Hill's (knee) chances of making the Panthers' roster appear unlikely ahead of Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, ESPN's David Newton reports.
Hill has been with the Panthers since 2014, but has yet to play a regular season game for the team. A knee injury ended his season in training camp last year and he spent his first season in Carolina on the practice squad. So far this preseason, the 2012 second-rounder has managed just two catches for 18 yards. With Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn, Philly Brown and Brenton Bersin currently projected as the Panthers' regular season receivers, Hill probably needs extraordinary performances in Carolina's last two preseason games just to be considered more seriously for a roster spot.
Hill, who's coming back from a torn ACL suffered during 2015 training camp, left Wednesday's practice early after tweaking the same knee, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
This marks the second time in one week that Hill has had issues with the surgically repaired knee, as medical staff dealt with the injury during Wednesday's practice. If the Panthers don't play it safe with Hill, there's plenty of risk for a major setback or even re-injury. The team begins their preseason next Thursday against the Ravens, but if Hill misses additional practice time, he may not be ready for game action. The top four receivers for Carolina are becoming more clear in Kelvin Benjamin, Philly Brown, Ted Ginn, and Devin Funchess, while Hill hopes to secure the fifth spot.
Hill (knee) took part in some individual portions of the Panthers' OTAs this week.
Hill is 10 months removed from suffering a torn ACL during last year's training camp, so his return to early practices is encouraging. Although Hill isn't participating in team drills just yet, he's seemingly on pace to be up to speed in time for this year's camp, when he figures to compete for a roster spot once again.
The Panthers have re-signed Hill (knee) to a one-year deal.
Hill, who would have become a restricted free agent otherwise, will now look to make his mark in the Carolina passing offense in 2016, but first he'll need to re-prove his health after missing last season after having suffered a torn ACL in training camp. Moreover, he must log a one-game suspension for a violation of the substance-abuse policy before returning to the field.
Hill has been suspended one game for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hill suffered a torn ACL in the opening days of training camp, effectively ending his season before it could kick off. The current suspension likely stems from a citation for marijuana paraphernalia possession in late July, but in any case, he'll have to serve the one-game ban once he's healthy enough to take the field.
Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill , who tore his ACL on Saturday, cleared waivers Tuesday and will be placed on the team's injured reserve, per ESPN.
Hill, who spent 2014 on Carolina's practice squad, will not count against the team's 90-man roster.
Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill reportedly suffered a torn ACL in his knee during Saturday's practice, a source told The Charlotte Observer.
Hill had to carted off the practice field Saturday after sustaining an injury to his right knee. The team signed wide receiver Paul Browning on Sunday as an expected replacement.
Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill had to carted off the practice field Saturday after sustaining a right knee injury, reports the Associated Press. Hill spent the 2014 season on the practice squad.
Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill was cited Tuesday for possession of drug paraphernalia after a traffic stop in Concord, N.C., per the Charlotte Observer.
He was also cited for failure to wear a seatbelt.
The team has yet to comment on the situation with Hill, who has had a disappointing career. He did not play last season for Carolina after two poor years with the Jets.
Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill flashed some of the potential Thursday that he never reached with the Jets. He caught three deep balls, beating starting cornerback Josh Norman on one of them.
But such achievements are quickly forgotten in May. If Hill doesn't produce when training camp and the preseason games roll around, he will be in the same predicament he has been in since August.
That's when he was waived by the Jets and landed on the Carolina practice squad. And that is not where a player with his talent belongs. But Hill, a second-round selection in 2012, only caught 45 passes for the Jets in his first two seasons combined, so he must prove his worthiness all over again.
Quarterback Cam Newton ran downfield to congratulate Hill on his catch against Norman, which pleased the wideout. He was encouraged by his performance.
"Today was pretty good," he told the Charlotte Observer. "I made a couple big plays, but still need to work on some things when it came to individuals."
Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes wide receiver Stephen Hill is ready to make an impact in 2015 after spending the 2014 season on the practice squad, per ESPN.
“Very much so," Rivera said Wednesday during the NFL owners meeting in Phoenix. “He’s a guy we feel has an opportunity. We’re very excited about [seeing] Stephen during OTAs and minicamp.
