Jets Coach Rex Ryan Did Not Want Stephen Hill

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Aug 26, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill (84) during the second half of their game against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. The Panthers defeated the Jets 17-12. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

There has been a lot of talk about the draft class of the New York Jets. Some have been high on it, a lot of people have been quite down on it. The two most talked about picks were the first two, Quinton Coples, and Stephen Hill. The Stephen Hill choice has been much maligned, due to the fact that he didn’t catch a lot of passes in college, even with his speed and high average yards per catch.

Apparently, one guy who did not want Stephen Hill to be on the Jets was head coach Rex Ryan. Here is what he had to say about it in an interview with Sports Illustrated:

“Well, nothing told me he would (contribute),” Ryan told Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. “Nothing. When I saw the tape (of his collegiate play) I was concerned. But (Jets general manager) Mike Tannenbaum and (senior personnel executive) Terry Brady and all our scouts were adamant about this guy. They were adamant that this guy can do it.

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