Miami Dolphins star wide receiver Tyreek Hill recently spoke on a moment where quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and head coach Mike McDaniel held him accountable during the team’s Week 5 game against the New York Giants.
“On the offensive side of the ball, we are very explosive, very fast and we got a quarterback that can make any throw on the field, man,” Hill said. “So, each and every week is about gettin’ better, and we hold each other accountable every week, every day at practice, on, ‘Hey, in this situation, we need to be better.’ And there was a situation at the very end of the game where I had caught a pass, and I slid instead of gettin’ a first down. And that’s a situation where I gotta be better for the team because at the end of the day, we love our defense. We wanna be able to end the game with the ball in our hands. And that’s something that we gon’ get better at. And as soon as I done it, Tua came right over to me, head coach came right over to me and was like, ‘Reek, I need you to get that first down.'”
Hill has served as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL with the Dolphins thus far during the 2023 regular season. In five games, he has racked up a league-best 651 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns. In addition, the 5-foot-10 wide receiver is leading the NFL in receiving yards per game (130.2).
Arguably Hill’s best performance of the 2023 regular season to this point came during Miami’s Week 1 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He totaled a whopping 215 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in a game the Dolphins won by a final score of 36-34. Hill’s longest reception against the Chargers went for 47 yards.
The 29-year-old’s 2023 regular season is on pace to be better than his 2022 regular season was, but Hill was still very productive for the Dolphins a season ago. He accumulated 1,710 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns in 17 appearances with the Dolphins during the 2022 regular season, his first in Miami.
Before Hill was dealt to the Dolphins in March of 2022, the wide receiver spent the first six seasons of his NFL career as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs organization.
Meanwhile, Tagovailoa has spent all four seasons of his NFL career with the Dolphins after the team selected him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He threw for 3,548 yards and 25 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions in 13 appearances with the Dolphins during the 2022 regular season. Additionally, he led the league in yards gained per pass attempt (8.9) and quarterback rating (105.5) a season ago.
Tagovailoa, Hill and the Dolphins will try to win their second game in a row and improve their record to 5-1 this season when they take on the 0-5 Carolina Panthers at home on Sunday.