On Monday, the Giants waived safety Will Hill after the league announced his drug-related suspension this week. The Garden State native has been suspended, without pay, for the first six games during the 2014 regular season for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Hill was undrafted in the 2011 and was later signed by the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League. Hill has been playing for the New York Giants as a free agent since 2012. During October of the same year, Hill received his first suspension for using the drug Adderall. He was listed back on the active roster in November.
This marked one of the first of many suspensions Hill would receive while playing for the Giants. During the 2013 season, he was suspended for a second time for the first four games of the season for the use of a prohibited substance. In December of 2013, Hill was arrested in New Jersey on a warrant for outstanding child support payments. The Giants however, allowed him to play against the Detroit Lions on the Sunday following his arrest.
In 2013, Hill started in ten games and played in 12, while tallying a career high 11 tackles during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles in October. Hill made big plays throughout last season in several Giants' victories.
Big Blue's safety position is not as strong with Hill gone. The most promising candidate to replace Hill's spot on the roster is Stevie Brown. Brown, however is recovering from a torn ACL and was unable to play during the entire 2013 regular season. As of now he is stated as the starting safety opposite Antrel Rolle. The Giants could also use recently signed Quintin Demps as a replacement. Demps was a former safety for the Chiefs but was signed to the Giants as a kick return specialist this offseason.