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Next Gen Stats: NFL's Advanced Analytics Confirm Tyreek Hill is Still Fast

The Cheetah still has his juice

It doesn't take fancy technology or a long-tenured NFL personnel guy to see that Kansas City Chiefs' second-year receiver Tyreek Hill has something special.

His speed—as has been demonstrated often over the past couple of seasons—is breathtaking, and in just two short years, Hill has become one of the few players around the league who fans hold their breath for every time he touches the football.

The two-time All-Pro has scored 20 career touchdowns and averaged a ridiculous-51 yards-per-play on those scores.

Last season, Hill eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career—finishing with 75 receptions for 1,183 yards with seven touchdowns.

And now that the 2017 regular season is over, the latest round of Next Gen Stats—the NFL's newest advanced analytics and metrics system—once again shows that Hill separated himself from some of the league's other elite athletes.

Hill had four of the 20 fastest individual plays of 2017, and he's one of just three players in the league to hit at least 21.05 miles-per-hour with the ball in his hands multiple times last season.

Hill's four fastest plays ranked 5th, 10th, 13th and 14th in the league, respectively.

The two fastest plays of the 2017 regular season came from the Jacksonville Jaguars' rookie running back Leonard Fournette, who hit 22.05 miles-per-hour on a 90-yard touchdown in Week 5, and then 21.76 miles-per-hour on a 75-yard touchdown in Week 6.

Click here for a full breakdown of the fastest plays of 2017.

Another interesting nugget from the latest Next Gen Stats from last season was that the Chiefs boasted the NFL's top receiver in terms of average amount of separation per route, and it wasn't Hill, who finished fifth at 3.5 yards per route run.

The league’s top player in that area was actually Albert Wilson, who averaged 4.1 yards of separation per target last season.  

The stat, which is explained as "the distance (in yards) measured between a WR/TE and the nearest defender at the time of catch or incompletion," is another way of showing Wilson's effectiveness of finding soft spots in zone, and also having a complete grasp of the offense and where to be for his quarterback with precise route-running.

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