According to Adam Caplan, ex-New York Jet Stephen Hill is working out for Carolina this afternoon.
Stephen Hill is entering his third season out of Georgia Tech. He is a 6’4″, 215-pound receiver that has elite 4.3-speed.
He appears to be a prototypical receiver, except for one issue. He has issues catching the ball, which is kind of important since it’s in the title of his position.
The speedy Hill is not a lost cause though, since the environment and mentoring in New York was questioned during his tenure with the Jets. Having a coach like Ricky Proehl, and veterans like Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant could still turn around Hill’s career.
While at Georgia Tech, Hill mainly ran go-routes. A WR in the triple-option offense is not expected to run crisp intermediate routes, nor does the system require expertise in the route tree. This was the main “red flag” on Hill coming out and any franchise that selected him knew that they would have a raw receiver on their hands.
In order for Hill to stick here, he would have to improve his focus and hands immensely. Players like Brenton Bersin and Tavarres King are eager to make an impact, so the competition would be tight. Hill has shown flashes, but needs to work on his consistency.
As per Aaron Wilson, Kadron Boone is also trying to find a home in Carolina today.
Scratch that, it’s actually the Carolina Panthers that former Eagles and LSU wide receiver Kadron Boone is trying out for today — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 1, 2014
The 6’0″, 195-pound Boone was the WR3 at LSU, behind Odell Beckham, Jr., and Jarvis Landry.
Boone has a good combination of speed, hands and route running. He is a little light, but could be brought in as a combination number-five receiver/Special Teams guy. We don’t know much about Boone, but he sounds like a depth signing.
Regardless of who signs with the Panthers, today’s auditions show that Carolina is not fully set at receiver. It doesn’t hurt to kick the tires on a couple of players that fit your system and have potential.