There really isn't much question that Stephen Hill will or should be back next year. He's a cheap young player at a position of weakness for the Jets. You do not invest a second round pick on a player and give up on him after a year. That goes double for somebody like Hill.
Everybody knew Hill was a big project when the Jets selected him last April. There was almost no part of his game that was refined. In Georgia Tech's triple option offense, he spent most of his time blocking, which is really just an accessory skill for a wide receiver. Hill was picked purely on potential. There just are not many human beings on the planet who are both 6'4" and can fun the 40 yard dash in 4.3 seconds.
If you want an idea on how low expectations were for Hill, check the comments before the season projecting what Hill would do. Preseason is when pretty much everybody wears rose colored glasses and makes ridiculous high end projections. I certainly do it. When it came to Hill, it was a struggle to find anybody who thought he would put up 700 yards. That was a pretty clear indication his ceiling for 2012 was not great.
Stephen Hill: Stay or Go?
Gang Green Nation | Feb 5