For someone who’s never won it all as a head coach, Andy Reid has built one hell of a legacy that could be seen all over the place for four straight days here at the NFL Annual Meeting.
Look, there’s Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson going down one of the massive corridors of the Ritz-Carlton, presumably in search of some ice cream.
Q: Is Andy Reid the most influential coach in the league? A full quarter of the teams' head coaches are in his tree:
PHI, CHI, BAL, KC, CAR, NYG, BUF
A: The answer there is an unequivocal "yep." Reid, by the way, is about to enter his 20th season as a head coach. He's done that without ever taking so much as a season off; 14 years in Philadelphia then a jump to Kansas City for the last five seasons and counting. That came after seven years as an offensive assistant under Mike Holmgren in Green Bay. Yeah, he's a lifer.
Gaines, 27, served the past three seasons as a Chiefs reserve cornerback. This past season he was behind starters Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson on Kansas City’s depth chart.
Shortly after a first-round playoff loss to Tennessee, Kansas City began weighing trade offers from other Smith suitors, chomping at the bit to get started on finding a quarterback solution. Veach also understood the Chiefs would be in need of a top-flight cornerback like Fuller because of his plans to trade Marcus Peters.
"We knew what we wanted," Veach told co-host Mark Dominik and me Tuesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio at the league's owners meeting. “We did a good job of looking at the free agency market and having all that college data logged already. Maybe (prospects) didn’t run the 40 (-yard dash) yet at the Combine, but you knew where the pockets were in both free agency and the college draft.
"One of the things we brainstormed was, ‘Well, we're going to get picks (for Smith). Let’s go after a corner that maybe we can’t get in the free-agent market or the draft.'"
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Peters taking on his former team will not be the only thing to look forward to when the Rams take on the Chiefs in 2018. The Rams will also face off against Watkins — who spent the 2017 season in Los Angeles.
Central Michigan was the most recent college to have the No. 1 overall draft pick and no other selections in the rest of the draft (Eric Fisher, 2013).
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Hall spent his first nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2007-15 before making stops with the New York Giants in 2016 and the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. He has played in 142 games with 108 starts, totaling 563 tackles (415 solo), 27 interceptions with three touchdowns, 115 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft knows it. At the annual league meetings this week, Kraft acknowledged that the Patriots "obviously" have to consider pulling the trigger on a quarterback in the draft to prepare for life after Brady as well as a scenario that sees Brady go down with an injury.
The drama surrounding Le'Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers continues to fester. The running back's latest tweet brings a certain comic-book quality to his ongoing contract saga.
1) I think Jackson's draft stock is unchanged coming out of the pro day. I don't think he did anything to help or hurt himself. I've consistently said I expect him to be selected between picks 25 and 35. I feel the same way after his workout.
"I've had several teams tell me they're having trouble just getting to set up appointments to meet with him," Mayock said Thursday during Path to the Draft's coverage of the UL pro day. "Not just work out, but appointments to meet with him, to put him up on the board, to work him out, to have dinner with him. And remember, and again I'm not taking a shot here at anybody, his mom is representing him, his mom has obviously his best interest at heart, but you're doing the kid a disservice if NFL coaches and general managers are calling and you can't even get an appointment set up."
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“I went back and looked at all of his college stuff and tried to pull out things which he really hadn’t had at the NFL level,” Reid said. “I pulled out things that he was comfortable with and I talked to Alex about it. What he felt he was comfortable with and we molded that offense around him.”
"Anytime I can get the ball I love it, especially in the open field and not having to go through the big boys in the trenches all the time, so I like getting the ball in the open on the field.”
The Kansas City Chiefs have visited with Kansas pass rusher Dorance Armstrong. (Yes, Kansas. They play football. I swear) Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle is reporting the Chiefs are among several teams he has worked out for.