Jump to content

"Tye Hill hopes to make debut for Falcons"


Recommended Posts

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Tye Hill says having to stand on the sideline while healthy and watch the Atlanta Falcons' first five games has been more difficult than missing 20 games due to injuries with the St. Louis Rams.

Hill's wait for playing time could end this week when the Falcons play at Dallas. The cornerback is one of the Falcons' options to replace Brian Williams, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday night's win over the Chicago Bears.

Hill's wait for playing time could end this week when the Falcons play at Dallas. The cornerback is one of the Falcons' options to replace Brian Williams, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday night's win over the Chicago Bears.

Williams and Hill are locker-room neighbors. Hill said he didn't want his opportunity to come at the expense of his friend's injury.

"That's definitely not how you want to get put in, but this is the NFL and that's how a lot of people get their opportunities to play," Hill said Wednesday.

The Falcons traded a seventh-round draft pick in 2010 to St. Louis for Hill on Sept. 1.

Hill, who started 21 games with the Rams from 2006-08, has been inactive every week for the Falcons.

"I've sat on the sideline and watched, but I've never sat on the sideline and watched while I was healthy," he said.

Coach Mike Smith says the loss of Williams creates an opportunity for Hill, Chevis Jackson and rookie Chris Owens.

"With the loss of Brian we have to have contingency plans," Smith said.

The Falcons' unofficial depth chart released on Wednesday listed Brent Grimes and Chris Houston as the starting cornerbacks. Jackson is expected to play nickel back, the role he held in his 2008 rookie season.

Jackson replaced Williams against the Bears and gave up a touchdown pass on his first play. He said he is confident he'll be ready for a return to a more prominent role.

"If anything it's better to have a year under my belt," said Jackson, the 2008 third-round pick from LSU. "My confidence is fine. I never lost confidence. I know I can play this game. I'm a good player. I just have to go out there and perform."

Hill was the 15th overall pick out of Clemson in 2006. He started 10 games as a rookie and had three interceptions. He was limited to eight games, including seven starts, in 2007 and suffered a knee injury after starting the first four games last year.

Smith said Hill and the coaching staff have had to be patient as the cornerback learned the Falcons' defense.

"It is kind of hard, I'm not going to lie about that," Hill said, adding "I'm still learning, of course. I've only been here two months. But I'm picking it up pretty well.

"They want to make sure I learn everything. They have to have a comfort level and I also have to have a comfort level to get out there."

Hill said he is ready.

"I fully believe if my number is called I will be ready," he said. "I've been working pretty hard to try to catch up. ... It's going to be a learning process all season. But as far as being comfortable enough to play, yeah."

NOTES: RB Jerious Norwood said he expects to miss this week's game at Dallas with a hip injury he suffered in Sunday night's win over Chicago. "I doubt I'll be able to go this week," said Norwood, who did not practice. FB Ovie Mughelli (calf) also did not practice, leaving the team short-handed at running back and fullback. Smith says he hopes to have Mughelli back on Thursday. Smith says Norwood is "day to day." ... The team released QB D.J. Shockley, the former Georgia star, from its practice squad and signed former Florida State RB Antone Smith, who worked with the scout team offense on Wednesday. ... S William Moore (hamstring) did not practice and may not play this week, according to Smith.

Edited by danield
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I hope he works out, sure, we aren't out a high pick if he doesn't, but we are out a player. I hope he's atleast serviceable. I think he can shine though.

I do think Chevis can step up though, if needed. I also believe in Owens (for next season, much in the way of DeCoud this year.)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Seems promising that he had 3 picks in 10 games his rookie season. And He was with a crappy team!

He was heavily favored out of college to the point a number of board members were hoping we would pick him up with our first pick. As long as he stays healthy and fully understands our system, I am not sure why we wouldn't resign him. He is still young and has many years left to compete

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Man I swear...the Falcons give me a heart attack every year...:D

We need Hill out there because the secondary is hurting right now. I think if Jackson isn't producing during the game like the coaching staff wants him to, then I believe they'll insert Hill at NB. Our defense is vital to us making the postseason this year and I hope the secondary begins to kick it into gear starting with da Pokes.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Our offensive schemes are different from our defensive schemes.

RB is a hard position to learn. As the last line of defense in the pass protection scheme, you can be sure that the coaches will hesitate to put a player on the field who is not ready to keep Ryan clean.

Speaking of which, Ryan really dressed down Snelling last week after he blew the protection on one of the plays that ended up in an interception. I also recall that Norwood used to be weak in protection schemes, but he eventually got his act together and when he did his playing time went up a lot.

Other than DT, I don't think there is any position that is paticularly easy to learn in the NFL anymore. That is why intelligence and work ethic are large success factors in the league.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I hope he's ready this or next game. We really need someone to step up and be a legit #1 CB.

From the words that Smith has used it's sounded like Tye wasn't picking up the playbook quickly, or somehow got in his doghouse.

I like Tye's attitude though in the interviews he's given. Also Chevy sounds confident.

I think it's kinda wild that our injuries this year so far have been somewhat of a blessing in disguise...

HD goes down, we find out Weems is legit on ST.

PJ goes down, we find out JA98 belongs at DT and has potential to make a real impact.

Moore has trouble getting healthy and we see what DeCoud is capable of.

Williams goes down and we find a gem at CB?

Norwood goes down and we find a beast backup RB?]

Who knows, so far we can't really complain though.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I am surprised that Tye Hill is taking this long to learn the defense when other players start right away. Also it's not good William Moore did not practice due to the hamstring injury. All these young DB's with potential not getting their reps or starts is somewhat aggravating.

Well a lot of other players that we got on defense, like Peterson and Williams,came from Smith's system in Jacksonville, so they knew how things worked and knew the terminology and whatnot. When Foxworth came in last year, it took him about this much time, if I remember correctly. Hill should get in there soon.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Man I swear...the Falcons give me a heart attack every year...:D

We need Hill out there because the secondary is hurting right now. I think if Jackson isn't producing during the game like the coaching staff wants him to, then I believe they'll insert Hill at NB. Our defense is vital to us making the postseason this year and I hope the secondary begins to kick it into gear starting with da Pokes.

Hill said in an interview that he has never played NB before, and he hasn't been training to play the position here, so I believe that means he'll play RCB, LCB or nothing.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...