He’s a solid overall receiver with good size (6-0, 200) and athleticism, but is he ready to be a starter?
Well there may be no other choice, as the Jaguars will need him to step up in 2011.
Hill was acquired by the Jaguars midway through the 2010 season and finished the year strong, logging 233 receiving yards in the final four games.
The Jaguars are hoping that Hill can continue that production because with no Mike Sims-Walker (to be cut,) the team will need a player to matchup with the quicker yet undersized (5-8, 195) Mike Thomas.
With the only tantalizing free agent receiver options (Minnesota’s Sidney Rice and Steve Smith of the New York Giants) likely out of the team’s financial reach, it looks like the Jaguars will have to rely on Hill to be a reliable second option to Thomas.
But that may not be such a bad thing for the Jaguars.
Sure, there’s definitely good reason to be cautious about Hill. He underachieved in his career after being drafted by San Francisco in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft and really never produced until Jacksonville picked him up.
But Hill showed glimpses of being a more than legitimate receiver in limited duty last year and people are taking notice.
ESPN AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky was asked about Hill several times during his weekly chat last week and he had nothing but positive things to say.
When asked what young skill position players in the division would step up, he wrote:
Then someone else said the Jaguars must be in trouble because they’ve never heard of Hill. Kuharsky responded with this:
“That's a you problem, not a Jaguars or Jason Hill problem.”
Clearly followers are noticing that Hill has the ability to succeed with the Jaguars. I feel that there’s still reason to be wary about the wide receiver position in general, but Hill is one wild card that I wouldn’t mind having in my hand. If he can pick up where he left off then the Jaguars should have a pretty effective, albeit underrated, receiver duo in 2011.