Players and coaches of the New York Jets are known for being confident. Sometimes it makes you raise an eyebrow at their blind confidence. But I have never been more shocked by a Jet player’s hubris than what I heard WR Stephen Hill say when asked if he would make the final roster, and I quote (from ESPN), “Yeah, I don’t know why I shouldn’t, but yeah.”
I guess Hill is trying to keep up the Jets’ attitude of talking the talk before you can walk the walk. But Hill is two years too late for that. It’s no surprise that Hill has been a disappointment since being drafted in 2012. He finished last season with only 24 catches for 342 yards and one touchdown. On top of that, he suffered a left knee injury that landed him on season-ending injured reserve with four games to go in the season. And we all know that he did absolutely nothing to impress in the Jets’ last preseason game against the New York Giants on Thursday.
I guess a part of me is glad that Hill is putting on a happy face for the media. He would sound like a bit of a punk if he said “Oh, yeah, I’m sure I’m going to get cut tomorrow” in front of everyone. But with currently nine receivers and about five available WR roster spots, the end is nigh for Hill. Hopefully his talk will match is play with another team.