Stephen Hill | WR
Posted: 9/2/2014 7:44pm et
The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent WR Stephen Hill (Jets) to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 2.
Huddle Up: The 2012 second-round pick has fallen quite a ways, but he'll have a decent chance to work his way on to the Panthers' active roster given the state of their WR corps.
Posted: 8/31/2014 5:07pm et
Free-agent WR Stephen Hill's agent, Alan Herman, said that Hill never had a chance to succeed with the New York Jets. 'He didn't have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco,' Herman said. 'His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, Hill certainly wasn't working with the ideal QB situation in N.Y., but that still doesn't completely explain the 2012 second-round pick's abysmal production (45 catches for 594 yards) in two seasons and another poor showing in camp/preseason this summer. Still only 23, though, Hill will get another chance to show what he can do with another team/QB situation.
Posted: 8/30/2014 10:26pm et
Free-agent WR Stephen Hill's agent believes the Cleveland Browns will put in a claim for Hill. 'I would think the Browns would put in a claim,' the agent said. '(Head coach Mike) Pettine knows him and they need receivers and Stephen can stretch the field.'
Huddle Up: This is pure speculation by Hill's agent but it makes sense from the standpoint that Cleveland needs help at receiver. Hill will get a second chance with another team because of his raw physical skills.
Posted: 8/30/2014 1:12pm et
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill has been released.
Huddle Up: Hill was a huge bust in New York. He has intriguing physical skills, so another team will take a chance on him. However, receivers that can't catch don't have long careers in the NFL.
Posted: 8/20/2014 2:22pm et
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill has only one reception and 17 yards this preseason and has been targeted only twice. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal have worked with Hill on his route running, including shortening his stride lengths to add fluidity and efficiency, but Hill hasn't shown much progress.
Huddle Up: That lack of progress has dogged Hill since he was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft, as evidenced by his modest-at-best totals of 45 catches, 594 yards and 4 TDs in 2 seasons. He's fallen behind on the Jets' depth chart, and could fall off completely if he doesn't turn things around in a hurry.
Posted: 7/31/2014 4:44pm et
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill has been outstanding so far during training camp, according to offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
Huddle Up: Hill didn't show much sophomore-season improvement -- moving from 21-252-3 to 24-342-1 -- and he'll need to show a lot more with free-agent signee Eric Decker attracting a lot of defensive attention on the other side.
Posted: 6/18/2014 11:32am et
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill's roster spot is on the line this summer after two lackluster seasons and knee problems. Hill worked with QB Geno Smith in the offseason in order to improve their chemistry, and Hill has been receiving first-ream repetitions in minicamp. He didn't have surgery on his knees in the offseason but spent his time strengthening the muscles in his knees. "My knee actually feels better than it did last year," Hill said. "Because last year I didn't take a lot of OTA reps and I went all through OTAs and now minicamp, so right now I feel strictly 100 percent." The Jets have plenty of options at wide receiver if Hill doesn't work out. He caught 24 balls for 342 yards and a touchdown last season.
Huddle Up: While nothing is guaranteed for Hill, he'll be given every opportunity to live up to being a high draft pick. With the other upgrades to the Jets' offense, if Hill is able to stay healthy he should have little difficulty dramatically improving on last season's disappointing numbers.
Posted: 6/12/2014 11:29pm et
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill still has a chance to become a consistent part of the team's offense, according to receivers coach Sanjay Lal. Hill has battled injuries in each of his first two seasons, and Lal believes the injuries are a big reason why he has struggled to make an impact. 'If he can maintain his health, I can see him becoming consistent,' Lal said. 'Because to become consistent, you have to practice. And you have to practice without thinking about, 'Am I going to get hurt?' or 'Is this hurting?''
Huddle Up: Hill has all of 45 receptions in 23 games over 2 seasons in N.Y., and it's hard to envision him suddenly becoming a fantasy factor given the arrival of Eric Decker, the team's run-first approach and the still-unsettled QB situation.
Posted: 2/4/2014 4:40pm et
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill's spot on the roster is not a guarantee, in the opinion of Rich Cimini of ESPN New York. Hill has ended the last two seasons on Injured Reserve.
Huddle Up: The 2012 2nd-round pick has only 45 receptions for 594 yards and 4 TDs in 23 career games and most definitely needs to step up this game to stick around with the Jets, whose No. 1 need is upgrading the offensive play-making corps.
Posted: 12/31/2013 11:08am et
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill (knee) said he does not need surgery on a knee injury he suffered earlier in the season.
Huddle Up: Good news for Hill, as no surgery means no recovery time and frees Hill up to participate in all of the Jets' offseason activities as Gang Green looks to rebuild its passing game from the ground up.