Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill is crafting unprecedented MVP case

The Cheetah accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds. Cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 60 to 75 miles per hour, although not for long periods of time. Cheetahs can only run at top speed for 30 seconds, after which they must take a break.

According to Next Gen Stats, Tyreek Hill is the second fastest ball carrier this year at 32.0 mph. Hill also reached a top speed of 31.68 mph in Week 13, making him the fifth-fastest ball carrier this season.

Do you have any questions about why he is called “Cheetah”?

Even if they didn't have Jerry Rice, Calvin “Megatron” Johnson or Justin Jefferson or any of the other receivers they signed last season, there should be no question about Hill's MVP candidacy. Cheetah has committed to a 2,000-yard season. His 93-of-1,481, 12-touchdown rampage gave him a legitimate shot to break Megatron's single-season record (1,964 yards).

“Think about the teams he's going to play here right away,” ESPN analyst Louis Riddick told Thurby Says. “He's going to play against New York, he's going to play against Source.” [Gardner] Also. He's going to go to Dallas and stand up against that defense, and I'm sure Daron Brand will follow him a little bit. [Stephon] Gilmore and all that. Then he's going to go to Baltimore…that's going to be a showdown. So let's just say he's going to hit 100, 150 or more in all these matches and leapfrog Tua first of all. [Tagovailoa] It's near the top as far as discussion goes. And if people really want to be objective about it, they should: [Hill] If he burns out all those teams, he'll be at the top of the discussion. ”

Miami Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill #10 celebrates with wide receiver Braxton Berrios #0 after catching a first-half touchdown pass against the Washington Commanders at FedEx Field on Dec. 3. Getty Images

Riddick, who played safety in the NFL from 1991 to 1998, can completely understand the fear that secondary and defensive coordinators experience when a cheater appears.

“The players that always impressed me when I was playing, the players that played the way I still talk about them to this day, were the players that had a speed like no other.” said Riddick. Anything you disagree with. It changes everything: line-up, angles, defense, attention to him, pre-snap identification. You're always worried about where the hell that guy is. Because the only thing he knows is that he has something he can't match, and that he's much faster than he is.

“And Tyreke's acceleration, his change of direction, his ability to run all over the route tree, the way he breaks angles, the way he ignores angles, he can really stretch the defense both horizontally and vertically and create a level on the defense. No one else really can. He's widening the gap between the second and third level — hell, he's widening the gap between the first and second level. — Because everyone is worried about where he is, and if you're not worried about where he is, you're just doing it for the sake of your own Disadvantage.

“There's no player in the league today that does that. The two fastest players I've ever played against that you were worried about were when they were at Notre Dame. Rocket Ismail. You were always worried about where he was. And Joey Galloway when he was in Seattle. These guys are weird, Tyreke is weird too.”

Keyshawn Johnson, co-host of FS1's “Undisputed” and the Jets' No. 1 overall pick in 1996, said he doesn't want to vote for MVP, even though he recognizes it is now a quarterback award. I would give it to Hill.

“We've never had a player like that do his job at the receiver position,” Johnson told Servy Says. “His size, his toughness, his ability to start and stop in small increments, his ability to give change, his ability to go from 0-60 in a flash…that just wasn't part of the NFL. Those guys are running backs or punt returns. He was a kick return specialist. I've seen players with his skill set, but never at the receiver position.

“For example, think about Dante Hall. Dante Hall was a kick return specialist and a genius. That's why they called him 'The Human Joystick.' Because he could do some of those things. If you look at Jermaine Lewis from Baltimore, he was more of a kick return specialist. Tyreke came into the league returning kicks and punts and eventually got the opportunity to play that position, where he did well.

“Antonio Brown came into the league as a return specialist, special teams player and got his chance with Todd Haley and Co. [in Pittsburgh] And he took it to the next level at the receiver position. These people kind of remind me of Tyreek Hill. Kevin Williams at the time was the third receiver between “Playmaker” and “Playmaker.”[(Michael Irvin] There was Alvin Harper, and he had the same thing. ”

Tyreek Hill runs for a touchdown against the Commanders. Getty Images

Former Giants GM and NFL historian Ernie Accorsi was asked if Cheetah reminded him of anyone.

“It's difficult to choose a player like him,” Accorsi told Sarby Says. “It's almost impossible to cover him. He has everything except size. But he doesn't need size.”

He is a feisty cheetah who stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 185 pounds.

“This guy was a little bit more straight forward, but he was in the same class with speed and size as Bob Hayes,” Accorsi said. “He wasn't that elusive. He just ran right by you.”

Accorsi searched his memory banks, pondering WR Marvin Harrison, RB/WR Bobby Mitchell and WR Cliff Branch before settling more definitively on Hall of Fame Eagles flanker Tommy McDonald.

“He was a small guy at running back, and they converted him to wide receiver,” Accorsi said. “He was about the same size [5-9, 178], he had speed and the instincts of a running back. He may miss you. He made a great turnaround. He's probably the best receiver in Eagles history. ”

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Former Bears running back Willie “The Wisp” Gallimore was 6-1, 187 losses.

“I brought up his name because [former Giants GM] Jerry Reese, of course Jerry Reese was young,” Accorsi said. “He had never heard of him. I said, 'Go to the office and get him on his YouTube.' And about an hour later he came back and said, “I’m sorry. If you were playing against him, he would choke on your heart. I don't know how big he is, but yes, he looked a lot like a leech. ”

Former Jets GM Mike Hickey believes Cheetah is one of them.

“There was no such thing as a cheater wide receiver until this guy came along,” Hickey told Thurby Says.

Hickey's scouting report: “You can't protect him alone. Just kidding. Once he's at peace, he'll leave. I've never seen a guy like Cheetah. Insane.” He has toughness, hands, athleticism, and world-class speed and acceleration. I don't know how you're going to guard him, I really don't.”

The current MVP candidates are Dak Prescott and Brock Purdy, but Cheetah has longer odds than four other quarterbacks, including his own Tua Tagovailoa.

Will Hickey vote for Cheetah? “Yes,” he said. why? “There's no one better,” he said. “When you're dominant and productive, you're usually the MVP.”

I asked Jets cornerback DJ Reed about Hill (9-102, 1 TD) a few weeks before the Black Friday loss to the Dolphins.

“He's just a unicorn. Everyone talks about his speed, but he's actually a really good receiver,” Reid said. “Look at how he comes out of the break. He's very accurate with his route running as well, and in addition to being very fast, he's very difficult to cover. And he runs the ball He's got some decent ball skills, like catching well. He's one of those players that you have to have around, everyone has to look at him, he's just one of those players.”

One of the players that can cause sleepless nights for DBs.

Tyreek Hill caught a touchdown against the Eagles this season. AP

“You have to know the formation and what's going on, you have to understand what they're going to do and you have to anticipate it to a certain extent, and you have to play with a good eye. , has to play with good technique, because one wrong move, no matter what, he could be gone, so you have to prepare right for a guy like that. there is.”

Cheetah was strongly coaxed out of Kansas City by Jets GM Joe Douglas in March 2022, but made a big move to Miami to reset the wide receiver market with a record four-year, $120 million contract extension. Agreed on the scale trade.

“But I'm glad he didn't go to the Jets. … We would never have seen anything like this,” Johnson said. “I never have.”



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