Ravens mail: Does Will Hill's role get expanded?

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@jamisonhensley: Will Hill looked like the best safety out on the field for the Ravens, and it was his first game for them. He played 22 snaps, which was half of what starting free safety Darian Stewart received. Stewart hasn't played as poorly in his last three games, but he's a backup-type player. He's given up 16 receptions (tied for eighth most among safeties) and he's missed five tackles, including one in each of his past three games. Hill is an impact player who has the best coverage skills of all of the Ravens' safeties. I would expect the Ravens to expand Hill's role each week. It should be a matter of time before he is a starter.

@jamisonhensley: Jacoby Jones will remain the Ravens' returner Sunday, according to special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg. But the Ravens' patience and confidence has to be wearing thin after Jones' second mishap in three weeks as the punt returner. If the Ravens were to bench Jones, there are three options: Lardarius Webb, rookie seventh-round pick Michael Campanaro or practice squad player Deonte Thompson. Given Webb's injury history and lack of depth at corner, I'm not sure if the Ravens would want to risk putting Webb in that position. With Thompson, the Ravens would have to cut someone to get him on the 53-man roster. So, it would seem like Campanaro would be the next man up. You can see him being the long-term slot receiver and returner. But there is hesitation to put a rookie in such a high-pressure job like returner.

@jamisonhensley: Darian Stewart signed a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Ravens this offseason, so he will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. It's highly unlikely he'll return as a starter. The Ravens will go with either Terrence Brooks or Will Hill (who will also be a UFA) at free safety in 2015. Stewart was considered a safety net in case a young safety (which turned out to be Brooks) wasn't ready to start immediately. The Ravens felt Stewart was a better fit for their defense than James Ihedigbo, who went to the Detroit Lions in free agency. Stewart, who has history with secondary coach Steve Spagnuolo, may want to return but he'll probably have to accept a reduced role.

@jamisonhensley: Joe Flacco has to be considered in the second tier of the upper echelon of current quarterbacks. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees have clearly separated themselves with their wins, passing numbers and control of the offense. They elevate the play of everyone around them. Flacco would be in the next group that would include Andrew Luck, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson. Where he falls in that tier is up for debate. I would have him near the top of that group because he's the winningest quarterback since he entered the league in 2008 and he's won a Super Bowl. But of all those quarterbacks, Luck is the one who seems closest to take that next step.