Eagles vs. Steelers: Tracking Tony Hills' Performance at Right Guard
On the first play from scrimmage Hills held his own on a bull rush from Cullen Jenkins. It was a running play that went for four yards behind left guard.
The Steelers ran a similar play on second down and Hills showed a burst to get into the second level. The play went the other direction and only went for two yards.
Play action followed and Hills effectively sealed his man to the inside as Roethlisberger rolled to the outside.
Jenkins looked to have gotten the better of him on the next play as Hills was pushed back into his quarterback but Roethlisberger moved to the side and easily avoided any pressure.
The Steelers look to be using Hills' ability to shift his feet—being a former left tackle—after running play action earlier, he effectively sealed the edge for a wide receiver screen at midfield.
Hills has impressed in pass protection. The fact that he is essentially an oversized tackle gives him an advantage in space. His aggression in the running game and ability to clamp down defenders in the passing game makes him look like a seasoned veteran.
Hills athleticism is obvious. He has been significantly better than Chris Scott was at this point last week and has faced up to what is a much more celebrated defensive line.
The only question mark over Hills after his first series, is why was he not involved in the competition from day one?
*The Steelers scored a touchdown with a pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. Asante Samuel bit on a slant route before Brown head up field and was wide open as the Eagles were blitzing.
Tyler Grisham got extended looks with the first unit while Arnaz Battle was also involved.
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