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WR Hill demoted from Jets' lineup

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New York Jets second-year wide receiver Stephen Hill has been demoted with reduced playing time this week against the Baltimore Ravens, coach Rex Ryan announced.

Hill had his second consecutive game without a catch in Sunday's blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Hill has played 104 of a possible 121 snaps in the past two weeks.

Ryan acknowledged earlier this week that Hill's playing time could be reduced. Hill was made aware Wednesday that he had lost his starting job to David Nelson.

"I just got note of it today (Wednesday) -- that some would be cut down," Hill said, via the New York Daily News. "Hey, look, I have nothing to feel about it. That's big man's decisions. I just have to do what I do every day, come out here and play hard."

Ryan was critical of Hill on Wednesday.

"I've been disappointed, there's no doubt because we all see the potential that this young man has," Ryan said. "By now I think we're all expecting, Jet fans are all expecting him to take the next step and for whatever reason it (hasn't) been there yet. (It) doesn't mean we're giving up on the young man, but we want to see it."
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