When the Kansas City Chiefs traded superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins earlier in the offseason — for a war chest of draft picks — the first thing everyone wanted to do was discredit everything he accomplished, in addition to belittling his new quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Some of the ignorant things the ‘eXpERtS aNd AnaLySTs” said before the season included:
“ TuA HaS a NoODlE ArM!!! HoW WiLL thEY eVeR Be AbLe tO UTiLIzE HiLL’S sPEEd!?!”
“ PaTriCk MaHoMes MaDe TyREeK HiLL!”
“ hE’s A DiVA!”
“LoL At GOiNg FrOm ThE ChiEfS tO tHe DoLpHinS!”
And there were many more, which leads me to my next point:
Boy, were they wrong!
In his first season with Miami, Tyreek Hill has not only surpassed Mark Clayton for the Dolphins franchise record in receiving yards, but after Saturday’s disappointing (but thrilling) 32-29 loss to the Buffalo Bills — where he caught nine balls for 69 yards and a touchdown — Hill now has a new career-high in receiving yards.
Hill was laughed at during the offseason when he said Tua Tagovailoa was the league’s most-accurate quarterback. Many thought he was crazy for leaving Kansas City with head coach Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes. But Hill, who didn’t feel like he was correctly utilized with the Chiefs, bet on himself. And now, in his first season without Reid or Mahomes, he’s making history for his new franchise and himself.
As I mentioned earlier, Hill already has the Miami Dolphins franchise record for receiving yards. He also now has a new career-high with 1,529 yards receiving. But the season isn’t over, and Hill is NOT done making history.
Over the next three games, Hill only needs three catches to top his career-high in receptions (111 receptions) and four catches to break Jarvis Landry’s franchise record (112 receptions.) And let’s not forget Megatron’s single-season receiving record that can now be tested into Week 18 of the NFL season. If he wants to break Calvin Johnson’s record, he will need 436 yards over the season’s final three weeks — or an average of 145.3 yards per game.
the TD pass from tua to tyreek was picture perfect pic.twitter.com/q9Q8AxtufI— josh houtz (@houtz) December 19, 2022
Regardless of whether or not he beats out Justin Jefferson for the league’s receiving title — or finds a way to shatter Calvin Johnson’s record — Tyreek Hill has been better than I ever expected him to be. And that’s saying a lot, considering my expectations were through the roof.
Trading for Tyreek Hill may go down as the greatest trade in the history of the Miami Dolphins... but then again, it might have never happened without the perfect storm of events — and, of course — Laremy Tunsil.
What are your thoughts on Tyreek Hill’s record-setting season? Do you think he will shatter Calvin Johnson’s single-season record? Will he break Jarvis Landry’s record on Sunday vs. the Green Bay Packers? How are you feeling about the Miami Dolphins heading into the final three weeks of the season? Let us know in the comments section below!