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Jets WR coach: Too soon to call Stephen Hill a bust

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It’s fair to say that the Jets expected more from wide receiver Stephen Hill after drafting him in the second round of the 2012 draft.

Hill has 45 catches for 594 yards and four touchdowns (two of which came in his first game) over 23 games in his first two seasons, each of which ended with Hill on injured reserve because of knee issues. Hill’s also had difficulty holding onto passes that do come his way, all of which combines to paint a picture of a draft miss by the Jets. Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal says it is too early to make that kind of judgment, though.

“It’s a little early to label him as a bust,” Lal said, via the New York Daily News. “When I think of a bust, I don’t think of him that way. I have seen players who are higher picks that were busts because of their own laziness. Those are busts. I have a hard time labeling a guy a bust when he’s done everything in his power. Luck in terms of injuries hasn’t been on his side.”

Whether he’s been a bust or snakebitten, Hill’s likely down to his last chance with the Jets. The depth chart has become more crowded and more talented with the arrival of Eric Decker and three draft picks, which means Hill will have to offer more than the potential that comes with ideal size and athletic ability in order to get on the field. If he can’t, it will be hard to paint his Jets tenure as anything but a wasted draft pick.

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34 Responses to “Jets WR coach: Too soon to call Stephen Hill a bust”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: Jun 13, 2014 9:18 AM

    Naw he really is a busy.

  2. surfinbird1 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:19 AM

    Is tomorrow to soon?

  3. nehxas says: Jun 13, 2014 9:19 AM

    And as the former Raiders receiving coach, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to busts.

  4. gbrown23 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:21 AM

    Is it too soon to call Sanjay Lal a bust though?

  5. weepingjebus says: Jun 13, 2014 9:22 AM

    Hard to judge since Sanchez was his QB for most of it.

  6. udkidd says: Jun 13, 2014 9:22 AM

    If they cut him I am sure the Eagles would pick him up!

  7. whiteknightblackheart says: Jun 13, 2014 9:28 AM

    If this guy gets right the Jets have the downfield threat they have been sorely lacking. If not there are a lot of hungry newbs behind him.

  8. scoops1 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:29 AM

    considering no one caught ground balls like him….

    Hill might want to retire from the NFL and sign with the Yankees and take over for Jeter ASAP

  9. obsession55 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:34 AM

    Hes without a doubt a bust. I’ve never seen anyone with such a low football IQ. Hes clueless out there! And he can’t catch either.

    B-U-S-T!!

  10. jetsmmt says: Jun 13, 2014 9:40 AM

    He improved quite a bit in his second year. He showed better hands and route running, too bad he got injured again.

  11. stewart09 says: Jun 13, 2014 9:46 AM

    If your a high second rd pick and you don’t contribute to that level you are a bust one way or another especially when lower drafted players have better stats than you eg alshon Jeffery and Marvin jones come to mind.

  12. my45eagle says: Jun 13, 2014 9:48 AM

    He better do something in camp or goodbye.

  13. dtr3e says: Jun 13, 2014 9:51 AM

    A WR that can’t catch. I would call a bust. He’s had plenty of chances. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the ball hit him right in his numbers with no one around him. Jets should have drafted Jefferies

  14. agcooney108 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:00 AM

    took d.thomas 3 years to figure it out too. hill hasn’t lacked IQ in year 2, he lacked building his body, which lead him to have horrible knees the past two years. if he buily his 6’4 220 frame to keep him healthy (like alshon has, cause lets rememeber alshon was injured year one as well), then he can be a threat. that’s if he shows that he can stay healthy. comparison to dthomas is real (see why they got decker). here’s to hoping it all clicks

  15. watermelon1 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:07 AM

    Kind of sad this team wasn’t the choice for hard knocks.

  16. kgun80 says: Jun 13, 2014 10:12 AM

    Can’t really judge the kid. Catching balls from Sanchez and Geno. That’s like testing a cars speed with no tires. That being said JETS SUCK WHO CARES!

  17. abninf says: Jun 13, 2014 10:18 AM

    He needs to go to a team who will properly coach and develop him, like New England or Dallas.

  18. bornahawker says: Jun 13, 2014 10:32 AM

    Not Calvin!

