Jaylen Waddle Finally Responds to Tyreek Hill's Race Challenge
By Larry Rupp
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins in late March and immediately challenged his new teammate Jaylen Waddle to a race. The second-year pro didn't release a response right away, but recently said he has been preparing for the battle to prove who the fastest player on the field is.
While appearing on the "I Am Athlete" podcast, Waddle said that he knew a challenge was coming as soon as he heard about the trade. After all, the 23-year-old clocked in at a top speed of 21.80 mph during the 2021 season, according to Next Gen Stats, which outranked Hill's top mark of 21.42 mph.
Aside from the race, Waddle couldn't help but express how excited he was to play alongside Hill.
"He's going on his seventh year. He's had tremendous success. I can learn a lot from him if he's willing to teach it. I'm going to soak up all the game."- Jaylen Waddle on Tyreek Hill
Waddle used his speed to break the NFL record for receptions by a rookie (104). His goal moving forward is to rack up more yards after the catch. He did rank 10th among all receivers with 475 YAC last season, but his 4.5 YAC per reception mark (No. 24 in NFL) shows there is room for improvement.
It's worth noting that new Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel helped WR Deebo Samuel produce the most YAC in 2021 (802) with the San Francisco 49ers. His offensive system gets the ball out quick and allows pass-catchers like Waddle to take advantage of blocks while getting into the open field.
It'll be interesting to see if Waddle & Hill can thrive off one another in 2022. For now, the Dolphins are +3500 in FanDuel Sportsbook's Super Bowl Odds.
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