Saints News | New Orleans Saints | NewOrleansSaints.com

Saints tight end Josh Hill looking to continue to grow in his role

Hill spoke to the media during his visit to Ethel Schoeffner Elementary School

Photos of Josh Hill from the 2014 season. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)

New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill visited Ethel Schoeffner Elementary in Destrehan on Tuesday for the Saints Gatorade Junior Training Camp Program and NFL's 'Play 60' campaign. After talking to students, Hill spoke with the media.

On Hill's role on the team for the upcoming season following the trade of tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks, he said, "I think it might open a few opportunities for me as I continue to grow in my role and just do everything they ask me to do."

Hill said he doesn't feel too much pressure with Graham's departure.

"Obviously, there is that pressure and I'm going to accept that and try to keep the same mentality and do what they ask me to do and that's it," he said.

Hill came to the Saints undrafted out of Idaho State. Graham helped play a role in Hill's transition into the NFL.

"It's a big difference, especially coming from a smaller school and a smaller city," Hill said. "He was always there for me. We became pretty good friends over the past few years so it will definitely be different without him."

Hill, who is 6 feet 5 and 250 pounds, has been praised by Saints Coach Sean Payton following a productive 2014 season. Hill played in all 16 games and caught 14 passes for 175 yards with five touchdowns.

"Josh Hill is a player that we value a lot," Payton said last week at the NFL annual meeting. "He's not on anyone's fantasy first three rounds, I promise you, but he's a real good tight end. He's versatile in the running game, in the pass receiving game, a special teams player."

New Orleans Saints tight end Josh Hill talked about his new role on the team following his visit to Ethel Schoeffner Elementary in Destrehan on Tuesday for the Saints Gatorade Junior Training Camp Program and NFL's 'Play 60' campaign.

"I think it might open a few opportunities for me as I continue to grow in my role and just do everything they ask me to do," Hill said when asked about the trade of star tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks.

But Hill said Graham's departure hasn't been too much pressure on him.

"Obviously, there is that pressure and I'm going to accept that and try to keep the same mentality and do what they ask me to do and that's it," he said.

Hill came to the Saints undrafted out of Idaho State. Graham helped play a role in Hill's transition into the NFL in his first two seasons.

"It's a big difference, especially coming from a smaller school and a smaller city," Hill said. "He was always there for me. We became pretty good friends over the past few years so it will definitely be different without him."

Hill, who is 6 feet 5 and 250 pounds, has been praised by Saints Coach Sean Payton following a productive 2014 season. Hill played in all 16 games and caught 14 passes for 175 yards with five touchdowns.

"Josh Hill is a player that we value a lot," Payton said last week at the NFL annual meeting. "He's not on anyone's fantasy first three rounds, I promise you, but he's a real good tight end. He's versatile in the running game, in the pass receiving game, a special teams player."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.
Advertising