In the 2012 season, Most of us witnessed what is considered the worst season that the jets have had in years. Mostly it was due impart to piss poor QB play, but also to the injuries to the WR corps. Here's what is fact: in 2012 the jets had the 30th ranked passing game in the league. The depth included Jeremy Kerley, Clyde Gates, Chaz Schliens, Tone' (for 2 weeks), and Georgia Tech rookie receiver Stephen Hill. While most consider Hill a bust, I on the other hand see him as having an average, if not normal, rookie season.
I say this because Hill while came out of a Heavy Triple Option Based Offensive scheme down at GT, he still managed to gain 1248 total YDS, 9 TD, 23.8 Y/G all on 49 receptions in 3 years. Most considered Hill a bust because he did not put up Megatron like numbers in Season 1 (Johnson also came out of GT) and the 4 drops during the season, including the Season Turning one at New England.
Hills Numbers at the end of the season totaled up to 11 GP, 252 YDS, 3 TD, 21/47 Targets (a 45% comp rating), 1.9 YAC, and 22.9 Y/G in just 11 GP. This is significant because in 2012 no rookie receiver broke the 1,000 yd mark. the Only rookie who came close was Justin Blackmon and he racked up 865 YDS. Hill in year two does not need a 1,000 yard season. But, he does need to show improvement, which i believe he will. One GT receiver that Hill can be expected to be more like is Demaryius Thomas. In D.T.'s rookie year he played in 10 games and racked up 283 YDS, 2 TD, 22/39 Targets (a 56% comp. rating) and had 6.5 YAC. While Hill may not of had the same target completion rating or YAC, the two did put up similar overall YDS and TD's. The QB play between the two WR's is also eerily similar in that in 2010 D.T. had Kyle Orton and Tebow throwing to him, while we had, well Butt-fumble, Tebow?, and McElroy at QB. In D.T.'s 2nd season he was able to gain 551 YDS, 4 TD, 32 Receptions, and 50.1 Y/G.
By the way that's still with Orton and Timmy Tebow.
Now, am I saying that Stephen will put up those Numbers? Depending on his progression (which from tweets during training camp point upwards) and the QB play, I say Hell YES. In fact, I strongly believe having Braylon and Tone' (even injured), mentor him, i can see Hill having anywhere from 500-700 rec. yards and 5-8 TD's. He has the speed, size, and a year under his belt, so it's not unprecedented that this happen. If he develops just the right way, he can become our NO.1 WR in the near future. and potentially breakout for +1000 yds and +10 TD's. But, I don't think it's possible THIS YEAR. there's not enough stability at QB (so far we all know), and the rest of camp needs to go on.
So, what do you think? Can Stephen Hill Breakout this year and become the receiver we need?