Wednesday, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan was asked if wide receiver Stephen Hill’s knee injury would keep him out the rest of the season. His answer? I don’t know. Two days later, he has seemed to find the answer as the Jets have placed Hill on the injured reserve, thus ending his season.
Last year, the Jets used a second round pick to draft Hill, a receiver who had speed, but his hands were questionable. Since then, he has suffered multiple injuries which have held him out of games, and dropped some key passes. Last year he played in 11 games. This year he played in 12 games, just one more, but in four of those games he didn’t catch a pass. It got to the point where the Jets started decreasing his reps, and considering benching him. Thus continues the downward spiral for Hill.
The Jets knew when they drafted Hill that he would be a project. However, with Jeremy Kerley, Santonio Holmes, and Jeff Cumberland all out injured at some point, and Kellen Winslow suspended for four games, they really needed Hill to step up, and he didn’t. Hill needs to be someone that Geno Smith can rely on. Based on the way the season has gone for Hill, and just my opinion, I think he is losing favor in the organization. He needs to come back next year and step it up, and stay healthy.