So I have a theory, please keep in mind it's just that a theory. Peyton Hillis began the season in the Dog house because of some fumbles in the preseason. There may be other factors in practice as well that we don't know about but was virtually irrelevant until last week when he played in junk time. Last season he showed skill at running back and as a receiver from the fullback position, and McDaniels knows this as well.
Regardless of some questionable play calling in a few games McDaniels game planning has been superb, the wild horses in New England is an excellent example, and you have to assume he has a trick or two planned for the play-offs. Perhaps one of those planned tricks is to release Hillis, not as a running back unless injuries force him to because we have Moreno and Buck, but possibly in the fullback receiver position.
Him being in McDaniels doghouse early doesn't mean his talents will be ignored, we saw that with Marshall, who started the season in the dog house, even being benched, yet yesterday set an NFL record for receptions (which would have been way better had we won).
So now that its late in the season, perhaps McD has decided to wait 3 weeks before unleashing Hillis, as it seems likely that we will make the playoffs as a wild card. I don't think the offense will revolve around him in any means, but he could be a huge 3rd down/red zone option that may increase the redzone/3rd down performance.
Again, Just a theory, maybe I am wrong, but what if I am right, how awesome would it be if when we reach the playoffs Hillis can help us win a game or 2? Remember his sudden appearance as a receiver against Miami last year?
Jesse D Forrer