FOUR BITS: Hill, Tebow, Evans, Cunningham

By Adam Silverstein
June 2, 2014

1 » The New York Giants on Monday officially waived former Florida Gators safety Will Hill just days after the NFL officially suspended him for the first six games of the 2014 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Hill, who tested positive for marijuana for the second time as a professional, has now been suspended for drugs thrice in as many seasons (once for a performance-enhancing substance after testing positive for Adderall). The Giants gave Hill a chance despite his character flaws, signing him to a free agent contract in 2012 (after he went undrafted in 2011) and providing him with plenty of avenues for counseling and help should he need it during his tenure with the team. New York was willing to overlook his first transgression in 2012 as Hill claimed he needed Adderall for his attention deficit disorder but was perturbed when he was caught smoking marijuana in 2013. Three suspensions were simply too much for the Giants to stomach, even if Hill did amass 115 tackles (89 solo), two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), four pass defenses, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in two seasons.

2 » Quarterback Tim Tebow has not played a meaningful NFL snap since 2011 but has not given up on his dream of playing professional football even though he’s accepted a new role as analyst for the SEC Network. “I’m training every day and feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been,” he told The Tennessean. “I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I’m just excited about whatever the future holds. Who knows what could happen? But I’m excited about it, though.” Tebow will return to Gainesville, Florida, on Sept. 13 as the Florida-Kentucky game will be featured as the host of his SEC Nation game day program.

3 » Jacksonville Jaguars safety Josh Evans will be a step behind the competition as he works to earn a starting job as a second-year player. Evans, who totaled 58 tackles (47 solo) and a pass defense as a spot starter for the Jaguars last season, has been ruled out for organized team activities and mini camp after undergoing surgery to repair a bone spur in his foot. He is expected to be healthy and therefore a full participant in training camp but will certainly have his work cut out for him if he hopes to start for Jacksonville at the beginning of the 2014 season.

4 » Picked up from the scrap heap by the New York Jets at the tail end of last season after being released by the New England Patriots in the offseason and San Francisco 49ers during the 2013 campaign, linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was singled out by the New York Post as a standout during OTAs last week. “You can see his speed and he looks the part,” explained beat writer Brian Costello. “The jets once got something out of Aaron Maybin for a brief time. It’s possible Rex Ryan could figure out how to do the same with Cunningham.” He played in two games last season for New York but is also completely expendable considering he is set to earn $730,000 in 2014 and the Jets have a number of other players competing for his roster spot.


  1. Daniel M. says:


  2. Dave Massey says:

    Will Hill can go meditate and smoke the ganja with Ricky Williams now. I only make about 100K a year and couldn’t imagine ever taking the chance to lose that to smoke some weed as I am subject to drug tests just like him. He knew he was going to be tested frequently since he was caught twice already. And still does it anyways and pees away millions of dollars, I just don’t understand people like this. I have no sympathy for any of these guys that do this, JUST SAY NO!

    Hey Adam,
    Is there any news on whether Bright House/Comcast is going to be picking up the SEC Network. U-Verse is not available where I live and had very poor from DirectTV when I tried it once. Definitely not signing up for two years with them again. Thanks.

  3. Gatoralum88 says:

    Tebow & Hill, two players on opposite ends of the character spectrum who’ll likely never play another NFL down again for such different reasons.

    While Tim is my all-time favorite Gator & prominently showcased in the “Gator room” of my home he needs to read the writing on all NFL walls. No one wants him. That’s why he hasn’t received a legitimate call in well over a year. Getting cut by New England & looking so awful during that pre-season was his “final straw”. Besides, teams no longer want any part of the ridiculous circus that seems to follow him for the off chance they could potentially fix his dreadful accuracy problem. No one is buying any tinkering in his delivery they may see in a private workout. That ship has sailed & sank too many times already for teams. He’s proven time & time again that he’ll revert back to his old form once the whistle blows. If he REALLY wants to play & improve his accuracy he should put pride side & consider Canada or Arena ball. He MUST prove himself at that level in order to get another shot in the NFL. Otherwise, he should let it go & continue enjoying his Rock star status as an SEC legend & face of a new network.

    Hill, meanwhile, has bigger problems than just getting cut. At this point, he needs some sort of drug treatment program or his life may spiral downward quickly. NO team will sign him with hopes he’ll be reliable & trustworthy AFTER serving a 6 game suspension upon signing him. NFL truly stands for “Not For Long” for dumb-a$$’s like him. Like Dave, I have no sympathy.

    • Dave Massey says:

      Hate to agree with you on TT but you are right. Hard to believe the guy completed almost 70% in college. Just goes to show you there is still a huge difference at least at QB between NFL and college. And the attention he will bring if anyone gives him a chance will be disrupting to the team, so not likely to happen. Great Gator and will always love him though, he always did the right thing.

      Hill was offered extensive drug treatment programs as part of the CBA and he chose to “do his own thing”. He had the same issues at Florida but Meyer tolerated that kind of behavior and covered it up for him and many others, another subject for another time, and maybe that leaves Florida partially at fault for what has happened to him. Ohio State deserves everything they get from the Urbanator. He may have won two NC’s but he caused a lot of harm in the process, win at any cost attitude. He’s just as dirty as Hernandez, Hill, et al and I will never miss him and his lying ass.

    • Daniel M. says:

      Oh man, I’ve been saying the exact same thing for a while. I expressed these sentiments on Gatorsports and the Facebook internet mob freaking attacked me. People don’t understand that the “leadership” angle just doesn’t play with pro athletes. Leadership to them is displayed primarily by performance. And that’s something that, aside from a short run of games with Denver, Tim lacks. The internet/media is supposed to provide you helpful exposure. Tim was just flat out overexposed and that is mostly of his own doing.

      First and foremost, if you can’t/don’t read NFL defenses you don’t last in the NFL.

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