows he has an uphill battle in surpassing guys like Silas Redd Jr. and Chris Thompson to earn a roster spot, Hill will do whatever it takes to get there.
Whether it's helping the quarterbacks in passing situations or coming into the game on only certain downs, the 5-foot-10, 210 pounder will "take pride" in being on the field.
"All these guys are good and that's why I love it here," he said. "[I can] compete [and] not compete with just you, but they're friendly. They're your friends in here and they look after you, we look after each other, so I'm just excited to compete and find a spot."
Unlike Thompson or other running backs in the NFL who can get out in open field, stop on a dime and then explode past for lengthy runs, Hill said he isn't "too shifty."
Instead, his forte is simply overpowering guys and having a steady, patient approach.
"I'm not going to be a real flashy guy, but I think I do everything consistently," he said. "I may not be, like I said, the guy that's super crazy good, but I'll get it done and on a consistent basis."
Ready From The StartIf there has been one steading presence for Hill over the last few months it's been his work in the weight room.
Once signed to the practice squad last season, Hill was practically living in the weight room at Redskins Park over the final three weeks.
Now back for Phase 1 of offseason workouts, Hill also has a familiarity with new head strength and conditioning coach Mike Clark, too.
"I actually met Mike Clark when I was back at Missouri Western and helped move the Chiefs in when he was there," he said. "So I met him before, but I liked what we did [last week] and I'm excited about what we got going on in the weight room."