The New York Jets face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this Sunday, and there is a lot to look forward to. One of them is the return of former New York Jet Darrelle Revis.
The All Pro cornerback shut down opposing No. 1 receivers when he was with the Jets, and now he’ll do it as a Buccaneer. Question is, though, who is the Jets’ No. 1 receiver? We could see Revis line up against Santonio Holmes if the receiver does return. If he doesn’t, then we could see the shut down cornerback go up against second year receiver Stephen Hill. But that doesn’t bother Hill.
According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, Stephen Hill is not worried if Revis does cover him. “If I get Revis, I just get Revis,” Hill said. “I was practicing against him all last year in camp, so nothing is scaring me about Revis.” Those are some bold words for the second year receiver, who at times struggles to catch the football.
If he does face Revis, Hill will have to be 100 percent focused. Hill has shown improvements with running his routes, and he has made some tough catches, but, at the same time, he has also dropped some footballs in practice. Not a shocker, considering last season (his rookie year) his drop rate was 22 percent—the highest of any wide receiver with as many opportunities, according to Pro Football Focus.
Hill is the prototypical wide receiver with his frame, standing at 6’4″, 215 pounds, but his game is still raw. He has relied on his speed in the past, but it has to be about more than that now. The second-year pro can no longer solely rely on his speed to make plays; he now needs to focus and keep his eyes on the ball, know how to use his body. In order for his team to have any chance, he has to bring his A-game, whether it’s against Revis or whoever else it may be.