The Stephen Hill experiment has failed, and it’s about time that the New York Jets realize this.
This past season, Hill once again ended the season on the injured reserve, unable to go through the whole season without injury. He played 57 percent of snaps, the most out of any receiver on the Jets, and finished the season with only 24 receptions for 342 yards and one touchdown.
Hill, who will be entering his third year, was supposed to be one of the featured receivers on this Jets team. This hasn’t really panned out due to Hill’s lack of production and injuries.
Hill also suffers from the “butter fingers” syndrome, something that has hurt the Jets multiple times in big spots, more notably this year against the New England Patriots, where he dropped a ball in which he was wide open in the middle of the field, arguably costing them the game.
Despite the lack of production statistically, Hill just seems to be a non-factor in games. Even though he played the most amount of snaps out of all 11 receivers that played a snap for the Gang Green this season, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson had more receptions, and Santonio Holmes had two less than Hill, while playing only 48 percent of snaps this year. Basically, the point I’m trying to get at is the production simply isn’t there.
For a team who is trying to rebuild their offense such as the Jets, they need reliable, proven receivers to build around, and Hill does not fit that mold. It makes sense for the Jets to either try to trade him or release the wideout outright.