Tyreek Hill was an essential component of the Kansas City Chiefs offense these last several years. Now, Patrick Mahomes has to find a connection with his potential replacement: Mecole Hardman.
On Monday, Mahomes tabbed Hardman has the one wide receiver who he thinks will take a big step forward in Hill's absence.
The veteran wide receiver has 126 catches for 1,791 yards and 12 touchdowns in three seasons in Kansas City.
"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," Mahomes said on Inside Training Camp Live on Monday, via NFL.com. "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."
If Hardman can be half the player Hill is, the Chiefs should still be in good shape. But make no mistake; Hill leaves behind massive shoes to fill.
The electric deep threat bailed Mahomes out of plenty of bad situations over the years. He basically saved the Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.
Hardman has big shoes to fill.