The Kansas City Chiefs and head coach Andy Reid didn't waste any time finding an in-house replacement for the recently released Jeremy Maclin.
Days after the surprising release of Maclin, Reid proclaimed second-year player Tyreek Hill as the team's No. 1 receiver.
"Reid said Tyreek Hill, a Pro Bowler last season, will likely get the first crack at replacing Maclin at the “Z” position, the spotlight receiver spot in Reid’s West Coast offense," the Kansas City Star reported.
The big thing here is that Hill will take over the "Z position" for Maclin this upcoming season. As the Star noted, it's the focal point at receiver in Reid's west-coast offense, something Maclin himself held in Philadelphia when the two were together with the Eagles before moving on to Kansas City.
Hill jumped on to the scene last season as a rookie fifth-round pick, recording 61 receptions for 593 yards and six touchdowns. He also added 267 yards and three scores on the ground. All said, Hill compiled only 85 touches and 83 targets throughout the season.
If Hill is indeed tasked with being Kansas City's No. 1 receiver in 2017, his fantasy value jumps quite a bit. We could be looking at between 130-140 targets. Basic match and suggestions or progression lead us to believe he could very well compile over 1,100 receiving yards with double-digit scores. If so, look for top-end WR2 production from Hill in 2017.