There’s been plenty of magic between Mahomes and Hill, though. Their rare skill sets have made them one of the most potent pass-catch combos in the NFL — Mahomes with the arm strength to send passes into the tightest of windows or heave them deep, and Hill with the hands to catch them and the world-class speed to beat just about any cornerback down the seam.
Parker is just one of a handful of former players re-signed by the Chiefs this season. Not only do these players bring stability to their position groups, plugging holes created by injuries, but they also serve as extra coaches on the field as they help the younger players adjust to the Chiefs’ complex schemes.
Dee Ford, outside linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs
Clark isn’t the only edge rusher taking full advantage of a contract year. Selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft as Tamba Hali’s successor, Dee Ford recorded 10 sacks in a breakout 2016 campaign.
5. Patrick Mahomes
Scout’s Take: “Mahomes has to be on your list. He’s going to be league MVP.”
Only seven starts into his NFL career, Mahomes is on this list as one of the best players in the league. And it’s important to remember this isn’t about who has had the best career. It’s looking at the best players of the present.
Mahomes (6-3, 230 pounds) is built like Ben, there are dynamic weapons around him and he has the arm and wheels to make throws inside or outside the pocket.
With the Bengals secondary on the mend after numerous injuries in recent weeks, added responsibility is on the defensive line in primetime against the second-year breakout quarterback.
These are tough times for half of the AFC West.
While the Chiefs, 5-1, and Chargers, 4-2, are on the right path toward making the playoffs, the 2-4 Broncos and 1-5 Raiders are struggling big time.
The real reason Joe’s will be open this Sunday? It seems the Food Network is coming to town.
Six Bengals missed practice due to injury, including running back Giovani Bernard(knee, toe), center Billy Price (foot), linebacker Nick Vigil (knee) and corner Darqueze Dennard (sternoclavicular). Quarterback Andy Dalton is on the injury report with a back injury but practiced in full. Six Bengals were also limited, most notably left tackle Cordy Glenn (ankle) and C.J. Uzomah (shoulder), who is already the team’s third option at tight end. Chiefs safety Eric Berry (heel) and linebacker Justin Houston(hamstring) remained sidelined on Wednesday after the defense surrendered 43 points against the Patriots in Week 6. The offensive line could be an issue as well, with guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on IR and center Mitch Morse sidelined by a concussion this week. The Chiefs did bring in one of their former lineman to help in Jeff Allen.
Around the league
The Rams’ venture back to L.A. is actually going pretty well. The team is 6-0 and has one of the most exciting cores of young talent in the NFL -- and there appears to at least be a decently-sized fan base. The Chargers’ move ... not so much. Chargers games are routinely populated by large swaths of opposing fans and numerous players have expressed a longing for San Diego.
“Wait a minute you’re talking about Lawrence Taylor, now,” Belichick said. “I’m not putting anybody in Lawrence Taylor’s class. You can put everybody down below that. That’s with a lot of respect to a lot of good players now, but we’re talking about Lawrence Taylor.”
Former NFL star Peyton Manning will join Kobe Bryant’s show “Detail” as the program expands into NFL analysis this fall.
The league has repeatedly fined and suspended Burfict for these and other actions, including twisting the ankles of downed opponents and striking standing opponents in the testicles. Still, he returns, unapologetic, and continues to play with the intent to injure.
The university announced Tuesday that Bosa intends to withdraw from school to focus on rehab and preparation for his professional career.
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We all know Derrick Johnson isn’t the player he once was. Father Time is the NFL’s only player who always wins, and as much as we care about our beloved DJ, we must accept the truth about him.
Last week, we talked about the difficulty in calling the top of the market. This week, many outside of Kansas City will wonder if the Kansas City Chiefs have plateaued. They ran into the market leader — showing they are legitimate competition — but weren’t quite able to get over the hump. Still, the team left with a great deal of confidence and resolve.
The Kansas City Chiefs-New England PatriotsSunday Night Football game delivered NBC’s highest viewership of the season with a total average delivery of 21.5 million viewers across NBC TV, NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital Platforms, the network says.
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