Hill cheered in Chiefs’ first practice

Field Level Media

July 28, 2019 at 12:49 am.

Tyreek Hill participated in the Kansas City Chiefs’ first practice on Saturday and the reaction was all positive.

The team’s standout receiver/returner was heavily cheered and showed his appreciation by pumping his arms and high-stepping on the field at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.

Hill endured an offseason of turmoil as the NFL investigated child-abuse allegations against him before announcing on July 19 that he didn’t violate the league’s personal-conduct policy.

Kansas City suspended Hill from its offseason program in April. At the same time, Hill and then-fiancee Crystal Espinal were being investigated by authorities after their 3-year-old son allegedly suffered a broken arm.

Hill wasn’t available to the media after the practice so he has yet to publicly answer questions since avoiding suspension. He did greet fans and sign autographs.

Hill used his speed to catch three deep throws from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and that was something coach Andy Reid enjoyed.

“He had to go get ’em and he got ’em,” Reid said afterward. “That’s a good thing.”

Mahomes, who recently termed himself as a close friend of Hill, was happy to see his top target displaying his skills.

“Whenever you go out there on Sundays, it’s about stuff you did in training camp,” Mahomes said. “It’s about that hard work, that dedication you put in each and every day. You saw that today. We had a great practice to start it off, and I think we’re going to keep building as the training camp goes on.

“The whole offense was really rolling and we were really connecting on a lot of deep balls. … It’s obviously good to get out there and get those reps and get those big passes completed. That’s a big part of our offense.”

In three seasons, Hill has 223 catches for 3,255 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also has rushed for four scores and has five return touchdowns (four punts, one kickoff).