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Open Letter to Jets WR Stephen Hill

Dear Stephen Hill,

I was incredibly excited about your potential when the Jets moved up and drafted you with 43rd overall selection in the 2012 draft. I remember gawking at your college highlights from Georgia Tech, the same school Lions receiver Calvin Johnson went to, thinking one day you might be just as productive. You had great size standing at 6 foot 4 and blazing fast speed which you showed in the 40 yard dash at the combine when you ran in the 4.3’s. Analysts said you were raw, and would need to improve in a lot of areas to be an effective receiver at the next level, but the Jets, like many, were too smitten with your measurable statistics.

I personally was excited to potentially see you grow into the next Megatron, I even had your Decepticon name picked out. You were to be Starscream (after all Starscream transforms into a Jet), Megatrons second in command constantly pining for the throne. In your first game ever you blew up with 5 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns. You showed your deep threat ability on the first TD, and your incredible speed in the second on a crossing route where you made the second effort to stay in bounds while diving into the end-zone.

Fast forward to now and I am sad to say you have not earned your Decepticon nickname, as a matter of fact you haven’t even earned a starting spot in the Jets roster that is known to all as having a lack of wide receiver talent. You struggled with ball security, getting off press coverage, and worst of all you struggle catching the ball. You rarely used the size you possess to gain position and advantage on passes thrown your way, and we haven’t seen your speed translate consistently on the NFL field.

Now I am worried you might never even become a decent wide receiver in this league, and your roster spot might be in jeopardy going forward unless you make big strides this off season. So I ask of you Mr Hill, hit this off season hard and with a vengeance. Dedicate yourself to mastering your craft and never be too far away from a JUGS machine, fight for your roster spot and prove to Jet fans that the Jets didn’t make a mistake when trading away lower draft picks to draft you while Alshon Jeffrey ( who is now coming into his own as a top receiver in the NFL) was still on the board. In other words, please become our Starscream.

 

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