Hill succeeded despite nervous tummy

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez celebrates with

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez celebrates with wide receiver Stephen Hill after Hill scored a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills. (Sept. 9, 2012) (Credit: AP)

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.

The coach said when the Jets drafted the rookie, Lal told the front office that Hill -- who came from a run-heavy Georgia Tech offense -- would be up to speed by Week 1.

Said Ryan: "After he caught two touchdowns, [Lal told general manager] Mike Tannenbaum, 'Told you he'd be ready for Buffalo.' "

 

Jet streams

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."

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