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WR Tyreek Hill - Kansas City Chiefs

5-10, 185Born: 3-1-1994College: West AlabamaDrafted: ---

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Week 15: vs Los Angeles Chargers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Chiefs passing offense has been all over the place this season, but in their first meeting, the Chargers got the most of Alex Smith and the passing game holding the Chiefs to just 155 yards passing. A big reason for this was the ability to take Travis Kelce out of the game holding him to just one reception for one yard in week three. Smith and company will need to get Kelce more involved this week as they kept him in to help block more than he has all season and potentially for good reason as Alex Smith was sacked five times in these two teams first meetings. The Chargers pass defense continues to be one of the top units in football on the season as they are led by elite cornerbacks Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams. Over the last five games, the Chargers have allowed just 208 yards passing which is the fifth best in football and just four passing touchdowns which is tied for the best in football. This is a unit that is built at all levels to defend the pass whether it is pass rushers Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa or safeties Trae Boston and Jahleel Addae this is a tremendous unit that has the opportunity to once again cause issues for the Chiefs as we saw earlier this season.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at NYG 64 1 16 0 7 7 68 0 0 8.4
12 vs BUF 48 2 13 0 11 7 41 0 0 5.4
13 at NYJ 42 0 0 0 9 6 185 2 0 30.5
14 vs OAK 69 0 0 0 6 4 75 0 0 7.5
15 vs LAC PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 5 * * * *
15 vs LAC PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 5 * * * *
15 vs LAC PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 14 vs OAK (6 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)

Tyreek Hill led all Kansas City receivers in yards, catching four passes for 75 yards against the Raiders on Sunday. Hill made one big play down the field which went for 44 yards, where Alex Smith targeted him on a back shoulder go-route. The pass was a little behind Hill, but he did a great job of coming back to the football and making a tough catch with his defender all over him. The play nearly went for a touchdown, as Hill was able to pivot on his feet and stay off the ground, but his defender recovered quickly and forced him out of bounds. Hill also made a tough catch on a third and 16, where he ran a deep comeback route. This route in particular showcased how difficult a cover Hill is, as he was able to take advantage of the cushion his defender was giving him and run a very precise route right at the first down marker. Smith's pass was a little high, but Hill was able to go up and make the catch and secure the first down, which also set up a Kareem Hunt touchdown.

2017 Week 13 vs NYJ (9 / 6 / 185 / 2 rec)

Tyreek Hill led all Chiefs receivers in receptions and yards, torching the Jets secondary to the tune of six catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns. Hill provided the spark that the Chiefs offense had been lacking in the second half of the season, scoring a pair of touchdowns that went for 79 and 40 yards, respectively. While Hill has really worked on his route-running, his touchdowns were due to pure, unadulterated speed, the kind that is rare among even the fasted receivers in the NFL. Hill understands how to use his speed, specifically hesitating and then getting back to top speed before his defenders can respond. This is exactly how Hill got behind the Jets secondary on his 79 yard touchdown catch. He ran a straight go-route and had at least six yards on his defender when Smith hit him around the Jets 30 yard line. Hill had to slow down slightly to make the catch was still moving so much faster than his defender that there was no way the play wasn’t going for a touchdown. Hunt’s second touchdown catch came late in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs trailing the Jets 30-24. Hill ran a deep crossing route from the right sideline across the field and again had at least a four yard step on his defender. Alex Smith threw this one out in front of Hill and he made a routine catch for a 40 yard touchdown that put the Chiefs up 31-30. Although the Chiefs eventually lost this game, they got the big plays from Hill and Kelce that they had been lacking in their previous six games.

2017 Week 12 vs BUF (11 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)

Tyreek Hill led all Chiefs receivers in catches and yards, gaining 41 yards and catching seven of 11 targets. Much of his production came in the second half of the game, and although he was targeted 11 times, Hill was kept in check by the Bills secondary. The Chiefs tried to get Hill in space, even getting him involved in the run game, where he turned two carries into 13 yards. Hill's long play of the day came on a reverse where he was able to follow his blockers down the field and gain 16 yards. The Chiefs offense depends on big plays from Hill, Hunt and Travis Kelce and when those plays don't happen, they struggle to move the ball and score points. Hill is the ultimate equalizer, as he is able to turn short throws into long gains, but the Chiefs have to be more creative in getting him the ball. Hill did struggle to get open and the Bills secondary did a great job of forcing him into tight coverage.

