CB Hill climbing up the ranks
Undrafted free agent leads team in INTs, pass breakups and tackles in preseason
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