Tyreek Hill is a versatile player for the Kansas City Chiefs and has shown that in the past. He recently made a joke about moving to running back.
Well, once upon a time, Hill DID play running back, so this wouldn’t really be that shocking if it were to happen at some point (but it definitely is on the unlikely side).
Hill spent his college career playing multiple positions, but when the Kansas City Chiefs took him in the fifth round in the 2016 NFL Draft, the consensus was that he’d be used as more of a running back.
The Chiefs used Hill in a variety of ways throughout the course of his rookie season, which led to him having decent numbers in rushing stats, receiving stats, and obviously we all know how big his impact was on special teams.
During his rookie season, Hill was the first player since Kansas product Gale Sayers to record at least two rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns, and two special teams touchdowns during the course of their rookie seasons. That’s good company to be with obviously.
The Kansas City Chiefs saw enough from Hill in 2016 and he was propelled into a WR1 spot in the 2017 season, where he’s stayed ever since.
He had over 1,000 yards receiving in both 2017 and 2018 and were it not for an injury that sidelined him for four games this past season, he likely gets past 1,000 yards in 2019 as well.
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Kansas City really hasn’t used Hill in a running back role since he permanently transitioned to wide receiver in 2017. He did have over 100 rushing yards in 2018, but still hasn’t come anywhere close to his career high in rushing yards of 267 yards, which he did as a rookie off of 24 rushes.
Hill is a versatile player, so if the Chiefs needed him to move over to running back for whatever reason, he’d be able to make that transition nearly flawlessly. The problem would be that it’d impact the Chiefs receiving corps, as we saw when he went down with an injury last year how the rest of the group wasn’t quite up to the task of filling the void while he was out.
Obviously this was just a joke made by Tyreek Hill. The Kansas City Chiefs won’t be moving Hill to running back, especially now with the first round selection of Clyde Edwards-Helaire looking to be the future at the RB1 spot.
Still, the comment brings us back to early on in Hill’s career when the Chiefs actually thought he could be their running back of the future. How much would things have changed if they had stuck with him there and never tested him out as a wide receiver?