Giants rookie DT B.J. Hill has impressed early on at training camp. But the real first test comes on Thursday night when the Browns come to to town.
Hill couldn't be more excited to put his Giants helmet on officially for the first time.
"Oh yeah," he said after practice Monday when asked if he looked at this preseason bout as his NFL debut. "It's going to be my first game in the NFL and I'm just excited to get out there and compete with the best."
Hill may have the chance to compete with the best every Sunday if he continues his stellar play. He is currently slated in one of the three defensive tackle slots in the Giants' unofficial depth chart that was released on Monday. Hill has also received praise from his linemates in Damon "Snacks" Harrison and Dalvin Tomlinson.
Snacks admitted he paid attention to N.C. State's powerhouse line that featured fifth overall pick Bradley Chubb, but he didn't really know Hill until he came to the Giants. Harrison has since called Hill as one of the most athletic lineman he's seen.
"Don't let his size fool you, he's pretty athletic as well," Hill said of Harrison. "It feels good, I know he got my back. I got his back as well and I'm ready to play beside him."
Hill seems to fit nicely in defensive coordinator James Bettcher's 3-4 scheme. He seems to have picked it up quickly, and Hill couldn't be anymore happy with the style this defense allows him to play.
"I love our defense," he said. "I love the way we play. I love our style. I love just the balance of the way we're going to play this eyar. I'm going to bring whatever I've got to the table, to each game. Pass rush, stopping the run, all of it."
Though Hill is slated at the moment to start Week 1, he realizes he still needs to prove he can disrupt opposing offenses instead of his own in practice. That is why he is aiming to prove to his coaches, teammates, and fans exactly what he is made of against the Browns.
The hope is people will believe him as a three-down lineman.
"Everything from stopping the run, being physical, playing angry to rushing the passer, too, as well," Hill said. "People say I can't rush, but I can. I want to show people that I can do it all on first down, second and third down."