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Stephen Hill played well and did not have a drop during minicamp.

An athlete like Hill is expected to look good in non-contact practice, but the lack of drops is a promising sign for a player that has struggled with concentration throughout his career. Hill is easily the most physically gifted receiver on the Jets' roster, but he will have to turn those physical gifts into on-field performance if he wants to keep his job.

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Stephen Hill has worked with the first-team offense at OTAs and minicamp.

"He's looked good during the spring," wrote ESPN New York's Jane McManus. Coach Rex Ryan reiterated Wednesday "there's nothing given," and Hill remains in competition for a roster spot despite the starter's reps. Ideally, a healthy Hill would emerge as the deep threat to Eric Decker's intermediate game and Jace Amaro's underneath presence. It's Hill's make-or-break year in New York.

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Jets WRs coach Sanjay Lal said he's "unsure" if Stephen Hill can have a productive NFL career "because of the health."

Each of Hill's first two seasons has ended with a stint on I.R. due to knee issues. Lal still has faith in Hill and talked up the third-year wideout as a world-class worker. But there's concern Hill's knees may never cooperate. He's no longer on scholarship in New York and is simply competing for a roster spot.

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Stephen Hill is among eight wideouts battling for two roster spots.

The Daily News considers Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley, Shaq Evans and Jalen Saunders locks for the final roster. Hill isn't on scholarship as he wasn't drafted by current GM John Idzik, and he's also battled chronic knee issues. The raw skills are there for the 6'4/215 size/speed freak, but he's going to have to earn his spot on the field come August. Jacoby Ford, Clyde Gates and Greg Salas will be among the others vying for those last two wideout spots.

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Jets third-year WR Stephen Hill claims he grew 1 1/2 inches this offseason.

Hill measured 6-foot-4 even at the 2012 Combine, but apparently didn't know it. "Well physically, I grew an inch-and-a-half the past few months," Hill said. "I was 6-foot-3 and some change. Now [I am] over 6-foot-4 - definitely added some muscle as well." Height and straight-line speed were assets for Hill before the alleged growth. His problems have been injuries and dropped passes.

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Jets third-year WR Stephen Hill insists he has "no issues" with the knees that plagued his first two NFL seasons.

Hill has also been plagued by drops and inconsistency, but getting healthy is a good place to start. "I'm excited about it," he said. "I have no issues, so I'm definitely excited about that." Hill has an upward climb toward fantasy relevance after the Jets signed Eric Decker, and drafted Jace Amaro, Shaq Evans, and Quincy Enunwa. Hill carries roughly WR5/6 value in Dynasty leagues.

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ESPN New York confirms the Jets "patience is wearing thin" with third-year WR Stephen Hill.

The Jets aren't counting on Hill as anything more than a No. 4 receiver coming off two injury- and dropped-filled seasons. His roster spot is in jeopardy, and ESPN's Rich Cimini fully expects the Jets to draft a receiver in the first two rounds to complement Eric Decker. Hill has 4.36 speed and ideal NFL size, but has been a major disappointment since being the 43rd overall pick in 2012.

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Jets coach Rex Ryan believes Stephen Hill's development was "hindered" in 2013.

It's unclear what Ryan believes "hindered" Hill, but it's likely just his way of saying Hill stunk. Ryan's comments come one day after the New York Daily News reported the Jets were "skeptical" Hill could become a "reliable piece of the puzzle." Hill needs to show major signs of progress this summer to ensure his place on the 53-man roster.

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According to the NY Daily News, the Jets' front office is "skeptical" third-year WR Stephen Hill can become a "reliable piece to the puzzle."

Hill wasn't drafted by current GM John Idzik, and has been the NFL's least efficient receiver over the past two seasons despite freakish size and speed. The Jets are also going to cut Santonio Holmes. Under OC Marty Mornhinweg, the Jets are running a West Coast offense for which Hill's skill set is arguably ill suited. It's possible he'll be placed on the trade block closer to the draft.

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ESPN New York expects Stephen Hill's "scholarship" days to be over with the Jets.

Hill, the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 draft, has been a massive disappointment. He's going to have to earn his roster spot this summer. GM John Idzik didn't draft Hill, so his place on the roster is no longer a guarantee. Obviously quarterback issues haven't helped Hill, but he's been extremely injury- and mistake-prone as a pro. The Jets need to overhaul their receiving corps.