Los Angeles Rams 90-Man Roster Preview: Cornerback Troy Hill

by Blaine Grisak
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The Los Angeles Rams committed to cornerback Troy Hill as a part of their future this offseason when they signed him to an extension that locks him up through 2020. Hill joined the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and has been a depth piece ever since. He’s next in our roster preview series.

2018 Season

Troy Hill had his best season to date with the  Los Angeles Rams in 2018. After starting three games in 2017 and on the roster bubble, Hill solidified himself a spot on the roster last season. Hill made seven starts and had a career-year in coverage. His five passes defended were a career-high as well as his two interceptions.

With the Rams being without Aqib Talib for much of the season, having Hill’s depth proved vital. The Rams then rewarded him with a contract extension at the end of the season. Hill is a player that the coaches are familiar with, he knows the system,  and he’s had significant playing time

Roster Battle

With the extension, it’s safe to say that Hill isn’t going anywhere. He’ll battle with rookie David Long as the first guy off the bench if Talib comes off of the field, but that’s as far as the competition will go. Hill proved his worth last season and he seems to be apart of the team’s long-term plans.

Three Plays on Tape

Troy Hill has his moments in which he’s one of the “stickier” cornerbacks in the league.  However, because he’s not able to do this on a consistent basis, and has a tendency to be picked on, is why he won’t be a starter.

This is a play from Hill’s second season, but the point still applied. Hill can be a solid No. 2 receiver for a short period of time. However, he can get beat around by the more refined receivers in the NFL. You rarely see player’s getting their ankles figuratively broken in the NFL, but Baldwin does  that to Hill here.

One thing that makes Hill valuable is that he has the ability to play both in the slot and on the outside  Here Hill lines up on the inside across from Chris Conley.  Conley is clearly going inside on a slant and Hill does an excellent job of recognizing that. However, he bites too much and  Conley sneaks behind him and Hill finds himself from being in a good position to playing catchup.

Biggest Question

Will Hill take that next step in 2019?

Hill has been a player on the roster bubble ever since he arrived in Los Angeles and this year he finally has some security with a contract. With that being said, he’ll need to prove that he has taken that next step. That’s not to say that the next step is being a starter, but being someone that can be consistently relied on when he’s needed on the field. Up to this point, he’s remained inconsistent.

2019 Outlook and Role

Hill will share the fourth cornerback role with rookie David Long out of Michigan. The former undrafted player out of Oregon has proved that he can be a good depth piece. While Long is more in the long-term picture, Hill will fill an immediate void if Talib or Peters miss some time.

Chances of Making Final Roster

The Rams committed to Troy Hill when they signed him to an extension in the offseason. Hill isn’t going anywhere this season. The Rams have a top-five set in stone at cornerback and that included Hill.

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