NASHVILLE – Brian Hill has great familiarity with new Titans receiver Julio Jones, his teammate with the Falcons.
And, speaking of familiarity, Hill reminds many of his new teammates in Tennessee of a former Titan, Corey Davis.
All of this collided in his first few months since joining the team.
"Like everybody else, I am excited to have Julio on this team," Hill said of the seven-time Pro Bowler, his teammate in Atlanta the last three seasons. "He brings everything to a team – the leadership role, he is not bigger than the team. He is a star receiver in the NFL, and he is going to block like a tight end, and that is rare. He is going to do whatever he needs to do to help this team win."
As for his resemblance Davis, well, Hill can't help but smile about that subject.
It turns out his likeness to the former Titan, who joined the Jets in March after four seasons in Tennessee, has become a running joke ever since the running back signed with the Titans back in May.
"Right now, I am just trying to get everyone to stop calling me Corey Davis," Hill said with a smile. "Everybody in the organization thinks I look like him. I don't think (I do), but enough people have told me that, I am starting to believe it."
A fifth-round draft pick of the Falcons in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Wyoming, Hill has played in 45 games in his NFL career. In those games, Hill has racked up 982 yards and three touchdowns on 209 carries while catching 38 passes for 313 yards and a score.
The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Hill is now competing for a back-up spot behind running back Derrick Henry.
"Tennessee is obviously a great fit for anybody who likes to run the ball," Hill said. "I love the culture here – they harp on hard work, effort and conditioning, and that is really what I have built my career on. I feel like as long as I keep being me, me and this team is going to be a great fit."
Titans running backs coach Tony Dews said Hill has been a great fit so far.
Fullback Khari Blasingame agreed.
"Brian, first and foremost, is a great human being," Dews said. "He's been a pleasure to be around as a person. He does a great job in the meeting room, in meetings, taking it all in. And he is fun to be around. … He brings some versatility to the group, and he has obviously done it for a number of years in Atlanta as a runner, and he has shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield as well as protect. … I am excited to see what he looks like when he puts pads on and see where it goes from there."
Added Blasingame: "Brian is a professional. He comes to work, does job, works hard. He's a cool dude, man. He fits in well. I like being around him."
Hill said he's ready to work for what's next.
Behind Henry, the Titans also have running back Darrynton Evans, Jeremy McNichols, and Mekhi Sargent, along with fullbacks Blasingame and Tory Carter.
With the Falcons in 2020, Hill ran for 465 yards and a touchdown on 100 attempts while catching 25 passes for 199 yards.
"What I did last year doesn't really matter, I am trying to improve on that. I am coming in trying to be a better back than last year," Hill said. "Now that I am here, I just want to help the team however I can, whether that's on special teams or offense. Whatever they ask of me, that's what I'll do."