WR Stephen Hill - Free Agent

6-4, 215Born: 4-25-1991College: Georgia TechDrafted: Round 2, pick 43 (2012)

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2013 Week 1 vs TB (9 / 6 / 39 / 0 rec)

Stephen Hill and Geno Smith built upon their impressive pre-season performance. Hill has shown the ability to stretch the field, but given the conservative nature of the game plan, all of Hill's routes were of the short-to-intermediate variety. On several of Smith's designed roll outs, Hill ran drag routes across the formation and used his size to box out smaller corners. During the fourth quarter, Hill ran an out-route and secured a lowly thrown pass for a 9-yard gain. The referees initially ruled it incomplete, but the Jets successfully challenged. This reception was important because it prolonged a drive that led to a go-ahead field goal. When he wasn't running sideline routes, Hill ran deep post routes to draw safeties away from Kellen Winslow. While it doesn't show up in the box score, Hill appears focused and re-energized. Smith and Hill have developed strong chemistry that should lead to bigger plays in coming weeks.

2013 Week 2 vs NE (8 / 4 / 86 / 0 rec)

Is there a more maddening receiver than Stephen Hill? Hill and Geno Smith started the game with a huge 33-yard completion on a deep crossing route. Smith hit Hill in stride, but Hill took a low hit and fumbled the ball away. Ball security is becoming an obvious issue that Hill must address right away. This turnover led to three critical points for New England. Two drives later, Smith hit Hill on a comeback route on a key 3rd-and-2. Hill was matched up against the smaller Kyle Arrington. After making the catch before the first down marker, Smith failed to drive his legs through Arrington's tackle and came up shy of the marker. In the fourth quarter, Hill was able to get separation downfield and Smith threw a great pass for a 37-yard completion. This play firmly put the Jets in field goal range, but three plays later, Smith threw an untimely interception. Hill had his share of dropped passes, but spent the majority of the game beating press coverage. Hill ran a first quarter arrow route into the back of the end zone, but Smith failed to recognize Hill was wide open. As the season progresses and Smith develops more chemistry with Hill, fans expect to see better timing between the two young players. If Mornhinweg continues to open up the playbook, Hill will be the direct beneficiary.

2013 Week 3 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 108 / 1 rec)

Week after week, Stephen Hill and Geno Smith become more comfortable with each other. Marty Mornhinweg continues to open up the playbook and Hill has become the biggest beneficiary. During his first drive, Smith found Hill down the seam for a 45-yard gain. Hill displayed his impressive straight line speed that made him a second round pick. Buffalo's coverage broke down and Smith delivered a perfect ball that only Hill could catch. Midway through the third quarter, Smith found Hill on a zone route for a 12-yard gain. Two plays later, Hill beat Justin Rogers down the right sideline for a 51-yard touchdown. Smith put the throw on Hill's back shoulder and Hill slightly pushed off Rogers to make the catch before accelerating an additional 20 yards into the end zone. Smith and the Jet receivers abused Rogers, so take his final stat line with a grain of salt. After a few drops, Hill did not record a reception in the second half. Hill has the tendency to mentally check out when he isn't targeted, which was evident by in the fourth quarter. Hill is still very raw as a receiver, but his straight line speed makes him a big play threat. Expect Hill to continue to serve as Smith's 1B option.

2013 Week 4 vs TEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill left with a concussion in the first quarter. His status for next week's game on Monday night is up in the air, but the extra day gives him a better chance of playing.

2013 Week 5 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

Stephen Hill did not make his first catch until the game winning drive. Hill, who battled through a concussion and did not receive clearance until Friday, did not play a full complement of snaps, but came up big when his team needed him the most. Smith started the game winning drive by completing two of first three pass attempts to Hill. New York needed 40 yards to get into field goal range, so Atlanta played zone coverage and Hill found soft spots. New York will need his play making ability for next week's match-up against Pittsburgh.

