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Stephen Hill hears heckling from fans, responds to it

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Generally, the Jets currently enjoy a strong (and increasingly loud) sense of optimism.  Specifically, the team still has some players about whom there is concern.

Atop the list sits receiver Stephen Hill.  The 43rd overall pick in 2012, taken two spots before Alshon Jeffrey (yes, Jets fans, Alshon Jeffrey), Hill faces a likely up-or-out training camp and preseason in 2014.

Some Jets fans already are casting a vote for out.  Via Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com, a fan at training camp on Friday expressed a sentiment of that sort to Hill.  And Hill responded.

“Take me out of the game?” Hill shouted to the fans behind him as he ran to the field. “You act like I didn’t hear that sh-t.”

Hill is tall and he’s fast and he went to Georgia Tech.  And that’s where the similarities with Calvin Johnson end.

Through 23 games in two seasons, Hill has caught 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns.  The man who drafted Hill, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, is long gone, and it was clear from the get-go that, like Friday’s heckler, coach Rex Ryan doesn’t belong to the Stephen Hill fan club.

“Well, nothing told me he would [contribute],” Ryan said in 2012. “Nothing. When I saw the tape [of his collegiate play] I was concerned. But Mike Tannenbaum and [senior personnel executive] Terry Bradway and all our scouts were adamant about this guy. They were adamant that this guy can do it. He can run all these routes, he had good hands and he’s got 4.2 speed at 6-foot-5. He was the guy they all wanted, but honestly, when it came down to it, a wideout? Not my dream pick. But now that we have him, of course, I want to claim him: ‘Oh, that was my pick.’ But it really wasn’t.”

Through two years, Hill has proven Ryan right.  Which could mean that Ryan will finally get his wish.

But even if Hill has joined Tannenbaum as a former Jets employee before the season starts, Ryan will be reminded of the decision to take Hill over Jeffrey when the Bears come to MetLife Stadium for a Week Three Monday night game.

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37 Responses to “Stephen Hill hears heckling from fans, responds to it”
  1. alshonbrandontandem says: Jul 26, 2014 10:24 AM

    Go Bears!!

    Week 3 stats: Jeffrey: 8 catches/122 yds/2 td’s;
    Hill: 3 catches/29 yds/0 td’s; 4 drops

  2. ravensnation85 says: Jul 26, 2014 10:30 AM

    Glad my Ravens didn’t take this guy.

  3. coachbeck says: Jul 26, 2014 10:32 AM

    Hey Stephen who cares what the fans say. None of them know anything anyway. Just zone them out. They have no respect anyway.

  4. vikesr4reel says: Jul 26, 2014 10:35 AM

    He has a big mouth like his big coach

  5. censoredagain says: Jul 26, 2014 10:36 AM

    And in other news, hindsight is 20/20

    Rex is a delusional loser.

  6. j0esixpack says: Jul 26, 2014 10:39 AM

    You’re a Jet.

    Get used to it.

  7. ddogdaddy says: Jul 26, 2014 10:51 AM

    It could be that the Jets have had the worse QB’s in the league since he has been with the team is the reason he hasn’t produced. Just a thought.

  8. TheDPR says: Jul 26, 2014 10:57 AM

    I still think the guy has some potential. He hasn’t had a QB in the NFL yet. I wouldn’t put too much blame on him.

  9. 700levelvet says: Jul 26, 2014 11:13 AM

    He’s like a 13 year old girl… Wait so is Rex.. Nevermind

  10. dkalev says: Jul 26, 2014 11:16 AM

    Giants should send a 7th rounder for him, sexy rexy would def agree to it and the fans would think it’s a great return on a non investment

  11. Hard On For Harden says: Jul 26, 2014 11:16 AM

    @censoredagain

    Can you read? I enjoy my fair share of taking shots at Rex but it clearly states he made those comments in 2012.

  12. wishingtonredslur says: Jul 26, 2014 11:18 AM

    Not that he doesn’t suck, like the entirety of the organization, but his low numbers could be directly link to having the golden arms of “Butt Fumble” and Geno Smith. Also he doesn’t have an offensive coach he has Rex Ryan.

  13. irishdodger says: Jul 26, 2014 11:24 AM

    The kid played in a triple option offense in college. Not exactly the best proving ground for a starting NFL WR. Calvin Johnson was fortunate to have been recruited & played at GA Tech before the Paul Johnson era.

  14. majahpayne8950 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:31 AM

    I remember that draft when everyone was taking a WR and when the Jets took Hill and we got Jeffrey I honestly thought they were the best 2 of that draft. Hey Jets fans at least you didn’t get A.J Jenkins. #DaBears

  15. GenXJay says: Jul 26, 2014 11:34 AM

    The Hill theatrics is scheduled between The Amazing Dancing Bear & The Bearded Lady.
    On with the circus!

  16. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 26, 2014 11:47 AM

    Cincinnati Bengals 2nd round rookie Jeremy Hill >>> stephen hill

  17. kane337 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:48 AM

    Quit with the Calvin Johnson comparison. He played under Chan Gailey in a pro style offense. The better comparison would be Demaryius Thomas who also played in the triple option offense under Paul Johnson. He seems to be doing pretty well.

