Remember a couple of months ago when former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill suggested that his new teammate, Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, is a more accurate passer than Patrick Mahomes?

Well, I think Mahomes got his revenge on Monday.

Mahomes said during an appearance on Inside Training Camp Live that he thinks wide receiver Mecole Hardman can fill Hill’s role in the offense.

“I think Mecole has taken that step of kind of filling…that spot that Tyreek did on those deep routes, and he’s kind of accepted that challenge,” said Mahomes. “We’ll have everybody kind of developing and kind of doing that different kind of stuff, but he’s about to be a huge part of it and I’m excited for him.”

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter during the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
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Mahomes obviously isn’t throwing shade at Hill — that’s not who Mahomes is as a person, teammate, or former teammate.

But it definitely feels like he’s suggesting that going from Hardman to Hill isn’t much of a difference.

And I’d bet that Hill will take exception to that line of thinking.

After all, Hardman, who is entering his fourth season in the NFL, has never topped 700 receiving yards in a season.

Hardman, though, has similar speed as Hill. And he’s been in this offense for three seasons, so we know he’s comfortable with Mahomes.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to suggest that Hardman could put up Hill-like numbers in 2022. He just hasn’t had the opportunity to be “the guy” yet in his career.

It’ll be interesting to see if Hill offers any sort of comment on Mahomes’ quote. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a podcast appearance from Hill in the not-so-distant future with some thoughts on it.

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