2013 Week 6 vs PIT (8 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

After a relatively quiet performance against Atlanta, Hill was peppered with seven of his eight targets as New York attempted to mount a second half comeback. Week after week, Hill improves his ball skills and shows glimpses of the big play threat New York needs. Midway through the 2nd quarter, Hill made a tough catch along the sideline for a 21-yard gain. Hill took a massive hit from Troy Polamalu and appeared to be injured. However, Hill shrugged off the hit and returned the game. Early in the 3rd quarter, Smith had Hill wide open down the right sideline, but the pass was slightly overthrown. Hill battled against Ike Taylor during the second half and secured two catches for 35 yards. Hill worked the sideline and displayed impressive body control as he made the catches.

2013 Week 7 vs NE (5 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

It was a frustrating game for Stephen Hill. New England's corners were very physical with him and he had trouble creating separation off the line of scrimmage. Midway through the 2nd quarter, Hill caught a deep touchdown pass, but was flagged for offensive pass interference. Several of Hill's targets were deep balls that were thrown out of bounds. Hill continues to be an inconsistent, 'All or Nothing' option in New York's offense.

2013 Week 8 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)

Since suffering a concussion in Week 4, Hill has become an afterthought in the passing game. Early in the season, Hill excelled as a deep threat on the outside, but those plays have stopped. New York is opting to use Hill on underneath routes where he looks tentative. Hill did not catch his first pass until the third quarter when he settled in the middle of zone coverage and fell down after securing a 5-yard gain. Smith came back to Hill on the next play for a small four-yard gain.

2013 Week 9 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill has become a complete afterthought in New York's offense.

2013 Week 11 vs BUF (7 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Despite receiving seven targets, Hill was held without a reception for the second straight game. Hill's production is plagued by inconsistent quarterback play. Five of Hill's seven targets were overthrown as Geno Smith was unable deliver accurate passes under duress. Hill's other two targets were underthrown as Buffalo's defensive lineman tipped passes at the line of scrimmage.

2013 Week 13 vs MIA (4 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Stephen Hill caught his first pass since Week 8. Hill's lone reception occurred during the first half on a short out-route. Hill received two end zone targets, but poor throws from his quarterbacks did not give him a scoring opportunity.

2012 Week 1 vs BUF (6 / 5 / 89 / 2 rec)

Hill was a raw but impressive athletic talent coming into the league who looked lost for much of the preseason. He was a revelation in this game though as he caught 5 of 6 passes thrown his way for 89 yards and two touchdowns. The most impressive play came in the second half came in the second half when he caught a short pass and ran through and over the Bills defense for a 17-yard touchdown. The Jets passing game could be a lot better than people expect if Hill can play like this consistently.

2012 Week 2 vs PIT (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

A week after catching two touchdowns, Hill was barely targeted at all as the Jets passing game sputtered. He did have one catch at a deep ball. While he was slightly interfered with by Ryan Clark, Hill still could have caught the ball and showed his lack of ball skills and good hands on the play.

2012 Week 3 vs MIA (7 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill had a rough game. Despite receiving seven targets, Hill failed to record a reception for the second straight week. Hill was victimized by a horrible drop in the end zone, some errant Sanchez passes, and a few unfortunate injuries. Early in the second quarter, Hill took a helmet to the knee and limped off the field. Hill returned, but suffered another injury. Later on in the fourth quarter, Hill appeared to pull his hamstring on a deep go-route. Hill attempted to play through the injury, but was unable to finish his route. He did not play in overtime.

2012 Week 6 vs IND (3 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)

After missing the last two games, Hill returned in a big way. During his team's second drive, Sanchez found Hill on a 3rd-and-8 for a first down. Hill ran a quick slant route, made a nice move, and accelerated for the first down. Five plays later, Sanchez came back to Hill for a five-yard touchdown pass. Hill ran an in-route, but broke the route of and settled into the back of the end zone. Hill utilized his long reach to box out defenders and haul in the catch. Hill showed no ill effects of his hamstring injury.

