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Report: Jets waiving Stephen Hill, confirm three other cuts

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Wide receiver Stephen Hill’s tenure with the Jets appears to be coming to a close.

The club will be waiving Hill, their 2012 second-round pick, Brian Costello of the New York Post reported Saturday.

The Jets have yet to announce the move.

The 23-year-old Hill struggled to meet expectations in New York, catching 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons. He showed major promise right off the bat, catching two TDs in his NFL regular season debut. But sustained success has eluded the Georgia Tech product.

However, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Hill seems tailor-made to be picked up by a club hoping a change of scenery is what he needs. Hill was clocked at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash in the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, and he has the size clubs crave in their receivers.

For the Jets, the pending release of Hill could be the final chapter in one of the club’s most notable personnel missteps in recent years. Two picks after the Jets selected Hill, the Bears took wideout Alshon Jeffery, who has become a Pro Bowler.

In other roster moves confirmed by the Jets on Saturday, the team released tailback Daryl Richardson, cornerback Johnny Patrick and linebaker A.J. Edds. Richardson, the ex-Ram, could be a candidate to land elsewhere as a backup.

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39 Responses to “Report: Jets waiving Stephen Hill, confirm three other cuts”
  1. jetsfaninindy says: Aug 30, 2014 12:13 PM

    That escalated quickly!

  2. bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 12:13 PM

    Bears. They have the coaches to maximize his talent.

  3. abrasion says: Aug 30, 2014 12:14 PM

    This must be a mistake. Jets fans assured everyone that Hill was going to be the next Calvin Johnson. Surely they couldn’t have been wrong.

  4. edzo82270 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:14 PM

    Size and speed that rivals Randy Moss. Hands that rival mine. I’m a plumber.

  5. clashpoint says: Aug 30, 2014 12:15 PM

    The Browns are on line 1, Mr Hill.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 30, 2014 12:16 PM

    They’re over the Hill at 23.

  7. Tom Cousins says: Aug 30, 2014 12:18 PM

    Unfortunately Hill is not a WR that will make his QB look great …

    He needs a team with a stable QB situation … Brady or Rodgers could potentially make him look like a major Steal! …

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 30, 2014 12:18 PM

    Steph will join Jonathan Baldwin on a cross country tour wowing spectators by competing with each other in the “eyeball test”.

  9. nflfollower says: Aug 30, 2014 12:18 PM

    Some team w a good qb will pick him up. In GB for instance his career would have been totally different.

  10. Blown Call Sports says: Aug 30, 2014 12:19 PM

    Welcome to the Browns

  11. buffalicious says: Aug 30, 2014 12:24 PM

    Smh

  12. justintuckrule says: Aug 30, 2014 12:24 PM

    If they would have drafted Jeffrey, hill would have become the pro bowler and Jeffrey would have busted. This is the jets.

  13. burtmurphy1 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:24 PM

    Falcons. He could learn behind Julio and Roddy.

  14. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 30, 2014 12:28 PM

    He caught 4 tds total and 2 tds in his first game. I remember thinking this guy is going to be a beast for us…

  15. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 30, 2014 12:28 PM

    Hill is awful. Another blown Tannebaum pick.

  16. dtr3e says: Aug 30, 2014 12:29 PM

    Thank God! Hill has been horrible. Only receiver in the league to regularly drop the ball with no defenders around him. Jets would have beatin the Pats if it weren’t for Hill’s dropsies

  17. butterball13 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:33 PM

    WHHHHAAAAAT? Who is going to drop all our passes now?

  18. unlimitedcriticism says: Aug 30, 2014 12:35 PM

    I thought only Bill Belichick was terrible at drafting WRs.

    Signed,
    PFT Commenters

  19. hawkfanwtf says: Aug 30, 2014 12:36 PM

    Stephen Hill welcome to the WC Seahawks… Carroll and Schneider know how to make bad players better… and then cut them if they still suck

  20. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Aug 30, 2014 12:37 PM

    Get him Browns

  21. billsfan1 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:49 PM

    That’s a shock, considering the star studded QB’s he had getting him the ball

  22. pastabelly101 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:49 PM

    Another awful pick by Belichi…..oh ya never mind.

  23. waldoampere says: Aug 30, 2014 12:59 PM

    They handed him his walking papers and he promptly dropped them.

