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2018 NFL schedule: Record predictions, analysis for every team | Sports Illustrated

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 11–5*

The Chiefs have made it to the playoffs the past three years playing in what has been, over that span, the most competitive division in football. The steadiness of Alex Smith, the coaching of Andy Reid and a stout defense have been the reason. Now Smith has gone to Washington, and it’s The Pat Mahomes Show. The sample size from last season is too small to extrapolate from, but clearly Reid—who has had just one losing season since 2006 and eight top-10 scoring offenses in that time—knows what he’s doing. The defense will hardly be recognizable from last year. The Chiefs shipped out Marcus Peters and lost Terrance Mitchell, Phillip Gaines and Kenneth Acker. Now Kansas City has Kendall Fuller, David Amerson and Robert Golden, and will get Eric Berry back after an Achilles injury.

Mahomes using OTAs to figure out how, when he can take chances | CBS Sports

"He's a kid who's prepared for this," Prisco said. "Last year ... he would go throw after practice. But he wouldn't take any of the first-teamers. The reason being, he didn't want to make it look like he was trying to take Alex Smith's job. That's the kind of kid that he is. He is very, very excited to have this opportunity. And he believes in himself. He played that last game and he said, 'Look, I went back and watched a couple of different times and learned some of things you can and can't do in the NFL.'

"He's got that big arm. He's got the strongest arm in the league probably right now. He's going to take some chances. So you know what he's going to do? He's going to use practice to figure out how and when he can use his arm and get in tight windows."

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill shows a path away from a heinous crime | The Kansas City Star

Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, one of the nation's brightest baseball prospects, went undrafted this week because he pleaded guilty to child molestation. That's natural. That's the first reaction. But is it the right one? The case of KC Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill presents a reason to at least think again.

Villanova's Tanoh Kpassagnon making name for himself with NFL draft rise

“I just love football,” Kpassagnon said. “I wasn’t the greatest player ever when I started. I just liked playing. It was my way of making friends here. It was really good for me all around. I just stuck with it and I’m here today.”

The best fantasy football draft strategy for 2018 | NFL.com

Round 3 - Draft a running back or wide receiver: You should be focusing on the runners and receivers in the next two rounds, choosing the best player available at both positions. If you drafted two backs in the first two rounds, you should be looking at a wide receiver. If you split the positions, then you should be looking at the best available runner or wideout. The key is to draft a nice balance in order to have a potent starting lineup. You could also look at the top tight ends in Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce here, but I tend to wait on the position until the middle rounds.

Police: Driver in fatal crash was watching Chiefs game | KCTV5

State police say a truck driver was watching a Kansas City Chiefs game instead of the road when he struck and killed a motorcyclist on a Pennsylvania highway.

A revolutionary cancer treatment in KC could make chemo and radiation a thing of the past | KMBC

For now, this die-hard Chiefs fan is finding inspiration from one of Kansas City’s best-known cancer survivors. After Eric Berry beat cancer, he won the 2016 Espy for Comeback of the Year.

“He said, ‘I’m not accepting this award for me,’” remembered Woods. Berry said he was accepting the award for “all the fighters out there.”

Around the league

Julian Edelman facing four-game suspension for PEDs | NFL.com

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Terrell Owens declines to attend HOF enshrinement | NFL.com

In an unprecedented decision, former All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens has declined his invitation to Canton for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's August enshrinement ceremony.

Owens' decision to skip NFL Hall of Fame ceremony is classic T.O., and that's actually OK | Yahoo! Sports (Terez Paylor)

Terrell Owens' petty decision to skip NFL Hall of Fame ceremony is classic T.O., and that's actually OK.

NFL executive VP of business operations Eric Grubman is leaving the league after 14 years | ESPN

Eric Grubman, the NFL's executive vice president of business operations, is leaving the league after 14 years.

Offseason grades from NFL executives place LA Rams at top | SB Nation (Rams)

An anonymous group of NFL executives gave the Los Angeles Rams high props for the work they’ve done this offseason. Armed with limited draft capital, the executive was impressed with trades for Brandin Cooks, Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and signing Ndamukong Suh. The Rams are also in position to earn third-round compensatory picks for letting Trumaine Johnson and Sammy Watkins go.

Duke Johnson, Browns agree to 3-year, $15.6M deal | NFL.com

The Browns might have bolstered their backfield with offseason additions, but that doesn't mean Duke Johnson is being phased out of the offense. The team has agreed to an extension with the tailback.

Aaron Rodgers is due to own the NFL again and win a third MVP | NFL.com

It's time.

Rodgers won his first Super Bowl in the 2010 season and his first MVP in 2011, his fourth season as a starter. The second MVP came in 2014 and that throw against Dallas came in the 2016 postseason. It's as if Rodgers is roused every few years to remind the football populace it has never seen a player like him. And he's due again.

2018 NFL season: Predicting every NFC team's MVP | NFL.com

Washington Redskins: Alex Smith, QB

Smith has to be wondering what it's going to take to earn some respect. (Well, beating the Titans at home in the playoffs probably would've have helped his cause, but I digress ...) The former Chiefs signal-caller is now leading the offense of the Redskins, who might actually end up paying less for an upgrade after Kirk Cousins skipped town in free agency. Smith was excellent last year, throwing for 4,000 yards, 26 touchdowns and only five interceptions with a passer rating just south of 105. Most impressively, his yards-per-attempt mark matched his previous career-high of 8.0, a figure that throws cold water on the idea that Smith is the league's supreme dink-and-dunker. Washington's weapons come close to replicating the favorable setup Smith enjoyed in Kansas City. Don't be surprised when he gets similar results.

The impact of Clemson's ridiculously talented defensive line on the 2019 NFL Draft | CBS Sports

As many as four Clemson Tiger defensive front players could go in the first round in 2019

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Reggie Ragland partly blames himself for Titans loss

“I feel like that was bad on my part because as a leader, I have to get everybody going, and we got to stop that run,” Ragland, who led the team with nine combined tackles in that losing effort, said. “At the end of the day, we have to want to. It ain’t nothing but heart when it comes to stopping that run. We didn’t have it at that time I feel like, but I think the guys have come in with a better mindset.”

Chiefs’ third tight end will be battle to watch as offseason rolls along

“I like the progress the guys are making,” Reid said. “I’m not sure anybody’s actually separated themselves from one another, but they’re all producing out here. I got to see when we get the pads on, just to see that part of it, but they all can catch the ball and run good routes, but there is that other half of it that you can’t get down in this camp, so that’s going to take a little bit of time.”

Chiefs’ offseason injury update from OTAs

Tyreek Hill was held out of practice on Thursday.

MFK: Chiefs’ Mahomes, Redskins’ Smith, Bears’ Trubisky

What would you do if all three showed up on your roster?