Second-Year Receiver Denies Pass-Dropping Problem

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill believes that he can be the No. 1 receiving option for either Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith, since Santonio Holmes has been placed on the PUP list and there is no timetable for his return.

“That’s just my competitiveness, that’s what I feel like I can do,” the second-year receiver told reporters. “If I can be that No. 1 wide receiver, that’s what I’m striving for. (Holmes) is definitely going to make that comeback sooner or later, but other than that I’m definitely striving to be that No. 1 guy.”

The 22-year-old caught 21 passes for three touchdowns last season. Assuming that Holmes is sidelined for week 1, Hill will be competing with Braylon Edwards, Jeremy Kerley and Clyde Gates for the No.1 spot. Kerley is expected to start at the slot position.

Of the 32 NFL teams, Gang Green ranked 31st in completions and 30th in passing yards and completion percentage last season. Hill, the former Georgia Tech wideout, defends his case that he doesn’t have a pass-dropping problem, despite how he is framed.

“I only dropped three balls last year, that’s what I know,” Hill told reporters. “I look back at the film because I watch film every day. However that goes, that’s people’s opinions. That’s not facts.”

Whoever establishes himself as the No. 1 receiver will have to make a major impact to improve from the passing-plagued offense that Jets fans saw last season.

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