No. 4) A saucy flock of weapons
Alex Smith produced the league's top Deep Passer Rating in 2017, per Pro Football Focus. That's a credit to Smith, but something of an aberration during his long career.
He was helped last season by an offense that featured lightning-quick deep threat Tyreek Hill, Pro Bowl tight end Kelce and Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate Kareem Hunt. All three are back for 2018, and free-agent addition Sammy Watkins gives Kansas City the wideout it was missing to pair with Hill.
“I’ve actually opened up now more than in the past previous years where I was like, ‘I’m not talking to nobody, I’m not dealing with nobody.’
“I have fun with these guys.”
Among them: the over-under on touchdown passes for a handful of quarterbacks. The line for Mahomes, the second-year pro with one game under his belt, is 21½.
The two fastest-growing coaching trees in pro football belong to Andy Reid (Doug Pederson, Matt Nagy, and more) and Kyle Shanahan (Sean McVay and recently hired Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur). Take a look at the success the Eagles, Chiefs, 49ers, and Rams enjoyed offensively last season, and that spreading influence should come as no surprise. As more teams model their passing games around these offensive philosophies, receivers with Bryant’s skill set have become less appealing.
5. Travis Kelce, TE
A weapon with ball in hand and earns his dollar blocking, Kelce would be right at home packing down in the second row and carrying the ball into contact two wide of the ruck. At 118kg, he'd be a big ask to get up at lineout time.
Height: 1.98m. Weight: 118kg
Around the league
President Donald Trump warned NFL players on Tuesday about "escaping" to locker rooms during the playing of the National Anthem after he rescinded an invitation for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to visit the White House.
Players’ frustration — and their resolve — is only getting stronger with every White House rip job.
"You can tell by an individual's scars, right?" Davis said Saturday, via Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post. "Based on their scars, that's how they're able to be successful.
"That's why they're successful, based on the scars that they have. Alex has been through so much. So many ups and downs. So many scars. So many offensive coordinators. Being traded from San Francisco. A lot of scars. The reason he's successful is not by accident. It's supposed to be. It's inevitable."
“A lot of young, talented players on this defense and this team. It’s exciting,” Johnson said. “It’s my first time, not being around new players of course, being in K.C. for that, but just being in an atmosphere that’s very new to me. Just the facility, coaches, everybody. The Raiders have really taken me in. Taken a young man, I would say, in with open arms. It’s going good right now.”
"I still light up when I see a football," Vick said. "It doesn't take much to get guys like me involved (or) to convince these guys to come out and play again."
New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced Tuesday he has been diagnosed with lymphoma. The 67-year-old says he intends to keep working during treatment.
Rob Gronkowski returned to the New England Patriots facility on Tuesday for mandatory minicamp. Gronk provided little detail about contract negotiations but admitted he'd like a new deal.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
The burning question on the minds of Chiefs fans.
If Reaves is going to make this roster, he’s going to have to stand out on special teams.
Tyreek Hill came in at No. 40 on this year’s NFL Top 100 on the NFL Network.
Kareem Hunt came in at No. 33 on this year’s NFL Top 100 on the NFL Network.