If any surprise performer on the Jets might be able to duplicate his performance against Buffalo, it likely would be Stephen Hill. The rookie wide receiver caught five passes in only six targets for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Who saw this kind of production coming? Well, to a degree, we did. In "Football Outsiders Almanac 2012," we released the latest version of Playmaker Score, our prediction system for wide receivers and their success in the NFL based on collegiate production and combine results. The study was based on receivers who entered the NFL between 2005 and 2009. The top 10 Playmaker Score projections include Roddy White, Vincent Jackson, Sidney Rice, Hakeem Nicks, Braylon Edwards, and Santonio Holmes. Greg Jennings and Mike Wallace both made the top 15. The best Playmaker Score in that time frame was put up by Calvin Johnson.
Until this year, that is. Between his stellar production at Georgia Tech and his dazzling performance at the NFL combine, Hill wound up with a higher Playmaker Score than any other prospect we've found. Initially we guessed that Hill's statistics might have been skewed by Georgia Tech's triple-option offense, a run-dependent scheme in which most passing plays were deep lobs to Hill in single coverage. However, based on his performance against Buffalo, it seems that Playmaker Score has found a winner in Hill.
The headlines are focusing on Sanchez right now, but when we look back at this game in future seasons, it may be better remembered as the day the Jets' breakout receiving star was born.
Best thing about Hill is his personality. Nothing diva about him.
Seems to have very good character with a very good work ethic
After yesterday i think the Jets found their future #1 WR, Hes going to open the field for Holmes and Keller (when hes healthy) when teams pay more attention to him giving those guys room to work with underneath.
The better Hill performs the better this offense will perform overall
He also was lucky enough to have Stephen Gilmore on him frequently, who was horrid.
It's funny how quickly things turn. All we heard was how Gilmore was tearing up the pre-season and that he, along with Byrd and McKelvin made for an aggressive group. Jets burn them and all of sudden they're pikers. Maybe it was actually that the Jets were really that good... not many solid secondaries in the league, TBH. Jets are among the few.
okay, okay. great game all around. i can't remember when i saw such a complete jet game. they were good everywhere and certainly did much better than expected passing. but it's only one game and there are 15 more. we need them to keep it up. one game at a time. next up pittsburgh and they are a pig ready for slaughter.