Originally posted on Turn On The Jets  |  Last updated 9/1/14
TJ Rosenthal kicks off another week of New York Jets coverage at Turn On The Jets with his weekly No Huddle – Make sure to give TJ a follow on Twitter on Turn On The Jets a follow on Facebook. In The End, Hill Did It To Himself Stephen Hill got released over the weekend for failing to show why he deserved to stay. Potential is one thing, and with regard to Hill you can’t teach 6’4 with speed. When a team loses patience and begins to want results though, you have to give them some. Hill needed a string of grabs this preseason. A few big plays. Something. Instead, there was nothing.The Jets are partly to blame for it all. Hill arrived in 2012, back when Tim Tebow and Greg McElroy were still professional football players. In 2013 Hill’s quarterback was rookie Geno Smith who took a season to get comfortable in his own shoes. My point being is that Hill didn’t exactly first land in Florham Park amidst a rock solid system with a stable QB situation. That for years had been constantly turning home grown talent into proven commodities. In fact the Jets rarely see their drafted WR’s overachieve, and under John Idzik that has to change.Greg Salas, a modest sized sure handed receiver with toughness earned the spot that Hill coveted. By earning a roster spot, Gang Green kept a gamer who can help now. The Jets have not been the best place for a young unpolished receiver to land these past few seasons but in the end, Salas made the plays that the Jets wanted to see Hill make. The former second round pick did it to himself.The Corner Market Yields Leon McFaddenWill Dee Milliner hurt, Dmitri Patterson doing all he could to get released and Kyle Wilson still being Kyle Wilson, the Jets naturally had to scourge the waiver wire for another option. Welcome Leon McFadden, a 2013 3rd round pick from Cleveland. A guy who has worked with Mike Pettine there, so the familiarity in terms of what Rex wants to do will help get him up to speed quickly.Add McFadden’s name to Darrin Walls, and project Antonio Allen though. Does it make you sleep better at night? Not me. The key in Lord Idzik’s plan to forego the pricey CB market in March was Milliner. Who came on strong late in 2013 and looked like he was on his way to picking up where he left off in the Colts preseason game weeks back. His high ankle sprain and Dexter McDougle’s season ending ACL tear on the same day in practice three weeks ago however, thwarted what may have resulted in a nice young duo right out of the gates.I can hear the diehards saying “we should have brought back Revis” or “we should have brought back Cromartie” right now. Even with their baggage. Because now it’s up to a converted safety, a released Brown, Kyle Wilson and the rest of the guys in this corps who have never done it for an extended period when the games count. Hope and pray.It’s All About GenoLet’s not kid ourselves. The one player who can mask deficiencies the Jets have on both sides of the ball is the quarterback Geno Smith. Who looked confident, poised, and efficient in his limited summer work against opposing defenses. He will have to provide even more though in order to help the Jets overcome what they lack.The Jets are going to need some big games from Geno. The defensive line and the backfield combo of Johnson Ivory and Powell have the ability to collectively set the tone any given Sunday, but when they can’t, Geno will have to. Both by protecting the ball and by leading the Jets downfield and into the end zone on numerous occasions.It won’t be enough for Smith to move the chains and set Nick Folk up a handful of times given the Jets issues at corner and a schedule that contains so many high powered offenses from now until November. He has to take that next step. The summer for Geno was about cementing his hold on the starting job by being in control. Now it’s time for him to elevate into a playmaker. Acting as a game manager week in week out won’t be enough.Quick Hits- I’m not sure if the Jets ever planned to keep three QB’s but if they were, well Matt Simms threw the ball erratically this preseason and didn’t help his own cause. To the practice squad young man, and clean it up please.- I’m thrilled that Daryl Richardson cleared waivers and is a practice squad RB. He looks like a guy who can contribute if anything happens to the three headed monster ahead of him on the depth chart. He ran the ball well in August.- I don’t care who starts for Oakland. I’m worried that any Raider QB can expose this secondary right now.
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