The Conway Cannonball used to be the great hope among old-school football fans that a power back could succeed again in the NFL.
The heir-apparent to Mike Alstott obliged by smashing and bruising his way to over 1,100 yards and eleven touchdowns in 2010, earning a place for his mug on the cover of Madden 2011.
Unfortunately, the digital version of Hillis turned out to be much better than the real thing in 2011.
With only 587 yards and three touchdowns in a season pocked by strep throat and contract disputes, Hillis faded from the forefront of NFL fans’ minds and couldn’t have been more undercover if he had gotten the CIA job he reportedly coveted.
But now in new surroundings, he’s going to return to his face-smashing ways.
The most important aspect of his new surroundings is being surrounded by players like Jamaal Charles and his old offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. Daboll was the architect of the offense Hillis was so prolific in, and joining back up with his old coach should get him back in his bone-breaking groove.
With a shored up offensive line, one much better than he ever had in Cleveland, all signs point to a resurgence for the Animal from Arkansas.
Not to mention the two-back sets with Hillis and Charles that Daboll can dream up. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.
Final Stat Prediction: 1,070 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns, 215 receiving yards and one touchdown.