If there is one thing the Jags’ do consistently, it is establishing the running game behind Maurice Jones-Drew; which leaves plenty of opportunities to take shots down the field. Receiver Jason Hill has become the best downfield target for an otherwise mundane Jacksonville offense, and the 26-year old has made some critical plays this year. Hill is having a career season in 2011 with 306 receiving yards and has really caught rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s eye. His sudden emergence has come as a surprise to the majority of the Black and Teal faithful, especially since veteran Mike Thomas has seemingly disappeared in games entirely. In the last four weeks alone Hill has caught 12 passes for 214 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Thomas has only caught 11 passes for 121 yards and no scores. Hill has been much better at shedding blockers near the line of scrimmage, and is more physical than his 202-pound frame would dictate. Most inexperienced receivers have problems with quality of play when starting, but Hill has made the most of his limited playing time. He will eventually start getting double teamed in the red-zone if he continues to play this well, which will help open up holes for the rest of the team.
Hill has shown that he can score touchdowns this year, and needed only one catch for 5 yards to score last week against Houston. He is still currently available in the majority of fantasy leagues, plus he has much more value than popular pickups Danario Alexander or Arrelious Benn. Hill will get more targets as the Jags’ fall behind in games, which can only lead to more scoring chances. Hill is in no way a legitimate number one wideout, but he can easily warrant a starting spot as a third receiver. He is a guy to keep an eye on in 8-man leagues, but is definitely worth a free agent addition in any league over ten people.
-By Adam McGill