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Panthers planning to give Stephen Hill another shot

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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Stephen Hill (87) catches a pass during practice on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Charlotte, N.C. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)

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A team so desperate for receiving options they nearly had to use quarterback Joe Webb there in the playoffs couldn’t find a use for Stephen Hill this year.

So naturally, as happens with guys like Stephen Hill, he’s going to get another shot.

Via Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the Panthers announced the signings of nine of their practice squaders to future contracts. The one they haven’t signed yet was Hill, but he’s expected to be added to that list soon.

Hill, the former second-round pick of the Jets, has the same kind of size and speed as fellow Georgia Tech product Calvin Johnson. Unlike Johnson, however, he has never really proven himself able to play football, and the Jets pulled the plug on him after he caught 45 passes in two seasons.

The other nine they signed include: Guard Derek Dennis, tight end Kevin Greene, wide receiver Marcus Lucas, safety Kimario McFadden, linebacker Horace Miller, running back Darrin Reaves, defensive tackle Micanor Regis, tackle Martin Wallace and cornerback Lou Young.