Tyreek Hill eager to face Dolphins opponent for first time in Tampa with his usual brash confidence

Tyreek Hill has flashed his speed, agility and pass-catching ability plenty in Dolphins training camp through two weeks, but it’s all been against a Miami secondary that doesn’t have cornerback Byron Jones and has seldom trotted out Xavien Howard in 11-on-11 drills.

This coming week, Hill, the Dolphins’ $120 million receiver, will get to showcase his skills against an opponent for the first time with his new team. The Dolphins travel to Tampa for joint practices with the Buccaneers on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of their Aug. 13 preseason game.

The times Hill has faced Howard, mostly in a 1-on-1 setting, Howard has gotten the best of him, deflecting passes or forcing overthrows with tight coverage. It has Hill ready to see something else.

“I’m really sick of going against X. He’s been locking me up in practice,” said Hill, who will get to go against the team he lost to in the Super Bowl two years ago with the Kansas City Chiefs. “I really can’t wait to get to Tampa, and I know the guys are very eager to get down there, as well.”

Hill is a known trash talker who thrives off the competitive nature of knowing there’s extracurricular activity that comes with either winning or losing a rep against an opponent.

“If I don’t talk, I don’t perform because I feel like I perform better under pressure. That’s just my mentality,” Hill said.

“If I’m relaxed, I’m just chilling and just vibing, then I just go with the flow. … Say, for instance, I go against a DB and he don’t say anything to me the whole entire game, to me, I’m like, ‘Okay, we brother-in-lawing it.’ But, if he’s sitting there talking trash to me, doing what he got to do, in my face every play, then I’m going to challenge him …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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