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Hill had just three receptions (four targets) for 14 yards in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Ravens. He did add 15 yards on one carry.
Analysis: The Ravens came into this contest with a clear gameplan to stop Hill from beating them deep by constantly doubling the wideout, and they succeeded in that endeavor. They weren't able to stop Patrick Mahomes or the rest of Kansas City's receivers for the majority of the contest, but their plan ended up thwarting Hill's fantasy managers' plans of a repeat monster performance. The speedster will not be held in check like this every week so long as Mahomes is under center, so chalk this up to a rare dud and roll Hill out there with confidence against the Chargers next Sunday.
Sep 19, 2021 10:18 PM EST
Hill caught his only target for a 35-yard touchdown in Friday night's 28-25 preseason win over the Vikings.
Analysis: Hill sped past his man at the line and hauled in a deep shot from quarterback Patrick Mahomes to put the Chiefs ahead less than three minutes into the game. In doing so, the game-breaking wideout showed he's fully ready for the regular season, as he'll now turn his attention toward Week 1's matchup against the Browns.
Aug 27, 2021 8:35 PM EST
Hill (hamstring) is slated to practice Monday, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Hill didn't play in Friday's preseason game versus the Cardinals, but at the time the wideout's absence was portrayed as precautionary. Hill's return to practice Monday underscores that notion and while he's a candidate to sit out Kansas City's preseason finale along with other key skill players, the speedster's Week 1 availability is currently not in question.
Aug 23, 2021 9:59 AM EST
Hill didn't play in Friday's preseason win at Arizona due to a hamstring injury, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Hill was on the field during pregame warmups but didn't join the first-team offense on the first snap of the contest. Afterward, the reason for his absence was revealed, but the Chiefs considered the decision a precautionary measure. With Patrick Mahomes getting a fair amount of run in the team's first two exhibitions, he and the rest of the key skill-position players likely will take a seat next Friday against the Vikings, meaning Hill may not play in an actual game until Week 1.
Aug 20, 2021 8:29 PM EST
Hill (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hill reportedly came back with a bang, catching a TD from Patrick Mahomes on his first target of practice. The speedy wideout initially was held out of Tuesday's practice with knee tendinitis, but it doesn't sound like any threat to his Week 1 availability.
Aug 5, 2021 8:22 AM EST
Hill missed Tuesday's practice with knee tendinitis, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Hill put on pads for part of Tuesday's practice and lifted weights in a tent on the sideline. He's missed just six games through five NFL seasons, including two absences from meaningless Week 17 contests. It doesn't sound like the knee tendinitis is any major threat to his track record of durability.
Aug 3, 2021 9:56 AM EST
The Chiefs have open competition for roles behind Hill at wide receiver, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: It's possible Sammy Watkins' departure leads to Hill and Travis Kelce handling even larger target shares, but the Chiefs likely prefer that another receiver -- namely Mecole Hardman -- steps up to the challenge. In any case, Watkins was far from a target hog in his three years with Kansas City, averaging 5.9 in 34 regular-season games (he missed 14). The biggest thing for Hill is simply that he and QB Patrick Mahomes stay healthy, as the 27-year-old speedster has been a top-five receiver (both real life and fantasy) whenever that's happened.
Jul 30, 2021 11:55 AM EST
Hill caught seven of 10 targets for 73 yards during Kansas City's 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. He also had one carry for five yards.
Analysis: Hill dropped 269 receiving yards and three scores when he last met the Buccaneers in Week 12 of the regular season, and he went over 100 yards in each of the Chiefs' last two postseason games, so holding him to just 73 yards on 10 targets should be considered a huge victory for defensive coordinator Todd Bowles' scheme. The constant pressure that Patrick Mahomes faced while trying to survive without both starting tackles heavily impeded Hill's ability to operate as a deep threat, but the 26-year-old also dropped a potential touchdown in the first half, and his average catch distance (10.4 yards) was his lowest of the playoffs. The soon-to-be 27-year-old logged six 100-yard performances during the 2020 regular season, in addition to a career-high 15 touchdowns. while compiling a total 87 catches for 1,276 yards. A relatively quiet Super Bowl performance won't do anything to take away from his status as one of the unquestioned top fantasy wideouts come 2021.
Feb 7, 2021 7:53 PM EST
Hill reeled in nine of 11 targets for 172 yards during Sunday's 38-24 AFC Championship Game win against the Bills.
Analysis: During Kansas City's divisional-round win against the Browns, Hill and Travis Kelce became the second set of teammates in Chiefs franchise history to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a playoff game, joining Ed Podolak and Elmo Wright (1971). Both Hill and Kelce surpassed the century mark again in the Championship Game, with Hill's 71-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter very nearly providing his first score of the 2021 postseason. The three-time All-Pro has totaled 17 playoff receptions for 282 yards heading into a Feb. 7 Super Bowl matchup against a Tampa Bay defense that conceded nine catches, 67 yards and a TD to Green Bay's Davante Adams Sunday afternoon.
Jan 24, 2021 7:43 PM EST
Hill caught eight of 10 targets for 110 yards and added nine yards on three rushing attempts in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Browns in the AFC divisional round.
