Jeremy Hill talks benching after two fumbles vs. Bolts

Jeremy Hill was the most productive running back in the NFL in the final half of the 2014 season. He still ended up with a front-row seat from the bench on Sunday against the Chargers.

Hill didn't see a snap in the final 22 minutes of game time after losing two fumbles in a 24-19 win at Paul Brown Stadium. To compound matters, Bengals teammate Giovani Bernard went off as his replacement, rushing for 123 yards on 20 carries.

Hill's talent is undeniable, but he's now fumbled seven times in 18 career games.

"You could definitely start saying it's an issue," Hill said, via "I can be happy and in denial about it, but it's definitely become an issue and it has to get fixed."

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis sounded frustrated as he discussed Hill's ball-security woes.

"We can't have the back fumbling the football," he said. "Jeremy's a talented young player and we've got to keep the football. That wasn't part of his deal last year and we can't let it creep in."

Sometimes all it takes is one game to change the dynamic of a backfield. Hill has shown he can lead the show, but Bernard's performance on Sunday served as a reminder how special he can be when healthy -- something he rarely was last season.

Hill will likely remain starter, but things could change in a hurry if he puts the ball on the ground again.

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