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Ravens decision to sign Will Hill paying off

Hill had the play of the game against New Orleans Monday night.

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There was minimal risk in signing Will Hill. With his off-field baggage, he came extremely cheap to the organization. And if he didn't pan out after his six-game suspension, the Ravens could simply cut him without any investment made into him.

But the reward far outweighed any risk involved. And the Ravens got quite the reward Monday night during the team's 34-27 win over the Saints.

Hill took on the task of defending tight end Jimmy Graham in many man-to-man situations. And Hill more than held his own. Graham did get two touchdowns during the game, though both came well inside the red zone. Graham finished the game with only six catches for 47 yards.

Hill also made the play of the game while covering Graham in the third quarter. Saints quarterback Drew Brees was looking for Graham while facing a pass rush from linebacker Terrell Suggs. Brees' pass was thrown slightly behind Graham, with Hill reading the play perfectly. In stride, Hill took Brees' pass the other way for a 44-yard touchdown. This put the game at 24-17 and swung the momentum in Baltimore's favor.

The Ravens will hope Hill can use this game as confidence moving forward to help shore up a secondary that has been exposed at times this season. Hill's certainly making the most of the opportunity the Ravens gave to him during the preseason when they decided to sign him.