Tyreek Hill says he “doesn’t get into all that” when asked about whether he should be considered the NFL’s best.
After catching two more touchdowns on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has a league-leading total of 9. In the midst of yet another likely Pro Bowl campaign—which would be his fifth in five NFL seasons—the conversation around Hill is turning the corner toward historic greatness.
If you ask Hill about it, however, he’s not listening.
At this point, Hill seems destined to go down as the single greatest wide receiver to ever play for the Chiefs organization. He’s also arguably the single most dynamic offensive weapon in the entire game. Despite being smaller than other “prototypical” wideouts, Hill has an incredible catch radius. He also has glue-like hands and is an exceptional route-runner. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s the fastest player in the National Football League.
Over the last year or more, Hill has officially entered the conversation for best wide receiver in the NFL, next to the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and Michael Thomas, Julio Jones and Mike Evans. Given his connection with Patrick Mahomes and penchant for finding the end zone, Hill is destined for another incredible year, one that might just lead the NFL in scores.
But after Sunday’s win over the Panthers, the Chiefs star wideout wasn’t interested in any such notions about his personal greatness. When asked about the work he’s putting in to get better, he’s humble and realizes that there are still so many elements about his game in which he can improve.
"“It’s being able to run my routes full speed,” said Hill when asked by Shawn Barber about his area of offseason focus. “Most DBs fear speed, so I want to be able to run my routes at full speed and in and out of my breaks at full speed. I spent my whole offseason working on that. Obviously I can catch the ball short, deep, so for me it’s just working on [getting] in and out of breaks. That’s what I did this whole offseason … The sky’s the limit for me. I’m still working. I don’t consider myself the best. I don’t get into all that. I’m just here to win games.”"
On Sunday, Hill showed just how well-rounded a receiver he is these days. He’s not just a deep speed threat—although he certainly showed that on a long 48-yard touchdown catch near the end of the game. He also caught a short pass at the goal which required perfect timing, footwork, vision and hands.
"“Everything in the red zone happens quicker. I gotta quicken my route up. I gotta be physical at the point of attack. Just be the Cheetah, baby. Use my quickness to get open and that’s what I did on the route. It was a fade stop and Pat put the ball in the perfect location and I was able to make a play on it.”"
As Hill continues to improve with each passing season given his knowledge and familiarity with Andy Reid‘s offense and his chemistry with Mahomes and other teammates, the Chiefs are going to continue to contend for one Super Bowl after another. Maybe at the end of his career, he will take time to appreciate the fact that he was among the NFL’s best wide receivers. Until then, Hill likely isn’t interested in the chatter.