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Clark Hunt Is an N.F.L. Owner. And He’s at the World Cup. Again. | The New York Times

Clark Hunt, an owner and the chief executive of the N.F.L.’s Kansas City Chiefs, has missed just one World Cup since 1974. That was in 1978. The World Cup was in Argentina that year, and businessmen were being kidnapped in that part of the world, so his father, Lamar, decided to take a pass. Clark Hunt has been at every World Cup since then, and there he was having a shrimp salad with his family at the Peter and Paul Fortress on the Neva River here on Tuesday.

They were heading to the Nigeria-Argentina match later that day. They caught Brazil-Costa Rica the other day, as well as a game in Moscow earlier in the tournament.

Metrics that Matter: The Kansas City offense | Fantasy Analysis | Pro Football Focus

Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs offense has been keeping me up at night. Every now and then I’ll look at the ADP of their skill position players and notice something feels off, but I haven’t been able to pinpoint who that is or why that might be. So today I wanted to take a deeper dive into the fantasy implications of the offense and walk you through my process in determining how I’ll be ranking these players.

Considering Andy Reid will be calling plays for the Chiefs again this year, as he has throughout the majority of his career, his fantasy track record feels like a place to start.

Over his entire career as an NFL head coach, here’s how his top-scoring quarterback, tight end, running back, and wide receivers fared for fantasy.

Ranking the NFL’s Best Shutdown Cornerbacks | Bleacher Report

10. Kendall Fuller, Chiefs

The reason Kendall Fuller isn’t higher on this list is because he does most of his work from the slot. While that limits his utility to a degree, what he does with the position made him NFL1000’s top-ranked slot cornerback in 2017.

In just his second season, Fuller allowed an opponent passer rating of 56.7, according to Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus, and he averaged fewer than 10 yards per reception, including yards after the catch. That’s hard to do when you’re dealing with slot receivers who are practiced at running two-way routes and other option concepts designed to work against cornerback movement.

Slot corners also have to cover outside receivers when they move inside, which is a different physical challenge. Imagine going from Doug Baldwin to Jimmy Graham in coverage from one play to the next, and you’ll have an idea of what that looks like.

Coach Power Rankings: How high is Pederson after title? Where does McVay stand? | NFL.com

7. Andy Reid, Chiefs

Reid has won consistently and has a large body of work, with the only true blemish on his record being the lack of a Super Bowl ring. The Chiefs head coach was able to shift Kansas City’s offense last season (with help from Matt Nagy), providing K.C. with both an effective ground game and vertical pass offense. Especially crucial when you factor in the sub-mediocre performance from the defense. Reid will have to change up the attack again with Patrick Mahomes taking over for a steady vet like Alex Smith.

Hurley: The Proper Solution To NFL’s ‘Dr. Duvernay-Tardif’ Jersey Problem | CBS Boston

But taking a stand against M.D.’s on nameplates is still an odd one for the league. There’s literally no downside. There might not be another player who earns his medical degree during his playing career for another 25 years. And if another player does do that? Let him throw “M.D.” on, as well. It’s not like becoming a doctor is a quick and easy accomplishment.

You’d be wise to expect an about-face to be forthcoming, much like the situation where the NFL denied DeAngelo Williams’ request to wear pink equipment all year long to honor his mother, who died from breast cancer. After getting hit with much-deserved terrible PR, the league featured Williams in a PSA that made it seem like the NFL really cares about breast cancer. Don’t be surprised to see Duvernay-Tardif popping up in a 30-second ad during the 2018 NFL season which will allow him to discuss how he accomplished two of his life’s dreams, and will also allow the NFL to look like the perfect environment for such dreams to be accomplished. Very nice.

Andrew Luck, Joe Flacco among 12 players who are facing a pivotal season | CBS Sports

Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

A back injury requiring surgery limited Eifert to two games in 2017, which has been a recurring theme with him. Eifert has played only 39 games during his five NFL seasons because of various injuries (ankle, back, elbow, etc). When healthy, Eifert is one the NFL's best red-zone threats. He led NFL tight ends in 2015 with 13 touchdown receptions while earning a Pro-Bowl berth. The injuries made Eifert an ideal candidate for a one year prove-it deal, which he signed to remain in Cincinnati. Eifert's 2013 NFL draft contemporaries (Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce and Jordan Reed) are on long-term extensions averaging between $8.5 million and $9.35 million per year. Erasing concerns about durability may be Eifert's only path to similar compensation.

