With Giants S Kenny Phillips out, Stevie Brown has filled in as a starter and has racked up 7 interceptions so far this season playing alongside Antrel Rolle. Brown had two picks yesterday against the Saints. With Brown in the starting lineup, the player the Giants turned to on Sunday when they wanted to run their 3-safety sets on defense was Will Hill. I came away thoroughly impressed with Hill’s hard-nosed style of play.
In the first quarter, Marques Colston caught a pass down the seam, when he realized, “Oh crap, I’m about to get crunched.”
Presumably, Colston saw Hill coming, because he started to try to go down on his own. Unfortunately for him, the hit was coming regardless:
Hill drove right through Colston, and despite bracing for impact, Colston still fumbled:
Huge hit. On a side note, look at the play Corey Webster made while the ball was rolling around on the ground. It’s hard to show you in still shots, but he basically swatted the ball away from the pile where there were no Saints players:
Webster has no intention of recovering this ball himself. Instead he makes it easy for Antrel Rolle:
And Rolle jumps on the ball:
OK, back to Hill. Throughout the game, Jimmy Graham saw a steady diet of Jacquian Williams when the Giants were in man defense, but there were occasions where the Giants trusted Will Hill with that responsibility. I noticed two occasions where Hill was matched up one-on-one with Graham, and Brees threw to Graham both times. Here’s Hill out on an island with Graham on 3rd and 4:
The Saints completed a slant to Graham for a first down. But later here was Hill matched up again on Graham in the slot. Hill gets a nice jam on Graham:
He’s able to stay right with Graham through his route, and Brees throws a pass that is slightly off target:
Hill makes sure Graham isn’t able to double catch it:
Here’s Hill in run support. What Hill does here is very subtle, but I loved this play. Lance Moore is coming to block Hill sort of half-heartedly. Hill has none of it. Instead of waiting for Moore to come block him, he hits Moore:
And then gets a shot in on the running back:
That’s tough safety play and awesome football.
Here’s Hill on kick coverage. You can’t really see him behind number 69 here, but that’s Hill selling out and making a diving tackle:
Here he is again with a diving tackle on a kick return:
Here’s Jayron Hosley making a tackle but Hill getting in a shot as the returner is going down:
And while he doesn’t make the tackle here, he does a nice job cutting off the inside on this kick return, and forcing the returner back to the sidelines where there are numerous Giants:
And then there was this on a Jerrel Jernigan kick return.
Hill sees a potential tackler closing in on his teammate, so he changes direction and looks to clean up on poor #44, Elbert Mack. I’ll just post the pictures in succession without commenting on each one:
The Giants picked Will Hill off the scrap heap this past offseason, but he’s proving to be a nice, versatile role player that loves to hit.