In nine games, no wide receiver has ever been as productive as Tyreek Hill is to begin his tenure with the Miami Dolphins.
Hill leads the league in receptions (76) and receiving yards (1,104), and he also found the end zone nine times. The 28-year-old was also able to produce without quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. In the two full games Tagovailoa missed with a concussion, Hill still recorded 19 receptions for 224 yards with Teddy Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson under center.
This week, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer interviewed 38 NFL executives, including 20 general managers, about the midseason awards. Receiving 24 votes, Hill was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Year in the first nine weeks.
Here’s what Breer wrote about the offshore case:
“Hill is on pace for 144 catches for 2,085 yards and six touchdowns. And, really, when you consider how long he’s been doing this and how defenses prioritize containing him on a weekly basis (his touchdown total being lower this year as an indication of that don’t let him get close behind you ), it is very easy to argue that he is the most unstoppable player in football. I can also say, after talking to him last weekend, that he thinks playing for Mike McDaniel has helped him complete his game. “He’s really turned me into a complete receiver who really handles the tree complete itineraries,” Hill told me. “So the teams have to really respect that. I break in, I escape. I’m short, I go deep. It’s not a one-dimensional thing. So, man, he’s able to get me off the ball, he’s able to get me on the ball, get me moving. All kinds of gadgets to help me open up. I’m really grateful to be in this situation. Just to say, the Dolphins are pretty grateful to have him.
If Hill and Tagovailoa stay healthy, there’s a good chance he’ll end up with that award at the end of the season.
Interestingly, Hill isn’t the only member of the Dolphins organization to receive some recognition in the poll. Mike McDaniel got one vote for Coach of the Year and Chris Grier got two votes for Manager of the Year.
McDaniel helped lead the team to 6-3, while Grier is partly responsible for hiring the coach and pulling off hard-hitting moves like the trade for Hill and Bradley Chubb.
Dolphins 2022 Mid-Season Awards: MVP to Most Improved
The story originally appeared on Dolphins Wire