ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Marcus Peters got a great break on a short pass meant for Tyreek Hill during a recent Kansas City Chiefs training camp practice and deflected the ball away from its intended receiver. Soon afterward, Hill got a clean break off the line of scrimmage and beat Peters deep down the right sideline for a long gain.
These types of plays have been common in the early days of Chiefs camp. In fact, some of camp's most interesting battles have come between Hill, the Chiefs' top wide receiver, and Peters, their best cornerback.
"You've got two good players and they challenge each other," coach Andy Reid said. "Both of them are competitive guys."
The Chiefs aren't necessarily seeking out the matchups between Hill and Peters. Rather, these battles occur naturally now that Hill is a regular instead of a part-time player, as he was last year during his rookie season. Peters, as always, is stationed on the left side of the Kansas City defense.
Peters said he likes seeing the offensive huddle break and Hill head his way.
"That's what you want," Peters said. "You like to compete with the best. He's one of the best receivers in our league right now."
Hill's emergence is part of the reason the Chiefs released Jeremy Maclin (their most experienced wide receiver) in June. They believed Hill was ready for more.
He has looked ready during the first few days of camp. The go-route where he beat Peters deep indicates he's capable of playing a greater role.
"[Wide receivers coach Greg Lewis] preaches patience at the line, so I am working on that each and every day," Hill said. "I was patient at the line, I was able to move [Peters] inside and I was able to get open. Then Alex [Smith] threw a tremendous ball."
Hill is fast, but Peters said Hill has more going for him than just his speed.
"That's what people don't [realize]," Peters said. "They think he's just fast, but he's really a technically sound receiver."
Despite Hill's speed, Peters usually doesn't back off and give the receiver room off the line of scrimmage. That means he has allowed some plays but has made his share as well.
"That's what makes me different from everybody else," Peters said. "I do what I feel is comfortable for me at the time, and I just play my game."