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Tyreek Hill will get first crack at Jeremy Maclin’s position, Chiefs can balance him on special teams

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The big news coming out of Andy Reid’s Tuesday press conference is that it will indeed be Tyreek Hill who gets the first crack at replacing Jeremy Maclin’s position, the “Z” receiver (good question from Terez Paylor on that one).

Reid gave the caveat that they spread the ball around and he’s never viewed it as a “No. 1 guy” at receiver in his offense.

We all talked about Tyreek potentially benefiting from Maclin’s release but I wasn’t sure if the Chiefs saw him as a traditional full-time receiver like Maclin or if his value on special teams is such that they would limit his role on offense.

“I’ve dealt with this with (Brian) Westbrook and Desean Jackson,” Reid said of Tyreek playing offense and special teams, “you can balance that out where they can do both. You just have to be aware of their workload and what’s going on. There’s nothing that says they can’t do both.”

The Chiefs need to keep Tyreek on special teams, even at the expense of some offensive snaps. He is too electric back there not to. Tyreek made special teams great again.

Everything else I’m reading this offseason says Tyreek is going to be a big part of the offense. That should excite you as a Chiefs fan. (Unless Tyreek is hurt and there’s no Maclin to fall back on. Then that would not excite me.)