Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Jets add another distraction
By James Walker
The New York Jets are in dire straights after losing No. 1 receiver Santonio Holmes for the season with a foot injury.
So how do the Jets fix the problem? They sign a receiver who ripped the team last year and called them "overhyped."
You cannot make this stuff up.
New York has agreed to terms with former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Jason Hill, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hill created a buzz last year by ripping the Jets and Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. Hill said both were products of the New York media market.
"I think the whole New York is overhyped," Hill told the Florida-Times Union last year. "[Revis] personally, he's a good player, Pro Bowl player, I'm trying to make it to the Pro Bowl, too. This'll be a good game to put some notches on our belts too. It's the New York Times vs. the Jacksonville paper. New York Times they got a lot more viewers than you got."
If the Jets are blatantly trying to create a circus atmosphere, they're doing a good job of it.
There are plenty of receivers looking for work. Why would the Jets sign one who blatantly ripped the franchise? Hill is not a must-sign, impact player. He cannot save the Jets' struggling passing game. Hill caught 25 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns last season.
The Jets, for all intents and purposes, signed another distraction to add to their locker room. The Jets already did that with Tim Tebow and clearly didn't learn their lesson.