After a rookie season full of growing pains that ended with an injured reserve stint, sophomore wide receiver Stephen Hill, who has remained in New Jersey throughout the offseason to rehab, is at 100% and ready to contribute.
Stephen Hill did not go home to Georgia this offseason, choosing to stay in New Jersey to rehab his knee. By February he was able to start working out again.
“It’s a lot different because coming in last year you really didn’t know anything,” Hill said. “Because coming in last year you really didn’t know anything, you’re just coming in blind. Just learning a lot from how the year went last year. It really gives you a step on other guys that are coming in.”
He will be a part of a new offense, with Marty Mornhinweg coming in as the new offensive coordinator and installing a more pass-friendly. And it seems to suit him well.
“Oh I love it,” Hill said. “It’s different from coach (Tony) Sparano’s. Coach Mornhinweg is definitely trying to put the ball in the air, let us receivers go and get it. He definitely has preached us make sure we run routes correctly and preached to make sure we catch the ball right.”
Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.comWe were spoiled by Hill in the home opener against Buffalo last season. Despite his rawness, he racked up 89 yards and two touchdowns in the dismantling of Buffalo but from thereon the dropsies plagued Hill and the injury put the cap on a disappointing year. His development was hindered by a lot of factors but hopefully with Mornhinweg at the helm, Hill can flourish in the West Coast Offense. He seems to have the right attitude and is responding well to instruction so that’s certainly a positive step in the right direction.