Popular opinion? It won't be long.
He says he's ready to move on. Having the opportunity to work with Carolina wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl, one of the best technicians in the game during his 17 years as a player, should be a plus.
Proehl helped turn around Ted Ginn Jr's career last season. Ginn, now at Arizona, went from two catches with San Francisco in 2012 to 36 for 556 yards and five touchdowns at Carolina last season.
Ginn was the #58 WR in standard formats last season, so if Hill can fill and expand on that role, he could work his way into fantasy relevancy again. Sometimes a player just needs a change of scenery and a fresh start.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:44pm
This 2014 Jets receiving corps has a chance to dramatically change the script, possibly even become a strength instead of the liability the position has been. This season could represent a new beginning of sorts for their receiving corps.
That improvement has come first through subtraction and then by addition. The Jets no longer have Santonio Holmes poisoning their locker room with his selfish, sulking behavior. They, too, rid themselves of 2012 second-round draft pick Stephen Hill and his unfulfilled potential.
The Jets go forward with Eric Decker, their prized offseason free-agent acquisition ($36.25 million over five years with $15 million guaranteed), Jeremy Kerley in his fourth season with the team and dependable veteran David Nelson, who should benefit from a year in offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s system and a full offseason with the team.
From a fantasy standpoint, there isn't a ton of excitement. Decker comes into this week as a pretty solid WR2 ranked 16th in a good matchup against the Raiders. But Decker will now see team's top corners, something he probably didn't last year in Denver. It will still come down to how QB Geno Smith progresses this season and if he can keep from turning the ball over.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 8:25pm
Panthers coach Ron Rivera indicated Monday the team didn't plan to sign Hill immediately.
But the Panthers must think Hill, who struggled with dropped passes throughout his two years in New York, could give them a deep threat they've lacked since Ted Ginn Jr. signed with Arizona during the offseason.
Monday, September 1, 2014, 2:36pm
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports former New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill is working out for Carolina on Monday, per a source informed of the plans. ESPN's Adam Caplan had the first report.
Hill was released by the Jets on Saturday after a disappointing two-year stint at the Meadowlands. Hill passed through waivers without being claimed, a somewhat surprising development for a 23-year-old former second-round pick with size (6-foot-4) and speed (4.36 40-yard dash time in the 2012 combine).
The team traded up to select Hill with the 43rd overall pick in 2012 out of run-heavy Georgia Tech. Despite being raw, he was given a starting job immediately. Hill had five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns in his first NFL game, but would score just two more in the next two years.
WR Stephen Hill not only doesn't play special teams, he also did not impress very much this summer. Couple those factors with Rex Ryan's lukewarm comments about Hill on Tuesday, and you have a second-round draft pick who isn't going to make it into this third season with the Jets.
Thursday, August 28, 2014, 1:17pm
One Jet who will play is wide receiver Stephen Hill, and his job appears to be on the line. The former second-round draft pick, a major disappointment in his first two years with the team, has just two catches for 29 yards in three preseason games. Fellow wideouts Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson are locks to make the final roster, and coach Rex Ryan talked up Greg Salas and Saalim Hakim on Tuesday, and fourth-round pick Jalen Saunders is currently tabbed as the team's No. 1 punt returner. Hill better make some plays Thursday, or else his Jets career could be over.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:16pm
HC Rex Ryan wasn’t exactly reassuring to the former second-round pick Tuesday while being peppered with questions about Hill’s future during his daily press conference.
Based on Ryan’s comments, the combination of drops, injuries and the fact Hill doesn’t play special teams have put the speedy ex-Georgia Tech star in a precarious roster position going into Thursday’s preseason finale at the Eagles and Saturday’s final cutdown.
“He’s had some strong moments, but there are others where we wish maybe he had hung on to a ball or so,” Ryan said of Hill, a 2012 pick by former GM Mike Tannenbaum. “But he’s had a pretty good training camp. I don’t want to say it’s been outstanding, but it’s been pretty good.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9:14pm
After going three-and-out on his first series, Jets QB Geno Smith marched the Jets up the field to a field goal during his next go-round. He threw a bad pick on his third series, though it's not clear whether it was his fault. And after a turnover gave him a short field, Smith led the Jets to a touchdown for the first time this season. He ended his night with a second touchdown drive.
By the time he handed the wheel to Michael Vick, Smith was 10 for-13 with 98 yards passing and an interception, plus four rushes for 21 yards and a touchdown. He worked six series and led the Jets to two touchdowns and a field goal.
Both TDs came against Bengal backups. All in all, Smith didn't force anything, according to the story, and he showed some of that willingness to run that made him so effective at the end of last season, and he delivered a few throws downfield fairly well, though Stephen Hill had to leap high to get one of them. Smith only threw deep once.
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:39am
Former Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has agreed to terms with the Bears, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Bears visit the Jets in Week 3 – a Monday night game on Sept. 22. Both teams will be interested to see how much Holmes has left.
Holmes does not figure to be a major contributor initially for the Bears. Their top receivers are Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, whom the Jets passed on in the 2012 draft, to select Stephen Hill. (To this point, Jeffery has been far more productive than Hill).
The Bears' second-string receivers are Marquess Wilson and Eric Weems, with Josh Bellamy and Josh Morgan occupying the third line on the depth chart. Wilson, the leading candidate to be the team's No. 3 receiver, sustained a broken collarbone earlier this month in a training camp practice. It remains unclear how long Wilson will be out, but the Bears don't expect to begin the season with him.
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 7:36pm
Jets WR Greg Salas almost seemed surprised by all the fuss.
Sure, he was perhaps the biggest star of the New York Jets' scrimmage Saturday night. But as far as the wide receiver was concerned, there was nothing unusual about his performance.
"This is what I do in practice," Salas said. "I make catches. I make plays in practice and I was glad I could come out here and do the same in this little scrimmage we had."
Salas is part of crowded competition to win a spot in the Jets' receiving corps. He had five catches for 54 yards in the practice that was dominated by the defense. He dropped a pass, too, but that didn't take away from a solid night. Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley have jobs locked up, but Salas is among a group that includes Stephen Hill, David Nelson, Jacoby Ford, Clyde Gates and rookies Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans and Quincy Enunwa competing for the last three or four spots.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:20pm
“Man alive, this offseason and into training camp, he’s taken a huge jump,” OC Marty Mornhinweg gushed about Hill. “You see that in many cases where receivers in this league, between the second and third year, they make a big jump. He’s certainly done that.”
Hill is nothing more than a late-round flier at this point in the offseason.
Friday, August 1, 2014, 10:56am
The three coordinators met the media for the first time in camp, and the most interesting takeaway came from Marty Mornhinweg, who gushed about the progress of the receiving corps, particularly Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates. Hill? "Outstanding," Mornhinweg said. Gates? "Pretty impressive," he said. Pardon the skepticism, but don't we hear that every year?
Kerley is a good late-round pick in deep leagues for owners who want someone trustworthy at that point in the draft. He's not going to set the league on fire, but he'll play and be reasonably productive.
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.
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.
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