Jets' receiving unit in shambles

October, 3, 2012
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jeremy Kerley suddenly is the expert among the Jets wide receivers.

After all, the second-year receiver is suddenly the longest-tenured healthy receiver on the roster.

With Santonio Holmes done for the year with a Lisfranc injury to his left foot, the Jets will be relying on players short on experience with the team to try to help galvanize a dormant passing game. That includes Jason Hill, the 27-year-old receiver the team signed and who had his first practice Wednesday.

"We just have to lean on each other and find a way to get it done," Kerley said.

While the Jets committed to youth in their receiving group this year, they didn't expect to be this reliant. Suddenly, the team is mostly relying on receivers who will be in their first year with the team, including Chaz Schilens, rookie Stephen Hill and possibly Clyde Gates. At a time when the Jets' offense has faltered, the team will need its unproven group of receivers to step up.

One of those players is Stephen Hill, the team's second-round pick, who missed Sunday's game with a hamstring injury and is not sure if he will be able to return in time for Monday's game. Hill said his hamstring feels better and added there is no pressure to fill the void left by Holmes.

"We can't do anything about it," Hill said. "Just have to have somebody step up or all of us step up and just make plays. It's time for us to be pros, be professionals, have to do it."

Jason Hill, meanwhile, joins the team that he called "overhyped" last year. While calling the team overhyped, the wide receiver also specifically talked about cornerback Darrelle Revis' reputation in an interview with the Florida Times-Union, although he never specifically said that Revis was overhyped.

Hill did not seem in the mood to talk about those comments Wednesday, as he said he didn't find it ironic that he ended up in New York, and had "no comment" when asked if he wanted to take back his comments about his new team.

"I didn't think anything of it. I don't think our team down in Jacksonville thought anything of it," Hill said. "Obviously up here you all did. It's in the past, we're teammates now and we're going to move forward accordingly."

The Jets signed Hill, instead of opting for a veteran like Plaxico Burress, because they opted for speed and youth. Hill has 76 career catches for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns. He had a workout with the Saints on Wednesday but flew to New York afterward as his agent texted him about the opportunity.

Hill talked about wanting to help the team's morale after Sunday's loss.

"Hopefully I can bring that, a little bit here, a little bit there, help the guys pick up the morale," Hill said. "Looking at the guys on TV, I think the morale needs to be picked up offensively."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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