Job Battles: Not Yet Over the Hill
Job Battles: Not Yet Over the Hill

This article is part of our Job Battles series.

Here are some training camp competitions that have changed since last week's entry. The blurbs are listed in a generally descending order of fantasy significance. The players are listed left to right in descending team seniority, rather than favored status.

Mike Gillislee vs. Jeremy Hill, RB, NE

This entry is misleading in that it's positioned as the most fantasy-significant blurb in this list, but that primarily pertains to the injured player whose absence propels whatever value of the players named. Sony Michel's knee injury is the headline, in other words.

Still, unimpressive as they might be, Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill need to be accounted for with Michel on the shelf following a "cleanup procedure" to his knee. ESPN's Mike Reiss reported that the injury will keep Michel out for at least 10 days, but the absence of a firm timeline leaves open the possibility of a somewhat indefinite lack of availability for Michel. Even as a first-round pick, Michel's rookie status makes him particularly vulnerable to lost practice time, and even a best-case scenario for him probably entails a slow start to the season.

If Michel is unavailable for health or preparation reasons, the Patriots would seemingly have a sizable opportunity up for grabs for Gillislee and Hill, the only other runners on the roster who project for running between the tackles. If either does particularly well in their audition, they could make for an irritating touchdown vulture all season, even after Michel's return.

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