New York Jets: Why Stephen Hill Will Continue to Put Up Big Fantasy Numbers

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer ISeptember 11, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Stephen Hill #84 of the New York Jets celebrates his touchdown catch against the Buffalo Bills during their season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bills 48-28. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Rookie receiver Stephen Hill started off the 2012 season in style on Sunday when he racked up a team-high five catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the New York Jets' 48-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

He will continue to produce for fantasy football owners moving forward.

Hill's production as the Jets' No. 2 receiver opposite Santonio Holmes on Sunday was not a mirage. Remember, in the Jets' third preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, he led the team with five catches for 68 yards (13.6 yards per reception).

The 21-year-old lit up the NFL combine, which prompted the Jets to move up in the second round to nab the Georgia Tech product. Despite being 6'4", 215 pounds, Hill ran the 40-yard dash in an electric 4.36 seconds at the combine, tying for first among all receivers and for second among all prospects. His measurables are through the roof.

There are some things worth noting.

First of all, the Jets love to run the ball, which they demonstrated against the Bills, racking up 36 rushes. With Tim Tebow now in the Wildcat, that game plan doesn't figure to change.

Also, the Bills weren't exactly a dominant pass defense last season (or, apparently, this season). In 2011, the Bills allowed 232.1 passing yards per game and 30 passing touchdowns. Even with the addition of pass-rushing specialist Mario Williams this offseason, the Bills allowed quarterback Mark Sanchez to go 19-of-27 for 266 yards and three touchdowns (with one interception). 

Still, the Jets are hoping Hill spells Plaxico Burress this season opposite Holmes, and he certainly showed a knack for the touchdown in Week 1. You can't expect him to score two touchdowns every game, obviously, but there's a reason this kid was highly touted coming into the NFL draft this year.

He has the game-changing ability to be an asset in the passing attack.

The fact of the matter is, when the Jets do decide to throw the pigskin, they will be looking Hill's way a lot (he had the second-most targets in Week 1 with six). It's not out of the question that Hill surpasses Burress' numbers from last year (612 yards, eight touchdowns) this season.

The speedy wideout's certainly off to a blazing start.


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