The schedule is intimidating but I'm not scared. The Chiefs have massive upside with Mahomes under center and can be as dangerous as anyone in the AFC this year. I think Watkins is going to be better than people think and Hunt could actually be better this year. The defense is going to sneak up on some people. If you take this over, you better be prepared to weather the storm in the first six weeks, but even 2-4 won't stop them from potentially winning nine games.
VERDICT: OVER (8.5)
Kansas City Chiefs LB Tanoh Kpassagnon
In his first full offseason working exclusively at outside linebacker, Kpassagnon, whom Kansas City traded up to secure in Round 2 last year, has earned rave reviews. He'll get a chance to contribute readily opposite Justin Houston, too, after spending his rookie season mostly learning the ropes before registering two sacks and three tackles for loss in Week 17, his first-ever start. With vines for arms (35 3/8 inches) and unusual speed and twitch for a 6-foot-7, 280-pounder, the Villanova product could be a defensive coordinator's dream. And with former first-rounder Dee Ford failing to catch on and Tamba Hali moving on this offseason, it could set the stage for Kpassagnon to shine, especially if he can stay a step ahead of fellow DL convert and second-rounder, rookie Breeland Speaks, for reps.
Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears: Burton landed with the Bears this offseason, and his contract (four years, $32 million) suggests he'll be a big part of the offense. He's also slated to see the "Travis Kelce" role for coach Matt Nagy, which means far more opportunities to produce than he had while buried behind Zach Ertz in Philadelphia. If you like to wait on drafting a tight end, Burton should be one of the players you're targeting. A top-10 PPR finish isn't out of the question.
What can we expect?
Look for a complete overhaul of the Bears offense as we knew it under John Fox. Nagy is of the Andy Reid school, which means there will be more creative play-calling. The Bears return defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and 10 starters from the 2017 unit, which ranked 10th in yards, 11th in yards per play and ninth in points allowed. With the addition of first round pick linebacker Roquan Smith, this defense should be just as solid.
Beane hasn't been shy about jettisoning ex-GM Doug Whaley's players. We've seen Marcell Dareus, Sammy Watkins and Reggie Ragland shipped out in the past year. If Lawson doesn't impress in training camp, he could be the latest high draft pick booted from Buffalo.
Around the league
Kansas City: Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO; Rookies - 7/22, Veterans - 7/25
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