Around the league

Vikings' Danielle Hunter lands 5-year, $72M extension | NFL.com

The Minnesota Vikings locked up defensive end Danielle Hunter to a five-year, $72 million contract extension, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. In three seasons, Hunter has totaled 25.5 sacks.

Janoris Jenkins' brother charged with manslaughter | NFL.com

Janoris Jenkins' brother has been charged with felony aggressive manslaughter in connection to the death of a man found at the New York Giants cornerback's residence in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Nine Hypothetical Trades NFL Teams Should Make | The Ringer

RB LeSean McCoy, Bills → Broncos

McCoy would likely have to demand a trade for a deal this big to go down, and he’s shown no indication of doing that. Regardless, this trade would give the Bills an opportunity to pull the rest of the proverbial Band-Aid off: They’ve already reset at quarterback and dealt Taylor away while signing A.J. McCarron and moving up to draft Josh Allen. The offensive line is a question mark with the departures of Cordy Glenn, Eric Wood, and Richie Incognito. The receivers group is probably the worst in the NFL. Buffalo—at least on offense—is in rebuild mode. And Shady, who is set to count $8.9 million against the cap this year and $9 million in 2019—is not getting any younger or cheaper, nor will he likely ever have more value.

New NFL helmet rule could fundamentally change the game itself Business Insider

Former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz says the league's new helmet rule could lead to football fundamentally changing by forcing lineman to stop using the three-point stance.

Delightfully obscure NFL nicknames ... explained!! | NFL.com

Patrick Mahomes (The Musician, Fatrick or The Gunslinger)

Wow. OK, so The Musician is a reference to Mahomes' improvisational abilities behind center. He plays quarterback like it's jazz, mannnnnnnn. The Fatrick nickname dates back to his early years at Texas Tech, where, I guess, he had a sneaky weight problem? Kids can be cruel. We only accept The Gunslinger when it's in reference to Brett Favre, sorry.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Tamba Hali: Patrick Mahomes “looked off” Marcus Peters a lot in practice

“You’re going to get a complete player,” Hali said of Mahomes. “He’s a smart player. He can throw the ball. Athletically, he’s gifted. You don’t have to coach him. In practice, I’ve watched him just look guys off—Eric Berry, look him off, complete a ball. He did it to Marcus Peters a lot—people don’t know what’s coming. I don’t want to hype him but I compare him to Brett Favre. He runs around the field, he throws the ball. He’s just having fun.”

Why ‘Tyrone Holmes’ is a Chiefs name you ought to know

Teams see the things he can do that others can’t, but have to see enough growth to trust him. If the light comes on soon, he’ll have a chance to earn some money. He’s still only 24, but the growth needs to start happening soon if he wants to stick.

The clock is ticking, but with another year under his belt, this could be the year a team sees enough to keep him on an active roster. Unlike some Lottery Tickets we’ve profiled, there is a sample size of NFL snaps with Holmes.

I’ll be looking in the preseason to see if he’s built off of that limited experience.

Tamba Hali sent mixed signals when it came to retirement on Wednesday

“I won’t lie. At times I want to play, at times I don’t want to play. When I go out—maybe play basketball, do some jiu-jitsu—I feel my body the way it feels, right now I’m thinking, I just need to continue to work out and do my music. I don’t want to focus too much on football. I don’t see myself getting back into football. I see myself being involved with the Chiefs somehow, maybe as a specialist, being able to teach the guys. But I don’t want to lie to myself, I think the time has come. 12 years in the league, AJ (Hawk), you know what I’m talking about. 12 years in the league, the type of work we put in, you can’t turn it back. You can’t turn the clock back. We wish was young again, but that time has passed. I’m happy where I am.”

Chiefs are building a version of Sammy Watkins the NFL has never seen before

“We’re moving him all over the place and he’s handled it,” Reid said of Watkins. “We’ve overloaded him with that. That’s how we do it with this offense. That’s something new for him, again you can tell he’s a guy that takes it away from here and studies.”

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