The Dolphins feature one of the most vaunted offensive attacks in the league. Mike McDaniel arrived in Miami last offseason and quickly got to work installing his Shanahan-esque scheme. Luckily for the first-time head coach, the front office brought a superstar to South Beach with McDaniel. Enter Tyreek Hill.
Tyreek Hill had humble beginnings in Kansas City
The four-time first-team All-Pro wideout spent his first six seasons with Andy Reid in Kansas City. He began his ascension when Alex Smith was still taking snaps behind center. Hill had his highest yardage total the year before Patrick Mahomes took over the QB1 role.
Reek started slow in Year 1 of the Mahomes era, thanks to a week one chest injury that sidelined the star receiver for four games. Hill started to form strong chemistry with his new signal-caller after returning to the lineup, but 2020 is when the pair took the league by storm.
The former fifth-round pick tied his career high in receptions while catching a mind-blowing 15 touchdowns, including two more on the ground. He solidified himself as one of the most explosive players on Sundays and proved to be a cheat code for Reid and Mahomes.
Another career year in 2021 saw Hill fetch the third-most passes in the league (111). Alas, the Chiefs fell short in the postseason vs. Cincinnati, which ended up being the final time Reek would suit up for the franchise.
Dolphins catch a big fish during the 2022 offseason
In return for a slew of draft picks, the Dolphins acquired the speedster, and he instantly transformed their offense upon arrival. What makes the addition of Hill so deadly is the presence of Jaylen Waddle on the roster.
Waddle is a blazer in his own right, boasting effortless 4.3 speed and an incredible top gear when he gets out in space. Defending one of them is hard enough — game planning against both is downright unfair. McDaniel knows it, too.
Another big part of the equation is quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Now, no one will ever confuse Tagovailoa for Mahomes, but the Alabama product deserves his flowers for his performance in 2022. In his 13 games as the starter, the former No. 5 overall pick won eight games, helping lift Miami to a postseason berth.
Unfortunately, the injury bug took a bite out of Tagovailoa yet again, keeping him out of the final two regular-season games and the ensuing playoff contest vs. Buffalo. Skylar Thompson gave a valiant effort in relief, but the Dolphins fell just shy of victory, as the final score showed 34-31 in favor of the Bills.
Tyreek Hill sets career-high numbers in Miami
Hill tried his best to carry the group, but after a season of unstoppable performances, the gifted pass catcher was largely held in check. His 170 targets, 119 receptions, and 1,710 yards all marked career highs, as Hill credits Tagovailoa for much of his success.
Since arriving to the Dolphins, Reek has only had glowing things to say about his new quarterback. He famously caused a stir when saying Tagovailoa is the most accurate passer in the league, drawing the ire of Chiefs’ fans everywhere. While Mahomes could feel slighted by this statement, Hill is a loyal guy and will always hype up his teammates.
Hill predicts even better numbers for the 2023 season…
With another offseason of adjusting to the new system, the 29-year-old wide receiver is poised to have an even better campaign in 2023. In fact, he is predicting a historic season — for himself and the Dolphins.
“I’ll break 2,000 receiving yards this season. Two thousand yards — and another Super Bowl. We getting that,” Hill said on his “It Needed To Be Said” podcast. Quite the prediction, indeed. But could it really happen?
To become the first wide receiver to reach the 2,000-yard mark, Hill must average 117.6 yards per game. He averaged 100.6 receiving yards in 2022, for comparison. It is reasonable to assume that he could add another catch or two per game, especially if he sees the same amount of targets.
Waddle will be there to take attention away and keep defenses honest. A healthy Tagovailoa for 17 games might be the push Hill needs to set the NFL record. It would be foolish to doubt the eight-year player at this point. The stars have aligned; now, Tyreek Hill must bring his vision to reality.