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Stephen Hill released by New York Jets

The Stephen Hill era is over in New York.

The Jets released the second-round receiver, the team announced Saturday.

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The disappointing wideout has been the subject of much trade speculation this preseason. However, after no swap came to fruition, the Jets walked away from the unproductive 6-foot-4 receiver.

Hill had a lot heaped onto his shoulders early in his career and never panned out. The drop-prone pass-catcher was essentially demoted down the stretch in 2013 before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury.

Hill showed zero signs of improvement this preseason. Even with question marks at receiver the Jets determined it was better off without Hill on the roster.

However, Hill's camp thinks the wideout never got a fair shake.

"I'm disappointed in (general manager John) Idzik and Rex (Ryan) with the way the whole thing went down there," Hill's agent, Alan Herman, told USA Today Sports. "Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening.

"He didn't have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. ... His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno."

As a selection of the previous regime, Idzik had no attachments to Hill. Still, it's never good for an organization to see second-round picks flushed down the drain.

The Jets also confirmed the release of quarterback Tajh Boyd, wide receiver Clyde Gates and quarterback Matt Simms. Boyd could be a candidate for the team's practice squad.

You can track all the cuts as NFL teams reduce their rosters to 53 right here.

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