Tyreek Hill was traded this spring to the Miami Dolphins, but you might remember the New York Jets seemingly had a deal in place with the Kansas City Chiefs before the All-Pro picked the Miami Dolphins.
Back in March, Hill responded to a question about that choice with “Who? The Jets?”
The Week 5 matchup between AFC East rivals at MetLife Stadium featured the two finalists in the Hill sweepstakes back in the offseason. The Jets showed they were most certainly worth considering with a 40-17 beatdown of the Dolphins.
One player never forgot what Hill had to say about his team.
Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers made sure to make reference of what Hill said after the victory on Sunday.
“We just played with a chip on our shoulder after that whole, ‘Jets, who?’ thing,” Franklin-Myers told reporters, per ESPN. “I think that rubbed everybody the wrong way.”
“That fired me up. I don’t get fired up about a lot of stuff and I don’t care about people talking, but that’s disrespectful and I don’t like disrespect. You shouldn’t do that no matter who you are.”
The Jets ultimately held Hill, who entered this week leading the NFL in receiving yards with 477, to 47 receiving yards on seven targets.
Hill exited the game late with a left foot injury and was seen in a walking boot later.
One of the most memorable moments of the game was Quinnen Williams stiff-arming Hill into the ground on a fumble return.
Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins enjoyed that moment.
“Obviously, you want to see a big man get in the end zone and do a little dance, but a close second is launching another human being into the ground,” Rankins said. “That’s a very close second.”
Rankins said he thought Hill would “try to chop [Williams] low” to make the open-field tackle. “No, he just ran right into Quinnen’s arms and Quinnen extended his arm and …”
Rankins paused for effect, adding, “And Tyreek was gone.”
The Jets are now 3-2.