1. Defensive line
The Chiefs re-signed Jarvis Jenkins and tendered Rakeem Nunez-Roches. They also signed Grandview High product Xavier Williams to bolster the run defense as their best interior run stopper, Bennie Logan, left via free agency. Throw those guys in the mix with established starters Chris Jones and Allen Bailey, and you can live with this group. But Veach is trying to build a dominant unit up front, and with Bailey, Williams and Nunez-Roches all slated to hit free agency after this season, it would be a major surprise if the Chiefs didn't invest a premium draft pick in a potential three-down talent.
When he wasn't working toward becoming the league's leading rusher last year, Kareem Hunt built a strong off-field bond with Mahomes. Hunt said that included simulated trips to the links "whenever we’re bored and just have down time."
"He always thinks he can beat me in Top Golf,” a smiling Hunt told Sporting News last week while being honored at the 2018 Senior Bowl Hall of Fame banquet. "He won most of the time. But, you know, I got a couple wins in there.”
Kansas City’s defense, statistically one of the worst in the NFL last season, doesn’t just need to get better. It needs to get younger, too.
That’s why this year’s draft has to have a decidedly defensive flavor for the Chiefs.
Reid and the Chiefs never detailed why Dorsey was fired, and Dorsey himself volunteers no insight on what happened.
“Who knows?” he said. “I have had ample enough time to figure it out. I have sat there and tried to figure it out.
“In the NFL, things change every day. I was very proud of my time in Kansas City. I thought we acquired a heck of a roster ... I would like to say a top-five roster in terms of talent.”
Chiefs (team) 40.8 (original capital + comp) 22 (rank) 30.8 (actual capital) 26 (rank) -10.0 (difference) 25 (rank)
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On one side it's Marcus Peters, who has 19 interceptions since he came into the league in 2015. No man has more. On the other side it's Aqib Talib. He has 34 interceptions since he came into the league in 2008, and only one man (Charles Woodson) has more. Talib and Peters are two of the game's best ball hawks, and so is the guy playing behind them.
Michael Bennett, the Pro Bowl defensive end who recently was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles, surrendered to the authorities in Houston on Monday on a charge that he injured a woman in a wheelchair while trying to get onto the field after Super Bowl LI.
Beckham, looking to rebound from the fractured ankle that ruined his 2017 season, is heading into the final year of his rookie deal. With at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards, 10 TDs and 57 magnificent highlight moments in each of his first three NFL seasons, he sees his value as worthy of “quarterback money.” That likely means something in the $20 million-plus range that would topple the $17 million annual average that Brown currently commands as the league’s top-paid wideout.
“I’ve been through it and it was just three years ago with Dan Quinn,’’ Rich McKay, Falcons team president, said Monday, on the first full day of the league’s annual meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. “As much as it being about Josh’s situation (this year), it’s about the clubs, too.
“In Atlanta, when we were in that situation with Dan, we were exposed. The reason we were exposed is because we had pulled out of the coaching search, we shut everything down. I stopped calling people, assistant coaches are getting hired everywhere. So you’re all in (on a guy), but in reality you have a promise. That’s what you have.’’
One high-ranking NFL official told me on Monday that these owners meetings and subsequent ones are all about “moving the needle” toward no national anthem protests by the players. About getting there, in some circles among them, “come hell or high water.”
The ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback will throw Tuesday at College Station during Texas A&M's pro day, the university confirmed to NFL.com.
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If Reid based last year’s offense around what Smith was successful at in college, and then based Week 17 around what Mahomes was successful at in college... doesn’t that mean Week 17 could act as a “preview” of sorts, showing us what the adjustments to the offense (and I promise you there will be some) will be in 2018?
I think it might.
The annual NFL owners meetings are going on in Orlando this week and if you know anything about us here at Arrowhead Pride then you know this is a big week.
Are we dealing with a No. 1 and No. 1a situation? And if so, could the Chiefs allow Hill to get back to some of the kick-return duties we saw during his rookie season in 2016?