For now, that friendship is superseding their different professional circumstances. Thomas, the Broncos’ top receiver, is doing what he can to make Hill’s transition to life with the Jets a little bit easier. Both players played in a triple-option offense during college, a scheme that’s a far cry from the ones they’ll play in as NFL wideouts.
“It was kind of tough because being in the triple-option, you’re in two receivers most of the time,” Thomas said, via the New York Post. “We didn’t have many routes to go over or combinations of routes. When I first got here and saw the playbook, it was kind of tough because you had all sorts of things thrown your way. You’ve got to get used to audibles. We never did audibles in college.”
According to Thomas, playing with Tim Tebow might make it easier for Hill to adapt. Thomas told the Post that the offense the Broncos ran with Tebow felt more like the one he remembered from the Yellow Jackets and Hill, who was picked in the second round because of his ability to get down the field, could thrive when Tebow is in the game as a result.
Regardless of who is at quarterback, the Jets will need Hill to make a quick transition to the NFL if their offense is going to improve from last season. If he does make that transition, they might owe Thomas a debt of gratitude.