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Hill (knee) back in action

New York Jets rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill

New York Jets rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill #84 runs with the ball after making a catch at the Atlantic Health practice facility. Florham Park, NJ 5/24/12 Joe Epstein/For Newsday Photo Credit: Newsday/Joe Epstein

Stephen Hill said his left knee feels “great,” despite the black tape wrapped tightly around his leg during during practice.

“I just have to wrap it up just to make sure everything is fine,”  the second-year receiver said, following Tuesday’s mandatory minicamp practice.

The knee swelling, it seems, is no longer an issue either.

“It’s definitely gone down,” said Hill, who was sidelined during the team portion of last week’s OTAs because of fluid in his surgically-repaired knee.

Hill took part in individual and team drills Tuesday – and when he wasn’t in action on the field, he was receiving some schooling from Santonio Holmes.

“Santonio has been a 100 percent support system (for me) since last year,” Hill said of his the injured veteran receiver, who often is seen talking to Hill on the sidelines during practice. “He’s teaching us stuff (about) off-the-field issues and-on-the field issues. Just making sure that we’re doing (the) right thing, staying into it if we’re not practicing or anything like that, making sure we’re still in it mentally since we can’t be out there physically. He’s been a great support system, just like (wide receivers) coach Sanjay (Lal) and coach Marty (Mornhinweg), just making sure they’re coaching us up as much as they can.”

Jeremy Kerley also returned to team drills Tuesday. The Jets slot receiver – who was slowed by a heel injury last week – said his foot’s all good.

“I just made a bad cut earlier in OTAs and I just didn’t want to make it worse,” he said of the team’s decision to hold him out of the team portion last week.

Despite the nagging injuries to the wide receiver corps, Kerley said he feels the group is “coming along pretty good.”

“We have some guys banged up,” he said. “It will be good to get Santonio (Lisfranc) back. He has to do his thing, take his time and get healed up. You don’t want to bring him back too early and then (he) re-injures his foot again. He’ll be big part of the offense. I feel like the guys that are out there right now are working hard, trying to get better, trying to stay healthy. We like the pace, we like the offense. I love the offense. All we can do is try to build each other up and stay injury free.”

But in the meantime, they’ll have to keep up with Rex Ryan’s high-flying defense

“Honestly, I’m just trying to make myself a better player,” Hill said, when asked about facing the Jets secondary. “Going against (Antonio Cromartie), Kyle (Wilson), (Aaron Berry), all these corners, it’s always a challenge. You’re going to have a challenge in a game, you’re probably going to have maybe one or maybe two, but this cornerback corps is really strong and I can’t wait to see them out here playing. That’s what I’m definitely trying to do, just pay attention to detail and get in that competition.” 


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