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Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill honing his technique

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Eleven months ago today, the Jets scored 48 points in a win vs. Buffalo. Mark Sanchez threw three touchdowns, two of which went to rookie receiver Stephen Hill. The sun shined at MetLife Stadium, and fantasy-football players made notes to put in a waiver claim for Hill.

Well, Hill would catch just one touchdown thereafter, and he missed five games with hamstring and knee injuries. As for the Jets’ offense  . . . well, we’re not rehashing it.

The Jets begin the preseason Friday night at Detroit, and the performances of Sanchez and primary competitor Geno Smith will be closely scrutinized. Less attention will be paid to Hill, but he’s worth keeping an eye on; Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the second-year wideout has improved his technique. It’s especially intriguing new considering that the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Hill has ideal size and speed for the position.

“With his God-given gifts, he can do things other guys can’t,” Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal said of Hill to ESPNNewYork.com. “He’s finally starting to use his suddenness and his burst within a route. It’s clicked to him the last couple of weeks that, ‘Hey, if I do this, look what happens to the DB.’ “

Just 22, Hill could have an exciting future if he can stay healthy and continue to develop as a receiver. Moreover, he’s young enough where 2013 shouldn’t be viewed as a make-or-break year for him. The Jets can afford to be patient for a couple seasons. It’s a healthy sign that he’s apparently making some progress this summer.

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17 Responses to “Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill honing his technique”
  1. ryann252013 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    I really hope this guy plays well this year, he has so much potential.

  2. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    Bust

  3. pisano says: Aug 9, 2013 3:00 PM

    He’ll never reach his potential if Sanchez is the QB.

  4. charmcitychampions says: Aug 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    Amazing athlete. He is still soooo raw though. If he gets the snaps this year, he should be viable WR in year 3 and explode in year 4. That’s assuming the Jets can develop him properly. Which they haven’t shown they are capable of doing for anyone. Soooo….good luck with that Hill. You are pretty much on your own.

  5. denverwally says: Aug 9, 2013 3:11 PM

    The definition of potential is “he hasn’t done anything yet but we sure are hoping he plays better in the future”.
    Don’t forget, just about every player who has never made it in the league had tons of potential, otherwise they never would have been drafted.

  6. vicnocal says: Aug 9, 2013 3:21 PM

    As a Bears fan, I’ll always keep an eye on this guy’s development as compared to Alshon Jeffery’s. They were taken 2 spots apart in the 2nd round of the 2012 Draft.

  7. jetsoptimist says: Aug 9, 2013 3:26 PM

    That’s why I believe G smith should be the starter(maybe not game 1) because I think he can bring the best out of these receivers! Sanchez, I’m not holding my breath on, I’ve been down that road before.

  8. EJ says: Aug 9, 2013 3:27 PM

    He looked promising in college, but now when he goes up against these NFL DB’s he doesn’t look nearly as dominant. He would revive that dominance by working on his positioning and jump balls, two things that he could excel at. His biggest enemy right now is finding a quarterback that can get him the ball. Mark Sanchez is not that guy.

  9. hartdaddy says: Aug 9, 2013 3:27 PM

    It’s very hard to get a good vibe how good he & Kerley could be as a Jet fan because Sanchez is SOOO BAD!!! I think the receivers get a bad wrap as not being playmakers because Sanchez rarely ever gives them an opportunity to make plays, if the guy isn’t 100% wide open he doesn’t throw the ball.

  10. dlk47823 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    6 Rings- You want to talk about busts? Look at the top Steeler picks the past couple of years. 2 aren’t even on the roster because of off field problems. You’re just hoping you can finish .500.

  11. bigblue00 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    The NY Jets receivers are some of the best DBs in the league

  12. hehateme2 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:03 PM

    Eleven months ago today, the Jets scored 48 points in a win vs. Buffalo. Mark Sanchez threw three touchdowns…

    After that I’m surprised that the Sun came up the following morning. Could have been the end of the world as we know it.

  13. hehateme2 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:07 PM

    dlk47823 says: Aug 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    6 Rings- You want to talk about busts? Look at the top Steeler picks the past couple of years. 2 aren’t even on the roster because of off field problems. You’re just hoping you can finish .500

    Not a 6 rings fan but I find it funny that a jet supporter (you know- 45 years of utter failure, only 1 super Bowl appearance, etc.) would have much to say to one of the top franchises in the NFL.

    One thing is for certain, the jets have NO SHOT at .500. Face facts, respect is earned not given.

  14. jr507 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:37 PM

    hehateme2 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:03 PM

    Eleven months ago today, the Jets scored 48 points in a win vs. Buffalo. Mark Sanchez threw three touchdowns…

    After that I’m surprised that the Sun came up the following morning. Could have been the end of the world as we know it.

    hehateme2, being that your life seems to revolve around trolling Jets articles on PFT, would the end of the world be that bad for you?

    Hill will break out this year once Smith hits the lineup. Too much ability, finally getting coached up.

  15. jetsoptimist says: Aug 9, 2013 4:55 PM

    Jr507 I just hope Geno gets a chance! I really do believe most of the ppl that comment on the Jets topics/articles have nothing better to do with themselves! As soon as something about the jets come up, bring out the stupid comments!

  16. thegonz13 says: Aug 9, 2013 4:59 PM

    Wasn’t it Jimmy Johnson that said: “Potential gets you fired”?

  17. pinion8ted says: Aug 9, 2013 8:43 PM

    Does it really matter how good this kid is, as long as he’s got Mark “Worm Killer” Sanchez throwing to him????

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