Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill stated before the season that he wanted to become the first player to put up 2,000 receiving yards in a single season. Through 11 games of the 2023 campaign, Hill is still on track for the single-season receiving yards record, and his yards combined with touchdowns put him on a level not seen since Torry Holt and the “Greatest Show on Turf” St. Louis Rams two decades ago.
With nine catches, 102 yards, and a touchdown on Black Friday in Week 12 vs. the New York Jets, Hill pushed his season totals to 88 catches for 1,324 yards and 10 touchdowns. His receiving yards and touchdowns both lead the NFL, as does his 120.4 receiving yards per game.
The last time a wideout had 1,300-plus receiving yards and 10-plus receiving TDs in a season before December was when Torry Holt did it with the Rams in 2003, according to NFL Senior Researcher Tony Holzman-Escareno. And it took Holt 12 games to hit that mark, while Hill did it in just 11.
If Tyreek Hill keeps up his 120-yard-per-game average, it will put him at 2,046 receiving yards in the season, which will blow past the single-season receiving yards record of 1,964 yards, put up by the Detroit Lions Calvin Johnson in 2012.
Holt finished his incredible 2003 campaign with 1,696 yards, which is the 13th-best season in league history. That led the league that year, as did his 117 catches and 106.0 yards per game, which led to Holt’s one first-team All-Pro season.
As for the Rams season, that is something the Dolphins should watch out for. The team finished the regular season 12-4, tied for the best record in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, but lost in their first playoff game to the upstart Carolina Panthers, who went on to make the Super Bowl and lose to the New England Patriots.