Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) practiced fully Wednesday. Maclin will make his return against the Raiders, though he’s still dealing with a groin injury and wasn’t all that productive prior to the injury. Tyreek Hill remains the better play.
The Chiefs only have one full practice this week before they take on the Raiders in a home game on Thursday night and the word from Kansas City is that wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will be a full participant in it.
Related players: Tyreek Hill
Coach Andy Reid broke the news when he met with the media on Tuesday and it represents a major step up for Maclin. The wideout has missed four straight games because of a groin injury and practiced on a limited basis last week before being ruled out for the team’s game against the Falcons.
No. 1 receiver Jeremy Maclin is progressing towards a return. Coach Andy Reid said Maclin is "making improvement" but doesn't yet know his receiver's status for Thursday Night Football.
Maclin hasn't played since a Nov. 6 game against the Jaguars, and even then he was in for only a couple of snaps.
Related players: Tyreek Hill
Even if Maclin played, Tyreek Hill was our preferred play so Hill remains a nice option for lineups.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 13. Maclin may be able to return this week, but Tyreek Hill is our preferred play even if Maclin is back in the lineup.
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 7:13pm
Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. With Maclin out, Tyreek Hill is a Sneaky Start once again. After a big Week 10 (with 10 catches on 13 targets), Hill gained 61 total yards on five touches in Week 11. He’s the best bet of the Chiefs receivers to find the end zone.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin (groin) did not practice Wednesday. Maclin looks doubtful for Week 12. After a big Week 10 (with 10 catches on 13 targets), Tyreek Hill gained 61 total yards on five touches in Week 11. He’s the best bet of the Chiefs receivers to find the end zone.
Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:41pm
Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6:12pm
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:11pm
He was in for nine offensive plays in the season opener against the San Diego, followed by eight, 11 and 18 in the next three games, respectively, then 21, 33 and finally 38 in last week’s game against Carolina.
Other than the one-snap drop from Week 1 to Week 2, Hill’s playing time has stayed even or increased each week. He played more snaps the past two weeks because the Chiefs were without veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Hill’s role could be reduced when Maclin returns. There has been no indication from the Chiefs whether that will be in Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay at Arrowhead Stadium or sometime later in the season.
Instead, their leading pass-catcher in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Carolina Panthers was a rookie -- and a fifth-round draft choice at that. The Chiefs didn’t accomplish a lot when they passed the ball against the Panthers but when they did, inevitably the receiver was Tyreek Hill.
“He has a lot of tools,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said. “This isn’t a guy that I think you can box in as a speed guy, a quickness guy, an inside guy, a bubble guy. He can do a lot and I think he showed a lot of that today, (with) route-running, yards after the catch. He’s made plays with the ball down the field.’’
The Chiefs didn’t intend for him to be such a major factor in their offense. They thought he could help as a deep threat but mainly as a complement to Maclin, Chris Conley and Albert Wilson and also as a kick returner. Hill has become more than just a complementary player. Some of that is because the Chiefs have been unable to get more from Maclin and their other leading wide receivers. But Hill also has shown the ability to handle all of the various tasks the Chiefs ask of him, including sweeps and reverses in the running game and a lot of the receiving routes they have in their playbook.
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