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.
“No, I don’t think so,” said Hill when asked if those runbacks would have happened on his watch.
He was asked if it was hard to watch the Giants get burned on special teams:
“Definitely because I see myself out there… I would have done this or I would have done that. But it is what it is. Now I’m here so…”
After four weeks of not playing, is he ready to step right in this week?
“Oh yeah, definitely. There’s not a doubt in my mind. I haven’t missed a step. The only thing I haven’t done is play yet.”
The Giants need his energy and expertise to help them get back on track. It all begins this week against the Eagles and Jackson. Hill was asked what he brings to the table…
“Tackling. I know tackling is one of my specialties. And my speed, just being disruptive. I can help be disruptive, maybe be that spark that the special teams needs to get things back going.”