Jets WR Released; Agent blames Sanchez and Tebow
Back in 2012 Stephen Hill was considered one of the best receivers coming out of college. His draft stock was high and many considered him to be drafted early in the first round.
Things didn’t go as planned and the former Georgia Tech star fell into the second round before having his name called by the New York Jets.
Jets fans were pumped, as Hill could help on offense and had potential to be their go-to guy – but things didn’t go exactly as planned for him or the team.
Fast forward to now, where Hill has only 44 receptions and a touchdown in his career – and the Jets are finally done with him, including him in cuts to trim their roster to the NFL mandated 53 players.
He’s now looking for a place to play, and his agent doesn’t think it’s his fault – blasting a trio of Jets quarterbacks for Hill’s lack of performance.
“I’m disappointed in Idzik and Rex with the way the whole thing went down there,” Said Alan Herman via USA TODAY Sports. “Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening. He didn’t have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno.”
Ouch. Blaming a few less than average quarterbacks doesn’t look good for the agent – but it’s not Sanchez, Tebow or Smith’s fault that Hill had hands of slime and had a ball dropping issue as well as several injuries along the way.
One of my fellow Sports-Kings writers Arun Morace, a Jets fan said of the blame game “ Yeah, not Hill’s inability to catch a f****g football. Dude (except when playing Buffalo, for some reason) always played like he’d dipped his hands in butter. Good riddance.”
Speaking of Buffalo, where ten of his 44 receptions and three of his four touchdowns came from, his agent hopes that former Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who is now the head coach of Cleveland, takes a look at the receiver.
“I would think the Browns would put in a claim,” Herman said. “(Coach Mike) Pettine knows him and they need receivers and Stephen can stretch the field.”
Pettine was the Jets’ defensive coordinator when Hill was drafted.
If I was putting money down, I’d bet that it was Hill’s fault he hasn’t made it in the NFL yet. Plenty of receivers have been able to produce under the trio of quarterbacks that Herman blames.