Saturday’s Wild Card contest against the Falcons did not end in a Rams victory, but cornerback Troy Hill has still been recognized for his performance in the contest.
The Oregon product has showcased steady improvement since Week 14 — when he began starting in place of the injured Kayvon Webster — and continued to perform at a high level on Saturday. Hill did not allow a single reception on five targets against the Falcons and recorded a team-leading three pass deflections.
“For Troy to be able to step up, even going back to the Seattle game, I thought really represented where you see him getting his hands on the ball, making a lot of plays,” head coach Sean McVay said of Hill’s development. “You could see his confidence grow.”
Hill’s performance was enough to give him a 91.7 overall grade by Pro Football Focus and earn him a spot as one of the top five cornerbacks of the week in passing coverage.
Including his Wild Card performance, Hill has been a solid contributor for the Rams defense down the stretch. And McVay said that he has continued to see the cornerback’s confidence grow with the added experience.
“Troy's a great competitor,” McVay said. “He's got great short-space quickness, lateral agility, good body control and I thought it was good for him to be able to end the year the way that he did. That should give him a lot of confidence going into the off season."