Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill celebrates after making a first...

Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill celebrates after making a first down during the first half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in East Rutherford, N.J. on Oct. 14, 2012. Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

The Jets may have given up on Stephen Hill, but it didn't take long for their former second-round pick to garner interest on the open market.

The former Jet worked out for the Carolina Panthers on Monday, a source confirmed to Newsday.

The Jets waived Hill on Saturday after two disappointing seasons and a so-so preseason. And though he went unclaimed, there clearly is interest in the 6-5 receiver.

The Panthers, who parted ways with Steve Smith, are desperate for receiving help. And Hill, obviously, is desperate for a new home.

The Jets moved up to draft him 43rd overall in 2012, despite knowing that Hill would be a project given his college system.

The Georgia Tech product ended each of his first two seasons on injured reserve and caught only 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns in 23 games. He played his final game in a Jets uniform on Thursday night, catching one pass for 13 yards and dropping another in a blowout loss to the Eagles.

Shortly after Saturday's wave of cuts, Hill's agent, Alan Herman, told Newsday he expected the Panthers or the receiver-needy Browns (who are coached by former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine) to show interest in his client.

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Herman, a resident of Jericho, also blasted the Jets for giving up on Hill and not putting the young receiver in a position to succeed.

Former Jet Jerricho Cotchery is currently on Carolina's roster, along with first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin.

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