Hill succeeded despite nervous tummy
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A little vomit wasn't going to stop Stephen Hill.
Rex Ryan divulged that the Jets' rookie receiver "got sick a couple times" on the sideline during Sunday's 48-28 rout of the Bills. But the coach was pleased to see the Georgia Tech product fight through the illness.
"He showed that toughness that we knew he had," Ryan said of Hill, who caught five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
The rookie became only the fifth NFL player in the last 25 years to have two receiving touchdowns in his first game. Hill's debut also ranked tops in team history, as he surpassed Al Toon's club record of 67 receiving yards, set against Buffalo on Sept. 15, 1985.
Ryan also credited wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal for Hill's breakout performance.
Ryan praised Bills defensive end Mario Williams as one of the great defensive linemen in the game. But after reviewing game video, Ryan said Jets right tackle Austin Howard did not grab Williams' face mask as Williams implied . . . NFL Network will air a new episode of its series, "A Football Life" featuring backup QB Tim Tebow at 8 p.m. Wednesday . . . Ryan laughed off the sideline hit he took from Bills TE Scott Chandler. The coach said on ESPN New York radio that after he got up, he said jokingly to Chandler: "Is that the best you've got?" Ryan also quipped on air: "Muhammad Ali has gotten knocked down before."