More time for Gronkowski. It took tight end Rob Gronkowski five games last season before he was playing every snap once he returned from his injured forearm. This year, Gronkowski has been used on a part-time basis as he comes back from his torn ACL -- 38 snaps in the season opener, 28 snaps in Week 2 against Minnesota, and 42 snaps last week against Oakland. Gronkowski said this week that he’s ready to start rolling more, and his expected rising playing time should have a significant trickle-down effect on the offense, because outside of Julian Edelman, there hasn’t been much consistency.
The Royals will host a rally for fans at Kauffman Stadium beginning Monday at 11:30 a.m. The event is free to the public. Gates open at 10:45 a.m. The Royals will also take batting practice at 12:15 p.m. Parking will be free. Fans can begin parking as early as they want, the Royals tell us. Fans are being asked to use Gate 2 to enter the Truman Sports Complex or the Bus Exit near Gate 6.
"They can run the ball. They can pass the ball. They can draw you. They can screen you," the Patriots defensive end said. "It’s our job to just read our keys and to know when they’re coming and when they’re not coming. So if guys just do their job and read their keys we should be fine."
Former Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko was on the roster of three NFL teams and two Canadian Football League teams from 2007 to 2009. In 2010, he played in the closing minutes of two games for the Chiefs, going 4-for-6 for 35 yards. In 2011, he was elevated to back-up quarterback and eventually the starter. The leadership lessons he learned on his way to becoming a starting quarterback in the NFL translate very well to his current position. He is the director of business/leadership development for Solutions-21, a global management consulting firm. The company is based in Pittsburgh where Palko played collegiately. They focus on four areas: people, process, strategy and tactics.
Connolly is probable, which means he is a virtual certainty to play based on the team's interpretation. That is the biggest takeaway from the team's final injury report, while it is obviously notable that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is probable.
Brandon Bolden can’t recall how many times he has sat in his grandfather’s house in Baton Rouge, La., and watched the film of the Kansas City Chiefs’ performances in Super Bowls I and IV. "I’ve watched Super Bowls I and IV, I don’t know, over 150 times, and that was in the past five years," Bolden said. "[The film quality] wasn’t that bad. It’s actually a pretty good tape. He had the old reel, I can’t remember the size, but we’d cut all the lights out, drop the shade, plug it in, grab some popcorn, and watch it."
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the magic number is 137.7 decibels. To give you some perspective, that’s louder than a jackhammer (95 dB), a motorcycle (100 dB) and a loud rock concert (115 dB). But most importantly, it’s louder than the self-dubbed "12th Man" was at Century Link Stadium in Seattle on December 2, 2013 (137.6 dB).
So Smith pulled Murray aside and explained that the rookie's first NFL action wouldn't be nearly so daunting as one might imagine. "Trust me," Smith said. "Nothing you guys go through tonight will come close to being as bad as my first preseason game." Murray chuckled and thanked Smith for the advice and went back to mentally preparing for his opportunity. Smith ambled in the other direction, knowing full well his roller-coaster career had once again put him in a position to make the kind of impact he always expected to have on a franchise.
In 2007, Brady completed a league-high 31 passes on throws that traveled at least 20 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. An amazing 16 of those went for touchdowns. Even as the deep ball's approval rating has shot up in the years since, no quarterback has been able to beat that touchdown total. But last year, Brady had just four deep touchdown passes and only 20 deep completions in total. The man is now 37 years old -- the third-oldest position player in the NFL, behind only Matt Hasselbeck and Peyton Manning -- and he no longer has the weapons or the pass protection required to chuck it deep on the regular.
If the sim is anywhere close to correct on the final score, we should be in store for an exciting game. The score prediction says that the Chiefs were one or two plays away from winning the game. All we can do is hope the Chiefs make those plays to turn the odds in their favor.
If Charles proves to be ineffective, quarterback Alex Smith will have his work cut out for him throwing the ball. Smith is coming off of an efficient performance that saw him throw a trio of touchdown passes on just 19 completions. While those numbers are great for winning on the field, they don't often get the job done in fantasy leagues. Considering that Smith plays a Patriots defense that gives up the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks in the league, owners might want to start someone else under center this time around.
"They're tough. Coach Belichick does a good job getting his guys ready to go. One thing about them is they always finish good. All four quarters it's going to be a tough game. A physical game. It's going to be fun." - Chiefs Cornerback Sean Smith
TB12 is not blameless. Brady is inaccurate on the deep ball now, just 1 of 13 on passes that traveled 21-plus yards in the air, according to STATS Inc. He is more susceptible to experiencing paranormal activity in a clean pocket. But the much-maligned offensive line has waved pass rushers through to Brady like a traffic cop at a busy intersection, the intersection of sacked and hit. Put any quarterback there, and he’s going to suffer. Ask Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, like Brady a member of the Order of Elite NFL Quarterbacks who has come under fire from his own fans.