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Former Jet Stephen Hill signed to Panthers' practice squad

The Jets' Stephen Hill talks to the media

The Jets' Stephen Hill talks to the media at the Jets first day of minicamp held at their training facility in Florham Park, N.J. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

FLORHAM PARK. N.J. - Stephen Hill has a new home.

A day after working out for Carolina, the Panthers signed the former Jets receiver to their practice squad Tuesday.

However, the news wasn't a surprise. During a recent interview with Newsday, Hill's agent, Alan Herman, said he expected the Panthers or Browns -- two receiver-needy teams -- to show interest in his client. Herman also represented Panthers receivers coach Ricky Proehl during his playing days.

The Jets moved up to draft Hill 43rd overall in 2012, but his time in Florham Park ended on Saturday. The wideout wound up on injured reserve the past two seasons and caught only 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns in 23 games.

Decker believes in offense

The Jets finally have more playmakers on offense, but will the offseason additions yield more points? Free-agent pickup Eric Decker believes so. "I can't speak on what happened last year, but we feel that we have the ability to do good things," he said. "Every year is different. I feel like this year, offensively, we're going to be a lot better than we were last year.

"I can't assume what's going to happen. I can't give you numbers. I can't give you speculation. But I can say that we are confident going into this year and letting all that work speak for itself."

Jet streams

The Jets' practice squad is complete after signing rookie draft picks Quincy Enunwa and Jeremiah George . . . As of Tuesday morning, the Jets have over $21 million in cap space, second only to the Jaguars.

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