Stephen Hill says he could be Jets' No. 1 receiver

Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill runs a route

Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill runs a route during training camp in Cortland. (July 29, 2013) (Credit: Hans Pennink)

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Stephen Hill believes he has the talent to be the Jets' No. 1 receiver -- whether Santonio Holmes is on the field or not.

"That's just my competitiveness, that's what I feel like I can do," said the second-year wideout, who had 21 catches for 252 yards in 11 games, while Holmes suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in Week 4. "If I can be that No. 1 wide receiver, that's what I'm striving for. He's definitely going to make that comeback sooner or later, but other than that I'm definitely striving to be that No. 1 guy."

Hill, who developed a reputation for having a case of the dropsies, said that label was far from accurate. "I only dropped three balls last year, that's what I know," said the receiver, whose biggest drop came in a Week 7 overtime loss against the Patriots. "I look back at the film because I watch film every day. However that goes, that's people's opinions. That's not facts."

Rex: Geno's in shape

NFL Network's Brian Baldinger created a stir when he called Geno Smith's conditioning "embarrassing" over the weekend. But Rex Ryan denied his rookie quarterback is anything but fit. "I haven't seen that in him," the coach said. " . . . He looked good when he ran for 80 yards that one play."Smith said he had no reaction to the comment. "That's his opinion. You know my coaches are the ones who evaluate me so I haven't heard that from them so I don't have anything to say about that." Jet streams

Rookie CB Dee Milliner (shoulder surgery) was limited in his first day of training camp. The first-rounder took part in pass-catching drills and was with the first-team defense during walk-throughs. Ryan said he hopes Milliner can play in the Green & White scrimmage Saturday . . . The Jets' other first-round pick in 2013, DL Sheldon Richardson, sat out because of excruciating tooth pain. He's expected to get a root canal soon, said Ryan.

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