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Redskins Bring Back Running Back Michael Hill

The Washington Redskins on Monday announced the signing of running back Michael Hill, who had a stint on the team's practice squad in 2014.

Last week, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he wouldn't hesitate to bring in some competition at the running back position behind perennial starter Alfred Morris.

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.

On Monday, the team acted on that claim, signing free agent running back Michael Hill. Terms of the contract were not released.

Hill – who stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs 210 pounds – is a Missouri Western State product who has played in eight career games, all in 2013 with the Green Bay Packers (two games) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (six games).

He has nine career rushes for 23 yards, and has also showed the ability to catch the ball in limited action, hauling in two career passes for 23 yards – all with Tampa Bay.

Hill originally signed with the San Diego Chargers as a college free agent on April 27, 2013, starting a wave of roster moves over the past two seasons for the St. Joseph, Mo., native.

The Chargers released Hill during final cuts that year, and he joined the Packers practice squad in September and jumped between the active roster and practice squad for about the next month, making his NFL debut Oct. 6, 2013, vs. the Detriot Lions and also appearing the next week against the Baltimore Ravens.

He was signed to the Buccaneers' active roster from the Packers' practice squad Nov. 13, 2013, and appeared in six games with Tampa that season.

Last season, Hill was waived by the Packers during final cuts and signed to the team's practice squad. He eventually joined the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad Nov. 18 before his release a week later. He ended the season on the Redskins' practice squad, signing Dec. 9.

The Redskins are looking for a leading candidate to take over their backup running back duties after the departure of free agent Roy Helu Jr., who signed with the Oakland Raiders.

The team currently features burner Chris Thompson and the shifty Silas Redd, but Gruden said last week at the annual Owners Meetings that he wanted to create more competition at the position.

"It's very deep running back draft in my opinion, and we're excited to add another piece at some point, hopefully. We have seven picks," he said. "Hopefully one of them will be a running back, or a free agent to compete. There are some good free agents that haven't been signed yet. But, giving Chris an opportunity, Silas, Alfred, that's where it starts. And we'll add some more later on for competition."




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