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NFL training camp preview: Kansas City Chiefs |

Post-draft burning question, courtesy Jeremy Bergman: All eyes will be on Patrick Mahomes' rocket arm and his loaded offensive talent pool next season, but Chiefs fans should spend more time worrying about the rapid dissolution of K.C.'s once rock-solid defense. This offseason, the Chiefs lost three leaders and 11 Pro Bowl appearances on that side of the ball, with the departures of Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Marcus Peters. That doesn't even include the losses of reliable starting safety Ron Parker and cornerbacks Terrance Mitchell, Phillip Gaines and Darrelle Revis. The figurehead of the immense turnover on K.C.'s defense is inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens, who was brought over from Dallas to pair with Bills bust Reggie Ragland. The Chiefs hope they have a promising pairing on their hands in the middle of the front seven, but their honeymoon period will be short. For the first time in a long time last season, the defense was Kansas City's Achilles' heel, and while the Chiefs are reinventing the wheel on offense, they can't afford to be caught treading water on the other side of the ball.

NFL welcomes young players on the cusp of elite status for 2018 | NFL Analysis | Pro Football Focus


A phrase no more prevalent than in Tyreek Hill’s case, speed kills.

The NFL’s self-proclaimed cheetah has been quick to outplay his fifth-round draft status in his two-year tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs, totaling 2,822 yards and 19 touchdowns from scrimmage in said span. Most recently, Hill put together a career year as the Chiefs’ go-to guy, as he ranked second in passer rating when targeted (130.5) and sixth in yards per route run among wideouts with at least 42 total targets in 2017. He also earned a career-high 83.7 overall grade for his efforts.

New Chiefs’ DT Xavier Williams Can Sense the Energy at Organized Team Activities | Chiefs dot com

“It was kind of drilled into me, especially while I was in Arizona,” Williams explained. “We were always a top run defense and my main mentor there, [Cardinals nose tackle] Corey Peters, always talked about it. He would say, ‘We’re nose guards. No matter what, if they run the ball, it’s going to reflect badly on us.’ You just keep that in your mind and that’s how you keep your job.”

Battle Royale: Why Fortnite Conquered NFL Locker Rooms |

The same goes for his new quarterback, Pat Mahomes. Playing a little Fortnite goes a long way in a locker room packed with game-lovers like Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, Demetrius Harris, and Conley.

"(By playing together), it just really shows how (Pat) is a young guy just like the rest of us," Conley said. "We get along really well. That's why we spend time with each other outside of the facility and on this game."

Chiefs' OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is now a medical doctor | The Kansas City Star

When the Chiefs drafted Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in 2014, his idea of playing in the NFL and earning his M.D. at the same time seemed far-fetched. Now the only question is whether LDT will have "M.D." added to the name on his jersey.

Craig Colquitt, former UT Vols and Pittsburgh Steelers punter, writes children's book | The Tennessean

Craig Colquitt, his sons Dustin and Britton, along with nephew Jimmy, all played at Tennessee and in the NFL.

Around the league

NFL rule change to kickoffs has coaches rethinking approach | Yahoo! Sports (Terez Paylor)

“I told [Chiefs coach] Andy [Reid], I might have to get ready to be a tight ends coach,” Toub said with a laugh. “You’re not just taking kickoff away — you’re taking two phases, you’re taking all those jobs. That’s a drastic thing. Nobody wants the kickoff to go away.”

Tomlinson: Chargers 'on paper' are SB title contenders |

"When you look at this team on paper, it's not hard to see why," Tomlinson offered on Wednesday's edition of NFL Total Access, "because you do have the best quarterback in the division and one of the best in the National Football League. The second thing is that defense is going to be nasty again.

"You keep Jason Verrett healthy at the corner position, him and Casey Hayward together along with those defensive ends that we have and then you've got the young rookie Derwin James. There's a lot of reasons to like the Los Angeles Chargers. And then, I forgot about the wide receiver position. We only have one of the best wide receivers in all of the game in Keenan Allen."

The Five NFL Players Who Really Need a Bounce-Back Year | The Ringer

Young guys reign supreme in football, so a handful of veterans who have underperformed in recent years need a renaissance in the biggest way.

Rakeem Nunez-Roches feels unleashed in Indy |

Nunez-Roches -- who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 307 pounds -- believes the Chiefs are trying to get bigger up front like the Cardinals and 49ers. And he simply didn’t fit in that plan.

There’s no hard feelings. He’s seen it happen to teammates throughout his three seasons in the NFL. It’s the way the business works.

“God didn’t make me to be that tall,” he said. “So I kinda figured where it was going. So when it kinda happened, and rumors went around the facility, it wasn’t no scare or a big-old surprise to me. It was more like, ‘dang, your time has came.’ So it was more like, what’s my next opportunity?”

Which NFL teams could be interested in trading for Teddy Bridgewater? | SB Nation

Bridgewater has drawn early praise at OTAs, and that could make him trade bait before the season starts.

NFL's richest owners in 2018 | Sporting News

As David Tepper completes his purchase of the Carolina Panthers, he immediately becomes one of the NFL's richest team owners ... but not the richest.

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Kansas City Chiefs’ offseason injury update from OTAs

The Kansas City Chiefs held their second open practice of OTAs Thursday, and a couple players did not participate.

Tyreek Hill not being considered at kick return, plus other special teams notes from Dave Toub

“I knew that question was coming,” Toub laughed. “Tyreek’s a punt returner right now. Kick return is up for grabs right now. We have a lot of guys in there that are working hard.”

Chiefs open to moving their outside linebackers around this season

“That’s the thing I’ve talked to Justin about the most because he likes to line up on one side,” Smith said. “We have to get our best player on their worst offensive lineman, wherever that may be, and that’s how you should be on defense, period. If it’s a coordinator, you break it down, but you just can’t get comfortable on one side. He has to be able to cross the line, and that’s what we do.”

My attempt to identify a weakness in Patrick Mahomes

There has to be something to work on for the second-year quarterback, doesn’t there?