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Stephen Hill: Media exaggerated how many passes I dropped

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Stephen Hill, the former second-round draft pick who was cut last week after just two seasons with the Jets, says he didn’t play as badly as has been suggested.

Hill, who is now on the Panthers’ practice squad, says his reputation for dropping passes was more a function of the media coverage of the Jets than an accurate reflection of the way he played.

“Well honestly that was New York Jets media that did that,” Hill said, via the Charlotte Observer. “If you really go back and look at it, there were guys at other facilities that dropped more than I did. As a receiver you’re going to drop passes. You’re going to catch footballs. Things like that happen; it’s just that the New York media – and honestly this is me talking – did all that. They can say what they want to say about me, but I really don’t care. I’m in a new place now. They tried their best to get me out of there.”

Hill is just 23 years old and is a phenomenal athlete, and he may still become an effective receiver in the NFL. But he’d be wise to stop blaming the media for his problems. Hill is gone from New York because the Jets decided he wasn’t good enough, not because of the media.

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38 Responses to “Stephen Hill: Media exaggerated how many passes I dropped”
  1. simplegodfather says: Sep 4, 2014 6:48 AM

    you wish…

  2. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Sep 4, 2014 6:52 AM

    We agree.

    – Braylon Edwards and Greg Little

  3. jetsclaps says: Sep 4, 2014 6:52 AM

    As a Jes fan, his drops probably were overrated. His biggest problem was his poor route running and his inability to get separation. He didn’t know how to use his height and speed.

    Also he just looked awkward out there. His running movements aren’t fluid at all, and sometimes he would jump for no reason whem he caught the ball.

  4. mikebe1 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:54 AM

    While Stephan drops were thr cause for his release being a jet fan I have seen the media push players and coaches out

  5. eagleswin says: Sep 4, 2014 6:55 AM

    I think he has the potential to be a great corner. For that reason alone the Jets should’ve kept him.

    There have been other great athletes who washed out because they refuse to switch positions to match their talent.

    See Tebow, Tim.

  6. tooz72 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:56 AM

    Yes, it’s the media’s fault you suck

  7. erock27 says: Sep 4, 2014 6:56 AM

    Lol dropped 1 ball for every 4 thrown his way . The only thing getting exaggerated is saying this guy is a phenominal athlete

  8. captainmanhattan says: Sep 4, 2014 6:59 AM

    I bet that picture wasn’t hard to find.

  9. drfeelyouup says: Sep 4, 2014 7:00 AM

    I guess he didn’t have that new York flair like Braylon Edwards.

  10. rayricespimphand says: Sep 4, 2014 7:00 AM

    “If you really go back and look at it, there were guys at other facilities that dropped more than I did.

    Yeah they were cut last week too.

  11. vesh31 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:01 AM

    Number never lie butterfingers.

  12. granadafan says: Sep 4, 2014 7:03 AM

    With an attitude like that it’s no wonder he was cut. Blame others instead of working hard to improve his route running and study tape or improve his hands. Guys like him think they don’t have to work because they are athletic. Nope. Coaches knew, the media knew, and now we fans know. The only one who doesn’t know is Stephen Hill.

  13. rutchaser says: Sep 4, 2014 7:15 AM

    Red flag should go up when he said “as a receiver your going to drop passes.” The great ones never say stuff like that. They expect to catch everything.

  14. realskipbayless says: Sep 4, 2014 7:25 AM

    I’m sure the jets management exaggerated your drops also when they decided to cut you?/

  15. qdog112 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:30 AM

    Stephen, I’ve followed you since your GT days. My advice is to be quiet and work on your craft.

    Nixon proved you can’t win against the press. They have more ink.

  16. junkmtb says: Sep 4, 2014 7:36 AM

    The JETS deciding you arent good enough is a laughing matter within itself. Basically taking what they think with a grain of salt!!

  17. metsr1 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:37 AM

    Let me see, you use your body to catch the ball instead of your hands, you jump for balls thrown chest high allowing DB’s to knock them down, you never tried to out wrestle much shorter DB’s on long passes despite your height advantage. Then you drop half of the passes thrown to you. Yup, it’s the medias fault!

  18. kd75 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:38 AM

    In his defense, he got stuck with Sanchez and Shottenheimer then Geno Morningwhig in hiis first two years.

