As was announced on Friday, Stephen Hill won’t be suiting up for this offense this weekend or any of the next two due to his knees. Hill will end the season for his second straight season on the injured reserve and while it sounds as if the whole thing has been a disappointment for the organization due to their high hopes for him, GM John Idzik made it known to Hill that he still has a role to play on this team as they move forward.
Jets general manager John Idzik pulled Hill aside and told him to remain focused in meetings and to keep absorbing knowledge because “we have a plan for you.” Hill said his left knee has bothered him all season, but also said it was the same knee as last year, when he suffered a sprained LCL in his right knee and had December surgery, missing the last three games. Ryan said it wasn’t one knee, but both.
“I don’t know what the extent is. I know the young man’s really frustrated because it was one knee and then the other knee. He just wasn’t right for the last couple weeks. He got through it, he could participate, but he just wasn’t the same guy. This wasn’t the guy we drafted that ran the 4.2 in the 40,’’ said Ryan, who didn’t rule out Hill needing surgery.
“Is surgery an option? I’m not sure. Certainly, I’d think that’s a possibility.’’
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comHill’s first two years have been a disappointment, but I still think there’s hope. The Alshon Jeffrey comparison to me is unfair for two reasons. First, he has Brandon Marshall to play off. Second, he has a veteran quarterback who at times can be a dynamic playmaker. As Bent has illustrated numerous times on BGA, there’s been times where Hill has been open and Geno didn’t have the faith to make the throw.
If Hill can get and stay healthy, maybe the cutting and knee issues become less a problem, but also if the team’s quarterback has a better rapport with him that won’t hurt matters either. Going back to Alshon Jeffrey, at this point I don’t think that Hill will ever be as talented a receiver as Jeffrey is, but there certainly is room for upside should the offense be allowed to grow up around him.