2017 Week 11 vs NYG (7 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)

Tyreek Hill caught seven passes on seven targets for 68 yards against the Giants. He added a 16 yard run to his total yardage where the Chiefs ran him on a reverse/end around. Hill was targeted six times on screens, drag and comeback routes, but did see one deep target from Alex Smith that showed off how far he has come as a receiver. Hill ran a straight go-route, beating his defender right off the line of scrimmage and getting behind him easily. Alex Smith threw an accurate deep ball, but it was slightly behind Hill and it forced him to adjust to the ball as it was coming down. He made a very nice catch with his defender all over his back, catching the ball out in front of him and holding on even as he was hit hard on the way down. While Hill may have been a jack of all trades type receiver last season, it is clear that he has worked on his craft this year and has become an excellent receiver, who is also capable of doing many other things (running, punt and kick returns) for the Chiefs offense. While he does see high percentage targets, the fact that he has caught 47 of 66 targets while averaging 14.6 yards per catch is impressive, especially compared to last season's numbers (61 of 83 targets for 9.7 yards per catch). With their lack of talent at wide receiver, Hill is essentially their entire wide receiver core (Travis Kelce is a tight end). Even in games where it was nearly impossible for him to make plays down the field, Hill was still able to find a way to impact the game by converting five first downs on seven targets.

2017 Week 9 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 64 / 1 rec, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)

Tyreek Hill caught two passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing four times for nine yards against the Cowboys. Hill had caught at least four passes prior to week eight, but the last two weeks he has caught only two passes in each game. Hill was able to do a lot with a little against the Cowboys though, as his heroics were the only reason the Chiefs were even in this game in the second half. With no time left on the clock in the first half, Hill was able to take a short crossing pattern and turn it into a touchdown by juking out the entire Cowboys secondary while they were busy playing prevent defense. While Travis Kelce is the more heavily targeted of the two, the Chiefs offense will only goes as far as Hill can take them, as he is the big play element that they desperately need.

2017 Week 8 vs DEN (6 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

Tyreek Hill caught two passes for 38 yards on six targets against the Broncos on Monday night. Throughout his two year career, Hill has proven that he can do it all...well almost. Hill has scored touchdowns on runs, catches, punt returns and kick returns, but his passing needs some work as he threw an interception on his first career passing attempt. It was especially bad because the Chiefs were deep in Broncos territory and they've been excellent in the red zone this year without having to resort to play where their receivers are throwing the ball off a sweep. Hill's pass was woefully short and was an easy interception for the Broncos. Hill had a tough time against the talented cornerbacks of the Broncos, failing to get behind them and generate the big plays that we've become accustomed to seeing from him. Hill did have a 25 yard reception on a deep crossing route that was his longest gain of the day. As we've seen through the first eight games, the Chiefs offense cannot usually sustain more than one of their receivers having a big game, and this game script went Travis Kelce's way.

2017 Week 7 vs OAK (8 / 6 / 125 / 1 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)

Hill got free behind the defense for an easy long score in the second quarter, and then he had three consecutive touches for a good gains, including a rush, to set up the Chiefs with a field goal drive late in the first half. Hill caught another deep ball in the second half to set up another field goal.

2017 Week 6 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)

Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 34 yards on seven targets, and lost 9 yards on his only carry of the game. Hill ran his usual compliment of routes, specifically wide receiver screens, drags and double move go-routes down the field. The Steelers did a great job of containing him right after the catch though, and Hill was unable to create much separation on his routes. His longest gain of the day came on an out-route to the right sideline that went for 10 yards.

2017 Week 5 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)

Tyreek Hill caught four passes for 68 yards on five targets, and would have had over 100+ receiving yards if not for a close call where he saw a 38 yard reception overturned after review. Despite catching only four passes for 68 yards, Hill was able to influence the outcome of the game by returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown. Hill has proven to be able to affect the outcome of game by ways that do not include him catching passes, either as an effective decoy for Hunt and Kelce, or similar to what he did in 2016, returning punts and kicks for touchdowns and setting up the Chiefs with great field goal position. It is why he remains one of the most electric and fun players in the NFL to watch.

