Re: The Jets......(A thread of laughs!)
posted at 8/20/2014 3:19 PM EDT
Jests WR Stephen Hill may soon be joining the lengthy list of NY Jets high round draft busts. Here's an article detailing why the NFL could mean "Nor For Long" for him:
NY JETS' STEPHEN HILL may be running out of time to fulfill potential.Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal told The News this offseason that it's premature to label Hill a bust, but time is running short for a player who has been erratic in training camp and the first two preseason games.
Stephen Hill has become the Jets’ Rorschach test, confounding just about everyone who stares at him. Some see promise. Others see bust.
Hill should have seized the No. 2 outside receiver job by now, making it a no-brainer decision for Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. He has the pedigree and incentive, but has been ineffective in the Jets’ first two preseason games. Some wonder whether this will be as good as it gets for the young receiver.
Hall of Famers Cris Carter and Michael Irvin look at the same guy through radically different lenses, a microcosm of the nearly three-year debate on the former second-rounder. Two of the greatest players to play the position spoke with the Daily News about the present and the future of the enigmatic Hill.
“It’s a ‘right-now’ football league,” Carter said. “He’s a fast player that doesn’t play fast. So how long will that take to develop?”
Hill’s cavernous learning curve coming from a run-based system at Georgia Tech coupled with ailing knees that landed him on injured reserve each of his first two seasons have made him an easy target for critics. By any objective measure, Hill hasn’t produced sufficient results in the ultimate bottom-line industry.
Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal told The News this offseason that it’s premature to label Hill as a bust, but time is running short for a player who has been erratic in training camp and the first two preseason games.
Hill needed to remove any doubt early on that he deserves to start opposite of Eric Decker this season. So far, he’s come up small.
Hill has one reception for 17 yards on 37 pass routes in the preseason, according to Pro Football Focus. He’s been targeted only twice (plus one that was negated due to a defensive penalty) despite playing 70 snaps in the first two preseason games, a ridiculous reality that raises the obvious question: Is Hill simply not getting open?
Irvin points the finger at Hill’s environment.
“I see raw ability and raw talent,” Irvin said. “But in order to bring the best of that raw ability, you got to have some things around him so he can learn and really understand it. He needs people that will teach him how to work and teach him how to play the game. . . . I can’t kill Stephen Hill. I can kill what has poured into Stephen Hill.”
“You don’t have a stable quarterback situation, so how can you have a stable offensive system?” Irvin added. “How can he gain confidence in what he’s doing if there is no confidence in what the quarterback’s doing? We’re asking this kid, ‘Hey, show up and be big even though all the mechanisms that get you the ball to give you the opportunity are less than big.’ It’s kind of a tall order.”
It’s a fair critique — Mark Sanchez had his worst season as a pro in Hill’s rookie season and Geno Smith endured growing pains last year — but Hill hasn’t exactly elevated his game in less-than-ideal circumstances since the Jets traded up to draft him with the 43rd pick of the 2012 draft, two slots ahead of budding Bears star Alshon Jeffery.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/jets/mehta-chance-slipping-jets-wr-stephen-hill-article-1.1909805#ixzz3AxfH2Y5L