Jets coach Rex Ryan says he was just joking around when he said he didn’t want to draft wide receiver Stephen Hill, and Hill says he accepts that.
Hill told reporters that he was informed today of Ryan’s comment that Hill was “Not my dream pick,” but Hill didn’t take any offense, because Hill knows Ryan was joking.
“I know he was, definitely,” Hill said, in comments distributed by the team’s PR staff.
While Hill doesn’t have any problem with what Ryan said, he does have some qualms with the widespread criticism that the Jets’ offense has faced this preseason. Echoing what others in the Jets’ locker room have said, Hill says we’re going to see something different from the Jets’ offense when the regular season starts.
“It was kind of strange,” Hill said of the criticism the Jets took during the preseason. “Like you just said, it is preseason. The games start this weekend, and we’re looking to put on a show.”
If Hill does put on a show, you can bet Ryan will never again try to distance himself from that pick, joking or not.