Hill acknowledged Wednesday that wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal told him the bad news.It's fair to say that Hill's second season has been a disappointment, but we do think that paired with a better quarterback Hill's production would increase. Instead, Hill has had the hesitant Sanchez in 2012 and now a quarterback grasping to learn the NFL game throwing him the ball. Stephen Hill hasn't set the world ablaze, but from Bent's article on Hill this week it is clear that Hill's problems are not 100% his fault. As noted in Record article, Hill didn't have any bad drops, but it was more contact, contention that seemed to cause the incompletions ... along with Geno's not going to Hill when the receiver was wide open.
Hill said Lal was "basically just straight up with me, that some things are going to be cut down. But I’m still going to get enough reps."
Hill was targeted seven times in the Jets’ loss to Buffalo on Sunday, yet had no catches. However, he also didn’t have any blatant drops.
"I’ve been disappointed, there’s no doubt," coach Rex Ryan said, "because we all see the potential that this young man has. [It] doesn’t mean we’re giving up on the young man, but we want to see" production.
That said, a receiver as big and strong as he is should have a fundamental understanding of how to use his size to his own advantage. It is something that Josh Cribbs has admitted he finds himself reminding Hill about ... not a good thing.