Monday, June 2, 2014
Big Blue Morning: Will Hill reset
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
I was off Friday, so I wasn't around to comment on the news that New York Giants safety Will Hill has been suspended for the first six games of the 2014 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. You likely remember that Hill was suspended for the first four games of last season for the same, and that even that wasn't his first drug suspension. When the news broke several weeks ago that Hill had failed another drug test, there was a chance that he could have been suspended for the full season. The fact that he wasn't indicates that the league believed his explanation during the appeal process.
Obviously, from an on-field standpoint, it's better for the Giants that Hill is suspended only six games instead of 16. Of course, that only matters if Hill remains in the Giants' 2014 plans. To this point, I have not heard anything to indicate that he is not. The organization has supported Hill through tough times over the past couple of years and signed him knowing he came with dicey off-field issues. During the appeal process, teammates spoke in support of Hill, and he's been practicing with the team during offseason workouts. It's possible that this third drug suspension in three years could convince the Giants to cut ties with Hill -- that is news that still could come at some point down the road even if this story doesn't take another turn. But there's no indication that they're leaning that way.
At this point, actually, the Giants are invested in Hill. Not long-term-contract invested, of course, and at this point you have to think it's unlikely that the Giants or anyone else will be any time soon, since Hill can't be trusted to play a full season. But the Giants have an investment of time and support in Hill, and it seems to me that if they don't cut him loose at this point, they're going to continue to stand by him and hope that at some point he stops getting suspended and they get 16 games' worth of the kind of stellar performance he delivered for them in the final 12 games of the 2013 season.