Now, it seems sillier than ever to invest heavily in a back. In 2015, Adrian Peterson, Doug Martin, Chris Ivory, and Darren McFadden were four of the five leading rushers in the NFL. In 2017, those four ranked 39th, 49th, 51st, and tied for 293rd in rushing yardage. They were usurped by Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara, the 2017 league leaders in rushing yardage and yards per attempt, respectively. Last season Hunt and Kamara were both rookies selected in the third round of the draft. Why devote significant resources to acquiring a top-tier running back if Day 2 draft picks can outperform them?
Kansas City Chiefs
Needs: Defensive line, LB, CB
Analysis: The defensive front is in transition with the departure of defensive end Tamba Hali and the signing of linebacker Anthony Hitchens. That process should continue in this draft. The Chiefs traded cornerback Marcus Peters. They added Kendall Fuller and David Amerson, but could focus further on the secondary.
Jones walked into the Chiefs practice facility with a noticeably slimmer physique. He says he dropped 25 pounds during the offseason. Although the weight loss is at least partially an attempt to alleviate some pressure off his knees, it’s no coincidence the timing of it falls after last season’s move.
“Last year, later in the season, I ended up playing the outside more,” Jones said. “Just kinda trimming down my weight where I can play three-technique nose or get outside on the end.”
The Chiefs are preparing — enthusiastically, it should be noted — for the upcoming season with the apparent plan of trying to win games 42-38 with a first-year starting quarterback.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
First-round spot: No first-round pick
» Chiefs' 2018 draft picks | Draft history
Top prospects associated with the Chiefs:
» Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville: Alexander meets with Chiefs at Combine
» Carlton Davis, CB, Auburn: Davis meets with Chiefs at Combine
» Donte Jackson, CB, LSU: Jackson meets with Chiefs at Combine
» Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis: Miller to visit Chiefs
“It’s good to have our leaders here,” Reid added. “The Eric Berrys, Trav [Travis Kelce] was here, and Justin Houston, and the rest of these veteran guys—I mean we bank on these veteran guys so much and again, and they’ll do a great job of leading this football team.”
He's set to make $8.5 million in the final season of a four-year, $40 million deal. It's believed that Thomas is seeking a deal that matches or surpasses that of the Kansas City Chiefs' Eric Berry, the NFL's highest-paid safety at $13 million per year.
For a short time, after Sammy Watkins signed a huge free-agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs in March, there was a deep-threat void in the Rams' receiving corps.
The Rams flirted with the New York Giants about trading for Odell Beckham Jr., but ultimately replaced Watkins by sending their first-round pick in this year's draft to the New England Patriots for Brandin Cooks.
Discovering Pro Bowl tight ends past Round 1 seems to be more of the norm. Turn to players like Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, Jordan Reed and Jason Witten as recent examples of Day 2 success.
At a position where few last into their mid-30s, Harrison continued to thrive. He finished among the top three on the team in sacks every year from 2014-16, and his pressure forced a hold by Kansas City left tackle Eric Fisher that negated the tying two-point conversion by the Chiefs in the divisional round of the 2016 playoffs.
Nagy appears well-equipped to utilize play makers in his offense, as he did with Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill last year with the Chiefs, and although Cohen may not see a heavy work load, he should get plenty of high-leverage touches, making him a breakout candidate.
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The Wyoming quarterback struggled mightily while staring down pass rushers in college and will need time to adjust in the NFL. One team might be in the best position to give it to him.
"I know my role, and that's to play as well as I possibly can at quarterback," he said, via Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Rodgers added: "This process works, and it has worked for Mike [McCarthy] for a number of years. Obviously, that's why he's still here in his 13th season. We've had a lot of success here, and just got to trust the process."
"I know there was some stuff going around, a possible trade, and I would love the opportunity to be a starter again," Foles told Mike Barnes of KVUE in Austin, Texas, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I know my spot in Philly. I think I've shown what I can do. I'm signed for one more year and I love the team, I love the city.
"I'm excited for Carson to get back on his feet. I'll be ready to go whenever they need me. But we'll see."
With news of the Broncos’ release of C.J. Anderson, Denver is left with two running backs on its roster — Devontae Booker and De’Angelo Henderson. General manager John Elway is expected to bolster the team’s backfield in next week’s draft. Here’s a look at some of the top-ranked running backs in this year’s NFL draft, according to draft insiders.
The league allegedly replaced several of these veteran security representatives last year, and nine filed a federal lawsuit this week charging the NFL with age discrimination. The men were all in their 60s or 70s and allege they were unfairly replaced by younger hires shortly after former D.C. police chief Cathy L. Lanier took over as the NFL’s head of security.
What do the the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers have in common? They are the only NFL teams that play their games without the support of a cheerleading squad on the sidelines. All teams in the league and across professional sports would do well to join them.
Grow played two NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs.
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We’re nearing the end. I’ve got all my prospects done and we only have one more episode of the AP Chiefs Draft Show until our two insta-reaction shows on draft weekend.
Personally, I’m all for Veach being aggressive and trading up for guys he really likes.