“With his size (6-4, 215) and speed and his ability to get vertical, if he can assimilate to what we do -- and I think he will; he seems to be a very smart man -- he might be a guy that has an opportunity to contribute for us."
Rivera felt Hill's year on the practice squad was beneficial after the 2012 second-round pick failed to live up to expectations during his tenure with the Jets.
“I thought it was a good opportunity to take a step back and take a break," Rivera said. “The thing I liked about Stephen was how he contributed to our football team’s success. He came in. He had been a second-round pick. He had no assumptions, no entitlement.
“He ran all the scout teams for us. He ran them hard. Gave us great looks, which is what makes us excited 'cause you watch a guy perform who could very easily dog it, and he didn’t. And you saw him grow. You saw him make catches. You saw him get comfortable in his own skin again."
With undrafted rookie wideout Philly Brown (shoulder) unable to practice for the second straight day Wednesday, the Panthers might promote wideout Stephen Hill from their practice squad for Saturday's divisional playoff game at Seattle, reports ESPN.com. Carolina also is looking at third-string quarterback Joe Webb, who has moved back to receiver, the report said.
Brenton Bersin continued to work as the No. 3 receiver in Wednesday's practice. However, he lacks the elite speed Brown brings, the report said. Hill made 45 catches for 594 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons with the Jets.
Carolina is an 11-point underdog.
The Panthers signed former Jets receiver Stephen Hill to the practice squad Tuesday, terminating the contract of linebacker D.J. Smith in a related move.
Hill, a second-round pick in 2012, caught 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns in 23 games played over two seasons. With a wide-open depth chart at his position in Carolina, Hill has the opportunity to work his way into playing time if he can impress his new team on the practice field.
Former Jets receiver Stephen Hill is working out for the Panthers, reports ESPN's Adam Caplan. The Jets cut Hill on Saturday, giving up on their second-round pick from 2012.
The Jets have cut their roster down to 53 by waiving a number of players.
Those on offense are quarterback Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms, wide receivers Clyde Gates and Stephen Hill, running backs Daryl Richardson and Alex Green, tight end Chris Pantale, linemen Brent Qvale and Caleb Schlauderaff.
The defenders imclude defensive backs Rontez Miles, Jeremy Reeves, Johnny Patrick, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Dixon, linemen Zach Thompson, Kerry Hyder and Tevita Finau and linebackers Garrett McIntyre and A.J. Edds.
Linebacker Antwan Barnes has been placed on the PUP list.
The Jets released wide receiver Stephen Hill Saturday, as had been speculated in recent days.
The former second-round pick never established himself as the playmaker the Jets were hoping for, and was released after catching just three passes for 42 yards in the preseason. Hill caught just 24 passes for 342 yards and one touchdown last season.
The release of Bengals former featured back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is not the only significant move that will be made by NFL teams involving veterans, per CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
La Canfora is speculating that the Browns could part with Nate Burleson and that the Jets might let go of fellow wide receiver Stephen Hill. The former has been limited by injury in the preseason while the latter has proven disappointing throughout his young career.
Also on the bubble, according to La Canfora, is Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, though he is likely to stay because of the team's possible decision to keep three players at that position.
The Jets tried to trade third-year wideout Stephen Hill over the summer but found no takers, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hill has shown "occasional flashes" during the preseason but "continues to struggle with route running, drops and just plain catching the ball with his hands instead of his body," according to The Star-Ledger.
Despite the fact that Stephen Hill has just one reception in the first two preseason games, Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has not given up on the 2012 second-round pick.
"I was pleased with his progress [last year] up until he got nicked and that he got nicked again," Mornhinweg told the New York Post. "This year he was even more impressive in the offseason and through training camp, with a few exceptions. There were a couple days there. So he's coming along. And in many cases, this is what happens, at all positions, but especially at the receiver position, that third year they make a pretty good jump. That's what we're looking for there."
The Jets are seeking a receiver to start opposite Eric Decker. David Nelson is another possibility, but his potential is not considered as strong as that of Hill, whose production fell off the table after a strong start in 2013.
Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said receiver Stephen Hill has been "outstanding" in training camp, adding Hill has "taken a huge jump," reports the New York Daily News. It's the latest positive feedback on Hill, who's been a major disappointment with 45 catches through two seasons.