Stephen Hill stood at his locker on Thursday and declared he had "no issues" with the knees that had limited so much of his play during his first two seasons with the Jets. "I'm excited about it," Hill said. "I have no issues, so I'm definitely excited about that. It's definitely a plus." Hill has every reason to be hopeful his knees are better. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver who wowed people at the 2012 NFL scouting combine has just 45 catches for 594 yards and four touchdowns for his career. Hill required arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in 2012, and constant swelling on both knees landed him on injured reserve at the end of last season. It didn't help that Hill had a drop rate of 11.11 percent in the 12 games he did play in 2013, per Pro Football Focus. He's not there yet, but Hill is running the risk of having the phrase "draft bust" permanently affixed to his name. And while the Jets this summer are certainly going to give Hill every chance to be the player they thought they drafted in the second round two years ago out of Georgia Tech, they've also already begun preparing for life without him. They parted ways this offseason with the enigmatic Santonio Holmes, but they also added Eric Decker and Jacoby Ford in free agency before selecting three more receivers in this month's draft. If his knees can hold up, Hill still has plenty of upside. In December, just before Hill officially went on IR, head coach Rex Ryan said "year three" is "the big one" for a high draft pick like Hill.
Wide receiver Stephen Hill knows he still has to prove himself to Jets' coaches
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