Stephen Hill has been playing professional football for two years now. He hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of being a second-round draft pick, but the New York Jets looked at him back in 2012 as a playmaking wide receiver who could light up their offense. The Jets drafted Hill believing that with a year under his belt, he could be the next big superstar in New York. Sadly, Hill has been nonexistent in his tenure so far on the team.
His lack of production combined with the fact that in his sophomore season he only caught one touchdown makes many wonder if his time is coming to an end with the Jets. He only had 342 yards last season before getting hurt and being placed on the injured reserve list. Regardless, some will say it was because he had both Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith throwing to him. That really gives him the benefit of the doubt since it looks like he was over hyped to begin with.
The Jets are so down on Hill that they will have to once again select yet another wide receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft just to pump some life back into their wide receiver corps. They even had to sign top free agent wide receiver Eric Decker because they’ve had enough of Hill and his disappearance in games. At least Decker is established and will win the Jets plenty of games since he puts up big numbers and comes through in the clutch.
If Hill, entering his third season in the NFL, hasn’t done everything in his power to improve during the offseason, the Jets should part ways immediately. It’s just not worth it. Hopefully the Jets will draft at least two or three wide receivers to have them all compete in training camp to replace him. Patience is a virtue in life, but the Jets have been more than lenient in waiting for Hill to wake up. The Jets must put quality wideouts on the field come the regular season before things get even more out of hand.
Walking on thin ice is dangerous, and Hill is flirting with his tenure on the Jets coming to an end if he doesn’t turn things around immediately. If he starts the season playing like a whisper in the wind, he’s going to be gone faster than a New York minute.