Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill would more than likely be working on his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2020 — except for the Week 1 clavicle injury he suffered against the Jacksonville Jaguars. That injury cost him all but 12 snaps against Jacksonville and then the next four games.
Still, despite that missed time, Hill totaled 860 yards by the end of the 2019 season. That is an even more impressive feat considering the extra attention he received, which may have sometimes made the Chiefs (and quarterback Patrick Mahomes) look elsewhere for the production necessary to score points and win.
But that’s a part of being a member of this era’s Chiefs.
“Sometimes, it’s frustrating because you want to be a part of the game plan,” admitted Hill. “But you just got to think about — this is a team game and there are other athletes on the field who can make the same plays. And that’s what makes this offense so special. You can’t just double-team me. You can’t just double-team (Travis) Kelce because you got one-on-ones all across the field and that’s advantage Chiefs, right?
“It’s frustrating sometimes, but with the good teammates that I got with the good coaching staff that I got, coach (Andy) Reid — he’s able to scheme me open when needed.”
Yoga twice a week
Hill revealed that he is taking a novel approach to preparing for the 2020 campaign.
“I’m doing yoga two times a week,” he said. “I’ve been trying to open up my hips a little more, open up my glutes and things like that. I have been feeling amazing, been getting out of routes even better. It’s going to be crazy. I feel like this is going to be a crazy year for me, so I’m excited.”
Hill said he has not taken reps with Mahomes since the Super Bowl, and he hopes that changes sooner rather than later. With the end of the virtual offseason being extended to the end of May, the wide receiver said that some of the Chiefs plan to come back early in order to get together for throwing sessions.
Super Bowl window
Even though Mahomes has a contract situation to work out, Hill said he doesn’t talk to the quarterback much about money.
“Me and Patrick’s conversation are typically about winning,” he explained. “I feel like the contract situation — I’m sure he feels the same way — it will get done when it get done. We just love playing the game of football. We’re just blessed to be able to play this game we love and we’re just fortunate enough to get paid for — like a lot of money — so like I said, I’m sure Pat is thinking the same way I’m thinking.
“He just wants to play ball and just continue to win as many Super Bowls as we can, because this is our window.”