The New York Jets have waived 2012 second-round pick Stephen Hill as part of the transactions made to reach the 53-man roster limit. Hill had struggled in Jets training camp this year catching the ball and was rumored to be on his way out throughout the offseason.
— Richard Graves (@RichardGraves1) August 30, 2014
Hill, 23, was selected by the Jets with the No. 43 overall pick just two seasons ago. After playing college ball at Georgia Tech, Hill was viewed as a player with immense athletic ability that simply needed to refine his craft as a wide receiver. During workouts leading up to the draft, Hill measured in at 6-4, 215 pounds with a 34 3/8 inch wing span. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds and had a 39 1/2 inch vertical.
During his first season in New York, Hill flashed his potential, but failed to display in on a consistent basis. Hill caught 21 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Last season, his second year in the league, Hill caught 24 passes for 342 yards and one score.
Entering this offseason, the Jets were vocal about wanting to see an improved Hill in an offense desperate for playmakers, but those hopes never materialized. In four preseason games, Hill caught three passes for 42 yards while struggling immensely catching the ball. Hill had several drops that put his roster chances on the hot seat.
According to reports, the Jets had attempted to trade Hill prior to releasing him. One of the teams that was most interested was the Cleveland Browns. Earlier this week, Browns Pro Bowl receiver Josh Gordon lost his appeal of a year-long suspension and, as a result, will miss the entire 2014-2015 season.
Looks like Jets WR Stephen Hill will be traded or released shortly. Cleveland may be interested.
— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) August 30, 2014
Hill will be placed on the waiver wire. If no team puts a bid on him, Hill will become a free agent.
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