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Stephen Hill blames NY media for ouster

9/3/2014

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- So now we know why Stephen Hill was cut by the New York Jets after only two seasons.

Dropped passes? No.

Lack of production? No.

It was because of the men and women with notebooks and microphones. Yep, the media contributed to his ouster, according to Hill.

"If you really go back and look at it ... There's guys in other facilities that dropped more than I did," Hill told reporters Wednesday in Charlotte, the day after signing with the Carolina Panthers' practice squad. "Honestly, as a receiver you're going to drop passes. You're going to catch footballs. So things like that happen. It's just that the New York media -- and, honestly, it's just me talking -- the New York media did all that.

"They can say what they want to say about me, but I really don't care. I'm in a new place now.''

Hill's reasoning is laughable, of course. Does anybody really believe general manager John Idzik, of all people, would let the media influence a personnel decision? If that were the case, Darrelle Revis would be starting at cornerback. Hill blew his chance on his own, failing to capitalize on a wide-open job opposite Eric Decker.

Hill declined to say whether he believes he got a fair shake in New York.

"The Jets, they felt like I had a fair shake," he said. "We're just going to ride with that. Honestly, sometimes players or words don't really matter anyway. Other than that, I wish the best to them and hope they do well."

Hill, a former second-round pick, went unclaimed on waivers. In the span of a couple of weeks, he went from a potential starter to a practice-squad player, making about one-seventh of his previous salary.

"It's just a step back," he said. "Take some more steps forward. I'm just going to take this and run with it. Other than that, I'm going to try my best to get on that 53-man roster."

ESPN.com's David Newton contributed to this report.