I have been an advocate for Tyreek Hill being mentioned among the league’s top wide receivers since late January. Nine months later, the national analysts are coming around.
Earlier this week, (former quarterback) Chris Simms and Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk called Hill the league’s best receiver.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK: Chris Simms made the case for Hill on Monday’s PFT Live, and I agree with Simms (for a change). The strongest argument is this: Of all the great receivers in the NFL right now, and there are more than a few, which one would you want on your favorite team?
And in answering that, considering not only production but impact. Hill must be accounted for, everywhere he goes. Hill must be double-covered, everywhere he goes. Hill, who will still get his catches, yards, and touchdowns even with the extra attention, opens up the offense like no other player currently in the NFL.
Through the season’s first six games, Hill is fourth in the league in receiving yards (567) and in a five-way tie for the league lead in receiving touchdowns (6). Hill only trails Adam Thielen, Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins when it comes to yardage.
On Wednesday, I asked Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to weigh in on the matter.
“Yeah, to me he’s definitely the most explosive person in the league,” Mahomes said. “The way he’s developed as a receiver over these last few years I know he’s going for that top spot. I know there’s a lot of great receivers in this league, but I’m glad I have Tyreek (Hill) on my team for sure.”
Mahomes added that Hill is just a piece of the puzzle that has made the Chiefs No. 5 in yards (418.5) and No. 2 in points (35.8) in the league.
“I feel like our whole offense we have a great unit and repertoire,” Mahomes said. “I don’t have to worry about getting it to one guy, I literally just go through my progressions and guys just come open every single time. There’s even sometimes where I might throw a shallow and the post is open like last game and we get 20 but we could’ve had a touchdown.
“That’s just the type of guys that we have on this team is that you can literally hit a shot to every single person on any play.”
Is Tyreek Hill the league’s best wide receiver?
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