The Kansas City Chiefs have a question mark at left guard. Bryan Witzmann made 13 starts at the position during the previous season, but the coaching staff will allow training camp to sort out the competition for a spot on the interior, per Chiefs Digest’s Matt Derrick.
Derrick reported that Cameron Erving, who filled in for Mitch Morse at center during spring practices, and Parker Ehinger have an opportunities to unseat Witzmann as the incumbent.
When I think of NFL records, I turn my attention towards the unofficial record in consecutive snaps. Joe Thomas has the unofficial record with 10,363 consecutive snaps in a row. His streak ended this season with a torn tricep and that torch of consecutive snaps played now falls onto my brother, Chiefs right tackle Mitch Schwartz, who currently (and, remember, unofficially) leads the NFL with over 6,200 consecutive snaps over his first six NFL seasons.
No. 1 - Sammy Watkins, 139.7 WR rating
The fourth-year receiver saw slightly more off-man coverage (53.3 percent) than press-man coverage (46.7 percent) in 2017. Watkins was especially effective against off-man coverage, as he caught 20-of-39 targets for 329 receiving yards and four touchdowns, giving him a league-best WR rating of 139.7. What’s more impressive, is that 61.3 percent of those targets ended with either a first down or a touchdown, also the league’s best mark. Watkins was one of just two receivers to see at least 30 targets against off-man coverage without dropping a single pass.
Sam Mellinger has written many great sports columns, but his recent epistle about Chiefs lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif lacked the forethought of his usual writing. (June 27, 1B, “There’s be no M.D. for Chiefs’ LDT, and that’s a shame”)
Mellinger lamented the NFL policy and the Chiefs’ acceptance of barring the lineman from adding “M.D.” to the name on his jersey. He equated this with permitting players to add “Sr.” or “Jr.” to their names.
There appears to be an obvious difference: That “Jr.” or “Sr.” is part of the player’s legal name. Would Mellinger also suggest adding other academic degrees to those jerseys, such as M.A., M.S. or MBA.?
I believe the NFL got this policy right.
He could even pull from the playbook of the neighboring Chiefs when they drafted wide receiver Tyreek Hill, going into detail about the ways the team and Heimlich will work together to make sure Heimlich will be an upstanding citizen. He could talk about the many ways in which juvenile and adult “justice” is broken, how the systems have failed to make us a safer nation or make people convicted of crimes into better people, and point out that fixing those systems isn’t his job—as it shouldn’t be.
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The NFL “concluded that Winston violated the personal conduct policy by touching the driver in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary action was necessary and appropriate.” As part of of his discipline, Winston is required to obtain a clinical evaluation and fully cooperate in any recommended program of therapeutic intervention.
Does that all feel a little gross? Does it seem like an authentic turning point away from this incident for Winston, who previously settled a rape case with accuser Erica Kinsman in 2016 and screamed obscenities about the female anatomy while standing in the middle of a college campus? Do you feel OK with the NFL’s much ballyhooed policy on issues of sexual assault and domestic violence that, according to a 2017 Bleacher Report Mag story, delivered the full six-game suspension for two out of 18 offenders?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell fined Jerry Richardson $2.75 million on Thursday after an investigation by the league found evidence that substantiated claims of workplace misconduct against the soon-to-be former Carolina Panthers owner.
”Big, he’s around 280, around there. He can move, so I see him being all over the field. I think he’ll start. He’s been able to be that big of an impact player in OTAs, so I think he’ll start next year across from Von [Miller], for sure.”
“To be honest, just with what the coaches have said and just the way it’s looking, I’m pretty sure Sam is going to start,” Kirk said. “But you never know. Training camp provides a lot of opportunities for Josh to go out there and show what he can do as well. I think either way, if Josh were to start Week 1, I think they both put us good position to go out there and win some football games.”
“I think the Packers probably got better, maybe more than any team I saw this offseason,” Romo said, via WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. “If the secondary is a little bit better, I think they’re the team to beat this year.”
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This year, the Chiefs have dropped four positions to 13th.
As long as Laurent Duvernay-Tardif can stay healthy for the entire season, which has yet to happen, he should continue his ascension into the upper tier of offensive guards in the NFL.
At this point, it seems silly to say he can’t continue to improve his technique, specifically with his hands and his ability to process misdirection aimed as his assignment. If he can make marginal improvement in either of those areas, he will be pushing the Zach Martin’s of the NFL for the top offensive guard spot.
Director of college scouting Ryne Nutt represented the Kansas City Chiefs as one of 32 teams in attendance for the pro day of Western Michigan cornerback Sam Beal Thursday.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware was limited to individual work during team OTAs.
But the following video clips, via the official Sweetfeet Training Instagram from Wednesday night, indicate that he is probably further along than we all have realized.