While Stephen Hill was blaming New York media for getting cut by the Jets, media covering the Carolina Panthers debated how long it would take the wide receiver to be activated to the 53-man roster.
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.
New York Post
Sep 02, 2014 · 8:44 PM EDT
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.
Sep 02, 2014 · 8:25 PM EDT
The Panthers signed free agent wideout Stephen Hill to their practice squad Tuesday, a day after they worked out the former second-round pick of the New York Jets.
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.
Sep 01, 2014 · 2:36 PM EDT
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).