The Kansas City Chiefs long ago moved on from wide receiver Tyreek Hill, whom they shipped to the Miami Dolphins in the offseason for a package of draft picks that have helped them get younger and deeper across the board.
Hill hasn’t quite done the same in Miami.
In his debut podcast last week, Hill claimed that Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was more accurate than Kansas City counterpart Patrick Mahomes, a Pro Bowl pick each of his four years as a starter and 2018 league MVP.
Hill also claimed that he didn’t get the ball enough and wasn’t used properly in Kansas City — a veiled shot at coach Andy Reid — even though he saw a career-high 159 targets and 9.4 per game and caught 111 passes for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
So as the Chiefs wrapped up their mandatory three-day minicamp Thursday, and tried to look forward to the start of training camp in just over a month, they were dragged back into discussing their former teammate.
“I’m surprised a little,” Mahomes said of the content in the podcast, which also featured Hill’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and his cohost and lawyer, Julius Collins. “I still love him. Saw him at Formula 1 in Miami. I’m sure it all had something to do with getting his podcast some stuff and getting it rolling.”
As for wanting the ball more in Kansas City’s dynamic offense? Mahomes never heard a peep about it during the season.
“Definitely new in the sense of how it was on the podcast,” he said. “When you’re the competitor that he is, and the thing I liked about Tyreek — you want to win. I know he wanted the ball as much as possible to help us win.”
Mahomes largely dismissed the rest of the podcast, including the part about his accuracy, pointing out that Kansas City has played for four consecutive AFC championships, reached two Super Bowls and won one of them with him under center.
“It doesn’t get to me at all. As long as we’re winning football games and putting up points, I’m doing things the right way,” he said. “As long as we’re scoring touchdowns and winning Super Bowls, I’m OK with it.”
Reid took the high road when asked about the podcast, saying only: “I love Tireek. He’s a good kid.”