  19. pftfan says: Jun 13, 2014 10:37 AM

    If you prorated Stephen Hill’s stats against the Bills over 16 games, his season totals would be 96 receptions, 1,560 yards, and 24 touchdowns!

  20. fordmandalay says: Jun 13, 2014 10:44 AM

    2nd round draft picks and above can’t really be labeled as ‘busts’ – that’s reserved for first rounders. A 2nd rounder can be a ‘disappointment’.

  21. sowcrates says: Jun 13, 2014 10:53 AM

    2 picks before Alshon Jeffery

  22. tremoluxman says: Jun 13, 2014 11:06 AM

    The Vikings had their own WR troubles a few years back with Troy Williamson. The guy was a track star and fast as lightning, but he had hands of stone. They tried everything with him; one-on-one coaching, eye specialist, eye exercises, contacts, and endless practices. Nothing worked. He could outrun Superman, but he couldn’t catch a football with a landing net. Some guys just don’t have ‘It’.

  23. notthetroll says: Jun 13, 2014 11:09 AM

    What’s NFL stand for? Not For Long, butterfingers.

  24. floratiotime says: Jun 13, 2014 11:18 AM

    Most of the Jets are busts, so he fits right in.

  25. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 13, 2014 11:23 AM

    But he had such a good combine…

  26. granadafan says: Jun 13, 2014 12:01 PM

    That wasn’t a very strong denial of being a bust or in support of his receiver.

  27. arrow43050 says: Jun 13, 2014 12:42 PM

    I agree that it is too early to call him a bust. He might become a good punter or make a good kickoff tee. Also, since he’s fast, he’ll be good at practice getting the Jets’ slow CBs to practice recovering from getting blown by.

  28. blowtorch1964 says: Jun 13, 2014 1:11 PM

    Didn’t understand this pick at the time. The guy can’t catch the football. Everyone knew it at the time, he had 49 receptions in 3 years at Georgia Tech. He’s had two great days in his football life: his pro day workout and the game against the Bills.

  29. jr507 says: Jun 13, 2014 1:25 PM

    Could be a bust, but maybe not. This year will tell.

    With that said, the guy shreds buffalo every time he plays them, so maybe you should disappear kgun.

  30. kgun80 says: Jun 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    Hahahaha he had 1 good game last year with half our secondary injured check his stats from the next game. 0 0 0.
    Have fun watching the Yets disappoint yet again. Aging and over rated. Out of all the $$ they spent they got 1 good FA( Ford) Decker is highly over rated Vick will play maybe 7 games. Besides the D LINE the Yets suck

  31. ampats says: Jun 13, 2014 2:04 PM

    While single out Stephen Hill when most of the Jets roster can best be described as a bust?

  32. waldoampere says: Jun 13, 2014 3:20 PM

    He’s a WR who can’t catch and was drafted in the second round. That’s the definition of a bust.

  33. djshnooks says: Jun 13, 2014 4:08 PM

    Bills fans thought Aaron Williams was a bust too, after his first couple years…now he’s one of the better safeties in the NFL.

    Colts fans thought the same about Jerry Hughes, so did the team…then he came into Buffalo and had double-digit sacks.

    I hate the Jets so I don’t want him to end up being a great player…but he has everything you cannot coach, and he needs everything that you can coach.

    There is plenty of time for him to come around, especially as a WR, which usually doesn’t happen for the first 2-3 years.

    The reason he fell to the 2nd round and didn’t go in the first is he didn’t have many routes to run in college, as he was a part of a triple-threat-option offense at Georgia Tech. I mean, this is a kid who spent 3 years at GT and ended his career with 49 receptions, 1,248 yards and 9 touchdowns.

    That wouldn’t have gotten him drafted #43 overall if he wasn’t 20 years old, standing 6-4 and weighing 215…running a 4.28.

    Be patient, Jets fans…this should be the year he establishes himself as either Geno’s #1 target, or an excellent compliment to Decker, like another Georgia Tech WR did for him out in Denver. (But don’t expect much vs. Stephon Gilmore!)

  34. simonator917 says: Jun 14, 2014 11:36 PM

    No, he’s a bust.

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