New York Jets second-year wide receiver Stephen Hill left yesterday’s game against the Tennessee Titans very early with a head injury, as he was injured by Titans safety Michael Griffin on an interception. Geno Smith sent a poorly thrown ball in Hill’s direction, and the pass was picked off by Titans quality cornerback Alterraun Verner. On the play, Griffin slammed Hill, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear Griffin get a call from the league’s office about that play, especially with the news regarding Hill.
According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan stated that Stephen Hill has been diagnosed with a concussion. The raw Georgia Tech receiver has looked a lot better this season than he did as a rookie, and he seems to have made quick improvements even from training camp to now. Hill has cut down on the drops, and he is no longer a completely lost route-runner. While Hill is still inconsistent and raw, he’s actually a threat in the passing game, and he definitely benefits from having a strong-armed quarterback willing to take shots deep down the field in Geno Smith.
Stephen Hill had a big game against the Buffalo Bills porous secondary with three receptions for 108 yards in last week’s win, and he has 13 catches for 233 yards and a touchdown on the season. Hill is averaging about 18 yards per catch, and he has done an excellent job stretching the field vertically for the Jets offense with his excellent speed, athleticism, and frame.