Marcel Louis Jacquesespn4 minutes to read
Frankfurt, Germany — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill treasures his time with the Kansas City Chiefs, but even though he’s looking forward to seeing some of his former teammates when the two teams face off this weekend, he doesn’t have any extra feelings heading into it. Game of the week.
Hill spent the first six years of his career with the Chiefs before being traded to the Dolphins last offseason and faces his former team for the first time on Sunday. The match will be played in Frankfurt, Germany, rather than Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, but Hill said the location of the match is not as important as the result.
“It doesn’t really matter where we play,” he smiled. “I mean, obviously it was great to play in Kansas City, but it doesn’t really matter where we play, you feel me? They’ll get this job anywhere.”
Hill’s return comes days after he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for October. He currently leads the league in receiving yards with 1,014 and is on pace to become the first receiver in NFL history to surpass 2,000 receiving yards in a single season.
Since his trade last March, no player has had more yards or catches than Hill, and he set a career-high with 1,710 receiving yards in his first season with the Dolphins. He didn’t necessarily want to leave Kansas City when he requested a trade last offseason but he wanted to get paid like the best wide receiver in the NFL. Miami made him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history shortly after completing the deal.
“I’m kind of happy about that [the trade] “It happened,” Hill said. “Obviously the situation I’m in is great. I have great teammates. My family is from Miami, and I also achieved one of my goals of becoming one of the highest-paid players in the league. So, it’s all great. Life is great, man. You can never “You take nothing for granted. So, I can’t look back. Always have to look forward. That’s my mentality.”
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is known for making off-script plays. Since 2018, he leads all active players in passing yards (16,187), passing touchdowns (121) and quarterback rating (69.4) when his throw time is greater than 2.5 seconds.
Hill said he offered key advice to his defensive teammates when the play breaks down and Mahomes starts scrambling: Look for Travis Kelce.
Since 2018, Kelce leads all players with 296 receptions on passes that take more than 2.5 seconds to attempt.
“What I was telling the guys to do is find Kelsey,” Hill said. “If you let Kelce get open, man, he’s such an energy on this team. Even though Pat is a complete scientist, if he finds Kelce and Kelce catches a 2-yard pass, he somehow finds the energy in that and gets that team going.” “
Hill said he’s looking forward to seeing Mahomes and Kelce, among other former teammates, and expects plenty of back-and-forth throughout the game.
Not that he’s complaining.
“It will be a trivial conversation, but it will be fun nonetheless,” he said. “It’ll be like, ‘I want to see you do well, but we’re going to crush your ass at the same time, though.’ It’ll be one of those things like backyard football with your brothers.”
Hill was named to three All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls in a row during his six years with the Chiefs, and he credits that experience with his current success.
“I just look back at that time and just say, ‘Man, he’s just a young guy just trying to find himself in the league,'” he said. “I was able to learn from a lot of players, and I was able to mature very quickly because I was able to step into the receiver role. It was a lot, and I just kind of dealt with that and haven’t looked back.”
“The coaching staff there trusted me, and I loved every minute of it. I’m not going to back down from that.”
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