2012 Week 7 vs NE (7 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)

Hill did not earn his first reception until the third quarter. However, during the second quarter, Hill was wide open on a deep, go-route, but Sanchez's pass was horribly underthrown and intercepted. Sanchez atoned for his mistake by getting the ball to Hill early in the third quarter. On the Jets' first second half drive, Sanchez completed his first pass to Hill on the left sideline for 12 yards. Later in the game, Hill was instrumental during his team's 14-play, 92-yard fourth quarter touchdown drive. To start the drive, Sanchez found Hill down the right sideline for a 21-yard gain. Hill showed impressive body control, adjusting to the ball in the air, and making the catch. Two plays later, Sanchez went back to Hill and completed a seven-yard slant route. Hill did a great job fighting for inside position. Hill's third catch of the drive came on a 15-yard route where he settled into the soft spot on the Patriots' zone coverage. On the Jets' next drive, Hill dropped a key 3rd-and-3 pass on New England's 29-yard line that would have resulted in a first-down. The Jets' settled for a game-tying field goal, but a Hill reception would have prolonged the drive.

2012 Week 8 vs MIA (7 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)

Hill and Sanchez were not on the same page. During his team's seventh drive, Hill was wide open on a post route, but he broke the route off and the ball sailed over his head. Had Hill and Sanchez been on the same page, the play would have went for a touchdown. During the next drive, Hill was once again open in the end zone, but ball deflected off his chest. The Dolphins covered the play well, but Hill should have secured the catch. Hill made just one reception in each half. During his team's third drive, Hill caught a slant route, turned up field, and gained 19 yards. Hill fought for extra yardage before being gang tackled out of bounds. After the play, Hill vehemently spiked the ball on the Dolphin sideline, but did not receive a penalty. Hill's second reception occurred during his team's final drive. He caught a quick slant route for ten yards.

2012 Week 10 vs SEA (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill had a difficult time against the larger, more physical Seattle corners. Hill was unable to beat press, man-to-man coverage off the line of scrimmage and his production suffered. Since he was unable to get open, each of his two targets was thrown out of bounds.

2012 Week 11 vs STL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Another talented, but raw wide receiver, Hill was held off the statsheet yesterday. Since catching two touchdown passes in Week 1, Hill has done very little. Fighting through some nagging injuries of his own, it's been a rough rookie campaign for the Georgia Tech product. With the lack of consistency at quarterback, Hill was always going to come along slowly, after playing in the triple-option offense in college. He does possess the talent and physical skills to be a bigtime wideout, but will ever be able to scratch the surface of it while playing for the Jets?

2012 Week 12 vs NE (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Hill continues to disappear during games. Hill didn't receive his first target until the end of the first half. Faced with a 35-0 deficit, Sanchez fed each of his receivers during his fifth drive. On a 2nd-and-10 play from New England's 45-yard line, Sanchez completed a short pass to Hill for a nine-yard gain. Hill was matched up against Kyle Arrington and made a nice move in space. Five plays later, Hill converted a 4th-and-1 play by catching a quick slant route for a five yard gain and a first down. Sanchez attempted 22 pass attempts during the second half, but Hill was not targeted. Hill has a tendency to disappear during games and today was no exception.

2012 Week 13 vs ARI (8 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)

Hill continues to be a 'boom or bust' receiver. For the first time this season, Hill led the Jets in targets, but continued to make rookie mistakes. Hill secured four of his five first half targets for 32 yards, but his lone miss stands out. On a 1st-and-10 play, Arizona played soft zone coverage against Hill. Sanchez immediately recognized the coverage and quickly threw the ball to Hill. However, Hill was running a go-route and the ball was thrown behind him. If Sanchez and Hill were on the same page, the completion would have gone for another first down. After halftime, Hill ran two more incorrect routes that resulted in incompletions. Hill was the recipient of McElroy's first completion. On a 3rd-and-6 play, Hill ran an out-route and McElroy hit him in stride for eight yards. The timing between the two young players was impressive.

2012 Week 14 vs JAX (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hill suffered a knee injury during the second quarter and did not return.