Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York Jets take low-risk flier on WR Austin Hill

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The Jets signed undrafted rookie wide receiver Austin Hill late Monday night and will head to this week’s training camp with 13 wideouts on the roster. Only Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, Jeremy Kerley and Devin Smith are guaranteed roster spots, however, which makes anybody the Jets sign with talent at the position a possibility to make the team.

Hill showed off his talent by posting an 81-catch, 1,364-yard, 11-touchdown season as a sophomore at Arizona in 2012. Unfortunately for the 6-2, 214-pound rising star, Hill tore his ACL in spring practices, missed the entire 2013 season and didn’t look fully healthy in his return as a senior, catching just 49 balls for 635 yards and four scores.

Most athletes rarely return to 100 percent in their first year back from ACL surgery, however, so there’s hope that Hill can recoup most of his previous athleticism. While a return to the heights he enjoyed as a sophomore isn’t likely, especially after failing a physical that kept him from signing with the Seahawks right after the draft, it’s possible that time will gradually allow Hill to make it back from the injury.

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