B.J. Hill
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New York Giants second-year defensive lineman B.J. Hill is still motivated to improve despite this season’s struggles.

One of the bigger disappointments for the 2019 New York Giants defense has been B.J. Hill. The defensive lineman had a promising rookie season, finishing second on the team with 5.5 sacks. Fast forward to this year and he’s been relatively quiet. Hill has just 26 combined tackles and zero sacks through the first 10 games.

His lack of production has actually caused him to lose his starting spot to the newly-acquired Leonard Williams. Despite that being a discouraging event, Hill is staying positive. Ultimately, the second-year pro is focusing on improvement, no matter what role he finds himself in.

“I just come here and do my job, whatever the coaches tell me to do,” the 2018 third-round draft selection said, per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. “Either way, I’m going to work as hard as possible. Whatever happens, happens.”

The Giants now have four primary defensive linemen rotating in a 3-4 set. Along with Hill and Williams, New York also fields third-year pro Dalvin Tomlinson and rookie Dexter Lawrence. That being said, the four defensive frontmen learning how to work with one another is a must.

“I’ve been all over, playing almost every position on the D-line. I can play them all,” Hill said. “I think the whole defense is still learning how to play with each other. On the D-line, we are all young, but we still have to go out and make plays.”

Hill and the Giants will look to win their first game since Sept. 29 this Sunday. They kick-off against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field at 1 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.