The New York Jets drafted wide receiver Stephen Hill with the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft with big hopes that he would turn into a playmaker. Unfortunately after his first two NFL seasons, he has shown nothing of that potential and has left the Jets very frustrated with his lack of production. According to reports coming out of New York, the Jets’ patience is “wearing thin” with Hill.
— Pro Football Spot (@pfspot) April 13, 2014
There is no denying the ability that he still possesses to break out, but he has to realize his opportunity and work hard to reach his full potential. If he does decide to begin taking things seriously, there is a chance that the Jets could still get the production that they want out of him. That being said, he hasn’t given the team any signs that he is going to mature any time soon.
Hill, 22, has played in 23 regular season games with the Jets, catching just 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns, including 24 receptions for 342 yards and a score in 2013. At 6-foot-4 and possessing the athletic ability that he has, those numbers should be much higher without question.
The Jets did sign quarterback Michael Vick this offseason, which could be a help for Hill and the rest of the receivers, as neither Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith was able to put together consistent games each week.
Overall, this is a make or break season for Hill and could decide what his NFL future is. There aren’t many people that will trust Hill in the future if he isn’t able to make something happen in his first three seasons. All that being said, the Jets are going to give him every chance to succeed, and perhaps having a quarterback like Vick will be the difference for him.