Will Hill's first game action of the season proved that the Ravens were smart in taking a chance on a player they knew they'd be without for six games.
Hill ended his day with two solo tackles and a crushing quarterback hit on Atlanta's Matt Ryan. Hill was able to rotate in with the safeties while only completing one week of practice. His potential for improvement and more playing time could likely increase with the additional reps he'll see in the foreseeable future.
"From what I could tell, he played well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters following Sunday's 29-7 win over Atlanta. "He flew around, made a tackle or two, I think that I saw. He eyed a couple things up, timing wise, on some pressures, if I remember right. He continued to work on communication. But for the first game, being kind of out for six weeks, it looks like he played well."
Hill saw 22 snaps in the game, with each safety rotating in various packages. Terrence Brooks and Darian Stewart both saw 44 snaps. Matt Elam saw his snaps decrease to just 22, the same number Hill got. Jeromy Miles and Brynden Trawick were on the field for one play each.
It wouldn't be much of a surprise to see Hill's snaps increase over the next few weeks. Once he's up to speed with the defense, Hill could be a crucial component to Baltimore's defense during the team's playoff push.
"I know they have a great deal of confidence in me now," Hill said after the game. "My coaches kept coming to me after every drive I was in there and let me know if I did something wrong, and they were pretty satisfied with my play."