The New York Giants have a decision to make, as safety Will Hill has officially been suspended for six games after losing his appeal with the NFL. Hill violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy again, so could his time with the Giants now be coming to end as well?
This is his second offense after he was suspended for four games last season for substance abuse. He was also suspended in 2012 for four games after failing the league’s performance enhancing drugs policy, giving him a suspension every season he has been in the NFL.
This is a huge disappointment for the Giants, as Hill has become one of the best safeties in the NFL since coming out of Florida. He earned his keep with the Giants, working his way up from special teams terror to a rotational player in the defensive backfield, and even becoming one of the best safeties in the NFL.
In 2013 Hill started 10 games in the Giants’ secondary, compiling four takeaways, one touchdown and 60 tackles. According to Pro Football Focus, Hill missed only four tackles all season. PFF also compiled stats that said opposing quarterback’s finished with a passer rating of just 62.0 when throwing at Hill in coverage. Those stats are why Hill graded out as the second best safety in the NFL last season with a grade of 15.7, second only to New England Patriots’ Devin McCourty.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, there is still a good possibility that Hill is cut before Oct. 13, the date he eligible to return. He also reported that when news broke in April, it was likely that Hill was done with the Giants after his third suspension and the Giants do not appear to be wavering. (Check out the tweets here and here)
Hill will be able to participate in the offseason program and preseason with the Giants, as the suspension will not kick in until Week 1. It is hard to imagine him lasting too much longer with the Giants, as they are known as a no-nonsense organization. While Hill is clearly talented, he obviously has his problems off the field as well, which it looks like it will cost him his roster spot with the team. It is hard to imagine the Giants giving him another chance, no matter how well he performs on the field.