Hill and Armstead arrive in Miami with high hopes for Dolphins

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tyreek Hill is quick on the court, quick with his words and quick to make a first impression.

Consider this list of highlights from Hill’s first full day as a member of the Miami Dolphins: The wide receiver who goes by the name “Cheetah” loved new coach Mike McDaniel’s offense, revealed the record value of his new contract nearly brought him to tears and challenged his teammates to foot races.

“Wherever I go, the Cheetah always has to prove they’re the fastest on the team, no matter what,” Hill said. “I want to say that.”

The Dolphins hope he wins more than sprints.

Miami introduced the two biggest names in its offseason and free agency makeover on Thursday — Hill and offensive lineman Terron Armstead — and neither made any effort to hide their belief that the Dolphins are on the verge of take big steps forward this fall.

“Every team at this point feels like a Super Bowl contender. All 32,” Armstead said. “That’s not true. We can talk about what it looks like on paper; I’ve been doing it long enough to know it doesn’t really matter. … I’m going to say we’ll be Super Bowl champions, but you’re going to see anybody else, they’re going to say the same thing.

Hill was granted a four-year, $120 million extension from the Dolphins in the trade that landed him from Kansas City, with $72.2 million guaranteed. He says the only time he remembers crying was when his daughter was born.

Seeing those dollar numbers almost brought more tears.

“Almost,” he said.

Armstead – the alleged starting left tackle – was handed a five-year contract worth $75 million, possibly close to $88 million adding in incentives, after spending his first nine seasons at Nova Scotia. Orleans.

Armstead said he’s looking forward to seeing what a Dolphins receiving corps that includes two of the NFL’s fastest in Hill and Jaylen Waddle can do.

“We’re going to try to turn these Sundays into a track and field competition,” Armstead said. “A physical encounter on the track; let’s not eclipse it at all. From the start, we are going to implement this physicality, this mentality. And then speed kills, man. You try to catch them guys outside.

Hill has been in the NFL for six seasons and has been selected for the Pro Bowl six times. The Dolphins have seen their entire wide receiving corps make six trips to the Pro Bowl — combined — in the past 37 years. Hill has played in 22 games with at least 100 receiving yards over the past five seasons; the Dolphins have 17 such games in that span.

Simply put, Hill is giving the Dolphins something they just haven’t had.

“I don’t blink, man,” Hill said. “I don’t believe in pressure, man. I put the pressure.

Hill was choosing between potential trades with the Dolphins and New York Jets at the end, once it became clear that he and Kansas City would part ways. Hill said he knew from the start that he would choose Miami, given the closeness of his family and that he often had off-season practices in South Florida.

If he had any doubts, McDaniel could have put them aside when he explained how Hill would get the ball in his attack.

“He was like, ‘Just be you, Ree. Just be you, Ree. That’s all I can ask for, man, a coach to get my back off the court,'” Hill said. for me. … Nice to play for him.

Armstead donned a Dan Marino No. 13 jersey for his first media availability as part of the Dolphins, something that will surely earn points quickly with his new club.

“Always pay homage to legends,” Armstead said.

When he visited the Dolphins, Armstead saw Marino’s office. He thought it was there as a tribute, unaware that Marino actually works for the team — he’s officially listed as a special adviser, which basically means he can do whatever he wants. When Armstead walked into the offensive personnel room, he was surprised to see Marino sitting there.

“He came and introduced himself like I didn’t know him,” Armstead said. “Which is crazy.”

Hill didn’t need to report to Armstead either.

“Listen, go now. The most dynamic player in the league,” Armstead said. “Always been a fan of his game, just watching. Now that he’s part of this offense, I think we’re building something. We’re building something special.

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