Sunday, October 6, 2013
Hill, Beason make Big Blue season debuts
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A ravaged Giants' secondary received a jolt on Sunday as safety Will Hill played well in his season debut in the 36-21 home loss to the Eagles.
Hill missed the first four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and played a majority of the snaps Sunday. He officially started as the Giants used a three-safety look for most of the game.
"Felt real good to be out there," Hill said. "Be with my team and help them and support them and try to get the W."
The Giants had no hesitation throwing Hill back into the mix despite him missing the first four games. Hill said there was no adjustment period since he's been able to train and attend team meetings.
"Just a lot of excitement and enthusiasm," Hill said.
Hill was credited with 11 tackles, including one for loss. He saved a potential touchdown in the second quarter with a nice tackle on Eagles running back LeSean McCoy in open space. With Hill playing most of the afternoon, the Giants rarely used middle linebacker Mark Herzlich.
"I felt I played well today," Hill said. "The outcome just didn't come out the way I would've liked it to."
Sunday also marked the debut of linebacker Jon Beason, and he estimated that he played five to six snaps, all on special teams. The Giants acquired Beason on Friday from Carolina.
"It was great. I'm happy to be here," Beason told ESPNNewYork.com. "I'm eager to contribute and moving forward the more I can grasp of the defense, I hope to get in there."
With little time for Beason to learn the playbook, it was unlikely the Giants were going to give him an extended workload. The Giants ultimately didn't even use a middle linebacker that much as they instead ran their three-safety set. Keith Rivers and Spencer Paysinger were the two linebackers the team used for most of the game.
Beason said the plan is for him to play some defensive snaps on Thursday against the Bears. He likely would not play an extended number of snaps until the Giants host the Vikings on Oct. 21.
"Got to be a team player," Beason said. "Whatever it takes, wherever they put me, I'm going to go out and give a great effort and try and make a play."
Veteran offensive lineman David Diehl also made his season debut, starting at right guard, undrafted rookie Charles James was active for the first time in his career and second-round pick Johnathan Hankins debuted and had five solo tackles.