Chiefs hoping to refine Tyreek Hill’s role in offense

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Tyreek Hill surprised the Chiefs, and a lot of people, with everything he was able to do last year.

So this year, they’re going to ask him to do a little less.

Via Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs are trying to streamline things a bit for Hill, making him more of a featured wideout and less of a return man. He’ll still handle punts, but they want to get him off of kick returns.

“I still feel like I’m a guy trying to make the team, just like any other guy,” Hill said. “I come out and give 100 percent every time I’m on the field. I come out and play like I’m on the edge of being cut, because you never know.”

That’s not going to happen, not after he scored 12 touchdowns last year (six receiving, three rushing, two punt returns, one kickoff return).

DeAnthony Thomas is expected to handle kickoffs this year, and coach Andy Reid acknowledged part of the reason was that it: “Takes a little bit off Tyreek’s plate.”

If that helps Hill eat a little more often in the passing game (he had 61 catches for 593 yards last year), it will help the Chiefs. After parting ways with Jeremy Maclin this offseason, they need someone to take on a larger role in the offense, and Hill’s showing signs of being able to take that on.

9 responses to “Chiefs hoping to refine Tyreek Hill’s role in offense

  1. That all depends on how he can handle the over under coverage that he is going to get as a lead WR.LIFE is going to be a lot harder this year you can count on that.

  2. He was only effective because of the element of surprise and limited use. Try moving him into a featured wideout role where it is easier for the defense to focus on him and he will struggle.

  3. There is a difference between being the 3rd or 4th option on the offense to being the 1st or 2nd. Kelce is already dealing with swelling of the knee. If Kelce misses any time this year it’s Hill doubleteamed on short routes and screen passes out of the backfield to the RBs.

    He did great as a gadget player last year but you can’t be a gadget player and the number one receiver on the team. Ask the Rams and Tavon Austin.

  4. Tyreek is faster and more elusive than any Defensive Back in the NFL. Plain and Simple. Andy is a genius and knows he has someone special to guard, protect and use all the way to the Super Bowl.

  5. jade429 says:
    August 7, 2017 at 7:44 am
    That all depends on how he can handle the over under coverage that he is going to get as a lead WR.LIFE is going to be a lot harder this year you can count on that.
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    Life is going to be different for sure. Remains to be seen whether or not it will be harder.

  6. Go and read the police report detailing what he did to his pregnant girlfriend and see if you could ever cheer for him again.

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