I am a big proponent of Stephen Hill. He has the potential to make a big impact in this league for years to come. With his size and top speed, he will be a handful for many years. But right now, he is a rookie. One thing that yesterday’s game proved is that for now, he cannot be counted on to be the starter, and he needs to take a seat.
He had zero catches yesterday in 2 targets. One was a huge drop that ended the momentum of a drive. It’s not all his fault, as he was brought in with the expectation of being a starter. On a team that has playoff and Super Bowl aspirations in the preseason, you cannot expect a rookie to assume a starring role. His hands are not ready, he drops too many passes. It culminated yesterday, when late in the game, Mark Sanchez had Hill open on a slant, but didn’t trust him enough to make the throw, instead hitting Konrad Reuland for a big completion.
If the Jets are going to make a late run, they have to have trustworthy wide receivers. The quarterback doesn’t trust Hill, and he needs to sit. He can be a role player, but not a starring role, yet.