The Miami Dolphins are off to a hot start through their first seven games, as they’ve amassed a 5-2 record, with their two losses coming against Super Bowl contenders in the Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills.
One huge reason that Miami has been successful is the performance of wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
Before the season, he predicted that he’d become the first player in NFL history to record 2,000 receiving yards in a season, and through seven weeks, he’s on pace to do just that. Hill has recorded 53 receptions for a league-leading 902 yards and seven touchdowns, making life easier on his quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. Many have begun to question if Hill could become the first wide receiver to win the league’s MVP award.
Earlier this week, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, widely considered the greatest wideout ever, shared his take on the matter.
“I think he has a great chance (to be named MVP) because speed kills, man,” Rice said on an episode of NFL Network’s “The Insiders.'” “What’s happening is you cannot play him one-on-one, you cannot play him bump-and-run and you cannot play him man-to-man. He’s making plays over the middle. He’s catching deep balls. He’s doing everything. I think he has a great chance of being the Most Valuable Player.”
If Hill continues this pace, the only thing stopping him from winning MVP will be the performance of Tagovailoa. The award has become synonymous with quarterbacks, and if Tagovailoa stays healthy and is the one getting the ball to Hill and others, the voters have shown they tend to give the nod to QBs.
These are champagne problems in Miami, but it’s incredible that these conversations are being had.