Analysis: Hill had 78 receiving yards before Patrick Mahomes' (concussion) third-quarter departure, then made a circus 23-yard catch on a Chad Henne pass in the fourth, pressing the ball against his thigh to secure possession as he went to the ground. Hill saved his most important play for last, coming open for a five-yard catch to pick up 4th-and-inches and allow Kansas City to run out the clock. While Hill's stock would take a hit if Mahomes is unable to play in next week's AFC Championship against the Bills, the speedster still has the big-play ability to make a major impact, even without his starting quarterback.
Jan 17, 2021 3:29 PM EST
Hill (hamstring) doesn't appear on Kansas City's injury report in advance of Sunday's divisional round playoff game against the Browns.
Analysis: Hill didn't play in Week 17 with Kansas City having already secured the top seed in the AFC. The team's ensuing bye week gave the playmaking wideout some added healing time for his hamstring and he'll be ready to go and serve as a primary target for QB Patrick Mahomes this weekend.
Jan 13, 2021 2:15 PM EST
Hill (hamstring) was present for Wednesday's practice, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Hill sat out Kansas City's regular-season finale against the Chargers, with his team's playoff seeding already locked in. With the added healing time afforded by a first-round bye, Hill seems poised to return to action Sunday against the Browns. Wednesday's injury report will reveal whether he was a limited or full practice participant.
Jan 13, 2021 10:13 AM EST
Hill (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Also ruled out for the contest was Sammy Watkins (calf), which sets the stage for the Chiefs - who have clinched the AFC's No. 1 seed and a first-round bye -- to feature a Week 17 wideout corps headed by Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle. We expect Hill to be good to go for Kansas City's playoff opener, however.
Jan 1, 2021 12:24 PM EST
Hill (hamstring) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: Hill's absences from consecutive practices to begin Week 17 only adds further fuel to the notion that the wideout own't suit up Sunday against the Chargers. If Hill is inactive for the contest, it shouldn't be taken as an indication that the star wideout suffered a setback with his right hamstring coming out of his appearance Week 16 versus the Falcons. Instead, the Chiefs are expected to exercise caution with most of their key starters and any banged-up players in the regular-season finale as Kansas City has already locked up the AFC's No. 1 seed. Even if Hill practices Friday and approaches the weekend without a designation, he'll likely handle only a limited role as the Chiefs aim to preserve his health for the playoffs.
Dec 31, 2020 11:48 AM EST
Hill (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Hill also had his practice reps limited last week, but he nonetheless managed to suit up against the Falcons and secure four of six targets for 65 yards. Coach Andy Reid has already announced that Patrick Mahomes will sit Week 17, and the Chiefs will almost certainly give Hill the extra week of rest as well, especially if there are any lingering concerns about his health. Kansas City has already secured the AFC's No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Dec 30, 2020 11:31 AM EST
Hill caught four of his six targets for 65 yards during Sunday's 17-14 win against the Falcons.
Analysis: Hill was limited by a hamstring issue Thursday and Friday in practice after being listed as a non-participant Wednesday. However, coach Andy Reid portrayed confidence late in the week regarding his star receiver's status. The five-time Pro Bowler was, indeed, able to avoid his first game absence of 2020, but the Falcons kept him without a touchdown for just the second time since Week 6. Hill has been held under 80 receiving yards in four consecutive games, though a combined three TDs boosted his value between Weeks 14 and 15. There's a high probability of Hill being rested for Kansas City's regular-season finale against the Chargers, with the Chiefs having secured the AFC's No. 1 seed by virtue of Sunday's win.
Dec 27, 2020 1:53 PM EST
Hill (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Analysis: This was the expected outcome, though ESPN's Adam Schefter previously noted that Kansas City plans to "monitor Hill" during Sunday's game and "be smart with him as well." Assuming no in-game setbacks, however, Hill should remain a key playmaker in his team's Week 16 offense, which will take aim at an Atlanta defense that has allowed an average of 287.7 passing yards per game to date. Only Seattle (293.0) has allowed more.
Dec 27, 2020 8:40 AM EST
Hill (hamstring), who is listed as questionable, is expected to play Sunday against the Falcons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 26-year-old never appeared to be in serious danger of missing Sunday's contest, as coach Andy Reid previously indicated the wideout was expected to play despite being listed as questionable. Hill's availability will be officially known when Kansas City releases its list of inactives about 90 minutes prior to Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.
Dec 26, 2020 9:09 PM EST
Hill (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons.
Analysis: That said, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com believes that Hill's 'questionable' designation seems "more precautionary than anything," with coach Andy Reid having said that he expects the wideout -- who was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday and Friday -- to play in Sunday's 1:00 ET contest.
Dec 25, 2020 1:49 PM EST
Hill (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: The Chiefs didn't turn Hill loose completely for their second practice of the week, but his ability to participate on a limited basis was a welcome sign after he was held out of Wednesday's session entirely. So long as Hill can upgrade to full activity Friday, he'll likely avoid an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Falcons. The play-making wideout has failed to reach the end zone only once in his last eight games, racking up 896 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns over that stretch.
Dec 24, 2020 1:02 PM EST
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