Nov 3, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill (84) before the game against New Orleans Saints at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

Jets losing patience with Stephen Hill

After 45 catches for 594 yards and four touchdowns during his first two years, it seems that the New York Jets are losing patience with wide receiver Stephen Hill.

According to ProFootballTalk and the New York Daily News, the team are losing faith that Hill will transform his physical skills into becoming a quality football player.

The former second round pick has failed to live up to his drafting position, and has caught roughly the same number of passes as a pro as he did in college.

With John Idzik having no role in drafting Hill, and no reason to retain him out of loyalty, it is possible that the team could look to move on.

Wide receiver is a position of need for the Jets this offseason, and that could be enough to keep Hill in New York for at least the 2014 season – and then if he hasn’t improved dramatically, the team can move on without him.

Oh yes, and when the Jets drafted Hill, they could have selected Alshon Jeffrey instead, who was taken two picks later by the Chicago Bears.

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  • Paul Newbold

    Yep they missed on Hill when they drafted him in the second. Many folks at the time saw this pick as a “stretch”. In his defense he was truly raw coming out of college, with limited route running experience, and a limited number of opportunities to catch the football, he was primarily a decoy and used more for his blocking abilities. He has had a nagging knees injury for the past two seasons, and has had very little talent on the field with him to help. That being said, I hope the Jets have learned their lesson, many mockers are sure the Jets will grab Lee at #18!! Lee is another athletically talented guy with great top end speed. Yet he falls into the bad habit off allowing the ball into his body at times (sound familiar?), and also has some concerns about a nagging knee injury (Hill). I’m not trying to compare the two, (Lee has a much better game), but, I have to wonder if the Jets can afford to gamble at #18.