Florham Park, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Wide receiver Stephen Hill’s agent, Alan Herman, expressed his disappointment with the New York Jets and coach Rex Ryan after the team waived the 23-year-old Saturday.
Herman believes Hill was not given the time to show what he can do and was not even supported by Ryan.
He told ESPN, “I’m disappointed in Rex because I don’t think he publicly supported Stephen like he should have.”
“I’m disappointed that he (Hill) didn’t have one more year to prove himself,” he added.
Herman stated that Hill’s situation was heavily affected by the quarterback status of the Jets.
He said that the team’s quarterback situation with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow was no place for a budding player.
Geno Smith’s insertion in the quarterback position last year also gave the Jets a hard time and limited offense according to Herman.
“Stephen needs an established quarterback situation to help him realize his potential,” he said.
Hill only had 45 receptions for 594 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons, scoring the first two TD’s in his debut in the NFL.
Reports state that Ryan disliked the idea of drafting Hill, but the Jets then saw his potential.
Ryan said in 2012, “Well, nothing told me he would (contribute).”
“Not my dream pick. But now that we have him, of course, I want to claim him: ‘Oh, that was my pick.’ But it really wasn’t,” he added.
Hill was expected to compete for starting duties this summer, but his inconsistency and previous injuries made the Jets think twice about his capabilities.