Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill Makes NFL History In Loss To Bengals

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This offseason, the Miami Dolphins made a huge splash by acquiring wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs. It was not cheap to land the former All-Pro, as Miami traded a first, second and fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and fourth and sixth-round picks in the 2023 NFL Draft to Kansas City.

On top of all of the draft capital, the Dolphins also signed him to a historic contract. Hill signed a four-year contract worth up to $120 million. At the time, he became the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL as the deal included $72.2 million in total guarantees, the most for a non-quarterback on an annual basis.

It was a transaction that shocked numerous people, not so much for the cost, as Hill is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but the landing spot. Some were skeptical of the fit as Hill’s speed and downfield prowess didn’t fit exceptionally well with Tua Tagovailoa, whose arm strength has been in question.

This far, it hasn’t mattered too much. Hill has been excellent for the Dolphins and Tagovailoa has made it work. Even with Tagovailoa being forced out of the Thursday Night Football game with a scary injury, Hill was still able to produce big numbers with Teddy Bridgewater throwing him the ball.

Hill finished the game with 10 receptions for 160 yards, which is already the second time this season that he has had double-digit receptions and at least 150 receiving yards. That makes him the first player with multiple 10-catch, 150-yard receiving games in the first four seasons of a game since last season when he also did it.

Hill is the only player in NFL history to accomplish that feat in multiple seasons or back-to-back campaigns. No Dolphin has reached that plateau multiple times in franchise history, let alone twice in the first four games.

Things in Miami are tenuous given the health of Tagovailoa, but as long as they have Hill healthy and in the lineup, this is an offense that should be able to find success. He has combined with Jaylen Waddle to make one of the most dominant pass-catching duos in the league.

On the season, Tyreek Hill has caught 31 passes for 477 yards, both of which lead the league. He has a game up on most of his competition since he played on Thursday Night Football, but he is leading the league in yards per game as well, at 119.3.

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