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UPDATE: Per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, a team source believes the Giants will cut ties with Hill regardless of the appeal outcome.
According to Fox Sports 1 NFL insider Mike Garafolo, Giants safety Will Hill has violated the NFL’s drug policy for the third consecutive season. He will appeal, but if the accusation holds the game penalty will be substantial and potentially year-ending.
He was suspended for performance enhancing drugs in 2012 (Adderall) and substance abuse in 2013 (marijuana). Police detected the scent of marijuana in Hill’s car last January, this after pulling him over for failure to pay more than $9,100 in child support.
Hill was arguably the Giants’ most productive defender in the final 12 games last season, earning Pro Football Focus grades of 10.4 in pass coverage and 5.0 in run defense. He recorded 54 solo tackles and missed just four. There can be little debate that Hill is the most agile, instinctual, and technically sound tackler on the current Giants roster.
However, the 23-year old is putting the organization between a rock and a hard place, as usual. Hill has readily admitted the calming effects marijuana has on his mind, but following a breakthrough season one would have expected him to man up and value his playing career. Will it be “three strikes and you’re out” for the former St. Peter’s Prep hero? He’s slated to be a restricted free agent at season’s end. The re-signing of Stevie Brown could loom large after all…