NY Jets rookie receiver Stephen Hill scores two touchdowns in first NFL game

Still concerned, Rex?Stephen Hill, whom the Jets drafted in the second round in April despite Rex Ryan’s concerns about his playing in a run-heavy offense at Georgia Tech, exploded for five catches, 89 yards and two TD grabs – all team highs – in Gang Green’s 48-28 drubbing of the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.PHOTOS: JETS, SANCHEZ SOAR PAST BILLS Ron Antonelli/New York Daily News   Hill seems to be fitting right in with the 'FlyBoys' of the Jets receiving corps. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets coach Rex Ryan still trusts rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill despite struggles, drops

Rex Ryan says he still has confidence in rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill after yet another game without a reception — his fourth this season in only eight games played. Hill also had a drop in the game, which has been a problem all year long.ELLIS HURTFAKE OUTTURKEY TIME Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets WR Stephen Hill ‘looking doubtful’ for Sunday’s game against San Francisco 49ers

Stephen Hill will almost certainly miss Sunday’s game against the 49ers with a hamstring injury. After Hill missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, Rex Ryan said the wide receiver was “looking doubtful.” Hill had said Wednesday that he was hoping to play this week, but said if the game had been Thursday he didn’t think he’d be able to go. Hill hurt his hamstring during the win over Miami Sunday, pulling up lame on a deep throw by Mark Sanchez. It’s similar to hamstring issues he had during offseason workouts, Hill said. The rookie is coming off of two straight games with zero receptions, though he had a monster debut in Week 1 when he scored two touchdowns. PATRIOT GAMES “You know I had to get a shot in at a Patriot, of course,” Ryan said Thursday. “Vernon Davis is the No. 1 tight end this week, and when we play Gronkowski, Gronkowski will be.” BRYAN TRYIN’ COPLES COMING ON Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets rookie WR Stephen Hill drops critical pass against New England Patriots – and knows he made a mistake

FOXBOROUGH — Beneath the Gillette Stadium stands, inside the visitors’ locker room 30 minutes after the Patriots beat the Jets on Sunday, Jets tailback Shonn Greene looked up from packing his equipment bag to rookie wideout Stephen Hill standing three stalls over. PHOTOS: PATS WORK OT TO GROUND JETS, 29-26Mark Sanchez and would have gained enough yardage for the Jets to continue driving. Instead, Hill took his eyes off the spiraling leather and dropped it. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets head coach Rex Ryan expects top draft picks Quinton Coples and Stephen Hill to be starters

The new-look Jets will include a pair of new starters. Not long after the Jets wrapped up the draft, Rex Ryan proclaimed that first-round defensive end Quinton Coples and second-round wide receiver Stephen Hill will crack his starting lineup.Mike DeVito’s role. The veteran defense lineman recently received a $500,000 roster bonus, so it’s likely that he’ll return to the Jets for 2012.Demario Davis, who injects speed into the inside linebacker position.Bart Scott,” Ryan said.Fullback John Conner’s spot on the Week 1 roster remains in doubt.Tim Tebow as well when discussing whether Conner will fit into Tony Sparano’s offense. Shonn Greene and fifth-round pick Terrance Ganaway are labeled as “A” backs. Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight are “B” backs.Joey Clinkscales will part ways with the Jets for a front-office job with the Raiders, Gang Green’s executive vice president of college scouting maintained that he’s not going anywhere.JETS LATE-ROUND DRAFT PICKSJOSH BUSHQB Russell Wilson’s NCAA-record streak of 379 consecutive attempts without an INT. He wasn’t invited to the combine, but ran a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day. He as a high football IQ, which will serve him well in Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine’s defensive scheme.TERRANCE GANAWAYROBERT T. GRIFFINANTONIO ALLENJORDAN WHITE Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NFL draft 2012: NY Jets find a thrill in Ga. Tech’s Stephen Hill with Friday’s second-round pick

The Jets highlighted the second day of the draft by bolstering their team speed on both sides of the ball. Less than 24 hours after Gang Green stood pat to take a pass rusher in the first round, general manager Mike Tannenbaum returned to his trading ways Friday night by moving up in the second to grab speedy Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill. The Jets added more speed to their front seven by selecting projected inside linebacker Demario Davis from Arkansas State in the third round. “We wanted to get faster,” said Jets executive vice president of scouting Joey Clinkscales. “The league is getting faster. . . . It was important for us to add that.” Tannenbaum swapped second-rounders with the Seahawks and gave up a fifth-rounder (No. 154 overall) and seventh-rounder (No. 232) to move up four spots to grab the athletic Hill with the 43rd pick. “I’m ready to give the Jet fans something to scream about,” Hill said a day after he spent Thursday in the Radio City Music Hall green room without getting selected. Hill, with his ability to stretch the field — he averaged 25.5 yards per catch in three seasons in college — will be a welcome addition for Gang Green, but he’ll have to make an adjustment from Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense to the pros. “We really feel like he can run all the routes that we’ll ask in our offense,” Tannenbaum said. “We think the transition can happen fairly quickly. . . . We really wanted him. Once he was in striking distance, we just wanted him.” Clinkscales likened the 6-5, 216-pound Hill to former Georgia Tech wideout — and NFL Pro Bowler — Calvin Johnson “from a height, weight, speed (standpoint).” The Jets also examined former Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas’ transition from the option offense to the Broncos before making a decision on Hill. Hill, who had only 49 receptions in Continue Reading

