Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Tyreek Hill pushed back against the notion that rookie running back De’Von Achane could be faster than him.
In fact, Hill didn’t even give Achane the nod as the second-fastest player on the team. He gave that honor to practice squad cornerback Ethan Bonner.
Hill mentioned his impressive time in the 100-meter dash when comparing himself to Achane.
Asked Tyreek Hill if De’Von Achane might just be a little faster than him.
“I been doing this since 2016. I’m the Cheetah. I’m the fastest in the game, and I’m the fastest in real life.
Hill surprisingly said practice squad CB Ethan Bonner is actually 2nd to him on team. pic.twitter.com/Cm2SeUTWj1
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) October 5, 2023
“I’m the fastest in the game, and I’m the fastest in real life too though. … De’Von Achane, he fast, but I’m 998 fast,” Hill said. “You feel me? I’m triple crown high school fast. You feel me? I’m junior Olympic fast. … I will say he’s (Achane) the third-fastest on this team though. We got another kid on the practice squad that’s pretty fast, Ethan Bonner.”
Tyreek Hill's fastest 100m of 9.98 came w/5.0 m/s tailwind, way above legal limit. His true PB is 10.19 from age 18. Olympic trials standard is 10.05, though only 10 have it so far, so men just shy of the standard could be invited to fill out field. Standard in 2016 was 10.16. https://t.co/35PMpV7geP
— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) January 29, 2020
While Hill is not willing to give up the title as the team’s fastest player, the Dolphins are certainly lucky to have both him and Achane.
Defenses have to plan to contain both players and their elite speed, and it’s allowed the Dolphins to be one of the best offenses in the NFL this season.
Through four games, the Dolphins rank No. 1 in the NFL in yards per play – averaging 8.0 – on offense. The next closest team to the Dolphins in that statistic is the San Francisco 49ers, who average 6.3 yards per play.
A big reason for that has been the big-play abilities of Achane and Hill.
This season, Hill is averaging 16.8 yards per reception, and he’s already racked up 470 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns in four games. His longest catch this season is for 54 yards.
The rookie running back is averaging a league best 11.4 yards per carry so far this season in just three games.
A third-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, Achane ran a 4.32 40-yard dash at the combine prior to the 2023 NFL Draft. It was an extremely impressive time and likely a reason why Miami picked him in the offseason.
As long as he and Hill continue to produce at high levels, Dolphins fans likely won’t care which player is truly the fastest on the field.
Achane and Hill are hoping to showcase their speed once again in Week 5 against the New York Giants on Sunday.