Stephen Hill Fantasy News
Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 12:21pm
This is Year 3 for the Jets' talented, but inconsistent WR Stephen Hill, which means it's time to earn his scholarship. He showed positive signs in the spring, and he'll probably have a solid training camp. The problem is maintaining it into the season. The former second-round pick tends to fade when the pads go on, resulting in a Mr. August reputation. It's all there for him. He could win a starting job with a strong camp or he could play his way out of a roster spot if he regresses.
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Monday, June 30, 2014, 8:42pm
The Jets have thus far stopped short of labeling the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Stephen Hill a bust, but they did make it a priority this offseason to upgrade their receiving corps, first by getting Eric Decker in free agency, then by selecting three more wideouts in the draft. The message was plain: By no means would Hill be guaranteed a roster spot in 2014.
That's not to say the Jets aren't still doing what they can to help Hill become the player they traded up four spots to get two years ago.
The priority for Hill, first and foremost, is staying healthy and getting his knees to cooperate. His rookie year was cut short by arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and last season constant swelling in both knees eventually landed him on injured reserve again.
Hill also has to learn how better to use his speed. Part of the reason the Jets so coveted Hill during the 2012 draft was the blazing 40-yard dash time (4.36 seconds) he ran during the combine that winter, the story points out. But speed is only a part of effective route running for a receiver, and that will also be key in Hill's progress. For now, he's ranked just 91st on our list.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 11:53am
Brian Costello of the New York Post predicts that David Nelson will win the Jets' WR2 job: "Nelson is in the mix to be the team’s No. 2 wide receiver. The Jets have several guys fighting for the spot, but Nelson appears to be the favorite judging from OTA and minicamp snaps.
"The starting job is not guaranteed for Nelson. His roster spot is not even guaranteed. He is battling Stephen Hill and draft picks Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans and Quincy Enunwa. But Nelson is a professional receiver, something those others have not proven, so I would give him the edge in winning a starting job."
The team has far more invested in Stephen Hill, and by most accounts he has had a great offseason and is fully healthy. Jeremy Kerley is probably the most accomplished receiver in the bunch, but the Jets may want to use him solely in the slot. This is a position battle to monitor during camp.
Jets WR Stephen Hill makes a 'strong impression' at minicamp
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:05am
The race to be the Jets' No. 2 receiver has a long way to go, but Stephen Hill made a strong impression at minicamp. Not only did Hill perform on the field but he said all the right things in the locker room. He caught a lot of balls and didn’t have a drop. The rest of the picture is pretty murky: None of the three draft picks really stood out positively more than the others. Shaq Evans, back from finishing up a Scandinavian literature class at UCLA, had quite a few passes in his direction hit the ground. David Nelson also got some first-team work.
Friday, June 20, 2014, 6:05pm
NJ.com listed Jets WR Stephen Hill as a "stud" in an article devoted to studs and duds: The 2012 second-round pick moved well and caught what was thrown to him. Can he finally keep it up when it's time to strap on the pads?
Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:59pm
Who's the Jets WR2? Don't be surprised if Stephen Hill (yeah, him) emerges as the starter opposite Eric Decker. Right now, I'd say the top candidates are Hill and David Nelson, figuring Jeremy Kerley will be in the slot. Clearly, this is a make-or-break year for Hill, who has yet to transfer his elite measureables into production. Hill did fine in the OTAs. but, remember, there was no press coverage (not allowed under CBA rules).
Even if Hill starts, Kerley is likely to have more fantasy value. He's a solid slot receiver and could earn more snaps on the outside if/when Hill falters.
Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:26pm
"It's a little early to label him as a bust," wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal told the New York Daily News. "When I think of bust, I don't think of him that way. I have seen players who are higher picks that were busts because of their own laziness. Those are busts."
"I have a hard time labeling a guy a bust when he's done everything in his power," Lal went on. "Luck in terms of injuries hasn't been on his side. Therefore, he hasn't produced consistently. And he's still only 23 years old."
Saturday, May 24, 2014, 8:53am
"I'm excited about it," Hill said. "I have no issues, so I'm definitely excited about that. It's definitely a plus."
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 11:58am
The Jets' brain trust is skeptical of Stephen Hill’s ability to become a reliable piece to the puzzle in 2014 and beyond, so it’ll be incumbent upon GM John Idzik to help fortify the offense with at least one big-bodied pass catcher in the draft.
Monday, December 30, 2013, 8:08pm
Friday, December 13, 2013, 5:43pm
Stephen Hill’s disappointing sophomore season has come to an end.
The Jets placed the wide receiver on IR Friday with a knee injury. Hill has been banged up through much of the year. He was downgraded to questionable last Friday before being inactive against the Raiders.
Hill is a buy low candidate in dynasty formats. He has a unique physical tools, but needs to progress as a receiver. Getting improved QB play wouldn't hurt either.