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Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill recently was featured by ESPN NY's Jane McManus as he fights for his place on the Jets roster.  Other than adjusting to the NFL game and working with quarterbacks in varying stages of their career, one of Hill's biggest setbacks has been the health of his knees.

So far those knees haven't been a problem, will that factor influence Hill's ability to impact this roster?

Via McManus on

Hill didn’t have surgery this offseason, but said he spent the offseason strengthening the muscles around his knees and doesn’t expect the issue to reappear. It was Hill’s left knee last year, and both knees his rookie year. In both seasons, Hill was placed on the injured reserve because of knee injuries.

“My knee actually feels better than it did last year,” Hill said. “Because last year I didn’t take a lot of OTA reps and I went all through OTAs and now minicamp, so right now I feel strictly 100 percent.”

This year's roster is deeper than ever before, but at the same time lacks much in the way of historically productive NFL standard-bearers.  Eric Decker will headline the group and Jeremy Kerley will ably complement Decker from the slot.  David Nelson came on strong as an in-season pickup.  Saalim Hakim's speed is tempting and Greg Salas and Michael Campbell both looked good during the 2013 preseason.  Clyde Gates and Jacoby Ford will be in the mix for special teams work, but maybe little else.  In addition, the team has three May draftees in Jalen Saunders, Shaquelle Evens and Quincy Enunwa.  Expect at least two of those draftees to be picked up on the final roster.

There's talent and depth, but it's the lack of proven production that will take the league by surprise this fall.  This camp battle for the receivers should be one of the team's best in recent memory.

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