Tyreek Hill Traded To Miami Dolphins

by Davis Peng
Tyreek Hill Traded To Miami Dolphins

Who had "Miami Dolphins Win The Off Season" on their Bingo card? As the residential Dolphins Fan of Fantasy Six Pack, I could tell you the Dolphins were up to something. But did I think it was going to be something this big? Nah, definitely not, but considering how wild the 2022 NFL offseason has been. It had to be this insane to win the off-season.

Miami traded away a couple of draft picks to get a top-five wide receiver in Tyreek Hill. The Dolphins clearly wanted to surround quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with speed, after hiring Head Coach Mike McDaniel.

The Dolphins are coming off back-to-back winning seasons, giving them enough confidence to make a play for the AFC East. Some would say this is a bit early for the Dolphins, but this team is set for the next three years.

The Dolphins have a franchise quarterback, a young offensive-minded coach, a stout defense, and have revamped their offense, adding other pieces this offseason like Terron Armstrong and Connor Williams on the offensive line, Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert in the backfield and Cedrick Wilson in the slot. They also brought in Teddy Bridgewater to back up Tua, just in case.

This is easily the best Miami Dolphins roster we have seen in more than a decade and I have the utmost confidence in them to take a step forward into the NFL Playoffs.

Tyreek Hill Trade To Miami Dolphins

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Hill's Career With The Chiefs

Tyreek Hill is one of the best wide receivers in the league and has been proving it since his rookie year in 2016. Hill had worked himself up the depth chart as a 5th round pick and totaled 860 scrimmage yards. Since cementing his starting role in 2017, Hill has eclipsed or was on pace to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark with seven or more touchdowns.

Some believe he is only capable of this due to quarterback Patrick Mahomes. People forget that Tyreek Hill had two seasons with the conservative king himself, Alex Smith. The only season where Smith had 4,000 passing yards was when Hill was his leading wide receiver.

Hill's 2017 Utilization

At the beginning of Hill's career, he was mainly utilized as a deep-threat gadget player. He would run jet sweeps, streaks, and post routes. Overall, in 2017 Hill was being used as a speed guy, but he developed into a more versatile player over the years.

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Hills' 2021 Utilization

As Hill continues to develop and improve his craft. He became much more versatile and became the all-around elite receiver we see today. Able to line up anywhere the team needs him to and produce. If you compare this to his 2017 routes ran, you wouldn't believe this was the same player.

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Hill's 2022 Fantasy Football Impact

Hill is an elite wide receiver and has proven it for the past five years. We have seen him do it with two quarterbacks so far, and I don't doubt we will see him do it with a third in Tua. Does this mean you should be drafting Hill as a WR1?

I don't believe Hill is worth a first-round pick like he has been in the past, but I don't doubt that he will produce over 1,100 yards and score seven or more touchdowns.

Coach McDaniel has had a player similar to Hill in Deebo Samuel, minus the backfield utilization. With Jimmy Garoppolo under center, Samuel hauled in 77 catches that resulted in 1,400 yards receiving yards and six touchdowns. I don't doubt Hill will have success in Miami.

Tua's criticism is that he won't be able to launch the ball 60 yards deep to a Hill in stride, but the reality is he won't be asked to. Tagovailoa thrives in hitting guys on route breaks and striding over the middle. He won't be asked to make plays. He has to make sure the ball gets into the hands of Hill, Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki. Let them do the rest.

What defense is talented enough to cover everyone in this Dolphins offense?

I expect Hill to turn the Dolphins into an efficient offense and take a minor step back in Fantasy. Hill will be a borderline WR1 drafted in the second or third round.

Kansas City Chiefs Offense

Hill's departure will leave a void in Kansas City that I don't believe the Chiefs will be able to fill with current free agent wide receivers. Their recent free agency pick-ups in Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster are a step in the right direction. Overall though, neither wide receiver has the all-in-one capability that Hill had.

The Chiefs also have two late first-round picks and this wide receiver draft class is pretty talented.

Although it is a small sample size, Patrick Mahomes has proven he can produce without Hill. From Week 1 to Week 5 of 2019, Mahomes had five straight 300 yard games with zero interceptions - without Tyreek Hill. His touchdowns took a minor hit, but he was still playing at an elite level.

As long as Mahomes and Travis Kelce are on the team, they should continue to be Super Bowl contenders.

This is a potential breakout year for Mecole Hardman and Ronald Jones joined the offense in the backfield this offseason.

Conclusion

The conclusion is simple. Possibly inspired by the Cincinnati Bengals' 2021 success, the Dolphins are making a play and going all-in on Tua while his contract his still affordable and the overall roster is strong. They want to compete with the Buffalo Bills for the AFC East. I am personally excited to see what the Cheetah and Penguin have in store for us in 2022.

The Chiefs are taking a step back offensively on paper but will adjust as the season goes on. Andy Reid has done this time and time again with different pieces. He will find a way to produce a potent offense with Mahomes under center. I expect to see some struggles for the Chiefs but nothing to make me think they aren't viable contenders. With four draft picks in the first round two rounds, I wouldn't be surprised if the Chiefs grab a wide receiver to supplement their offensive needs.


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