Stephen Hill stayed in the metropolitan area during the offseason to make sure he and the team doctor weren't such familiar acquaintances this upcoming season. "I wanted to be focused so I could make sure I stayed out of the training room next year," Hill said. After a disappointing rookie season that ended in knee surgery, Hill is ready for an improved sophomore year. Hill had just 21 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns last season, although two of those scores came in the first week. "Everything health wise is 100 percent," Hill said. "Looking forward to just learning a lot this year, a lot more. Last year was a great learning experience but definitely looking forward to this year." Hill had surgery in December and said he fully recovered around February. The season-ending knee surgery capped a rough season for Hill, as injuries limited him to just 11 games and he struggled to make a difference. After a five-catch, 89-yard, two-touchdown performance in week one against Buffalo, Hill never topped 55 yards in any remaining game, and didn't score after mid-October. "I really don't even think about the performance last year," Hill said. "I know I just have to get better ever year. You're going to have flaws, faults and things like that. I'm just ready to just get this stuff started." The Jets did not draft a receiver this year, which will allow Hill more opportunities to prove he can be that outside threat the Jets drafted him to be. Hill said he doesn't feel any pressure coming into the season, but believes he has a step up after getting a year under his belt. He added that he's looking forward to playing in new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's system. "I love it," Hill said. "Of course it's different from coach [Tony] Sparano's but coach Mornhinweg is definitely trying to put the ball in the air, let us receivers go get it."
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