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The NFL decided to suspend Giants' safety Will Hill for the first six games of the upcoming season. It was Hill's third?violation of the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse since he was signed by the Giants in 2012.

Hill contends that his latest infraction was a result of "second-hand smoke", a laughable defense if there ever was one:

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The Giants knew they were taking a huge chance when they signed beleaguered safety Will Hill in May of 2012. The West Orange native out of Urban Meyer's Florida program has displayed a world of talent on the field but encountered a world of trouble off it.

Since making the team in September of 2012, Hill has been slapped with two separate four game suspensions by the NFL for violating their substance abuse policy. Getting caught a third time would not be a charm for Hill or the Giants....From Rotoworld:

Hill was arrested on December 20 on a warrant related to being more than $9,000 behind on child support. The Newark-Star Ledger was recently informed that officers detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle Hill was driving. Hill has served two separate four-game suspensions since he entered the league. The next, we believe, would be an eight-game ban. Some believe the Giants could release Hill, even after he had a breakout season in 2013.
That would be a shame. Hill has turned into one of the Giants' most productive players as well as one of the league's best DBs an ST players. But .....the Giants would have little choice but to part ways with Hill should he get sacked for eight games in the upcoming season.

The Giants cannot be expected to carry Hill, or any other player, who cannot stay within the rules. It is frustrating, but he leaves them no choice. Just another thing that has gone wrong for Big Blue of late.

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The Giants embraced the role of playing spoiler in a 23-20 overtime win, but it really was the Lions that blew this game more so than the Giants actually rising to the occasion.

The loss eliminates the Lions from playoff contention. But even so, the Giants? offense looked totally inept at times ? in fact, most of the time.

Big Blue led 13-3 at halftime, and for the most part, the makeshift offense line held its own against a tough Detroit defensive front. And Jerrel Jernigan ? who was the team?s leading receiver last week against the Seahawks ? had four catches, including a great catch on his first career touchdown reception, in the first half.

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Giants safety Will Hill was arrested last night in New Jersey. He was released and is in Detroit right now with the team....

From SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano:

Hill was arrested on Friday night in New Jersey on a warrant related to child support, according to a source familiar with his situation.

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In my opinion, the Giants best player on the team so far, comes from the safeties unit. Antrel Rolle has been one of the game's premier defensive players this year and has held down the Giants backfield each and every week. Rolle has been the voice of the team for many weeks and has attempted to do his best to instill confidence in his team and reassure the fans that the team will turn their season around. Even more importantly, his play on the field and ability to adapt to different defensive formations has showcased his value to Big Blue's defense.

"Antrel is everywhere. He has played corner, he?s played strong safety, he?s played free safety, he?s played nickel and he?s done that from day one since he arrived and it?s no different this year," said safeties coach David Merritt. "That young man studies more than any safety I have in the sense that he comes to me all the time and he?s asking about certain plays and we sit and we chat about the plays that he asks about and it?s tremendous to have a kid that way."

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Entering this season,the Giants had not allowed a punt to be retuned for a TD since Desean Jackson ran a Matt Dodge delivery to end the Meltdown at MetLife on Dec 19, 2010.

This season is only four weeks old, but the Giants have already surrendered two such plays. Poor punting and poorer tackling led to embarrassing moments.

Will Hill, the second-year safety who serves as the team's primary gunner on punt coverage, is eligible to come back from serving a drug suspension this week. He feels his presence would have - and will - make a difference.

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Will Hill (photo: Tim Farrell NYDN)

Giants safety Will Hill was a once-promising Jersey City high school football star who's road to stardom was derailed by, well, him.

In 2007, several college scouting sources, including ESPN, rated Hill as one of the top incoming freshmen in the nation. Some had him No. 1 overall. That was the high point.

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Statement by an NFL Spokesperson:

Will Hill of the New York Giants has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Hill will be eligible to return to the Giants' active roster on Monday, September 30 following the team's September 29 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Fifth-year cornerback Terrell Thomas is recovering from his third ACL injury.

With three years before he hits the free agent market, Giants general manager Jerry Reese is considering new ways to use ?to use Thomas, including moving him to safety.

"Terrell obviously has the multiple knee surgeries so he will have to tread lightly on that and see where he is physically," Reese said on Thursday during an interview on WFAN. "Right now, he is still rehabbing. We will definitely reach out to him and see where he is and see if he is going to be able to try to make another comeback."

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The Giants activated safety Will Hill on Saturday and placed CB Michael Coe on injured reserve. Hill completed his four-game suspension for violating the league's PED rules this week. The team was granted a one-week roster exemption to carry Hill until they could figure out roster space for him. It didn't take that long.

Coe injured his hamstring at practice on Wednesday and became the casualty. With Kenny Phillips and Jacquian Williams not making the trip to Cincinnati, Hill returns as the gunner on special teams coverage (boy, did they miss him and Williams the past few weeks) and will provide depth at safety on defense.

 

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The Giants re-added safety Tyler Sash to the roster this afternoon, his suspension over for violating the league's policy on PEDs. That's the good news.

