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Tyreek Hill Says Lack of Touches Played Part in Chiefs Exit: 'Just Give Me the Ball'

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJune 11, 2022

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 2: Tyreek Hill #10 of the Miami Dolphins stretches during the Miami Dolphins Mandatory Minicamp at the Baptist Health Training Complex on June 2, 2022 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill said on the debut episode of his podcast, It Needed To Be Said, that things fell apart in Kansas City because he was upset with not getting the ball more often.

"If teams are gonna give us favorable one-on-one matches against their best corner, I don't see why teams don't utilize their best receiver," Hill said, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

"And that's where probably like me and the Chiefs fell apart right there. When I'm like, 'Yo, I don't mean to talk or be a diva in some situation, but can I see the pill some time, please?' Just give me the ball, please."

The Chiefs traded the 28-year-old to the Dolphins on March 23 for five draft picks. Hill then signed a four-year, $120 million contract with Miami.

Hill had a career-high 159 targets for 111 catches, 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns last year. He added 23 receptions for 285 yards and three touchdowns on 28 targets in three playoff games.

It's fair to say that Hill's week-to-week usage was sometimes inconsistent. For example, he had five or fewer targets in six of his 20 games played last year.

Hill's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, spoke about the feeling he and his client had about that usage.

“There was a lot of times during the year that we felt that Tyreek was underutilized and wasn’t fully appreciated, and that they really weren’t taking full advantage of all of his ability and talent. But Tyreek’s is a trooper. He never made a peep about it. He was extremely professional.”

Hill also reiterated that the only thing he cares about is "respect within the building."

"I want the head coach to know that on Sundays, that defenses fear Tyreek Hill," he said.

"That's what I want the head coach to know. And the head coach do know that, though. He know that without the Cheetah on the field, he know that, 'Hey, Pat [Mahomes], you're gonna have a long day today.'"

Hill and tight end Travis Kelce served as the Chiefs' top playmakers. But in Miami, Hill should stand alone as the No. 1 weapon with wideout Jaylen Waddle serving as an excellent sidekick.

The Dolphins also have wideout Cedrick Wilson and tight end Mike Gesicki in the mix, among others.