  19. chapnastier says: Sep 4, 2014 7:42 AM

    It would be nice if one of these highly compensated grown men would act like grown men and just take responsibility for their actions.

  20. 6thsense10 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:50 AM

    Who you gonna believe? Me or your eyes? Good god.

  21. doug2626 says: Sep 4, 2014 7:53 AM

    Ya know, you could have added some statistics to either back up his argument or refute it.

  22. kayakattack says: Sep 4, 2014 8:03 AM

    ONE dropped pass is the difference between David Tyree and Dennis Northcutt in 2007

  23. bdfun400 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:22 AM

    21 catches 5 drops as a rookie in 2012.

    24 catches 1 drop last year.

    This according to Sportingcharts.com

    Bigger problem would be % of targets caught:
    44.7%in 2012
    41.4% in 2013

    not dropping the ball alot, just not making plays

  24. billswillnevermove says: Sep 4, 2014 8:24 AM

    Because he played with bust Geno Smith. JETS!!! JETS!!! JETS!!! 0-16!!!!!

  25. thegrigga49 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:26 AM

    Who’s worse, Stephen Hill or AJ Jenkins? Both the Niners and Jets could have had Alshon Jeffrey. Trent Baalkes biggest draft day mishap.

  26. pittsteelers101 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:32 AM

    Are u kidding me that this guy is still talking!He dropped his release papers when they were given to him!

  27. agcooney108 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:36 AM

    it was actually everything…also those players who got drops in jets camp actually got cut too

  28. 700levelvet says: Sep 4, 2014 8:37 AM

    A picture is worth a thousand words…

  29. crazymooch says: Sep 4, 2014 8:39 AM

    And he’s totally right (sort of).

    According to Rotoworld, he dropped just one pass in the 2013 season, ranking him 273rd in the league in drops with a 1.7% drop rate. Not bad . . . .

    But in 2012 he dropped five in fewer targets, for a 10.6% rate and ranking 51st for drops.

    Either way, his catch rate is in the low 40%s, which is very low for a WR, and either way that’s influenced an awful lot by being saddled with poor QB play.

  30. campcouch says: Sep 4, 2014 8:58 AM

    Roll those stats out and let’s see. There’s video for every game you played in.

  31. 87hollywoodhorn says: Sep 4, 2014 9:01 AM

    Stephen Hill is speaking the TRUTH!

  32. 2ruefan says: Sep 4, 2014 9:08 AM

    Yeah.. me too.

    Troy Williamson

  33. winninaintsinnin says: Sep 4, 2014 9:49 AM

    Let’s see if I understand…

    You were really very good but NO NFL TEAM looked beyond the NY media when evaluating you.

    Got it.

  34. virgiltab says: Sep 4, 2014 10:36 AM

    Well, If anyone can fix his technic issues, it is Ricky Proehl. Best Damn WR coach in the business.

    Look at how he resurrected Ted Ginn and Brandon Lafell’s Careers?

  35. hrmlss says: Sep 4, 2014 10:47 AM

    So how many drops did he actually have?

  36. mjmeyer86 says: Sep 4, 2014 10:57 AM

    Hill was too much of a project for the Jets. Even if his drops were exaggerated, you couldn’t count on him to make a play when you needed one. Maybe he can still develop more and resurrect his career in Carolina.

  37. micro216 says: Sep 4, 2014 1:23 PM

    Stephen Hill is better than nothing… and the Browns currently have nothing at WR, so they may as well give this guy a try. He has all the raw attributes you want in a wide receiver – size and speed at least.

    The Jets picked up former Browns 3rd round CB Leon McFadden… so it would only make sense that the Browns pick up the Jets former 2nd round WR Stephen Hill.

  38. sbmcintosh36 says: Sep 4, 2014 4:12 PM

    He’s right ,the guy has never had a chance he’s never had a real QB he was project when drafted by Mike T who screwed him ( and the team) by drafting him wayyyy to high with the expectation he’d be a #1 WR which he’s not yet and probably never will be, only time will tell if he’s even good enough to be a #2.
    He’s still only 23 and going into his 3rd year so he’s got time on his side and a fat bank account thanks to our old friend Mike T

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