The bad news is another safety, Will Hill, has been suspended for the same infraction that shelved Sash and will begin a four-game stretch of his own this week. Both players tested positive for Adderall, which is on the NFL's banned substance list.

?I received a doctor?s prescription for Adderall prior to signing with the Giants,? Hill said as per the team's website today. ?Shortly after signing with the team, I was in a meeting with (director of player development) Charles Way, who reviewed the list of the league?s banned substances. I knew at that point that this may be an issue. I was tested and the results came back that Adderall was in my system. I appealed but lost the appeal. I accept full responsibility for this situation, and it won?t happen again. The Giants have given me a great opportunity when nobody else would, and I don?t take that for granted. I feel badly this has happened. I will work hard and stay in great shape these next four weeks so I can come back and contribute to this team after my suspension.?

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From our colleague Jimmy Kempski:

It?s time to start paying attention to Will Hill if you?re a Giants fan. ?He has been getting a ton of reps with the 1?s, and extra reps with the 2?s. ?It?s clear that the coaching staff really likes him. ?And how do I know that? ?Because they yell at him a lot. ?Before the play, during the play, after the play, you name it. ??Be physical Will! ?Jam him up Will! ?Jam him up!? ?If they didn?t like him, he?d be running with the 3?s. ?

They?ve been using him a lot in the box, and today he covered the slot receivers and TEs quite a bit. ?He may very well play a big role for the Giants? defense this year, ?especially with the uncertainty of Terrell Thomas? knee. ?At all 32 camps, reporters are prefacing questions by first saying ?The NFL is changing with the usage of more athletic tight ends like Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez?? and then they finish their question, usually asking how you stop those two TE sets. ?If there hasn?t already been that question posed with Will Hill in mind already, there will be soon. ?Here?s some tape of Hill in college at Florida against Georgia. ?He had himself a game:

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Transcript of Will Hill's 8/3 media session

Q: It seems like you?ve gained more playing time with some of the starting units that we?ve seen. ?What?d they say to you in regard to that?
A: Everybody has been a little impressed about my play right now. ?A lot of guys have been going down injured and things like that, so I?ve just been stepping up and playing my part.
Q: What do you think about that role that they have you in, playing down low, kind of like a nickel, two-linebacker type deal.?
A: I like it. ?I like it a lot. ?Actually, when I came in at Florida, that?s the first position I actually played. ?By me coming in here and doing that, they seem similar. ?I?m already accumulated with the position.?
Q: Coach had some good things to say about you yesterday, kind of the way you were playing. ?Can you talk about that and you making an impression in camp?
A: I have that mentality, because I wasn?t drafted or anything like that. ?I have to prove myself to not only the coaches, but the players, that I belong here. ?That?s how I go out every day and attack everything full on.
Q: Will, when you feel like you?re getting the momentum going and you?re going in a positive direction, when you?re making an impression, how do you keep it going? ?What do you work on now, just to keep it going?
A: I work on everything ? every aspect of my game. ?I always come in early in the morning to get with the special teams? coaches and my position coaches, to work on everything because I?m playing both safety positions and the nickel positions. ?So there is a lot for me to come in and to learn and also think about my kids. ?I have four boys that I have to go out and provide for, so I always think about them before anything.
Q: How old are they Will?
A: Two of them are two and one in nine months.
Q: Was there ever any point after you didn?t get drafted that you had some real doubts that creeped in, like hey, this might not happen for you?
A: Yeah, right after actually. ?I thought this is it. ?There?s a guy, Lance Adams, my best friend, he?s been with me for the past five years and he?s always been in my ear like, ?Look man, you were meant to play football. ?You had a little minor setback, just keep grinding and working and working.? ?I got amongst a great set of people as in Ray Buchanan and Sam Madison. ?Those two guys pushed me, and kept pushing me and pushing me and I?m here now.
Q: Is there a part of you as a guy that goes through that and had to work to get here that maybe plays with a little bit more than??
A: Yeah, I play with a little bit more umph that?s behind me. I had dark times. I know what?s on the other side and I don?t want to go back.
Q: You were playing faster the last couple of days. Are you getting more comfortable just in the week you?ve been here?
A: Yeah, I?m getting really comfortable because from OTAs to now, I did a lot of studying and a lot of tape/film, so by just doing that and coming out here now, it?s just the same thing. ?It?s like, it?s time to pick up speed and show the coaches that I know what I?m doing.
Q: You were physical yesterday. Any of the coaches tell you, you were too physical? ?Or no?
A: No. I haven?t played football in a year. I?ve got a lot built up in me. I need to hit somebody.
transcript courtesy Giants communications dept
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Douglas, Hill Turning Heads in Albany This Week

It happens every summer. Players come to Albany and voila! Stars are born. After the first week of camp, two players - one on offense and one on defense - have been making a lasting impression on the Giants' coaches.

West Orange native Will Hill, a safety who washed out of Florida for his questionable off-field activities, went undrafted last April. No one bothered to sign him. After a year of soul-searching, Hill was approached by the Giants for a tryout. The former HS star easily showed why he was one of the most-highly sought after recruits in 2007.

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