Finally, my microscope is studying wide receiver Stephen Hill.
Coming out of Georgia Tech, Hill played in an option system (not unlike what Tim Tebow is known for) but if you look at his 2011 numbers, he was a decent receiver.. (28 receptions, 820 yards).
Decent will not be good enough. The Jets don’t have a big wide receiver threat could out jump everyone. For all the problems and headaches that Plaxico Burress came with, he did help out with his size in the red-zone tremendously. Love him or hate him, Braylon Edwards did a lot of good outside the numbers in 2010 for Mark Sanchez. The first two catches that come to mind immediately are the game winning drive in the regular season against to Houston along with the playoff catch in Indy in the fourth quarter.
Hill is in a bit of battle with Patrick Turner for the number three wide receiver spot and he needs to show a lot in order for the coaches to trust him with the first team offense. Both of them have virtually the same stats through two preseason games except that Hill’s got Turner beaten by five receiving yards.
Hill’s got a lot of upside and he really was a steal in the second round. Since I don’t fully believe that the Jets completely trust Turner to be that tall threat for the offense, Hill has got to step up. Sanchez needs a tall downfield threat in order to succeed as a passer and the offense to survive.
Bottom line here is that if the Jets are going to succeed, these three members of the rookie class need to, and will, step up and make an immediate impact.