3 Players That Could Pick Up the Slack for the Chiefs If Tyreek Hill Gets Suspended
Tyreek Hill has been a consistent fixture in the NFL news cycle after leaked audio of an argument between the receiver and his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, led to child abuse allegations against Hill. While no charges have been filed against the embattled wideout, a suspension from the NFL's front office or the team may be looming.
If Hill does indeed get suspended for any amount of games this season, the Kansas City Chiefs will need several players to step up in order to replace the kind of All-Pro production Hill brings to the table.
With that in mind, here are three players that would need to step up Hill does ultimately get suspended.
1. Sammy Watkins, WR
Injuries have always been an issue for Sammy Watkins, but he could do some serious damage if Hill isn't on the field. Watkins is as sure-handed as they come (2.89 career drop percentage through 2017) and is an excellent route runner. If he can manage to stay healthy, Watkins should see the lion's share of targets and be the biggest beneficiary if Hill gets suspended.
2. Damien Williams, RB
Damien Williams came up big for the Chiefs toward the end of the 2018 season and proved to be a dynamic weapon out of the backfield, catching 33 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns in five starts (two playoff games). If Hill gets suspended for any amount of time, the Chiefs' starting running back could see increased usage, making him one of QB Patrick Mahomes' favorite early-season targets.
3. Mecole Hardman, WR
Asking a rookie to produce like an All-Pro receiver is a pretty tall order, no matter how you look at it, but Mecole Hardman may have what it takes to pick up the slack. The Georgia product can flat out fly and should be more than capable of stretching defenses, similar to Hill. Once Hardman becomes fully acclimated to Andy Reid's offense, don't be surprised if Mahomes looks the rookie's way when the Chiefs want to push the ball downfield. If Hardman steps up, he could simply slide into Hill's role and be a savior of sorts for the Chiefs in 2019.
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