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Jets' Rex Ryan compares Stephen Hill to Keith Jackson

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Since being drafted in the second round by the New York Jets, wide receiver Stephen Hill has been compared to Calvin Johnson and now Keith Jackson.

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"This guy can play," Jets coach Rex Ryan told ESPN Radio New York, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. "The numbers, he only had like 28 catches or something like that, but it's in that option offense (at Georgia Tech). And he did average 29 yards a catch.

"It kind of reminds me of when my dad took Keith Jackson when he was with the Eagles. I think Keith Jackson only had 19 catches, and I think he made the Pro Bowl his first year as a rookie. Hopefully that will happen here with Stephen."

Jackson caught 81 passes for 869 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie en route to his first of six Pro Bowls.

Hill had just 49 career catches in three seasons at Georgia Tech, but Ryan expects him to have an impact on the Jets' offense.

"They're expecting a lot of things out of me, and I'm here Day 1 to come out here and just play and gradually get myself to being a great player," Hill said Saturday.

Ryan added: "He's got incredible potential for us, and we expect him to contribute for sure."

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