Tim Tebow Watch: NY Jets quarterback hits rookie Stephen Hill for a touchdown

A quick look at Tim Tebow’s day at Jet practice:11-on-11 stats: 2-for-6, 1 sackPlays as personal punt protector: 0Tebow on the Wildcat: “We can get good reps in practice. I don’t think it’s something you have to do in a preseason game.”7-on-7 stats: 4-for-7, 1 TDTD receiver: Stephen Hill Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NY Jets’ young wide receivers Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens, Patrick Turner and Stephen Hill catching on

CORTLAND — The Jets may have inexperienced receivers, but the brain trust remains happy with their potential. The team’s top four wideouts other than Santonio Holmes (Jeremy Kerley, Chaz Schilens, Patrick Turner, Stephen Hill) have collectively averaged 1.3 receptions per game over their careers. “I’m confident that the top three or four receivers we keep will make a name for themselves,” wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal told the Daily News on Sunday. “I think we have a good enough pool that four or five will rise out of it,” Lal said. RETEST FOR OTAH GREEN NOTES Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

I should have defended Stephen Hill, gay soldier booed during GOP debate: Herman Cain

Herman Cain admitted Sunday he made a mistake when he failed to defend a gay soldier after he was booed by the audience at the GOP debate Sept. 22. None of the nine candidates spoke up at the time to defend Stephen Hill, a soldier stationed in Iraq, when he asked them about the end of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell ban on gays serving openly. Cain told ABC's "This Week" that he should have defended Hill and chastised the audience for their behavior. "In retrospect, because of the controversy it has created and because of the different interpretations that it could have had, yes, that probably -- that would have been appropriate," he said The presidential longshot, who recently scored a surprise win in a Florida straw poll, added that he believes the crowd was reacting more to the "whole Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal" than Hill himself. Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum answered Hill's question during the debate, but did not address the boos. "Any type of sexual activity has no place in the military," he said. "Leave it alone, keep it to yourself, whether you are a heterosexual or a homosexual." Former Govs. Gary Johnson and Jon Huntsman both have spoken out against the boos during the debate. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP) Santorum, among others, later said he did not hear the audience jeer. "I didn't hear it. I didn't hear the boos," Santorum told ABC News. "I've heard varied reports about whether they were booing the soldier or the policy." Last week former governors Gary Johnson and Jon Huntsman, who were both at the debate, denounced those individuals who booed Hill. "If I have one regret from last evening, it's that I didn't stand up and say, you know, you're booing a U.S. serviceman who is denied being able to express his sexual preference," Johnson said on MSNBC. "There's something very, very wrong with that." Huntsman told ABC News that it was "totally unfortunate and unnecessary when someone in uniform asks a question of a panelist in Continue Reading

Rihanna throws money at Stephen Hill’s face, duct tapes Floyd Mayweather’s mouth in BET Awards stunts

Rihanna's BET Awards antics upstaged most of the performing artists without her having to sing a single note. In fact, she deserves an Academy Award for her acting skills. The 27-year-old singer was caught on camera having what appeared to be an intense disagreement with the network's president of programming, Stephen Hill. As their debate intensified, Rihanna raised a stack of cash and threw it at his face before walking onstage to introduce a sneak peek from her new music video for "B--h Better Have My Money." FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS ON FACEBOOK. CLICK HERE TO "LIKE." The whole thing was staged, BET told Entertainment Weekly. TOP 5 MOMENTS OF THE 2015 BET AWARDS RiRi's fans quickly applauded her for taking action although they knew nothing about what actually went down. "Did Rihanna just flip out on homeboy?" one viewer tweeted. Another wrote: "Lip reading experts have confirmed to me Rihanna told Stephen Hill 'But why? That's why the f--k I don't come to BET.'" Their reactions only confirmed a job well done by the Barbadian singer. "@stephengranthill thank you for a fun night in celebration of black music!!" she later captioned a photo of Hill smiling as she planted a big kiss on his cheek. The "FourFiveSeconds" singer proved she could take on any man at the awards show Sunday night, even a welterweight champion. Sitting beside Floyd Mayweather, Rihanna drew the crowd's attention because of a roll of duct tape she had on her wrist. With a closer look at Mayweather, viewers discovered the boxing champ had his wrists tied before the R&B bad girl went the extra mile and covered his mouth with said duct tape in an effort to silence him. It was all in good fun as Mayweather played along, although it's unclear exactly why she pulled the stunt. Some viewers Continue Reading