Kansas City Chiefs won’t ask rookie WR Skyy Moore to replace Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs Blog
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Needing to rebuild their reception hall after trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs had options when they got to the second round of the NFL Draft. They could have, for example, taken Velus Jones Jr., whose 4.31-second sprint for 40 yards at the reconnaissance combine put him in Hill’s range in terms of speed.
They instead opted for Skyy Moore from western Michigan, who — aside from his 5-foot-10, 195-pound height — isn’t at all similar to Hill. That doesn’t mean the Chiefs don’t expect Moore — who ran a 4.41 40 at the combine — to impact the Chiefs’ passing game, though.
“Skyy is unique,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. “He’s shorter, but he plays big. He has longer arms. He was a running back who went wide. It was funny watching his strip because it seemed like we were watching an eternity before to see him drop a pass.
“We have guys like MVS [Marquez Valdes‐Scantling] who has a certain size and speed, Mecole [Hardman] has speed, JuJu [Smith‐Schuster] is tall. So I feel like we have a good combination and now we just wanted to add the best player, regardless of size or size, just guys who we think are going to come in and be able to contribute right away. Skyy is definitely one of those guys.
The Chiefs, after losing not just Hill but Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson of their top four wide receivers last season, have a lot of pieces to put together. Hardman is back but Valdes-Scantling, Smith-Schuster and Moore are new.
Moore has yet to find out exactly where he stands.
“I feel like the reception hall I’m walking into has just about everything,” he said. “I feel like I bring versatility and just another playmaker.”
The Chiefs didn’t see much of Moore at their training ground during their recent rookie minicamp. He had come out with a sore hamstring.
“I’m curious to see how he’s doing,” coach Andy Reid said after rookie camp. “I haven’t looked much here. Things [Western Michigan] done with him, he was very good, whether it was the short or intermediate game or the long game. He could do anything.
“I can’t wait to see him play.”
The Chiefs don’t yet know exactly what role Moore could play. But they are convinced that he will claim a significant one.
“He’s not the toughest player, but he’s fearless in the middle,” assistant general manager Mike Borgonzi said. “For a smaller guy, he really comes up and gets the ball back, so we feel really good to bring him into this attack with Coach Reid.
“The one thing that stands out with Skyy is that he’s reliable. He’s going to take the right routes and he’s going to catch the ball. … And that’s one thing that stood out with Skyy, that’s is any opportunity, contested catches, he was catching the football.”
The Chiefs had Moore in their long line of rookies kicking before the start of rookie camp practices, suggesting they would be eyeing him for the job as well. Moore did not return kicks as a regular at Western Michigan.
“The kid’s hands are amazing,” Veach said. “His ball skills are unbelievable. It obviously makes sense that this translates into a comeback.
“I always thought that the most skilled receivers or corners could go back there and catch kicks. … I think his skill should easily translate into that. But until you do that in a game, you’ll never know. I think he’ll definitely take a look.”
Hill started with the Chiefs as a kickoff and punt returner, scoring five touchdowns in that role in his first three seasons before leaving most of those jobs to others. Being a dynamic kick returner could become a shared feature between Moore and Hill.
Moore, who caught 95 passes for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, is seeing another.
“I try to make plays,” he said. “[Hill was] a playmaker – I want to do the same.”