Patriots brace for the latest attempt to contain Tyreek Hill

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The Patriots have faced Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill twice. It didn’t go well either time.

In 2017, Hill generated 133 yards on seven catches, plus a touchdown. Earlier this year, Hill gained 142 yards on seven catches, with three touchdowns. On Sunday, they’ll have to contain Hill if they hope to get to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years.

“He’s fast,” safety Patrick Chung told reporters on Thursday. “I mean, you guys have all seen it. We see the same things. He’s explosive. He’s an elite player. So, [we’ve ] got to try to contain them a little bit and see what we can do.”

Is there anyone in the NFL faster than Hill?

“Nope,” Chung said.

The Patriots have tried to prepare for Hill on their scout team. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore told reporters that “a couple guys” have been mimicking Hill’s speed, with a caveat.

“You can never really mimic his speed because he’s got great speed, but we just have to trust each other as a team and play fast and play physical,” Gilmore said, thereafter declining to identify the top guy who pretended to be Hill this week.

As Chris Simms mentioned on PFT Live, one way to mimic Hill’s speed will be to align him beyond the line of scrimmage, giving the scout-team Tyreek a head start.

One potential way to slow down Hill is to jam him at the line. But that also can be a problem.

“He’s got great speed,” Gilmore said. “You can get your hands on him and he can still run past you. Even when he gets the ball in his hands, he’s hard to tackle so everybody will have to do their job and play together as a team. . . . He can do it all.”

Indeed he can. And the Patriots will need to account for him and slow him down, if they hope to keep the Chiefs from scoring more points than New England’s offense can muster.

16 responses to “Patriots brace for the latest attempt to contain Tyreek Hill

  1. I feel bad for the 31 teams that don’t have a guy like Jalen Ramsey to hold a guy like Hill to 2 catches.

  2. He’s scary fast. That 4th quarter catch in Week 6 where he smoked the Patriots down the sideline for a touchdown was incredible.

  3. thrifty says:
    January 17, 2019 at 6:59 pm
    The chiefs are going to miss Kareem Hunt on Sunday
    ………..
    Averaged 4.6yds/carry with Hunt and are now averaging 4.6yds/carry with Williams as our starting RB, BIG drop off.

  4. wib22 says:
    January 17, 2019 at 7:36 pm
    Patriots are horrible away from home

    —-
    1st in the league the last 3 years away from home
    1st in the league the last 5 years away from home
    1st in the league in the last decade away from home
    1st in the league in the last 15 years away from home

    You really, really need a new hobby.

  5. statman25 says:
    January 17, 2019 at 7:32 pm
    thrifty says:
    January 17, 2019 at 6:59 pm
    The chiefs are going to miss Kareem Hunt on Sunday
    ………..
    Averaged 4.6yds/carry with Hunt and are now averaging 4.6yds/carry with Williams as our starting RB, BIG drop off
    ————
    Williams has really impressed me as a runner, and as you’ve proved, the drop off hasn’t been noticeable at all.

    It’s the passing game though.

    Williams is averaging like 4 catches for 35-40 yds where Hunt got another 2 yards or so and more importantly was explosive. He took a pass against New England last game for like a 70 yd TD.

  6. cheapseater says:
    January 17, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    I feel bad for the 31 teams that don’t have a guy like Jalen Ramsey to hold a guy like Hill to 2 catches.
    —————————-
    Then Ramsey disappears for games on end until he deems another WR worthy of his coverage skills
    while the Jags get blown by the Chiefs 30-14. But Ramsey was happy b/c he played well.
    He played badly this year so he should run his legs more and his mouth less. But at least they won their
    Super Bowl in week two and declared the Jags as the AFC’s best team, lol.

  7. I feel sorry for the team that HAS Jalen Ramsey, because they went 5-11, and yet because the year before where all of the other starting qbs in there division got hurt, gave an awful franchise false hope.

  8. I don’t think I’d waste much time feeling sorry for 31 teams that don’t have Jalen Ramsey. How many of your whole 5 wins was he worth? And what’s that say about the rest of your team, if it was any?

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