"As far as the learning curve goes with Stephen, I think the biggest thing is going to be the amount of coverages that he sees and those type of things and how fast he can pick up our verbiage here because that will be different for him," offensive coordinator Tony Sparano said during a conference call Thursday before news of the signing. "But the good news is we spent a good amount of time with this player and doing our homework in the draft process, and obviously through the combine, and our scouts did a tremendous job looking at him and then we brought him in."
Hill certainly has big-play ability, something the Jets sorely need. He had 49 career catches in three seasons at Georgia Tech, but set the NCAA record by averaging 55.2 yards on his nine touchdown grabs. Hill also averaged 64 yards on his five TD catches last season, topping the single-season NCAA mark of 56.09 yards by Houston's Elmo Wright in 1968.
"They're expecting a lot of things out of me," Hill said the day after he was drafted. "I'm going to come out here Day 1 and just play and gradually get myself to being a great player."