  24. csbanter says: Aug 30, 2014 12:59 PM

    of course he’ll go somewhere else and play well. Jets will say good for him and grit their teeth.

  25. kappy32 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:00 PM

    Huge bust. This draft pick epitomizes the sadness of the NY Jets. They thought they were outsmarting everyone by drafting Hill. Alshon Jeffrey was still there, but the Jets passed. They had the option of choosing Jeffrey – an All-American who played in the SEC on a team that had an average QB at best – or taking Hill – a WR from the then-weak ACC, playing on a team that ran, and still runs the FLEXBONE TRIPLE OPTION!!! The Jets thought they were so damn smart, drafting Megatron 2.0. Johnson was an aberration coming from a triple option offense to become one of the best WRs in NFL history. I don’t think I will ever understand the reasoning behind the Hill pick. What makes matters worse is that the Jets’ other picks that year & since (with the exception of Wilkerson & Richardson) have been bad, making the Hill pick look that much worse. Kyle Wilson? Quinton Coples? Stephen Hill? No first rounder in 2011? That is pretty friggen bad.

  26. mzim2756 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:00 PM

    Bills fans ranking on Jet QBs, pretty laughable, Smith>Manuel and Orton will be your starter by week 4

  27. mzim2756 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:02 PM

    All who are saying Hill was no good b/c of Jet QBs have no clue, he is lazy, terrible route runner and has terrible hands, may improve elsewhere but so far is awful Jets needed to move on

  28. punkyqb says: Aug 30, 2014 1:05 PM

    @bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 12:13 PM

    Bears. They have the coaches to maximize his talent.
    ————————————————————
    And a QB that can get him the ball, look at the QB’s he’s had the last two years!

  29. titimium says: Aug 30, 2014 1:06 PM

    Bills fans are making fun of the Jets QBs ? Seriously ? The kid came into a challenged offensive system indeed. He also came out of a very rudimentary college system. He was given his chances to do a little something in the NFL. He didn’t work out for the Jets. If he catches on with another team good for him. Big and fast doesn’t always mean good.

  30. mrthirtytwo says: Aug 30, 2014 1:17 PM

    Hill will likely be FXFL bait if he doesn’t land else where – Maybe even with the Brooklyn team

  31. ampats says: Aug 30, 2014 1:20 PM

    January 10, 1969

  32. mialto says: Aug 30, 2014 1:20 PM

    He’s going to Bucs waiver wire. Lovie liked him when before the draft.

  33. waldoampere says: Aug 30, 2014 1:43 PM

    “January 10, 1969″

    That was a Friday.

  34. ttommytom says: Aug 30, 2014 2:32 PM

    Jeffery fell because of weight issues.

    Hill rose because all coaches know you can’t teach size but some think they can teach people how to catch.

    I laughed when they picked Hill over Jeffery as did many others. It was a hot topic…

  35. ricanelbin says: Aug 30, 2014 2:56 PM

    For everyone who hates this pick it’s not just the jets who ranked him that high. Both “draft experts” from ESPN had Hill over Jeffry.

    For the people who thinks a better QB will help him, how can a QB teach or help a receiver catch a ball when the ball hits him in between the numbers when he is wide open? NYJ would have won both games against the Pats last year if this WR (who is paid a lot of money to simply catch a ball) could catch.

  36. hehateme2 says: Aug 30, 2014 3:38 PM

    the jets suck at life…. and football.

  37. afc22 says: Aug 30, 2014 4:22 PM

    He needs a QB like Manning and he’ll put up stats. Sanchez and Geno need WRs who make the QB better

  38. catquick says: Aug 30, 2014 5:12 PM

    Geno Smith is not better than Manuel. Geno can’t get out of his own way. Manuel was kept under wraps by the Bills in the preseason. I saw Geno play. Not impressed. Sanchez was better, much better. Ask the Eagles.

  39. ricanelbin says: Aug 30, 2014 6:53 PM

    ^ right because EJ Manuel had 5 game winning drives & won 8 games for a team that was suppose to win 3 games as a rookie. Oh wait that was Geno Smith who didn’t have a 1, or 2 receiver btw.

    Give rookies 3 years before you start crap talking them. Sanchez had his time in NYJ & it didn’t work out. He had his highs & his lows but he will probably be a career back up now.

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