Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill recently stirred the pot at the Chiefs Kingdom when the former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver said his new quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was more accurate than the Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes while his It had to be said Podcast premiere.
That was one of several things Hill said on his podcast that cast a negative light on the Chiefs.
It was a surprising decision by Hill to take this course of action after leaving an organization that helped him get into the Hall of Fame. He leaves a sour taste in the mouths of those he left in Kansas City to look for more money in Miami.
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“I’m a little surprised just because I felt like we love Tyreek here. We have always loved him. We still love him,” Mahomes said in his July 16 press conference after Day 3 of mandatory mini-camp. “I saw him at Formula 1 in Miami and stuff like that. But I’m sure it had something to do with him trying to get his podcast to work. But I definitely still love Tyreek. He’s a unique player.
“But as you know, on Coach Reid’s offense, it takes the whole team. This offense ran before I came here. This offense was going on when I was a young Cowboys fan watching the Eagles beat up the Cowboys. So I mean it’s an offense that affects more than one player – and that includes me.”
Mahomes went on to explain that the issues Hill claims he has with Kansas City’s offense are “definitely new” based on how he portrayed them on the podcast.
“Obviously when you’re the competitor he is – that’s what I loved about Tyreek and still love that he wants to win. And I feel like the defense was really to blame for him in the coverages that we were getting, so we had to go to other places,” Mahomes said. “But when he’s such a competitor, you want a chance to influence the game. So I know he wanted to get the ball as often as possible so he could help us win. It wasn’t a selfish thing.
“But it definitely wasn’t – it didn’t seem – I mean, we won football games, especially at the end of the season. So I didn’t think he really brought it to our attention. But now we just carry on and carry on with the guys that we have here and we try to win football games.
Andy Reid addresses Tyreek’s comments
When Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was also asked about Hill’s comments on his podcast, he was a lot more dismissive.
“I love Tyreek, so I think he’s a good boy,” Reid said. “We think the world of him.”
However, Twitter users weren’t so dismissive.
“Tyreeks is just trying to figure out a way in his head to justify his decision. Nobody wants to admit they’re sold out,” wrote one Twitter user.
“I love Tyreek but he’s obviously just trying to get as much attention as possible and y’all keep giving him it,” wrote another user.
Chiefs host All-American WR, 1 others for tryouts
The Chiefs not only held their first mandatory mini-camp practice on Tuesday, June 14, but also invited a few passcatchers for a tryout.
The players brought in for a tryout were wide receivers Damon Hazelton and Aaron Parker, according to Arrowhead Pride’s Pete Sweeney, with the latter looking “a little bit better” during the tryout.
Hazelton finished his college career in Missouri after playing two seasons at Virginia Tech. During his lone season in Missouri in 2020, he caught 30 passes for 397 yards and 1 touchdown in 8 games played, according to Sports Reference. He entered the NFL without a draft in 2021 and played for the Houston Texans and Green Bay Packers last summer, but didn’t perform enough to make either team’s 53-man roster.
In October, Hazelton — who is 6ft 3 and weighs 215 pounds — signed with Houston’s practice team and would remain on the team through May 31, when the Texans relinquished him via Pro Football Reference.
Parker played college ball in Rhode Island and had a successful career while with FCS. In 44 career games, he recorded 216 catches for 3,450 yards and 30 touchdowns, according to ESPN. During his senior season, which occurred in the fall of 2019, he was named a second-team Associated Press FCS All-American.
Parker entered the NFL without a draft and played for the Dallas Cowboys in the summer of 2021. He was lifted during roster cuts ahead of the regular season and was added to the Carolina Panthers practice team on September 2, according to Pro Football Reference. Parker remained with the Panthers until May 12, when he was fired by the organization.