NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Stephen Hill’s Jets career ended unceremoniously when he was released last week.
The former second-round draft pick, whose career in New York will most certainly go down as a bust, cleared waivers and was added to the Panthers’ practice squad on Tuesday.
Hill had his chances with the Jets, but general manager John Idzik cut ties with him following two underwhelming seasons and a disappointing preseason.
In the wide receiver’s eyes, the media is to blame for his bad reputation and ultimate ouster from Gang Green.
“Well, honestly, that was New York Jets media that did that,” Hill told reporters. “If you really go back and look at it, there were guys at other facilities that dropped more than I did. As a receiver you’re going to drop passes. You’re going to catch footballs. Things like that happen. It’s just that the New York media – and, honestly, this is me talking – did all that.
“They can say what they want to say about me, but I really don’t care. I’m in a new place now. They tried their best to get me out of there.”
Idzik and head coach Rex Ryan hoped that Hill could reach his full potential and be Geno Smith’s No. 2 receiver opposite Eric Decker, but the wideout continued to be inconsistent this summer. It was hardly a surprise when he was cut.
The 23-year-old dropped nine passes in 23 career games for the Jets. He caught 45 balls for 594 yards and scored four touchdowns.