Everyone knows how close the Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers are to one another. They aren’t shy about showing their love for each other, and their cohesiveness — and explosiveness — turned them into the Legion of Zoom (shoutout Tom Childs and Brad Symcox).
The one contributor from the position that isn’t always considered a part of the nickname is wide receiver and kick returner Byron Pringle. It’s his third season with the team; he’s had big moments and good games but has yet to get enough opportunity to make him a well-known commodity.
His teammate Tyreek Hill doesn’t think he gets the shine he deserves. It’s hard to with such a deep group of pass-catchers — but the news of wide receiver Demarcus Robinson going on the reserve/COVID list for being a close contact could give Pringle a chance to contribute in this year’s Super Bowl; he only played three offensive snaps last year.
During his Super Bowl media availability on Monday, Hill revealed that he admires Pringle’s work ethic in practice.
“The one thing that impresses me about Pringle the most is that he comes into work every single day, smiling and laughing,” Hill told reporters. “(Wide receivers coach Greg Lewis) puts him in for every single one of us during practice, and he does all of the snaps and doesn’t complain a whistle. For him to be able to do that, then do special teams, then do scout team reps, that just blew me off the charts.”
In fact, Hill was impressed enough to advocate for more playing time on Pringle’s behalf.
“I talked to (Lewis) about that,” Hill shared. “I was like ‘y’all need to start getting Pringle some more chances man. Here’s a guy that doesn’t complain about his job, he comes in and works; whatever y’all tell him to do, he does it.’ He’s still the same guy.”
When asked about keys to the game later, Hill once again proclaimed his trust in Pringle’s abilities.
“We got to score on special teams. We got to get Byron Pringle in the end zone.”
Hill is confident in his teammate at wide receiver — or he might just be trying to hype up a good friend. The two are closer than you may think.
“On our off days, me and Pringle hang out,” Hill revealed. “I’m not going to tell you guys what we do... but we got a book club.”
While this is another fun example of how close this team is, it’s also a strong, public support of Pringle — who may have his most important chance to step up yet, now that Robinson is questionable to play.