Jalen Ramsey to Shadow Tyreek Hill Week 1 After Calling WR a 'Return Specialist'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2019

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 6: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs attempts to avoid the tackle of cornerback Jalen Ramsey #20 of the Jacksonville Jaguars at Arrowhead Stadium during the second quarter of the game on November 6, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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Tyreek Hill will have a shadow when the Kansas City Chiefs open the 2019 NFL regular season on Sept. 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash told reporters Wednesday that Jalen Ramsey "will travel" with Hill, indicating the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback will match up against the Chiefs star wideout throughout the game.

Prior to the teams' meeting in Week 5 last year, Ramsey famously downplayed Hill's resume, clarifying Hill made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017 as a return specialist.

The Chiefs won the game 30-14. Patrick Mahomes targeted Hill seven times and completed four passes for 61 yards. It was Hill's fifth-lowest output in terms of receiving yards, so Ramsey did fairly well to keep him in check.

Ramsey should probably steer clear of poking the bear too much this time around, though.

Hill erased any doubt about his place among the NFL's best receivers in 2018. He finished fourth in receiving yards (1,479), fourth in touchdown receptions (12) and fourth in yards per reception (17.0).

Football Outsiders ranked him fifth in DYAR (defense-adjusted yards above replacement) among wideouts with at least 50 targets.

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For the Jaguars as a whole, playing the Chiefs is an opportunity to show they're a different team from the one that fell well short of expectations and won just five games a season ago. Ramsey has added motivation as well, since shutting Hill down would be more evidence in his favor as he pursues his next contract.