Monday, June 10, 2013

Hill eyes Holmes, Cro for sophomore schooling


While displaying some of the inconsistencies typical of a freshman wideout, Stephen Hill showed some flashes in his first season with the New York Jets.

But after an electric start that saw him snag five receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in his first game, Hill battled through injury into December, managing only 21 catches and three scores before hitting IR. (photo: Marianne O'Leary, Flickr)

Now, it seems that only minor issues linger regarding the 22-year-old's knee surgery and he will be present for minicamp this week. And to aid in his preparation, Hill has been bending the ears of some veteran teammates.

According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Hill has been working with fellow wideout Santonio Holmes and cornerback Antonio Cromartie this offseason to step his game up in his sophomore year.

He reportedly meets with wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal and Holmes daily to go over film and technique while also finding time to work out with Cromartie. In fact, Costello reported that Hill plans to travel with Cro after minicamp to continue their workouts in California.

Hill is one of four players atop the depth chart recovering from various injuries, with Holmes being of them. Jeremy Kerley, another major Jets contributor from last season, is still dealing with hamstring issues, along with Clyde Gates.

Hill told Matt Ehalt of Thursday that he's "very anxious" to get back to full-speed workouts but that he "feels great." Though he hasn't officially gotten clearance to go full speed, he fully expects to be ready to do so this week.

Hill is still the front runner for the No. 2 spot behind Holmes in a revamped system under Marty Mornhinweg that'll be focused much more on the passing game than in years past. Hill expressed his excitement about Mornhinweg's system to Costello, saying Friday, "There's no liking it. I love it."

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