In an ambitious pursuit of football greatness, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has expressed his desire to shatter the long-standing NFL single-season receiving yards record.
Hill, who joined the Dolphins in his first season and made an immediate impact, looks to etch his name in history by surpassing Calvin Johnson’s record of 1,964 yards set in 2012.
Hill’s goal is to become the first receiver in NFL history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in a single season.
During his inaugural campaign with the Dolphins, Hill already rewrote the franchise record books. He shattered the single-season receiving yards record previously held by Mark Clayton for 38 years, posting an impressive total of 1,710 yards.
Additionally, Hill’s 119 catches set a new team record, further cementing his status as one of the league’s premier receivers.
Undeterred by the enormity of his achievements in his first season with Miami, Hill believes that surpassing the 2,000-yard milestone is a realistic goal. He cites the advantage presented by the newly implemented 17-game regular season as a crucial factor in his pursuit of this historic record.
Hill would need to average 117.6 receiving yards per game over the extended season to reach his lofty target. Last season, he achieved a career-best average of 100.6 yards per game.
“I think the added [17th] game gives me quite the advantage, so yeah,” Hill confidently remarked, via ProFootballNetwork’s Adam Beasley.
Hill acknowledges the importance of maintaining good health throughout the season, stating that avoiding injuries will be key to his pursuit of the record.
He emphasizes his commitment to constant improvement, his openness to coaching, and the invaluable support he receives from his teammates and coaching staff.
Hill is particularly grateful for having the “most accurate quarterback in the NFL” in Tua Tagovailoa and one of the league’s top head coaches guiding him, along with an exceptional position coach.
The success of Hill’s quest for the record will hinge on the health of the Dolphins’ quarterback. In the 2022 season, Tagovailoa missed four games due to concussions, which coincided with a dip in Hill’s productivity.
Their chemistry on the field proved to be crucial, with Hill registering three of his least productive games during Tagovailoa’s absence. To ensure a successful campaign, the duo is expected to continue their offseason training together.
Renowned for his remarkable speed, Hill has established himself as the fastest receiver in the NFL by a considerable margin. While he is known for his ability to stretch defenses with explosive deep plays, his 119 receptions in the previous season demonstrated his versatility and reliability as a complete receiver.
Hill’s has earned seven Pro Bowl selections and four All-Pro honors during his career. Notably, he was a key contributor in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory in 2019.