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Stephen Hill | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
College: Georgia Tech
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WSOCTV Charlotte reports Panthers WR Stephen Hill was cited for a drug paraphernalia charge after a routine traffic stop.
The drug paraphernalia charge isn't extreme by any means, but Hill is a guy who can't afford any off-field problems after he's been an extreme disappointment on it. The former second-round pick of the Jets had reportedly been a revelation in Panthers spring practices. Hill doesn't have a history of trouble with the law. Jul 29 - 10:52 AM

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Stephen Hill is expected to compete with Brenton Bersin and Jarrett Boykin for the Panthers' sixth and final wideout spot.

Hill is by far the most talented member of the trio and was singled out by coach Ron Rivera for showing well at OTAs. The former No. 43 overall pick of the Jets is still just 24 years old. The Panthers' top-five wideouts Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Corey (formerly Philly) Brown, Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 13 - 9:07 AM

Coach Ron Rivera named WR Stephen Hill the standout player of Panthers OTAs.

Rivera has spent a good part of the offseason talking up Hill. Shining at pad-less practices in shorts and t-shirts is nothing new for former second-rounder Hill. He's bigger, faster, and stronger than most of the players lining up opposite him. The hard parts for Hill thus far during his career have been durability and translating his talent to the field in actual games.
Jun 17 - 2:39 PM

Coach Ron Rivera says WR Stephen Hill is ready to contribute.

Hill spent a much-needed season developing on the practice squad in 2014. The Panthers are optimistic about his progress, but the depth chart is also crowded. Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess are the top-two options, Jerricho Cotchery is the veteran slot man and Ted Ginn/Philly Brown are the lid-lifters. Hill is an afterthought despite tons of physical gifts.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 10:55 AM

Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers are "very excited" to see Stephen Hill in OTAs and minicamp.

"With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do," Rivera continued. "He might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us." Hill spent all of last season on Carolina's practice squad. He'll have a good chance to make the team this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 10:35 AM

Coach Ron Rivera said spending last season on the practice squad allowed Stephen Hill to relax and focus on catching the football.

With the Panthers adding only Ted Ginn at receiver so far this offseason, Hill will have a full summer in Carolina's camp to try and earn a roster spot. Rivera pointed out Hill's size and speed on Wednesday as assets that could "help" the team. The Panthers are dying for a speed complement to Kelvin Benjamin. Not yet 24 years old, Hill could be that guy.
Mar 25 - 11:28 AM

Panthers signed WR Stephen Hill to a reserve/future contract.

Hill spent the entire 2014 season on the Panthers' practice squad. Carolina was pondering a promotion for Hill in the playoffs with rookie Philly Brown battling a shoulder injury, but Hill never got the call. He missed out on a golden opportunity this past season in a shallow receiving corps. Hill will turn 24 in April.
Jan 14 - 6:50 PM

Coach Ron Rivera said the team could potentially call up practice squad WR Stephen Hill for Saturday's Divisional Round game at Seattle.

Speedy rookie Philly Brown (shoulder) is questionable, Jerricho Cotchery has no wheels and Kelvin Benjamin is the exact kind of receiver the Legion of Boom swallows up. Hill's inconsistencies and struggles as an NFL wideout have been well documented, but he can at least threaten the defense with 4.36 speed at 6-foot-4. If Brown is inactive, Hill could share some situational snaps with Brenton Bersin.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 8 - 10:19 AM

Stephen Hill said his dropped passes in New York were overblown by the media.

That's laughable. The first step, Stephen, is admitting the problem. "The New York media wanted me out of there," Hill continued. We highly doubt the New York sports writers are making the roster decisions for the Jets. Hill gets to fly under the radar while on the Panthers' practice squad in a small Charlotte market. He needs to concentrate on football. There's still plenty of talent.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 02:48:00 PM

Panthers signed WR Stephen Hill to the practice squad.

It's a good landing spot for the ex-Jet, though going by the words of Hill's agent following his release, he likely thought he'd land on someone's 53-man roster. Instead, it's the next best thing, as the Panthers' receiver corps is perhaps the thinnest in the league. Stone-handed and prone to nicks and bruises, there's no guarantee Hill gets the call this season.
Tue, Sep 2, 2014 05:09:00 PM

The Panthers have "no immediate plans" to sign free agent Stephen Hill following Monday's workout.

The Panthers are simply updating their "ready list." Carolina has one of the league's thinnest receiver corps, so it's not a good sign for Hill's 2014 prospects that he's walking away without a deal.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Free agent WR Stephen Hill is working out for the Panthers Monday.

Hill went unclaimed on waivers after getting cut by the Jets Saturday. It was a surprise, considering he's 23 years old and goes 6'4/214 with sub-4.4 speed. Hill skill-set would definitely fit in Carolina, as they have no viable deep threats outside of Kelvin Benjamin.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Former Jets WR Stephen Hill went unclaimed on waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent.

The NFL clearly does not think highly of Hill, who is still only 23 years old and blessed with sub-4.4 speed at 6-foot-4, 215. It's worth noting Hill has practice squad eligibility per new NFL rules. Hill is still a hold in Dynasty leagues. You certainly won't find more upside on a Dynasty waiver wire.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Free agent Stephen Hill's player rep ripped the Jets following his Saturday release.

"He didn't have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco," Hill's rep thundered. "His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno." Hill's rep made no mention of his drops or knee issues. The agent went on to say he expects the Browns to place a claim on waivers. It makes sense on paper, but Hill didn't give teams much, if any, positive film to go on.
Source: USA Today
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Jets waived WR Stephen Hill.

Hill got off to a hot start in spring practices but fell off a cliff once preseason got underway. He reeled in just 3-of-8 targets for 42 yards, while dropping two passes. Drops have been a recurring theme for the No. 43 overall pick in the 2012 draft. Hill has dropped nine of his 97 career targets. Hill still has enough raw talent to draw looks on waivers. He has ideal size (6'4/215) and speed (4.36 forty). We're not ruling out Hill eventually developing into a serviceable receiver somewhere outside of New York. He's only 23.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 11:55:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Cameron Artis-Payne
3Fozzy Whittaker
4Jordan Todman
5Brandon Wegher
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Mike Tolbert
3RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Fozzy Whittaker
FB1Mike Tolbert
2Richie Brockel
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Philly Brown
3Ted Ginn
4Jarrett Boykin
5Mike Brown
WR21Devin Funchess
2Jerricho Cotchery
3Brenton Bersin
4Stephen Hill
5Marcus Lucas
WR31Jerricho Cotchery
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Brandon Williams
4Jamie Childers
5Scott Simonson
K1Graham Gano