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Panthers sign Stephen Hill to practice squad

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When the Jets released wide receiver Stephen Hill, the 2012 second-round pick’s agent Alan Herman said that his client’s rough first two years in the NFL were due to the Jets’ unsettled and unappealing quarterback situation.

There was no mention of the injuries and dropped passes that led to high levels of frustration in New Jersey, but it seems those things resonated with the rest of the league since Hill went unclaimed on waivers over the weekend. Even the receiver-poor Panthers passed on giving Hill a spot on their 53-man roster following a workout, although they were willing to give Hill a job.

Hill has signed onto the Panthers practice squad, where he’ll work with wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl. Proehl was a client of Herman’s in his playing days and the agent pointed to him as a coach he thought would help Hill reach his potential.

The Panthers could certainly use a deep threat to go along with Kelvin Benjamin in their receiving corps and Hill’s size and speed make him a possibility for such a role if he can prove to Carolina that he has more to offer than what we’ve seen so far.

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13 Responses to “Panthers sign Stephen Hill to practice squad”
  1. dawgturd says: Sep 3, 2014 8:13 AM

    Remember when people thought he would be the next calvin johnson…..heh

  2. iman62 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:16 AM

    Seems like a smart signing to a practice squad, I mean we are talking about practice.

  3. pwebster919 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:24 AM

    Don’t get too excited my fellow Panther fans. He’s just a quicker Brandon LaFell.

    -Panther Nation

  4. gbrown23 says: Sep 3, 2014 8:30 AM

    The picture above pretty much sums up his issues. No hands, body catchers don’t stick in this league.

  5. byzr says: Sep 3, 2014 8:33 AM

    he must have really bad hands for that kind of size and speed to not translate to a roster spot in the NFL.

  6. explosionsauce says: Sep 3, 2014 8:43 AM

    That’s a practice squad steal.

  7. pantherfan40 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:26 AM

    6 foot 5 benj, 6 foot 4 hill and 6 foot 3 bersin.
    Im hoping proel makes him into a beast

  8. pantherfan40 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:29 AM

    Lafell 6 foot 2 , had a good qb , ran slow.

    Hill 6 foot 4 , never had a good qb, runs fast

    He has a dropping issue but so did kelvin. Proel worked with kelvin and now look at kelvin

  9. qdog112 says: Sep 3, 2014 9:41 AM

    Jugs machine 24/7.

  10. zipnyc says: Sep 3, 2014 9:41 AM

    Hill is a terrible receiver. He can’t get any separation from defenders, runs sloppy routes, he has bad hands, tries to catch everything against his body, doesn’t high point a catch and he hops in the air for no reason as he’s attempting a catch. There’s a reason he couldn’t make it onto any 53 man roster.

  11. junkmtb says: Sep 3, 2014 10:23 AM

    On the practice squad he’ll have more than enough time to prove his worth with all the folks saying how horrible he is. Proehl is a great WR instructor.

  12. wrlegrand says: Sep 3, 2014 10:25 AM

    There is really absolutely no downside to the Panthers doing this. Inevitably, there are going to be injuries and this would give the Panthers an experienced player to activate immediately if needed.

    I would not be at all surprised if he is on the active roster, no matter what, by week 3 or 4…

  13. simplegodfather says: Sep 3, 2014 2:48 PM

    pantherfan40 says:
    Sep 3, 2014 9:29 AM
    Lafell 6 foot 2 , had a good qb , ran slow.

    Hill 6 foot 4 , never had a good qb, runs fast

    —-

    umm what? good gb? look at bunches of replays and you can see very clearly; ALL the balls where right on his hands, and he drop them.. He much worse than “stone hands” Edward.. no jokes!

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