Will Stephen Hill Step Into the Spotlight?

As if the Jets receiver corps wasn’t threadbare enough already, this week the unit will be under stress again as two players won’t be able to because of concissions — all the more reason the Jets brought in a player like Mardy Gilyard earlier this week.  Still, Brian Costello writes for the Post that someone is going to have to step up .. so how about rookie receiver Stephen Hill?

This week, they most likely will not have Clyde Gates (concussion), and Jeremy Kerley (hamstring, heel) and Chaz Schilens (concussion) have missed practice time this week. That led coach Rex Ryan to call on rookie Stephen Hill to pick up the slack.

“He’s basically just saying, ‘Go out there and get the job done,’” Hill said. “That’s been my motto the whole year. I haven’t gotten certain things done, but definitely this is the week for me to come out and get the job done.”

It’s showtime for Hill.  He’s going to have less competition to make catches today and Mark Sanchez is playing for his viability as an NFL quarterback down the stretch.  This would be a good time for both players to show what they are capable of.

“I don’t think Stephen would tell you that he’s to the point that we’d like him to be,” offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said. “This guy, he has a ton of arrow-up upside. He’s got all the athletic ability and he’s got a tremendous work ethic and he’s a smart kid, so those are all qualities that help you grow in our business. But I think Stephen would tell you the same thing. He has room to improve right now, certainly.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

I liked the Hill draft pick and I still do, but the Jets are going to have to find a way to get him more involved in the offense in a way that fits Hill’s skillset best.

A raw player like Stephen Hill is best used as a flyer and that’s a skillset wholly unsuited to a quarterback like Mark Sanchez.  Hill needs someone who can rifle the ball to him and let’s be frank – that quarterback will never be Mark Sanchez.  I’m not pleased with the progress from the rookie either, but at the same time Mark Sanchez might not be the best guy to work with a player of Hill’s skillset – as we saw to great terribleness in the first matchup against the Patriots.  This pass actually was one of the top five worst passes of the year according to Barnwell at Grantland.