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Biggest revelation: Will Hill looks great
Safety Will Hill has always been a talented player, but his off-field issues have been cause for concern over the years.
Hill has seen multiple suspensions, including a recent six-game sentence (for violating the league's substance-abuse policy) that got him booted from the New York Giants. It was too bad for New York, which saw Hill have a nice season in 2013.
The former Florida Gator ranked third at his position over at Pro Football Focus (subscription required), and it looked like the Giants had a good find on their hands. Unfortunately, his knuckle-headed tendencies off the field sunk that idea.
He landed in Baltimore after he was cut, a reclamation project for the Ravens. So far, it seems like the reward has been worth the minimal risk, as Hill has been quite good in camp, per The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson:
Since his arrival, Hill has been impressive enough that Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees has lamented that the former New York Giants starter is suspended for the first six games for his third violation of NFL drug policies.
"[I wish] he was eligible for the first game," Pees said. "I’ll tell you what: That guy is really a good, good football player. He’s big, he’s fast, smart and been great in the classroom. You talk about a guy coming over from another team catching on.
"Day One, he walked out there and kind of knew what was going on just from sitting in the classroom taking notes and getting back in the playbook and seeing what we have. He’s an impressive guy."
It is unfortunate Hill is suspended to start the season, but the team's quest to replace Ed Reed may have finally come to an end if Hill is truly on the straight and narrow.