The Giants took a leap of faith by signing Will Hill when nobody else would give the safety a chance, and stuck with the hard-hitter through two four-game suspensions.

He finally is making their gamble pay off.

The 6-foot-1, 207-pound Hill has made the most of his latest second chance, thriving at safety in four games since his return. His emergence has enabled the Giants to go with a three-safety look, which has proven successful in the past. Hill joined Antrel Rolle and Ryan Mundy in the defensive backfield as the team won back-to-back games.

In his four games, the speedy Jersey City product has 25 tackles and a big interception, which clinched last weekend’s victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia, his first career NFL start. In Hill’s first game of the season, the first contest against the Eagles on Oct. 6, he had 11 solo tackles.

“Will brings a tenacity about him that’s like no other,” safeties coach David Merritt said. “When he hits you, he actually has knock-back tackles.”

Giants coach Tom Coughlin raved about Hill and how hard he has worked to prove the Giants didn’t make a mistake — with actions, not words. The more responsibility the Giants have given him, the better he has performed.

“He’s gone about his business and we’ll stand by him and we encourage him,” Coughlin said. “I think he feels a great deal of responsibility to his teammates now, and hopefully that will just continue to grow.”
Talent was never a question for Hill.

He was a superstar in high school, an All-American and dominant two-way force for St. Peter’s Prep. He was rated as the top high school safety in the nation his senior year by all the recruiting services, and landed at Florida, playing for coach Urban Meyer.