KC Chiefs giving young QB Patrick Mahomes chance to lead | The Kansas City Star
The thing about soft rebuilds — or on-the-fly retools, or whatever you want to call what the Chiefs' roster turnover — is that they can be sped up by stud quarterbacks, the hardest thing to find in professional football. And let there be no doubt: The Chiefs believe in Patrick Mahomes all the way.
The Chiefs are so excited about Patrick Mahomes | SB Nation
The Chiefs were so enamored with Mahomes that they’re trading veteran quarterback Alex Smith to Washington on March 14. Now Veach is tasked with adding pieces around Mahomes that accommodate his powerful arm.
Combine Notebook: Sean McDermott thinks Patrick Mahomes ‘is going to have a heck of a career’ | The Buffalo News
If Mahomes ends up being a franchise quarterback, it won’t look good for the Bills, but so far coach Sean McDermott isn’t regretting his team’s decision.
“I'm sure Mahomes is going to have a heck of a career and what not, but when you can move back and pick up a pick that is positioned to us at this point and you have a young man that's played as well as Tre'Davious has this point of his career, you feel good about it,” he said. “I think you learn again from everything. I'm a big believer in that. You learn from what's gone on before you that sometimes you don't have to move or sometimes you do have to move. Can you get a guy in the top 10? Or do you have to go to the top five?"
Chiefs' Andy Reid mocks idea of moving Lamar Jackson to wide receiver | Louisville Courier Journal
"I think you'd probably want to try it there (at quarterback) and see. He's pretty good," Reid said to a group of chuckling reporters at the NFL scouting combine. "I mean, I'd give that a whirl. I could handle that, yeah. ... Let's exhaust that other thing that we know he's good at (playing quarterback)."
KC Chiefs think new cornerback David Amerson has upside | The Kansas City Star
“From a skill standpoint, he’s a 6-foot corner, he’s long, he’s athletic, he’s got really good hips and can mirror and match at the top of routes,” Veach said at the NFL scouting combine. “He’s been a little inconsistent, been banged up a little … we evaluated his tape and liked his skill set.”
Herm Edwards says race was no factor in Marcus Peters trade | The Kansas City Star
“If anyone thinks this is a black-and-white thing, you better figure out who the Hunt family is. Think about when this organization got started, and the players that they went after, the players that were on this team at the conception of this team. They went down into the SWAC, to Grambling (State) and to those schools and drafted players of color that were on this team, so let’s not make this a black-and-white thing. We can do it, but not on my watch. You ain’t doing that."
Travis Kelce, Aqib Talib read "Mean Tweets" on Jimmy Kimmel | The Kansas City Star
Kelce read something mean about his reality television show “Catching Kelce,” while Suh was asked about being a jerk, and someone brought up the time Talib shot himself in the leg.
Former Alabama LB Ryan Anderson calls the NCAA ‘biggest pimps in America’ | SB Nation
Reggie Ragland, chimed in and said it used to be much lower than $100.
Eric Berry on Marcus Peters' Character | NFL.com
"[Peters] is probably gonna kill me for this... I know he tries to keep a lot of stuff under the radar, but at the same time when everyone was bashing him for certain things, Marcus would go to the store and parents would be letting kids pick out their shoes for the new school year," said Eric Berry on Good Morning Football.
More than Mitch: What Matt Nagy said about the Bears' 'strong nucleus' | Chicago Sun-Times
With the Chiefs, Nagy helped turn Travis Kelce into one of the league’s top tight ends. Can he do the same with Adam Shaheen?
Nagy described Shaheen, the 45th overall pick last year, as “a little bit raw.” The Bears focused on Shaheen’s development as a blocker coming of out Division-II Ashland. But Shaheen’s coveted pass-catching skills only turned into 12 catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns last season. All of his catches came as an in-line tight end.
Bears eye Chiefs WR Albert Wilson as free-agent fix | Chicago Sun-Times
Wilson, who started 26 of 55 games over four seasons with the Chiefs, won’t turn 26 until July. There’s enough upside in the slot receiver to intrigue the Bears, but the Bears would still need a home-run hitter. Or three.
The secrets of the 40-yard dash, according to an Olympic sprinter-turned-NFL combine coach | For The Win
What about Tyreek Hill’s 4.24 at his Pro Day that has more than carried over to the field? Or the mystery of just how fast Bo Jackson was before electronic timing was the norm?
Combine Throwback: Check Georgia’s Chris Conley’s performance at the 2015 NFL Combine | AJC.com
The former Georgia wide receiver recorded a 45-inch vertical and a 139 inch broad jump— with the best out of all wide receivers in 2015— and a 4.35 second 40-yard dash.
Conley, who was drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, played for the Bulldogs from 2011-2014.
NFL Combine 2018: Rashaad Penny aims to follow in Kareem Hunt’s footsteps | SB Nation
“When you got a guy like Kareem Hunt, who played in the Group of 5, that gets every other Group of 5 player excited,” Penny said. “He transferred all that over to the league and most people can have trust in the Group of 5 player, so that’s definitely exciting.”
Around the league
NFL combine rumors and rumblings for free agency and the draft | The Washington Post
Broncos may go “all-in” on Cousins
The Minnesota Vikings are widely seen at the NFL Scouting Combine as the favorites to land Kirk Cousins, once the Redskins quarterback hits free agency as expected, but the Denver Broncos and New York Jets are also thought to be set to make aggressive bids. A report Thursday evening by Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, citing “sources familiar with the Broncos’ free agency plans,” claimed that the quarterback “has become an ‘all-in target'” for Denver.
NFL Combine 2018 Updates | SB Nation
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Billy Price injury updates: Ohio State C tears pec at NFL scouting combine | Sports Illustrated
Ohio State center Billy Price has likely torn a pec after injuring himself at the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday, reports Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer.
John Dorsey didn't have much to say on Thursday; he'll do his talking with his draft assets in April | cleveland.com
Dorsey was asked about a couple of recent free agent visits and what they were about.
"My intent is to acquire as many good football players as I possibly can," he said.
Dolphins grant Jarvis Landry permission to seek trade | NFL.com
The Dolphins have given recently tagged receiver Jarvis Landry and his representatives permission to facilitate a trade, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday.
Ozzie Newsome's tenure with Baltimore Ravens has spanned 149 NFL GMs | ESPN
Ozzie Newsome is attending his final NFL combine as the Baltimore Ravens' general manager, and there are certain numbers that reflect his excellence as the franchise's only No. 1 personnel executive.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Spent an hour with @codybtapp Thursday night to talk all things #Chiefs: https://t.co/pxsdofrMkb— Pete Sweeney (@pgsween) March 2, 2018
Expect Kareem Hunt to have a bigger role in the Chiefs passing game
“We thought we had a decent number for Kareem this year of plays,” Reid said. “We probably need to increase the pass part of that a little bit more and expand on his role in the pass game.”
Hunt lost some of his third-down snaps to Charcandrick West last season. Spencer Ware will also be returning, which Reid said is a good problem to have as far as splitting up time in the backfield.
Chiefs are talking like Dee Ford will be back next season
“We’re anxious for Dee to get back and get in the mix. I spoke to Rick Burkholder, our trainer, a few weeks ago and we’ve been in an open dialogue. (Ford) continues to progress from the back. It was a couple of years ago he had that three or four-game span where he was on a tear and he started to turn the corner then had some setbacks. We believe in him and his ability to really make a difference when he’s fully healthy.”
Tanoh Kpassagnon, coming to a training camp near you.