Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Explosive Hill Scores in Many Ways Key Matchup: Kr/pr Tyreke Hill vs. Darrius Heywood_bey

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Explosive Hill Scores in Many Ways Key Matchup: Kr/pr Tyreke Hill vs. Darrius Heywood_bey

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It doesn't matter where he lines up, whether running back, split end, slot receiver, kick returner or punt returner. Tyreek Hill can score touchdowns. Quickly.

Hill has six receiving touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns, two punt returns for touchdowns and one kick-return score for the Kansas City Chiefs. Since Week 10 of the regular season, he ranks first among all receivers with eight touchdowns overall.

The National Football League hasn't seen a player score in such a multitude of ways since Terry Metcalf of the St. Louis Cardinals did it in 1975. And Hill does it from anywhere on the field.

Which, of course, should concern the Steelers in tonight's AFC divisional round.

"He kind of reminds you of Devin Hester back in the days," safety Robert Golden said, referring to the former Chicago Bears returner who holds the NFL record for most return touchdowns (20) and punt-return touchdowns (14) in a career. "He's a real dynamic guy who hardly ever calls for a fair catch. He always looks to take ball down the yard."

Hill, maybe the fastest player in the NFL, represents a myriad of problems for the Steelers, none more specific than his abilities as a kick returner. The rookie fifth-round draft choice was named an All-Pro return specialist after he returned two punts and one kickoff for touchdowns and had two more negated by penalty during the regular season. One of those was a 78-yard punt return in the first meeting against the Steelers at Heinz Field. He also had a 105-yard kick return negated by penalty against the Houston Texans.

That is not a good sign for the Steelers, who had the third-worst kick coverage (24.7-yard average) and ninth-worst punt coverage (9.6-yard ave.) in the league. Since their last-second defeat to the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 13 -- the last time the Steelers lost a game -- they have allowed their four longest kick returns and longest punt return of the season. …

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