Hill Moving on From His Rookie Season

One of the biggest gripes about the Jets offense this offseason has been that it has no weapons — no established weapons might be a fairer characterization.  There’s potential now with a overhauled battery of running backs and in the passing game, Stephen Hill scratched the surface of his potential in 2012.  Could 2013 be different for the second year receiver?  At just 22 years old, Hill had a season that showed promise, but left many fans wanting more.  The amount of attention, mostly negative, that he received by way of Twitter, Instagram and even from harassing phone calls led Hill to leave all that behind and focus on football.

Connor Orr writes a fantastic piece in the Star-Ledger about Hill and the potential that Jets WR coach Sanjay Lal is seeking to coax out of him much as he did with Darrius Heyward-Bey in Oakland before being dismissed after the 2011 season.  It’s a fantastic piece and sheds a lot of light into Hill, the struggles of his rookie season and why hope of him developing into a weekly threat is plausible.

[Hill] says he is more relaxed now, and cannot wait to operate in new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg’s offense, an aggressive system that racks up yardage in the passing game and unleashes All-Pro wideouts.

“We gotta get that whole quarterback situation handled,” Hill said, laughing about his team’s five-way battle for the starting QB job. “We have to get that handled first before we start throwing it really deep.”

Lal instructed Hill to begin watching more tape of the great wide receivers to prepare — see how every move Rice makes has a purpose, how Andre Johnson controls and adjusts his body, how Anquan Boldin blocks downfield.

He tells Hill that he can have all those tools and combine them into one receiver.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

Speed, size, explosiveness, body control … Hill has every tool it  will take to be a top receiver and he just needs to put it together as Lal indicates.  A look back at the scouting reports on Hill shows what he could be capable of but the risk-reward associated with him.  He came out a year early and so it’s good that Lal is working with him to bring out his potential.  Sorting out the QB spot is going to be key for Hill.  A signal caller who can identify opportunity and with the guts and arm strength to throw him open could be a game-changer for a player like Hill.