Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has rushed to the defence of teammate Tua Tagovailoa once again when it comes to his throwing motion.
To paraphrase Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Tyreek Hill certainly isn’t in Kansas City any more. Gone are the days of him catching passes from Patrick Mahomes, now he has to do so from Tua Tagovailoa after his trade to the Miami Dolphins.
If you take last season as the perfect example, Mahomes put up 4,837 yards and 37 touchdowns, meanwhile Tua could only put together 2,653 passing yards and 16 touchdowns.
And whilst some adjustment and leeway should be given due to the talent around the respective quarterbacks, as well as their stages of maturity in the league, it’s still a pretty stark contrast between the two and does hint that things might not be so easy for Hill next year.
A tough adjustment
Hill, nicknamed ‘Cheetah’ for his incredible speed, turned 111 catches into 1,239 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns, meanwhile the Dolphins’ top receiver could only get 1,015 yards and 6 touchdowns.
However, with OTAs and other offseason events now underway, the two have been given the opportunity to work together to try and understand each other’s ticks in order to make sure they hit the ground running when the games start:
Firing back on the haters
The above video received criticism in some spheres, with many not too happy with how the ball was thrown, with Hill having to come out and fire back with another video that shows the balls being thrown with much greater zip and accuracy:
And now he has come out once again in defence of his quarterback, claiming that his passes are ‘one of the prettiest’ that he has ever caught throughout his life:
#Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill on QB Tua Tagovailoa: “Tua actually has one of the prettiest balls I’ve ever caught him in my life… Tua is a very accurate QB.”— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) May 24, 2022
“I’m very confident in my QB… the sky is the limit for that guy. Heck of a talent. Has crazy arm strength, arm talent.” pic.twitter.com/cOc7oEgV7V
He’s clearly getting into Tua’s good books with these comments, but there’s only so much that these kind words can go before Tua will have to back them up himself, and that will come when the regular season starts.