2017 Week 4 vs WAS (6 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 35 yards, and was held without a carry for the first time this season. With Kareem Hunt receiving so many touches on offense for the Chiefs, it is difficult for the offense to sustain multiple big games from their receivers. It has been this way to start the season with Hill and Travis Kelce alternating each week, with Hill scoring touchdowns in weeks one and three, and Kelce having 100+ yard receiving games in weeks two and four. Hill was very efficient though, snagging five of his six targets. All of Hill's targets came within ten yards of the line of scrimmage, which kept the Washington secondary tight on him, allowing Travis Kelce to create big plays down the field. One such play was a great reminder of how Hill is able to impact the game even when he is not touching the ball. Travis Kelce has been the focus of opposing team's defensive gameplans, so he is not taking any secondary by surprise. Despite this, while the Chiefs were deep in their own territory, Hill ran a deep go route that kept the Redskins safeties in their place and edging towards the right sideline. Kelce got off the line of scrimmage quickly and around his defender easily, running straight up the middle of the field. Alex Smith threw an impressive deep ball that hit Kelce perfectly in stride for a 32 yard gain. Without Hill's presence, Kelce would have most likely been on the receiving end of a big hit from the Redskins safety, but the defender was nowhere near the ball when Kelce secured the catch.

2017 Week 3 vs LAC (8 / 5 / 77 / 1 rec, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)

Tyreek Hill had an efficient day against the Chargers, catching five of eight targets for 77 yards and a touchdown. When Hill came into the league, he was an electric talent, but somewhat raw as a receiver. He's made incredible strides from last season, as he is now using his speed and athleticism to set up his defenders on his routes. It shows when you look at how efficient he's been on the year catching 16 of 22 targets from Alex Smith. Hill scored a 30 yard touchdown on the opening drive, where he used his speed to beat his defenders across the field. By the time Alex Smith delivered a perfect throw, Hill had already beat the entire secondary and was wide open for the touchdown.

2017 Week 2 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

Tyreek Hill was fairly quiet in the Chiefs win over the Eagles, catching four passes--on six targets--for 33 yards, while also adding six yards on one carry. Hill remains a big part of the Chiefs offense, but there are going to be weeks where the passing game cannot sustain two dominant pass catchers, and this past week was Travis Kelce's turn to have a big game. Despite the pedestrian statistics, there were still moments where Hill flashed his unlimited potential as a receiver. One of these moments came in the first quarter, with Hill lined up on the left side of the formation. With Hill's incredible speed, defensive backs have started to give him a big cushion off the line of scrimmage. Hill ran a simple six yard comeback route, and Alex Smith threw him a little high and inside. Hill's defender tried to make a play on the ball, only to see Hill make a tough catch and immediately turn the ball up field and gain 14 yards on the play. Without that initial cushion, there was a very good chance the ball would have been intercepted, but instead Hill turned the play into a first down for the Chiefs.

2017 Week 1 vs NE (8 / 7 / 133 / 1 rec, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Tyreek Hill got off to a fast start this season, catching seven passes for 133 yards and one touchdown against a talented Patriots secondary. This included a 75 yard touchdown catch where Hill ran a straight go route and left the Patriots secondary in the dust. Alex Smith delivered an accurate pass that traveled around 50 yards in the air, which is about as far as Smith has ever been able to throw the ball. There was not a Patriots defender within 15 yards of Hill when he caught the ball, which is a testament to his blazing speed as well as the Patriots being caught off guard by the Chiefs running deep routes. It is obvious that the Chiefs view Hill as their #1 receiver, and will use him in a variety of ways to get him the ball in space. He's as exciting a player as there is in the NFL right now.

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Latest News

Chiefs | Tyreek Hill could stay hot (Sat Dec 9, 10:55 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill faces the Oakland Raiders in Week 14, and when he faced the Raiders earlier this year, he caught six passes for 125 yards and a touchdown.

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Chiefs | Tyreek Hill posts 185 yards (Sun Dec 3, 05:28 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill caught six passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns against the New York Jets in Week 13.

Our View: He had seven catches each of the last two weeks, but none for big plays. That changed this week against the suspect Jets secondary. We doubt anyone will be putting Hill on their bench the rest of the way after this result.
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