By Robert Evans: It may be that Stephen Hill is not long for the New York Jets. The wide receiver, now in his second year of professional football, followed up one dismal performance with another last Sunday. Without a single catch in either NFL game the New York Jets went down 37-14 against the Buffalo Bills.
It has got any number of heads scratching. Over the last couple of weeks Hill has played 104 of 121 snaps. So although there was no shortage of time for him, you can click here for NFL Lines. Many thought that, after Sunday, it was only a matter of time that the Jets coach, Rex Ryan would break his silence on the subject.
Sur enough, a few days ago Ryan announced that Hill’s time could well be reduced when the Jets have their forthcoming matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. The coach is renowned for his disinclination to be disapproving of the performance of his players in the media and has often hugely supported them when they have hit a rough patch.
However, the bad news is compounded for Hill. He has also lost his starting job. However, one man’s misfortune is another’s gain and David Nelson has been awarded the starting job – no doubt to his relief as he was only signed off the scrap heap a matter of weeks ago.
Ryan has more or less admitted in public that he is disappointed with Hills performance. The second year wide receiver has confounded those who had hoped for great things from the Georgia Tech graduate. However, all is not lost. While Ryan has voiced his disquiet about Hill’s performance has also added that he hasn’t given up on him. He is still, however, waiting for a great game from Hill.
Who knows. Perhaps the game against the Baltimore Ravens will see a revival in Hill’s fortunes. If not then patience, like most other things, will wear out.