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Cornelius Lucas visits Chiefs | ProFootballTalk

The Chiefs may be in the market for some veteran depth on the offensive line. Field Yates of ESPN reports that the team had free agent tackle Cornelius Lucas in for a visit.

Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes visits with students in KC | 41 Action News

Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Patrick Mahomes visited the St. Mark Child and Family Development Center in Kansas City Wednesday.

He toured each classroom, visiting with children and teachers.

Mahomes also read the book, “Chocolate Milk, Por Favor,” to the kids.

Metrics that Matter: Travis Kelce, elite yard-creator | Pro Football Focus

Because Kelce is so productive and efficient on his own (with the ball in his hands), he might be safer than other tight ends changing quarterbacks this offseason. Quarterbacks likely have an influence on yards after the catch (by hitting a receiver in stride with accuracy), but Davis’ numbers with Alex Smith from when they were teammates the first time suggest this wasn’t the case with Kelce. Davis had just one year with Smith at quarterback where he posted top-40 all-decade numbers in yards after the catch, and he never reached the top-40 in missed tackles forced, though he’s been far more efficient on a per-reception-basis in Washington.

Colts sign cornerback Kenneth Acker, former Kansas City Chief | Indianapolis Star

Kenneth Acker will provide depth to the Colts secondary after Rashaan Melvin left in free agency.

Chiefs need more defensive hits than misses in this year's draft | ESPN

The Chiefs must get significant defensive help from the 2018 draft or -- like last year -- they'll go only as far as their offense can take them.

3 AFC contenders with a major problem area on their roster | TheScore.com

Kansas City Chiefs - Defensive line

The Chiefs' defense was, quite simply, awful in 2017 despite playing with one of the highest-scoring offenses in the league. Kansas City couldn't stop anyone, in any way, finishing the season 25th in run defense and 29th against the pass.

The problems for the Chiefs' defense start up front. Chris Jones is a budding star, but the defensive end appears to be a one-man band at this point. Run-stuffer Bennie Logan left for the Tennessee Titans in free agency, and the likes of Xavier Williams, Allen Bailey, and Rakeem Nunez-Roches fit better as depth players.

Browns: Jim Tressel understands why John Dorsey could live with Carlos Hyde as top RB - Sports - The Independent - Massillon, OH

Jeremiah says (Sony) Michel reminds him “a lot” of Kareem Hunt, who was drafted by the Chiefs last April when Dorsey was still their general manager. Hunt lasted until late in Round 3, but he wouldn’t if GMs had a mulligan. He gave Kansas City 1,782 rushing-receiving yards as a rookie en route to the Pro Bowl.

Former BYU standout Sorensen cherishes moments in the NFL | themountaineer.com

“That took some time to get there,” Sorensen said. “I don’t know if there was one moment but maybe a collection of moments. It took effort and confidence. It took overcoming some doubts and some fears and getting to a place where I had a feeling like I belonged.”

OU football: When was the last time the Sooners blocked a kick? Had a touchdown return? | journalreview.com

Returned a punt for a touchdown: Tyreek Hill (Oklahoma State, Dec. 6, 2014)

Top 25 Under 25: Ranking NFL's Best Young Stars Ahead of the 2018 Draft | Bleacher Report

10. Tyreek Hill

Andy Reid: "It's more than just running fast. We have a lot of fast players in the National Football League, but it's more than that. It's his ability to track the ball, set things up when the ball is in the air, to maintain your speed. Other guys, when the ball is in the air, that inside arm drops. It cuts their speed down three-quarters, and defensive backs can catch back up and roll."

Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones, Dez Bryant meet Friday; Is it goodbye? | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Cowboys would have already released Bryant, 29, if they would have secured the services of receiver Sammy Watkins during the first week of free agency.

Watkins chose to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs over a competitive offer from the Cowboys, according to a source.

New Redskins QB Alex Smith is looking forward to ‘getting the ball rolling’

Alex Smith donned a Washington Redskins jersey Wednesday night — burgundy with a white No. 11 — and took his initial steps at FedEx Field as a member of the franchise. The new starting quarterback was welcomed by 200 season ticket holders in his new locker room, where he held a question-and-answer session with fans seated in white chairs forming a semicircle around the man they hope will bring postseason glory to a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2005.

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NFL releases 65-game 2018 preseason schedule | NFL.com

The NFL released the 2018 NFL preseason schedule on Wednesday. The 65-game slate features eight nationally televised games, and every tilt will be shown on NFL Network.

Patterson: Marquette King was 'kind of like a diva' | NFL.com

"People didn't like him, dude," Patterson explained. "He was kind of like a diva, but he wasn't. He wouldn't show it that much. He was just crazy, man. He had fun though. I respect him as a person, but he just did things a little different."

David Johnson: Cards will be great if Bradford's healthy | NFL.com

"Oh, we're going to be great if Sam Bradford's healthy," Johnson replied. "From me watching him personally, I've seen him do some great things. The biggest thing is just being healthy.

"Not just with the addition of him but with also with the linemen we got, the receivers and everyone else that we have added to the team on the offensive side, I think we definitely will be the top offense in the league this year."

The Combine At Night Is Where The NFL Happens | Deadspin

Two years ago, Conor Orr, then writing for NFL.com, chronicled how much the combine party had begun to wind down for the Serious NFL Men. “A quick survey of several current NFL position coaches, head coaches and executives found that the preference in Indianapolis is to find an out-of-the-way joint for dinner or drinks,” Orr wrote. “The prevalence of social media and citizen journalism is scary enough during their everyday lives.”

The NFL Draft hats are the worst part of the NFL Draft...and that's saying something | Golf Digest

The 2018 NFL Draft hats are here and, as always, absolutely hideous.

Top 20 fantasy football rookies in 2018 NFL Draft | NFL.com

I admit it ... ranking rookies before the NFL Draft is often an exercise in futility. How can you possibly forecast a player's value before he's actually on an NFL roster? Case in point, let's look at last season's class of quarterbacks. Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes was the 10th overall selection, but he landed in Kansas City behind a successful veteran starter in Alex Smith. That left him with almost no chance to see significant playing time as a rookie, which came to fruition when Smith put up tremendous numbers during the best season of his professional career.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs’ preseason opponents announced

The Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason opponents were officially announced late Wednesday afternoon.

Why you should love Kiper and McShay’s KC Chiefs draft picks

Much like how we discussed the Kansas City Chiefs’ perfect draft scenario on the AP Chiefs Draft Show, ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay gave their ideal selections.