CB Hill climb­ing up the ranks

Un­drafted free agent leads team in INTs, pass breakups and tack­les in pre­sea­son

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Edward Lee

As Ravens rookie cor­ner­back Jaylen Hill was swarmed by re­porters in the locker room un­der­neath M&T Bank Sta­dium on Satur­day night, he was also the cen­ter of his team­mates’ at­ten­tion.

Run­ning back Buck Allen gripped Hill in a bear hug be­fore the group in­ter­view be­gan. Out­side line­backer Matthew Judon bel­lowed after the first ques­tion that Hill was “da man.” And de­fen­sive back Lar­dar­ius Webb sim­u­lated film­ing the in­ter­view with his cell­phone be­fore walk­ing away with a grin.

It was the kind of scene any young player seek­ing to make in­roads with his older, more es­tab­lished team­mates cov­ets and en­joys. But Hill, who made an in­ter­cep­tion that led to the Ravens’ even­tual gamewin­ning touch­down in a 13-9 win against the Buf­falo Bills, has proved to be more ma­ture than his age of 23 might sug­gest.

“It feels good,” he said. “But like I said, this is now. I can in­dulge in the mo­ment now be­cause this is a great mo­ment for my team, but I’ve got to move on. Things are good right now, but we’ve got New Or­leans [on Thurs­day night]. So I’ve got to show up next week.” Jaylen Hill

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