Stephen Hill was downgraded from probable to questionable on Friday and in the lead-up to the game Sunday against the Raiders, the Jets coaches ruled Hill out in what become concern over his availability for the final three games.
“[Stephen Hill has] had swelling [in his knees],” Ryan told reporters after the game. “It’s been the last several weeks. The young man has been competing his tail off, but he’s just not himself. He’s not able to burst out of cuts [...] quite honestly, as much as he wants it, it’s best for us.
“We made a decision to deactivate him this week. Hopefully, he can get back to where he’s feeling like he can make cuts and burst and we’ll see how it works.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comHill had experiencing swelling during the spring minicamps after he had his knee surgically repaired last offseason. In a game where the offense seemed to be clicking, it is unfortunate that Hill was not able to partake in the feasting on the Raiders defense.
There’s no question that it has been a disappointing second season for Hill, but there’s been some positive signs from the former Georgia Tech receiver and he has been getting open despite his quarterback’s inability to get the ball to him. The Jets are going to be taking on one of the very best secondaries this coming week in Charlotte and so even if Hill can act as a decoy, it might help to get other players open.