Jones has since continued to deliver big plays. The Chiefs, who have one of the most inexperienced groups of wide receivers in the league, are looking for one of their younger players to make a move up the depth chart.
Jones could be the one. He’s been getting snaps with the starters in practice.
Mahomes is still the third quarterback during drills behind starter Alex Smith and Tyler Bray. But Mahomes is getting the same amount of work as Bray, which is unusual. The No. 2 QB usually gets a much larger share.
Alex Smith, the Chiefs’ undisputed starting quarterback, also led the offense on an 88-yard scoring drive during the same period. Smith completed 8 of 11 passes on the drive, which spanned 12 plays, with most of the completions being of the short variety. Smith did show a nice camaraderie with tight end Travis Kelce, who scored a touchdown on a crossing route. …
“He’s got some good length — strong guy, he’s smart,” Chiefs quarterback coach Matt Nagy said. “The thing with him is just getting some experience on that line and then communicating with those guys up front.”
Kansas City ranked 22nd in rushing attempts on first down (86) and 26th in first-down completion rate (20.9 percent) last season.
“It’s definitely a point of emphasis for us this year,” Chiefs tackle Mitchell Schwartz said. “Third-and-one, fourth-and-one, end of game … any obvious running situations.”
“I spent most of my time with my family and my kids, working out,” he explained. “Training and just waiting for the phone call. Right after the fourth (of July), I got a phone call from our new GM (Brett) Veach, and he said that he wanted to bring me back.”
"This year we are healthy. The main guys are healthy from the start," Houston said. "Last year from the start we didn't have everybody. This year we have everybody from the start, and if we can just keep everybody healthy I think we definitely can make a lot of noise."
It's unclear where the Patriots will fit their fifth banner, but the construction -- which also includes creating more room for fans on the top level -- is expected to be done for opening night against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, when they will unveil the banner.
The Chiefs continue cycling through players at inside linebacker, giving multiple players an opportunity to run with the first team. Derrick Johnson and Ramik Wilson frequently run with the first team. Justin March-Lillard, Josh Mauga and newly acquired linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis also rotate in. Eligwe received some first-team looks Monday with Johnson out.
The Kansas City Chiefs practice at Missouri Western State University. The school’s sports teams are nicknamed the Griffons, a fact that baffled three panelists on NFL Network today.
Watch, as several grown men ponder the nature and existence of griffins—which, we remind you, are mythological creatures.
Josh Looney was the first of four finalists to interview to become the eighth director of athletics and was named to the position on Monday by the university.
Looney, currently director of athletics at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, will assume his role at Missouri Western on Aug. 7.
Looney will be introduced at a press conference at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Fame room inside Spratt Stadium.
Andy Reid uses running backs in the passing game in his offense so it’s a safe assumption that Hunt will be featured there. It’s also a safe assumption because of plays like this:
There has been a lot of hype. Why so much? Because some of it involves the quarterbacks and some of it involves the fastest player in the NFL. Usually the defense is ahead at this point but we’ve seen strong reports on the Chiefs offense.
I know, I know, the pads still have to come on. However, I am still hyped about the following players.
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.
“It’s just getting legs back,” Sutton said. “I’m not talking about conditioning, but the ability to react. He’s played a lot of football and I think he’s done a really good job here. I think he’ll be back where he was at. He’s come in in great shape, and from the health standpoint he’s as good as he’s ever been.”
Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub spoke about the kick return options as Tyreek Hill will be a bigger part of the offense in 2017. De'Anthony Thomas will play a role in the return game in 2017.
So far so good on Jamaal Charles. “Every time I see him,” said offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, “he says, ‘I feel great.’” Charles has missed 24 of 32 games over the past two regular seasons, and he told me—at least as of now—he has zero knee pain. Denver’s looking to get him eight or 10 touches a game if he can survive.