Speedy rookie Tyreek Hill has dominated the sideline chatter during the first two weeks of training camp.
The talk is certainly warranted. On the Chiefs’ first preseason depth chart, released Saturday, he was slotted as the starting punt returner and the third-string Z-receiver.
Hill’s impressive performance is no surprise, given his blazing speed. He was an All-American sprinter at Oklahoma State and ran a 9.90-second time in the 100 meters.
How fast is he in pads? Special teams coach Dave Toub didn’t pause for a second when asked.
“He’s the fastest player I’ve ever had,” Toub said. “I say that and I’ve coached Devin Hester.”
Hester holds the NFL record for most combined special-teams touchdowns and is widely regarded as one of the best return men of all time. Toub says he sees lots of similarities between the two players, which would bode well for the Chiefs’ return game.
“They’re both natural catchers,” Toub said. “(Hester) is fast, make no mistake about it, but the different between (Hester) and (Hill) is the size. Devin was a big (guy) and could break tackles.”
The Chiefs’ special teams aren’t practicing with full contact, so Toub will have to wait at least until Saturday’s preseason opener against Seattle to see if Hill can match Hester’s talent of making tacklers miss.