By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
4:11 PM EDT, October 3, 2012
The New York Jets have signed wide receiver Jason Hill with Santonio Holmes ruled out for the season with a Lisfranc foot injury where he tore ligaments and will undergo surgery.
The Jets signed Hill, who famously called them "overhyped" last season when he was playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, rather than bring back Plaxico Burress.
"I have a great deal of respect for (Burress) and obviously he had eight touchdown catches for us last year," Jets coach Rex Ryan told New York reporters today. "There were some things he did really well for us. We're trying to look for guys maybe a little younger and a little more speed," Ryan said.
"When you look at Hill, the guy we just signed, he has those attributes and that's what I think jumped out at us. We want to get faster as a football team and we think he's a guy that has some tools. He's played in this league and we think can do some good things for us."
Hill, 27, has caught 76 career passes for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns.
Hill recently tried out for the New Orleans Saints.
In other NFL news, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated the following free agents from suspensions: defensive tackle Garrett Brown, running back Matt Clapp, linebacker Phillip Dillard, tight end Brody Eldridge, wide receiver Nick Miller, offensive tackle Trevis Turner and tight end Ryan Winterswyk.
Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills tried out former Ravens safety Mana Silva, offensive guards Kevin Hughes and Andrew Jackson and center Reggie Stephens, signing Silva and Jackson to the practice squad.
The Carolina Panthers tried out former Ravens center Cecil Newton, the brother of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, and offensive tackle Kyle Hill.
The Detroit Lions tried out defensive tackles Antonio Dixon, Jimmy Saddler-McQueen and Trevor Guyton and punter Chas Henry.
The Green Bay Packers tried out defenisve back Johnny Thomas.
The Houston Texans tried out former Ravens defensive back Bryan McCann and defensive backs Blake Gideon, Devin Holland, James Rogers, Kevin Thomas and Brandyn Thompson
The Indianapolis Colts tried out defensive end Clifton Geathers, linebacker Thaddeus Gibson, cornerbacks Walter McFadden, Antwaun Molden and tight end Martell Webb.
The Kansas City Chiefs tried out former Ravens reserve center-guard Andre Gurode, who wasn't retained as an unrestricted free agent after playing for Baltimore last season. Gurode was a Pro Bowl center with the Dallas Cowboys.
Signing wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, the Miami Dolphins also tried out linebackers Kourtnei Brown, Jerry Franklin and Joe Holland, cornerback Jerome Murphy, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, defensive back Julian Posey and linebacker Nathan Stupar.
The New Orleans Saints tried out Hill, quarterback Seneca Wallace and wide recievers Deon Butler, Rashied Davis, Preston Parker and Brian Robiskie.
The Philadelphia Eagles cut linebacker Brian Rolle and signed former Maryland linebacker Adrian Moten to replace him following a tryout.