Should NFL defenses fear Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle?

There is perhaps no quicker pairing of wide receivers in the NFL than Tyreek Hill and Jalen Waddle.

The duo is newly formed, but it didn’t take long for Hill to start envisioning the possibilities the two could realize together after he was traded to Miami in late March.

He even went so far as to declare that he and Waddle are not only the fastest duo in the league today, but ever.

“I decide: We’re the fastest tandem of all time,” he said this week in an interview with NFL Network. “The sky is the limit for this team. The dream is to get to the Super Bowl.”

He went on to praise Mike McDaniel’s offensive acumen and doubled down on his earlier compliments for Tua Tagovailoa.

“Mike definitely brings a lot of fresh ideas,” Hill said. “I feel in my heart that Mike is going to put everybody in a position to play. I said what I said [about Tua being more accurate than Patrick Mahomes]. I am an older, sensible person. I’ve seen what Tua can do and I keep my word.”

Waddell was a little more modest in his comments, but he stated that the pair will present a huge problem for a number of opposing defenses.

“Obviously you always have to worry about the vertical, but we can also go in and out of our routes, so you can’t just prepare for one thing,” he told reporters. “It’s always good to have depth in the receiver room and have people who can play different positions.”

Hill’s big announcements undoubtedly raise the bar for expectations surrounding these Dolphins.

But for Nick Wright, Hill is doing more harm than good with his sassy comments.

“The Dolphins have a nice easy game [to start],” Wright said Friday on “First Things First.” “But then it’s the Ravens, the Bills, then it’s the Bengals.

“I’m thankful for what Tyreek Hill did for my beloved Chiefs, but they won without him. I think he bites off more than he can chew to be a good teammate. He will quickly become frustrated. In fact, I think doing so is a disservice to his team.”

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Tyreek Hill on Jaylen Waddle: 'Defenses are going to be scared'

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Chris Broussard wasn’t enamored with Hill’s statements either, but expressed confidence in the team’s offense.

“I don’t think the Dolphins are going to set the world on fire, but the receiving corps is nice,” he said. “Waddle had a great rookie year, even with the roughness at quarterback. Obviously, we know what Tyreek Hill is, and Mike Gesicki is a very good tight end.

“Here’s what I know: Tagovailoa has won 13 of his 21 games. He’s very accurate — no more so than Mahomes — but he’s accurate. And he did it playing behind the worst offensive line in football. Pro Football Focus has ranked him in the bottom five the last two years. I like Mike McDaniel and I really think the offense is going to be legit.”

The numbers don’t lie, and the stats of both receivers support Broussard’s position.

Since joining the NFL in 2016, Hill ranks third in receiving touchdowns (56), second in all-purpose yards (8,745) and first in both 40-plus yard TD receptions (21) and and 50-plus yard TD catches (13) . Last season, the six-time Pro Bowler had 111 receptions for 1,239 yards and nine TD receptions, finishing in the top 10 in all three categories.

Waddle, on the other hand, had 104 catches (an NFL rookie record), 1,015 receiving yards and six receiving TDs last season and is just one of two rookies to record 10-plus catches in three separate games. He also set a Dolphins rookie record for receptions in a single game with 12 in Week 3.


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