You don't have to be on the line to be hungry.
There are plenty of other players on the defense looking to eat. Defensive back Will Hill is one of them, and he grabbed a bite on Saturday night.
Last season, just 6.5 of the team's 48.0 takedowns came at the hands of players other than linemen. Of those, just 1.0 was from a member of the secondary (safety Deon Grant). So far this preseason, the backfield has gotten to the quarterback in consecutive games.
"The secondary is holding up the receivers so the defensive line can eat," Hill said after the Giants' 26-3 victory over the Jets. "Then vice versa, the defensive line is coming so the quarterback has to get that ball out and we get interceptions, sacks and things like that. When we're clicking, nobody can stop us."
Rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley kicked it off last week when he got to the Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne in the first half. Hill got his on Saturday when he took down Tim Tebow midway through the fourth quarter for an 8-yard loss. It forced the Jets to punt, leading to the Giants' only touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive.
Hill, a University of Florida product, was looking to catch up with his former Gator teammate. The rendezvous on the turf in MetLife Stadium sufficed.
"It is what it is," said Hill, who played with Tebow for two years in Gainesville. "I was telling [safety] Antrel [Rolle] and all the vets, 'I got to get him, I got to get him.' I got him."
But more importantly the sack – and his 4 total tackles – helped seal the victory, which they couldn't do last week despite having a 24-7 lead at one point.
"We came back from last week when we let the game slip from us," Hill said. "So we came out and wanted to be physical with the Jets. It's a rivalry for the state here. We wanted to come out and finish what we didn't last week and close out a game."