Patrick Mahomes caught a stray from his former teammate last week when Tyreek Hill suggested he prefers playing with Tua Tagovailoa, citing his superior accuracy.
It’s laughable to think Tagovailoa has any skill advantage over Mahomes, a certain Hall-of-Famer in the prime of his career. Hill, in all likelihood, was either trying to get aggregated, hoping the resulting headlines would drive listeners to his podcast, or felt buttering up Tagovailoa would help boost his confidence.
Addressing reporters at Thursday’s mandatory minicamp, Mahomes said the comments caught him off guard, admitting he was “surprised” by Hill’s criticism. “I'm surprised a little just because I feel like we love Tyreek here,” said Mahomes, who shared a locker room with Hill for five seasons, winning a Super Bowl together in 2019. "We've always loved him. We still love him.”
If Hill was unhappy during his time with Kansas City, he never expressed that to his quarterback. "I know he wanted to get the ball as much as possible to help us win,” said Mahomes. "We were winning football games, especially at the end of the season, so I don't think he really brought that to our attention.”
In a social media climate where inflammatory takes are rewarded with clicks, Hill knew the reaction he would get from calling out Mahomes, regardless of its absurdity. “I'm sure it had something to do with trying to get his podcast some stuff and get it rolling,” said Mahomes. “I haven’t talked to him since the podcast came out, but I talked to him at Formula One in Miami in May and everything seemed fine.”
The Chiefs don’t have Miami on their schedule this year, though it’s possible they meet in the postseason. Hill joined the Dolphins in a blockbuster trade this offseason, ultimately landing a record, four-year, $120-million extension to make him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history.