With the regular season right around the corner for the New York Jets, some players are going to have to be kept off the 53-man roster. At wide receiver, things have gotten a bit crowded, which has led to former second-round pick Stephen Hill’s spot being in jeopardy. Hill is scheduled to be playing in the Jets’ final preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, which could be Hill’s final game in a Jets’ uniform.
“It’s a disadvantage for anybody because special teams is something we said is going to be a point of emphasis,” Rex Ryan said. “You look at a Saalim Hakim, the way he’s played on special teams. That’s going to give him a leg up, without question. So I think that’s a big factor in the decision making.”
Hill doesn’t play on special teams like some of his competition to make the team as a WR, which seems to be a big knock. He also has just flat out been a major disappointment in the past few seasons with his performance on the field. Last season, Hill caught just 24 passes for 342 yards with one touchdown.
With all signs pointing to the Jets’ six WRs being Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, David Nelson, Jalen Saunders, Greg Salas and Hakim, it seems that Hill won’t be on the Jets’ roster come Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders.
It will be interesting to see what the Jets’ front office decides to do with Hill, as they can look to trade him to a team possibly for a future draft pick, or a desperately needed cornerback, but surely it won’t be near the value of the second-round pick they used to get him.
If no teams bite on trading for Hill, the Jets will likely be cutting him on the next batch of roster cuts. A strong performance against the Eagles’ defense is needed for Hill to make this a difficult decision for Ryan and John Idzik.