Kansas City Chiefs: Tyreek Hill Serves New Role For Offense

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

When the Kansas City Chiefs initially drafted Tyreek Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, he seemed destined to be a return specialist and nothing more. The Chiefs now have themselves a legitimate offensive weapon.

Were it not for two electric rookies down in Dallas, Tyreek Hill would more than likely win the Rookie of the Year Award for the 2016 season. He’d deserve it too, as the speedster has dominated in just about every aspect on the field.

After 15 games so far, Hill has totaled 56 receptions for 547 yards along with six receiving touchdowns. On the ground, he’s amassed 21 carries for 252 yards and three touchdowns, but the return game is where he was supposed to show his worth and he’s done just that.

Hill has a returned kickoff for a score and a returned punt for a touchdown. He’s been crazy good on the field, and now the Kansas City Chiefs are putting his speed to good use by transitioning him into a running back role.

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While Hill was emerging as one of the better receiving options on this team, his speed is electrifying. We’ve seen time and time again that when Hill can get a step on someone, 90 percent of the time, he’s likely taking the football to the house.

These are all the reasons why Andy Reid and company likely decided to test out Hill in a running back role during this past weekend’s match-up against Denver.

Hill did well in his first official game as a rusher, touching the ball six times for 95 yards. Of course, most of those yards came on his 70-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but hey… KC Chiefs fans will take it!

For years now, the Kansas City Chiefs have needed a playmaker on offense. Travis Kelce is definitely one of the best tight ends in the league, but there are times when he’s not getting the ball due to double or even triple coverage.

Hill, on the other hand, due to his speed, is rarely guarded by opposing defenses. We saw how even Von Miller didn’t have an answer for him the other night and Hill was off to the races with a hefty block from Kelce.

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What Hill gives the Chiefs is the ability to change the game all on his own. He has the speed to take the football to the house on every single play and that’s huge.

Hopefully Andy Reid can get him involved mightily during the playoffs because he very well could be the difference maker for this team moving forward.