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New Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins' value may not be seen in stat line | USA Today

“I didn’t want to be with an older quarterback. I came here to be with a young guy that I can grow with. I’m young, he’s really young. It’s a young team in general.”

Ranking the Fantasy Assets for the Chiefs | CBS Sports

The future of the Kansas City Chiefs became the present when they dealt Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. Patrick Mahomes takes over an offense that last season produced a top five Fantasy option at quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end. It's also an offense that got more talented in the offseason, with the addition of Sammy Watkins.

Tamba Hali has complete faith in Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes | The Kansas City Star

Tamba Hali apparently saw enough last season from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to believe that he'll be a star in the NFL.

Which Studs From 2017 Will Be Duds in 2018? (Fantasy Football) | FantasyPros

Tyreek Hill (WR – KC)

While going through research this offseason, there were a few stats that stood out to me. One being that 628 of his 1,183 yards and six of his seven touchdowns came on deep targets. Alex Smith threw the best deep ball in the league last year, and it wasn’t all that close. He also finished with just 105 targets, while no other wide receiver who finished top-16 had fewer than him. The addition of Sammy Watkins will not help him get more targets, and they may actually go down. On top of all that, he’s going to have the worst schedule among wide receivers in 2018, meaning his efficiency will decline even if his targets don’t.

Cowboys linebackers could be the strength of the defense in 2018 | SB Nation (Cowboys)

Back at the start of free agency in 2018, the Cowboys lost linebacker Anthony Hitchens when the Kansas City Chiefs decided to wildly overpay him. At that point, every Cowboys fan was in their right mind to be very concerned about the linebacker unit in Dallas.

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Khalil Mack not expected to attend Raiders minicamp |

The Raiders are not expecting Mack to report for mandatory minicamp this week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources informed of the situation. Skipping mandatory practices will make Mack an official holdout as he seeks a lucrative contract extension.

Melvin Gordon could see bigger role in passing game |

"We can do some different things because Melvin has become such a good receiver out of the backfield," Whisenhunt said, via ESPN's Eric D. Williams. "And that's not something that you saw from him in college. Not that he couldn't do it; they just didn't throw him the ball. He was too busy running for 8 million yards or whatever it was he was running for.

Raiders sign veteran defensive lineman Frostee Rucker | Sporting News

The 34-year-old spent the last five seasons with the Cardinals. He registered 30 total tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2017.

Cowboys' Zack Martin becomes NFL's highest-paid guard, report says | Sporting News

The fifth-year guard signed a six-year contract extension with the Cowboys on Monday to become the highest-paid player at his position, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported, citing unidentified sources.

Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski not slated to be at OTAs |

After attending mandatory minicamp last week, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski are not expected to attend the team's final week of OTAs.

A Real NFL Player Gets Injured Playing Football on ‘The Bachelorette’ | The Ringer

Normally, I never laugh at any person or professional athlete getting injured in any way. But there are two exceptions: mild groin injuries, and the thing that happened to NFL tight end Clay Harbor on Monday night on The Bachelorette. In Harbor’s own words: “I got injured playing football on The Bachelorette. That’s pretty funny.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Building the offense for Patrick Mahomes: Play action from under center

This is part four in our Building the Offense for Patrick Mahomes series. Here is where you can find part one, part two, part three and part four.

Patrick Mahomes’ unique talent will help create separation on quick throws

Comparing Mahomes to Alex Smith

I had no idea how to compare the two quarterbacks at first, but eventually an idea drifted into my mind - if I could somehow find similar plays between Mahomes and Smith then I could line them up side by side and compare the two quarterbacks.