The past few seasons have been a mess for the New York Jets. During the past two off-seasons the Jets have made some rather questionable roster moves.
The latest one was this past weekend, when the Jets decided to released former Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. Hill has all the tools and talents to be a solid receiver in the NFL.
The problem with this situation is that he wasn’t released because he can’t perform to the value of a second round draft pick. He was released because no one in the New York Jets front office knows how to run a functional football team.
Last season was one of the worst for the Jets’ passing attack. Hill started eight games in his rookie season, and had 12 start last season.
The big problem in this situation is the Jets lack of a franchise quarterback. In his rookie season, Hill had only Mark Sanchez (55% career passing) at the helm. A receiver can’t be expected to have a career receiving season, when the passer is fanning half of his throws into the grass.
Last season, the Jets drafted Geno Smith to save the passing game. Smith’s rookie numbers were reflective of Mark Sanchez’ numbers from 2012. Completing only 56% of his passes, while also hoisting up 21 picks to 12 touchdown passes.
Hill stands at 6’4, and he runs a 4.36 40-meters. The biggest failure that exists is the Jets inability to properly utilize Hill’s talents. He can play at a top tier level if utilized correctly.
The Jets simply don’t know how to operate, let alone execute a West Coast Offense. They have been desperately searching for a star receiver the past few off-seasons, but regardless of the targets given to Sanchez and Smith, neither quarterback was accurate enough to showcase Hill’s full talents.
Stephen Hill hit the field Monday, trying out for the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers run an offense sort of similar to what Hill played in while at Georgia Tech.
They have a dual threat quarterback in Cam Newton and the Panthers traded star receiver Steve Smith to the Baltimore Ravens, which opens up the opportunity for Stephen Hill to start.
He should excel within the Panthers’ offense. Carolina is back on track following last season, while the New York Jets will continue their struggle to find an identity on offense.
In the long term, the Jets will regret releasing Hill and his talents, but they have far bigger issues to fix within the team, like Rex Ryan.