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Chiefs rookies will play more in 2018 than in 2017 | ESPN

When the Kansas City Chiefs made their six draft picks, they didn't just have the 2018 season in mind, of course. But the quantity of their choices practically guarantees Kansas City will get more from these rookies than it did last season.

Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs, Royals, gambling, analysis | The Kansas City Star

I thought they were set after trading for Kendall Fuller, because that guy can play. I'm sold on him. You watch his tape, you see physical talent, ball skills, anticipation, preparation, confidence, tackling, coverage, all of it. He's really, really good, you guys.

But, then they traded Marcus Peters.

Khalil McKenzie Becomes the Second Vol to Sign their Rookie Contract | Rocky Top Insider

A position switch could prove to be beneficial for McKenzie. During his three years in Knoxville, he could never quite live up to the lofty expectations he came in with. His skill set might be better suited for the offensive line though, and he has a fresh start in the NFL to build a career.

The Biggest Bets of the 2018 NFL Offseason | The Ringer

Snead’s all-in approach to the offseason bolstered position groups that desperately needed help, but it also left the Rams without many additional resources. They’re paying the sticker price for everyone in that group except for Peters (who has one year left on his rookie deal before his fifth-year option kicks in next season), and the capital surrendered for Cooks, Peters, and Sammy Watkins—whom the team added last offseason—left Snead without much ammunition to add talent in the draft. The flurry of moves all but guaranteed that a position or two would suffer as a result, and when the dust settled, that turned out to be the linebacker spot.

#TGW: Going Back to Kansas City |

Also this offseason, Butker returned to Georgia Tech for Pro Day and the Yellow Jackets' spring game to offer himself as a resource and to support former teammates.

"I'm wishing them the best and they're doing great," he added. "Luckily, I have my first year under my belt. But now I have to get focused in for this offseason, get back. I'm looking forward to having another good season."

Fantasy Football Breakout Tight End | Arizona Cardinals Ricky Seals-Jones

Hunter Henry, LAC – Henry is so obvious that he’s going to end up costing as much as Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce. Heck, I even have him second in Non-PPR for tight ends, edging out Ertz and Kelce by two points. It’s all about the touchdowns with Henry, as while Ertz and Kelce have six and five, respectively, Henry checks in at eight. It’s the second highest total for any tight end projection, only behind Rob Gronkowski with nine. Yes, Mike Williams should take a significant step forward this year, but that’s more of an issue for Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams, not Henry, who caught eight touchdowns in 2016 and four last year. Antonio Gates averaged nine touchdowns during his prime (2004-2012) while missing 10 games from 2010-2012.

Around the league

Chargers' Forrest Lamp undergoes knee surgery |

"It was nothing major," Anthony Lynn said of Lamp, who missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. "He's progressing along just fine."

David Tepper expected to become new Panthers owner |

The sale of the Carolina Panthers to hedge fund manager David Tepper is expected to be executed soon. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the sale is moving along and a deal could get done Tuesday.

Why the NFL Stopped Seeing Gambling as a Threat—and Started to See a Windfall | Wall Street Journal

Even ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the NFL had shifted its focus to how sports betting could help grow football in the NFL’s most coveted demographics.

O'Brien: Tyrann Mathieu to 'hone in on' playing safety |

"We talked about that when we were speaking to him during the process," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. "We told him that we really do value -- as you know -- we value versatility, but we also understand that a guy needs to have basically one home. He needs to understand and master that one home, which is safety for Tyrann."

Why NFL rivals should only play once a season, like in college football | SB Nation

A 16-game schedule could break down like this:

- Three divisional games

- Eight non-divisional conference games

- Five games against the other conference

Add and subtract from the latter two groups as much as you please.

Vikings to become first NFL team to host summit on LGBTQ athlete inclusion | USA Today

The Vikings will host an event in June that will include panels featuring gay, lesbian and transgender athletes and coaches from around the world of sports.

Colin Kaepernick collusion case vs. NFL: John Elway gives deposition | USA Today

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway, the last NFL executive to offer Colin Kaepernick a job, is among a number of NFL dignitaries deposed by the former 49ers quarterback's lawyers.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Here’s why two-running back sets could become a thing for Chiefs

In the 2017 season, it appeared Andy Reid opened Alex Smith’s old college playbook and sprinkled in significantly more plays that Smith used during his time at Utah.

The Chiefs’ stunt and its importance in 2018

In last week’s post, we took a look at some of the finer points of the Chiefs press man scheme and ran down a couple of the misconceptions surrounding it. This week, we dive into the stunt.

Mike Clay’s projections are out for Chiefs and they aren’t exactly promising

One of the more interesting things ESPN NFL analyst Mike Clay does as part of his job is full stat projections for each and every team in the league for the upcoming season.

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