As reported by Manish Mehta today on Twitter, in his press conference Rex Ryan admitted he might consider removing Stephen Hill from the starting line up. Stephen Hill was the Jets second round pick after trading a way their 5th and 7th round selections to move up to 43rd overall. He came to the Jets by way of Georgia Tech, the same school Calvin Johnson came out of, and had some comparable deliverable such as his height, and speed. Running a 4.28 in the 40 before the draft and was considered a top receiver prospect. Surely the GM at the time, Mike Tennenbaum, wanted to get the Jets their own Megatron. Unfortunately for Stephen Hill and the Jets this still hasn’t quite come to fruition yet.
In his rookie season he played in 11 games and racked up an unimpressive 252 yards, and 3 touchdowns on 21 receptions from 47 targets. This year he has shown some signs of improvement racking up 340 yards and a touchdown in one less game. However, he has caught a smaller percentage of passes thrown his way, and still has trouble getting a clean break off of press coverage, and running clean quick precise routes. Though the prospect of the Jets having their own Megatron (maybe we can call him Starscream) is an attractive one, so far Hill has shown he cannot do much, outside of run blocking, consistently well. Perhaps the prospect of losing the starting job will motivate him to become a better wide receiver and reach his potential, or perhaps he will continue to get downgraded down the roster until one day the Jets do find a competent big bodied down field threat. The original tweet can be found below.
Rex admits removing Stephen Hill from the starting lineup will be a "consideration." #Nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) November 18, 2013