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Lex Hilliard | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/30/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 235
College: Montana
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Jets placed RB/FB Lex Hilliard (broken scapula) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Hilliard sustained the injury in Tuesday's camp practice. He was expected to lose out to seventh-round rookie Tommy Bohanon for the fullback/special teams role anyway. Hilliard, 29, will collect his full $715,000 base salary this season and then hit the open market in March. Wed, Aug 21, 2013 10:11:00 AM

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Jets re-signed RB Lex Hilliard to a one-year contract.

The Jets stem their tide of free agent losses with a special teamer they signed off the street in October. The soon-to-be 29 year old will fight for a roster spot in camp.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 04:30:00 PM

Jets signed RB Lex Hilliard.

Hilliard has been primarily a special teamer throughout his career. He has experience in Tony Sparano's offense, though, and could step in at fullback with John Conner (hamstring) out.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 05:29:00 PM

Patriots signed RB Lex Hilliard and waived C Matt Tennant.

Hilliard has been primarily a special teamer throughout his three-year career with the Dolphins. His addition could be a sign that Shane Vereen (foot) is in danger of missing the season opener.
Tue, Sep 4, 2012 05:30:00 PM

Vikings waived or released RB Lex Hilliard, FB Ryan D'Imperio, OL Chris DeGeare and Kevin Murphy, WR Emmanuel Arceneaux, DE Nick Reed, DE Jeff Charleston and DT Trevor Guyton.

Hilliard's release speaks more about the progress of Jordan Todman than it does Adrian Peterson's knee rehab. Todman will be the No. 3 running back on paper and could be the No. 2 guy if Peterson doesn't play a major role in Week 1. A seventh-round pick, Guyton should be stashed on the practice squad if he clears waivers.
Fri, Aug 31, 2012 06:20:00 PM

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Vikings RB Lex Hilliard is "tightening his grip" on the No. 3 job.

Hilliard is a 28-year-old journeyman who doesn't offer a ton at tailback, but is versatile enough to chip in at fullback and on special teams. He currently holds the edge on Jordan Todman, who is dealing with a sprained ankle. With Adrian Peterson clear of active/PUP, Hilliard won't see many offensive snaps this season.
Mon, Aug 13, 2012 08:55:00 PM

Vikings agreed to terms with RB Lex Hilliard, formerly of the Dolphins.

A versatile, No. 3-running back type, Hilliard goes 5-foot-11, 240 and can play fullback, tailback, and contribute on special teams. He only earned 39 carries in three seasons with the Fins, averaging 3.3 yards per rush. Hilliard will compete for a roster spot behind Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart.
Sun, Mar 18, 2012 09:19:00 PM

Dolphins did not tender restricted free agent RB Lex Hilliard.

Though he was a favorite of the Tony Sparano coaching staff, Hilliard never assumed more than a special teams role in Miami. His exit gives CFL import Jerome Messam a better chance to make the 2012 roster.
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 12:40:00 PM

Lex Hilliard was not used as the Dolphins' goal-line back in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

For some unknown reason, the Dolphins identified Steve Slaton as their goal-line back and used him in that role three times. That left Hilliard with two touches for 11 total yards. It shows an extreme lack of confidence from the coaches in Hilliard.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 05:10:00 PM

Dolphins RB Lex Hilliard is expected to have an increased role in Week 8 with Daniel Thomas (hamstring) unavailable.

Thomas will miss his third game of the season with a hamstring injury and Reggie Bush has struggled mightily inside the perimeter. While Hilliard is unlikely to out-carry Bush, his physical style makes him the favorite for redzone carries and he could be serviceable in a bye-week crunch. The Giants rank 27th against the run and allow an average of 19.3 points per game to opposing running backs this season.
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 09:11:00 AM

The Dolphins reportedly gave Lex Hilliard a "lot of practice reps" this week.

It's a concern for Daniel Thomas (hamstring) owners after the rookie back was limited all week. Salguero expects Thomas to make Miami's trip to New York, but stopped short of guaranteeing he will be active. Hilliard could be a shrewd add as somebody you could insert into your lineup on Monday if Thomas ends up sitting out, but he would be unlikely to out-carry Reggie Bush.
Sat, Oct 15, 2011 03:32:00 PM

Lex Hilliard rushed six times for 20 yards with a touchdown and added an 18-yard catch in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

The good news for Hilliard is that he executed on a one-yard touchdown plunge in the first quarter. The bad news is that he ran the wrong play and got Chad Henne hurt. Regardless, Daniel Thomas (hamstring) has a chance to be ready when the Dolphins come out of their bye in Week 6. Hilliard belongs on waivers.
Sun, Oct 2, 2011 07:54:00 PM

Lex Hilliard still expects to be given the opportunity to compete for playing time in the Dolphins backfield this year.

Hilliard has two things going for him: GM Jeff Ireland has long been a fan, and new coordinator Brian Daboll turned a back with similar size and skills (Peyton Hillis) into the Madden cover boy last season. Hilliard is facing long odds, though. He's not nearly as talented as rookie Daniel Thomas, and coach Tony Sparano left him on the bench all of last season even as the ground game struggled.
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 12:21:00 PM

Contrary to a previous report, the Miami Herald suggests the Dolphins don't see Lex Hillard as a viable starter or even a complementary back.

The Dolphins expect to add three backs via free agency and the draft, which would leave Hilliard deep down the depth chart as the fourth-stringer. A high-profile addition such as veteran DeAngelo Williams or Alabama's Mark Ingram is not only possible but probable.
Wed, Mar 16, 2011 11:28:00 AM

There is "talk" about the Dolphins giving Lex Hilliard a chance to be the feature back, according to beat writer Omar Kelly.

Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams will likely walk, but expecting Hilliard to carry the load is unrealistic. He's really just a power back that went all of 2010 without a carry. If the Dolphins really saw him as a feature back, they would have given him a chance last year. It's more likely that the Miami addresses the running back position in free agency and the draft.
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 09:30:00 AM

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QB1Jerry Lovelocke
RB1Cyrus Gray
2Darrin Reaves
3Keshawn Hill
WR11Damond Powell
WR21Ace Sanders
TE1Brett Brackett
K1Andrew Furney