Tyreek Hill's sudden move to the Miami Dolphins shocked the NFL world, owing to the bromance between him and QB Patrick Mahomes. The move meant the Chiefs lost their best receiver, but this might have been their best decision heading into the 2022 season.
The Kansas City Chiefs had a problem with dropped passes among their receiver corps in 2021. Tyreek Hill had a crucial role, as he was tied for the third-most drops in the NFL last season with 10. Looking at his experience as a receiver, it was weird that he was dropping so many passes compared to the newest Chiefs' addition of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, and Skyy Moore has a total reception of 135 and 4 drops between them. One person that sure gives Tyreek Hill a run for his money is Marquez Valdes-Scantling. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Valdes-Scantling was the 2nd-fastest ball-carrier in the NFL last season with a top speed of 22.09 mph on a 75-yard touchdown reception against the Minnesota Vikings. Valdes-Scantling, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, aligned in a 3×1 formation in the slot on the play. Valdes-Scantling’s 22.09 mph was also the fastest speed recorded by a receiver, and his top rate in 2021 was also quicker than any speed recorded by Tyreek Hill that season.
There’s a lot of evidence that Valdes-Scantling can be the perfect replacement for Hill's role in the Chiefs’ offence. Since his rookie campaign in 2018, Valdes-Scantling was clocked at 20-plus miles per hour 14 times as a ball carrier per Next Gen Stats. Hill is the only player in the NFL who was clocked at 20-plus mph with more frequency (45 times) during that span. The most significant difference is that Hill had more opportunity in the K.C. offence than Valdes-Scantling in Green Bay. Hill played over 750 more offensive snaps in that span to Valdes-Scantling, not including the images played in the playoffs. With more opportunities, he is sure to deliver for the Chiefs even more than Tyreek ever did.