“I was a huge Chiefs fan — my mom and everybody still has all of their gear from way back in the day,” Williams said. “Huge Derrick Thomas fan, of course. Tony Gonzalez, Priest Holmes and Dante Hall, you know the ‘X-Factor.’ He was an exciting guy to watch.”
Why it didn’t work out with the Bills or Rams: Injuries, drops, concentration lapses, and a need to learn multiple systems all led to promise unfulfilled for a wideout drafted fourth overall in 2014 but traded to Los Angeles last summer.
Why it could work out with the Chiefs: Watkins, only 24, has undeniable talent and athleticism to blossom into a No. 1 receiver. Eight touchdown grabs in 39 receptions last year point to his big-play potential. And with second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ deep-ball proficiency, Watkins could be in line for some explosive plays.
Originally drafted in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Browns, he was released by the team after two years.
The former Georgia Bulldog was a fourth-round pick for the Chiefs in the 2015 NFL Draft. He broke into the rotation in his second year in 2016, but the Chiefs traded for Reggie Ragland last year and he eventually edged Wilson out of the mix.
Wyoming tight end Jay Novacek, Bowling Green linebacker Phil Villapiano and Tennessee linebacker Al Wilson joined the Hall of Fame, raising its membership to 117 with the 30th induction class. Also honored at The Steeple in Mobile were Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt as the Senior Bowl's 2017 NFL Rookie of the Year and St. Paul's running back Jalyn Armour-Davis as the Senior Bowl's 2017 High School Player of the Year.
Gabriel, who characterizes himself as an “athlete” who can play multiple roles, spoke with Chiefs running back Charcandrick West about Nagy being “a doctor at creating an offense and getting people open.” After watching more YouTube videos, Gabriel was intrigued by the Chiefs’ use of versatile wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
“With Tyreek Hill and the things (Nagy) did to move him around and get him open, it was a no-brainer for me,” Gabriel said.
Around the league
Denver will be one of the stops on Josh Rosen's pre-draft tour, as the Broncos will host the former UCLA quarterback on a visit.
During next week's Annual League Meeting, NFL team owners will discuss 10 potential playing rules changes for the 2018 season that have been recommended by teams or the Competition Committee.
Adjudicating this rule from GameDay Central rather than on the field is an interesting recommendation, seeing as it takes the decision out of the hands of the referees that are actually calling the game. It is often easier to spot such a non-football play on TV than it is live, but coaches and fans may not take too kindly to people in an offsite location deciding whether to eject players from the game.
"We talked about it at length, yesterday, frankly all over the weekend. When you just look at the medical data -- and I would tell you the team of Jeff Miller and Dr. Seals -- the data we now collect, with the data, the research, the science, the video tying all those things together. As you know, I'm a traditionalist, and many of us in the room are traditionalists," Vincent said. "There are three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams. To just think about the removal of not having that kickoff return part of the game, there's resistance. But we understand we're at a place -- college football is adjusting, high school, at the Pee Wee level. We are going to address some of those issues that we see in the kickoff."
The splashy, often prolific and ultimately perplexing Jason Pierre-Paul era in Giants football came to an end Thursday when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a third-round choice in next month’s N.F.L. draft.
The team announced on Thursday that they have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace, inking the 31-year-old receiver to a one-year deal.
The 34-year-old Gore was born in Miami and played for the University of Miami. Joining the Dolphins to close out his career could bring his journey full-circle.
Terrelle Pryor was a 1,000-yard receiver for the Browns just two years ago. After a disappointing season in Washington cut short by injury, Pryor will try to reclaim the magic that made him a rare weapon in Cleveland. The quarterback-turned-wideout is signing with the New York Jets, according to Newsday’s Calvin Watkins.
At Arrowhead Pride
“I talked to my dad extensively about it since the season ended,” Colquitt said. “He just talked about legacy and staying in Kansas City.”
I’ve done a good bit of howling about the Chiefs defense over the last week. So the Chiefs, because they clearly value my opinion, looked to address at least one of my concerns by signing restricted free agent Xavier Williams.
It’s a dynamic Chiefs fans haven’t seen in Kansas City in well, forever—a young quarterback in his first full season with a much more experienced mentor backing him up.
We’ll see how that contract is structured and whether it means he will definitely make the roster or not. The Chiefs could save more than a million bucks cutting Spencer Ware or Charcandrick West.