Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill (84) celebrates after a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen Hill to remain in Jets WR rotation despite benching


The New York Jets used a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on wide receiver Stephen Hill, but he has been a major disappointment to this point. It all came to a boiling point in Week 11, when Hill was benched in a blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Hill lost his starting job to David Nelson, but he will still receive some reps in Week 12 as part of the team’s wide receiver rotation.

“[WRs coach Sanjay Lal was] just straight up with me,” said Hill, via ESPN New York. “That some things are going to be cut down. But I’m still going to get enough reps.”

Hill saw seven targets in Week 11, but he was unable to pull any of the passes in for a catch. It was the second week in a row that Hill was unable to pull in a reception.

The team is lacking talent on the outside, so they would love to see Hill finally live up to the expectations they had when they selected him. If he is unable to make a big impact, Hill will likely continue to slide down the depth chart behind Nelson, Santonio Holmes and Greg Salas.

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  • Paul Newbold

    With the absence of Holmes on the outside, Hill has drawn more coverage. Add to that the hole created by Kerley out of the slot, and none on the Jets has made much of a bang in the receiving department. The Jets knew they were stretching taking Hill in the second round. He ran limited routes, and had a limited number of receptions in college. They drafted him for the raw speed and his blocking abilities, which he utilized well in college. Hill has a ton of potential. and given time (2nd year), and some more talent in the corps and I think Hill will silence a lot of critics. It is too premature to label him a “bust”, as many Jets fans are already claiming.