The Kansas City Chiefs offensive success is good for business
By Matt Conner
Tyreek Hill can turn heads as the NFL’s fastest player, but even now there are numerous NFL fans who equate Hill with special teams play. Hill might get credit for being fast, but the NFL will always have its fair share of very, very fast players given the nature of the game. Every player has their speedster and every incoming class will come in with guys ready to be electric on returns or as a deep threat.
But let’s be quite clear: very, very few of those world class athletes actually turn the corner and become a well-rounded wide receiver. Very few sharpen their route-running or their tracking or their blocking abilities to the point where they become a household name as WR1. Gadget players remain known as gadget players. Devin Hester never became “elite wide receiver.” Dante Hall did not either.
The NFL sent Tyreek to the Pro Bowl last year—as a special teams player. That’s well and good on the surface since a Pro Bowl is a Pro Bowl and he *is* that good at special teams. But he also was 7th in receiving yards and was the most efficient deep threat by a country mile. If the Chiefs hadn’t actually underutilized him (yep!), Hill would have easily led the entire NFL in receiving yards and it would not have been close.
The bottom line is this: Hill is an elite wide receiver often still relegated to being an “excellent returner” or simply “one of the fastest players in football.” The reality is that Tyreek Hill belongs in the conversation for NFL’s best receiver right here, right now. If Julio Jones or Antonio Brown is mentioned, Tyreek Hill should be mentioned, too.