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Patriots ready to fight Tyreek Hill

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The first two times the Patriots saw Tyreek Hill, they didn’t actually see him.

Hill tallied 275 yards and four touchdowns in regular-season meetings with the Patriots in 2017 and 2018. He caught 14 of his 20 passes.

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By the time the 2018 AFCCG rolled around, Bill Belichick had seen enough of Hill losing defenders and his defenders losing him. Jonathan Jones and Kaion Crossen – a corner who clocked 4.3 40 seconds – were dispatched to deal with Hill. Sometimes there was also a safe shade on top.

Hill caught one pass for 42 yards and the Patriots recorded one of the most emotional wins of the Brady Belichick era at Arrowhead Stadium.

The last two times the Patriots dealt with Hill held him to a manageable 126 total yards. It’s not completely packed, but it’s somewhat contained.

Tyreek is no longer in Kansas (City). And starting Sunday, the Patriots will start thinking from scratch how his new team, the Miami Dolphins, plans to place him. signed a $120 million contract for he’s going to get the ball How? Hard to say.

“I think it’s a big deal,” Belichick said Tuesday. “Let’s see how they play him and how they use him. It might be different than Kansas City, it might be different.

Asked to describe Hill’s speed, Belichick gave a brief answer. “rare.”

Luckily, the Patriots still have to prosecute Jones.

Of his team’s success in holding off Hill, Devin McCourty said: JC and Steph (getting more attention).

“He’s been an important part of our success. His ability to run physically with Tyreek Hill as much as anyone can run with him and get out and compete with him (the difference). You combined that with the game plan we have and it’s going pretty well.

“But it’s unique because you’re playing against guys with a whole new offense,” McCourty noted. “It’s not as easy as throwing out a Kansas City movie and saying, ‘Let’s do what we used to do.’ I think it’s going to be something different.”

The Patriots secondary is also different. Stephon Gilmore and he JC Jackson gone small and fast water bug He has a fleet of corners filling up the depth chart so Belichick needs to look around the division and answer speed in Miami, Buffalo and New York It’s obvious that you’ve noticed.

Hill wasn’t the only reception Miami got. They acquired big-slot former Cowboys receiver Cedric Wilson, who had a great game against the Patriots last year. Hill, Wilson, Jaylen Waddle, Mike Gesicki – TE/WR hybrid – Miami has a lot of talent in the passing game. And with first-year head coach Mike McDaniel in charge, there’s a lot of uncertainty.

The research is deep, and the Patriots are back to study what McDaniel did as offensive coordinator in San Francisco last year.

“We’ve tried to mix preseason games with what San Fran did and say, ‘This guy could be in this role…’ but it’s really hard to judge.” “That’s the hard part of the week one match. New attack, new player, Hill in the slot as well as Cedric Wilson…. I don’t know how it all mixes. I don’t know.” We didn’t see everyone there, so it takes a lot of coordination and understanding.”

Hill’s impact on Miami and whether his presence can propel the Dolphins to the next level is one of the NFL’s biggest stories this year. On Sunday, the Patriots are part of Chapter 1.