Gang Green's wide receiver, Stephen Hill, has had a rocky first 11 weeks to the season. Since coming out of the gate strong in the first few weeks of the season, Hill has struggled mightily in recent weeks. Hill, the second year player out of Georgia Tech, has not recorded a single catch, nor had a ball thrown his way in the past two weeks. With the offense struggling, under the direction of Geno Smith, the receivers are trying to stay afloat.
Hill was one of Smith's favorite targets in the preseason, but since the Week 4 loss to the Titans, where he was shutout, Hill has only recorded 107 yards. Hill had more yards than that in the Week 3 win over Buffalo, where he recorded 108 yards and a touchdown.
Since he has underperformed the past few weeks, Hill has remained positive.
"At this time of the year everybody hurts and goes through ups and downs with certain cases," Hill said. "I'm just taking it day by day like I always say and making sure I'm impressing the coaches as much as I can."
During this slump, Hill has not seen a decrease in first team reps, as he has started every game. Hill knows that he has to perform to keep his starting role, but with a healthy Santonio Holmes and an impressive David Nelson, Hill may slip through the cracks.
"I just have to do what I have done every day, come out here and play hard," noted the sophomore wideout.
Even though he has not performed up to the expectations that many held high for him coming into the year, Hill has kept his frustration under control.
"(I'm not) frustrated, I was just a little bit disappointed," admitted Hill. "As a receiver you are going to be disappointed if you haven't caught a pass in two games. I definitely need to work on that."
Hill's poor performance is the byproduct of Smith's inconsistent play. If the quarterback cannot be consistent, then how can the receivers be? Hill's slump will come to an end if his rookie quarterback can throw him the deep ball, which is Hill's biggest strength.