Once the NFL announced announced Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill would not be suspended in 2019, many people wondered about Chiefs rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman.
Because of his speed and ability in the return game, Hardman was often compared to Hill. The two players do have similar skill sets, so while Hill’s future was still up in the air, many had reached the conclusion that Hardman was drafted to be a replacement for Hill.
While Hardman’s potential role in the Chiefs offense may have changed once Hill was cleared to play, the second-round pick believes his mission is still the same — and sees an opportunity to learn from one of the best players in the league.
“I think my job, it still is what it is, but I’m glad that Tyreek’s back,” Mecole said during a media availability at Chiefs training camp on Tuesday. “I’m happy that he’s here. I’m ready to learn from him, watch him practice and everything he can teach me I’m (going to) learn. Hopefully we can go into the season ready to go.”
Hardman had a somewhat eventful offseason. Along with working out to stay in shape, he took some reps with Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the Chiefs receiving corps — and a video of Hardman surprising his mother with a new house went viral.
I been dreaming of buying my mama a house since I was 8 and now to finally do it words can’t explain how happy i am I love you ma x1000000000❤️ It’s my turn to take care of you now pic.twitter.com/nHpwQbMGvB— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) July 18, 2019
“It was special, just being able to do that for her,” he told the press. “I’ve been dreaming about that since I was little, so just being able to get it done it meant a lot to me. I know it meant a lot to her.
“She picked it out. actually,” Hardman continued. “She didn’t know I was going to get it for her, so that was a good surprise for her.”
Buying a house for his mom is only one of Hardman’s many career goals. He was asked what he wants people to see from him in his first year in the NFL. Hardman pondered the question for a moment — but his answer was loud and clear.
“I just want everyone to know that I came in to do my job,” he said. “I came in to work hard, I came in to learn. I came to be a team player — to be with the team. Everybody’s goal is to win a Super Bowl, and I want to be the best I can to help the team with that.”