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Old 03-06-2012   #140
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More film study on Hill.

(Continuation of the UNC game).

3rd Qtr

(3rd and 5) Washington, T. pass complete to Hill, S. for 25 yards to the GT49, 1ST DOWN GT (Merletti, M;Boston, T).

Hill lined up in the left slot (there was a wide-out on his outside) and ran a curl route.
Hill did a good job finding the soft spot in the 3-deep zone, turned to the inside, but reached back somewhat to catch the ball to the outside.

This was supposed to be a inside curl route, but Hill ended up catching the ball to the outside (hence adjustment) due to the fact that the sinking LB did a good job tipping the ball barely off his fingertips.
I couldn't tell for sure from the freeze frames whether the LB actually touched the ball, but at the least, he was very close to it.
And the trajectory of the ball seemed to be a little off line.

Instead of giving Hill credit for his concentration, the blogger "lamented" that Hill "body-caught" the ball. I think that's over-scrutinizing.
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The next play was around the 6:10 mark in the third quarter;
it was in the blogger's video, but he didn't mention it.

(1st and 10) Washington, T. pass complete to Hill, S. for 8 yards to the GT39 (Smith, J;Lipford, D).

Hill lined up wide to the right and caught a simple swing pass.
He did a good job making 2 guys missed, but the third guy came (and one of the guys who missed also came back.)

This play showed Hill's hip flexibility as he made the cuts and turns.
That was a pretty wicked cut he put on the LCB there.
He made the last 5-6 yards on his own, dragging defenders with him.

That is as strong as I've seen from any receiver in this draft class.

Also, on the replay, notice the double move he put on at the beginning of the route. He induced the CB to open up his hip and take a couple of steps back. That was enough to hold off the CB away from the LOS for Hill to catch the ball (seperation.)

There were a couple "NFL" moves in that one short play.

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The next play wasn't in the video' it was similar to the previous play.
It shows that Hill knows how to make it easier for him to catch the swing pass.

(1st and 10) Washington, T. pass incomplete to Hill, S..

Hill lined up just inside the numbers on the left, on the opposite side from the above-mentioned swing pass.

He took a long faked step forward then retreated to wait for the swing pass.
Again, he induced the CB to open up his hip and moving backward.

The QB threw the ball forward past the LOS, way too far for Hill to catch the ball.
The CB reacted back very well even after the good move by Hill.
This one was on the QB.

Hill can run routes better than he's giving credit for.
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