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Stephen Hill | Wide Receiver

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/25/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 215
College: Georgia Tech
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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. Mar 27 - 10:35 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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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

Stephen Hill caught just one pass for 13 yards in Thursday's preseason finale.

He also dropped a pass, which has become a daily routine this summer. Hill seems like a goner. Expect the Jets to dangle him in trade talks the next 24-plus hours before eventually cutting him Saturday afternoon. Hill is competing with Greg Salas for a roster spot. Coach Rex Ryan praised Salas earlier this week.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 09:31:00 AM

The Newark Star-Ledger believes Stephen Hill "could be in his final days" with the Jets.

It's not a new thought, just further confirmation of the budding consensus amongst the Jets media. Coach Rex Ryan has already said Hill will play in Thursday's preseason finale, something he likely wouldn't be doing were his roster spot sewn up. Hill has had an erratic summer, turning in inconsistent practices while catching only two passes for 29 yards through three preseason games. A trade is a possibility. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, that's something the Jets tried to do earlier this summer.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 07:24:00 PM

ESPN New York's Rich Cimini believes the Jets should and will try and trade WR Stephen Hill.

We doubt Hill would fetch more than a late-round pick, but he has all the measurables at 6'4/215 with 4.36 wheels. Unfortunately, Hill's hands are made of stone, while his body has yet to hold up in the NFL. Ex-GM Mike Tannenbaum made Hill the 43rd overall pick in the 2012 draft. Hill has missed nine games in two seasons, and has just 45 career grabs for 594 yards and four scores to his name. He has just two catches for 29 yards this preseason. If the Jets can't unload Hill via trade, there's a very real chance he's part of their final cuts.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Stephen Hill secured only 1-of-4 targets for 12 yards in Friday's regular-season dress rehearsal.

He also committed a drop. It was a thoroughly uninspiring evening for a player who's on the roster bubble. The No. 43 overall pick of the 2012 draft now has just two grabs for 29 yards through three preseason games. Hill's career is trending in the wrong direction.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 10:54:00 PM