  18. denverwally says: Jul 26, 2014 12:06 PM

    Wow, coach really has your back. However, you can bet if Brady or Manning were throwing to him he would have much better numbers. Doesn’t matter though, he is a huge bust at this point.

  19. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jul 26, 2014 12:11 PM

    kane337 says: Jul 26, 2014 11:48 AM

    Quit with the Calvin Johnson comparison. He played under Chan Gailey in a pro style offense. The better comparison would be Demaryius Thomas who also played in the triple option offense under Paul Johnson. He seems to be doing pretty well.
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    Demaryius Thomas was 46/1,154/8 in his senior year at Georgia Tech. That’s almost all of the production Hill had in his college career. Still a bad comparison.

  20. vikesr4reel says: Jul 26, 2014 12:20 PM

    Jets = joke!!

  21. fordmandalay says: Jul 26, 2014 12:22 PM

    J-E-S-T JEST JEST JEST!!

  22. vicnocal says: Jul 26, 2014 12:35 PM

    Damn. I remember I was intrigued by this guy that year in the draft. As a Bears fan, I’m sure glad they took Jeffery instead.

  23. slick50ks says: Jul 26, 2014 12:38 PM

    majahpayne8950 says:
    Jul 26, 2014 11:31 AM
    I remember that draft when everyone was taking a WR and when the Jets took Hill and we got Jeffrey I honestly thought they were the best 2 of that draft. Hey Jets fans at least you didn’t get A.J Jenkins. #DaBears

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    Jenkins is still better than this pure bust, which isn’t saying much, I know.

  24. bassplucker says: Jul 26, 2014 12:42 PM

    Bears fans should get on their knees daily and thank the Lord that Phil Emery had the brains and stones to trade up for Jeffery.
    Hill has all the measurables to be world class but it is just not coming together for him and I doubt it ever will. He honestly might be best served adding 30 lbs and trying to reinvent himself as a TE.

  25. abninf says: Jul 26, 2014 12:43 PM

    Those fans pay your salary, crybaby.

  26. broncostevenp says: Jul 26, 2014 12:56 PM

    Demaryius Thomas played at Georgia tech also.

  27. terrellblowens says: Jul 26, 2014 1:04 PM

    I am a GT student who watched Stephen Hill play and I can tell you that all of us knew that after he blew up the combine he went from being a 5th round pick to a possible 1st. I am not surprised he has struggled. He made highlight reel grabs and could make defenders look silly, but he had infuriating drops and made dumb mistakes at the same time. Ultimately I still root for him to succeed and I honestly do think he could be a good player on a team with a strong offensive system, like the Broncos or Eagles. The Jets haven’t had an offense since Curtis Martin.

  28. xnihilofan says: Jul 26, 2014 1:04 PM

    For starters, like quarterbacks or anybody on the offensive side of the things, the JETS have zero clue how to mold offensive weapons under Rex. Watch for an under the radar trade surface between now and the end of training camp.

  29. dtr3e says: Jul 26, 2014 1:12 PM

    ddogdaddy says: Jul 26, 2014 10:51 AM

    It could be that the Jets have had the worse QB’s in the league since he has been with the team is the reason he hasn’t produced. Just a thought.

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    No, there has been plenty of times the ball hits him right in the numbers and he’s doesn’t come up with the catch. The dude has hands made of stone

  30. baronvonheil says: Jul 26, 2014 1:14 PM

    Stephen Hill has struggled through several injuries and poor QB play. Jets fans should cut him some slack. This is his third year. Demaryius Thomas also struggled until his third year and was talked about as a bust. Hill’s tools are still off the charts, that hasn’t changed. He’s taken his lumps, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he emerged this year. Hopefully Rex Ryan lets his play this offseason and not fan reaction and punditry be the deciding factor. If the Jets cut him without giving him a fair shot to prove he’s put it together then they may live to regret it.

  31. dlk47823 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:23 PM

    Cutler sacked 5 times in week 3 with 3 interceptions.

  32. rukkus1 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:34 PM

    Have the Jets had a receiver in the last 10 years that HAS produced?

  33. j0esixpack says: Jul 26, 2014 2:22 PM

    This guy should WANT to be cut.

    Rex probably just fears Belichick and Brady turning him into the next Danny Woodhouse (in this case a 6′ 5″ Danny Woodhouse with speed)

  34. tennesseetitan78 says: Jul 26, 2014 3:34 PM

    They failed to mention that Rex said he had nice feet…and that was the deal breaker on keeping him

  35. tennesseetitan78 says: Jul 26, 2014 3:38 PM

    For the Jets WR’s sake they bench Geno Smith

  36. papacrick says: Jul 26, 2014 3:43 PM

    As a Lions fan it would’ve been nice to see Jeffery go to the Jets. This guy is Calvin Johnson good and it’s hard to believe he wasn’t a high first round pick. Kid is a beast and I’m not looking forward to watching him shred our D twice a year for the foreseeable future

  37. rams1999 says: Jul 26, 2014 6:19 PM

    Ok. How does one judge his play when you have Mark Sanchez, Geno Smith (rookie yr), and now have Vick?
    If Jeffrey were on Jets he would be insame place as Hill.
    Until Jets find a real QB, all receivers would suck. Put Hill on Bears with efficient QB’s, I bet he succeeds.
    The issue here is the Jets from owner to janitor.

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