One of the more interesting additions for the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason has been free agent running back Peyton Hillis, who signed a one-year deal to team with Jamaal Charles in the backfield. Hillis has proven he can be a positive force yet last year was steeped in drama and Hillis dropped from 1,177 to 587 rushing yards from 2010 to 2011.
Now that he's back working with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll again, who coached him in 2010, Hillis is looking to return to form. Head coach Romeo Crennel took time out of training camp today to discuss the new addition.
"Hillis is a good player, he's been productive in this league catching the ball, running the ball and as a blocker at times," said Crennel. "That's a good talent, why wouldn't we be interested in a good talent like that? He was available so we added him to the team, and I think that he's going to do a good job for us."
When the Chiefs brought in Daboll, Hillis became an obvious free agent target given the hole at running back with Jamaal Charles' season-ending injury last year and subsequent rehab. Charles is at his best when there's a power tandem back, and that is exactly what Hillis can provide.
"He has some familiarity with the system because Daboll was in Cleveland while he was there,'" said Crennel. "So, Daboll knows his ability and what he can do as well. I think it's a good situation for us there."