Speaking with former NFL wideouts Terrell Owens and Matthew Hatchette on their Getcha Popcorn Ready podcast earlier this week, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill said he is laying out an ambitious goal for himself this season.
“In all of my YouTube videos, I’ve been saying I want to get 2,000 receiving yards,” Hill told the hosts. “That’s my whole mentality. I’ve got to stay locked in. I’ve got to get the proper rest. I’ve got to put the right things in my body. It’s going to be easy then. That’s been my main goal — my main thing — this year, because I got hurt last year. I missed six games last year.”
That indeed played a factor in Hill’s 2019 season. After his All-Pro season in 2018 — in which he gained 1,479 yards in 16 starts — Hill had just 860 yards in 12 starts last year.
“Being hurt is like the worst thing — I swear it is, man,” said Hill. “Because you’re like inside by yourself when everybody else is practicing. During game day, you see guys out there running the wrong route — and you’re like, ‘Man, if I’d been out there I’d have scored.’
“2,000 yards for me, man,” he declared.
That would be quite an accomplishment. No NFL receiver has ever eclipsed 2,000 receiving yards — although Calvin Johnson once came close, gaining 1,964 with the Detroit Lions in 2012. Hill told Owens and Hatchette that he is ready for the challenge.
“My first two years in the league, I was still raw,” he explained. “I was still learning the wideout position. I didn’t know how to run routes. I could catch the ball really good, but I didn’t know how to go out 12 yards and then come back. I didn’t know how to do none of that. I was still, ‘Coach, how do I do that? Do I go up and then do a hop inito it — or what do I do?’
“And now, I’ve transcended my game,” he continued. “I know how to release. There can’t be no defensive back get their hands on me. I’m releasing, I’m catching th ball, I’m going up over-top dudes with confidence — stuff like that.”
Of course, it will take more than just his own skill to reach the mark he has set for himself. As long as Hill is on the field, defenses will do all they can to take him out of the mix — and he’ll also have to worry about the competition from his own teammates like Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson. All of them will want to eat this season, too.
Still, with enough big plays, Hill could stand a chance at breaking the 2,000 yard threshold — especially with Patrick Mahomes throwing him the ball.