Panthers sign Ex-Jets receiver Stephen Hill to practice squad

Tuesday September 2nd, 2014

The Carolina Panthers have signed wide receiver Stephen Hill to their practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Hill, a second-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2012, was cut by the Jets over the weekend after two disappointing seasons in which he caught a total of 45 passes for 594 yards and four touchdowns.

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After losing several receivers this offseason -- including five-time Pro Bowler Steve Smith --  Carolina is expected to rely heavily on rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veteran Jerricho Cotchery.

Hill, who stands 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. The Panthers open the season Sept. 7 at Tampa Bay.

Carolina cut linebacker D.J. Smith to make room for Hill on the roster.

- Chris Johnson

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