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Why Tyreek Hill’s route running remains something to watch

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I wrote an article back in late January titled, “Is Tyreek Hill one part of his game away from being the best WR in the NFL?”

I know—best wide receiver in the NFL seems like it could be a stretch for the 5-foot-10 Hill, but based upon telling quotes from Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and fellow WR Keenan Allen, I argued that maybe it wasn’t.

Maybe, in fact, Hill could be the best WR in the league one day if he improved his route running ability.

At the owners meetings in Orlando this week, a reporter asked Reid whether or not Hill could one day relate to the likes of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Chiefs fans (and Justin Houston) are by now well aware of what Brown can do. That’s elite company.

“Tyreek can do anything,” Reid answered. “He is very smart, which people don’t know. Especially with the whole story and everything that you hear. He is a smart kid. He picks up things quickly. It is just a matter of him—remember he was a running back. It is just a matter of him learning all the intricacies of running routes.”

And there it is again.

“That’s what his challenge will be this year,” Reid added. “Remember, he can play inside or outside and we can move him around, which we do anyways. He had as many inside plays as he did outside. He has a good feel for things.”