With less than a month until the regular season begins on Thursday, September 10, the football analytics site Pro Football Focus is releasing 2020 player rankings for each position group. On Monday, Anthony Treash covered the players PFF considers to be the top 25 wide receivers in the NFL.
Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons tops the list, followed by Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints and DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals. And then came a wideout dear to the hearts of Kansas City Chiefs fans.
4. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
It’s no secret that Hill is one of the most electric receivers in the game. His deep speed is a huge strength, and when it’s paired with Patrick Mahomes, Hill becomes a game-wrecker. Since coming into the league in 2016, Hill has earned the highest receiving grade on 20-plus yard targets and has recorded 1,964 deep yards (over 300 more than anyone else). He has caught 17 deep receiving touchdowns in which he had at least a step of separation — four more than the next best player. He performs far better at the catch point than most receivers his size, too, and remains No. 1 in deep grade on contested balls, hauling in 13 of 24.
We have to give some Treash some credit. Most national analysis regarding Hill focuses on his speed, failing to mention any other trait that might give him an advantage.
Hill has continued to improve as a route-runner — it’s not just his speed that allows him to get separation from defenders — and Treash is correct to bring up Hill’s ability at the catch point. He’s come a long way from being just a speedy “gadget player.”