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NFL QB power rankings: Eagles’ Carson Wentz or Patriots’ Tom Brady No. 1? Giants’ Eli Manning falling; Jets’ Sam Darnold, 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo rising |

18. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

One thing head coach Andy Reid knows is quarterbacks, and his decision to trade away Alex Smith to give the job to Mahomes is a sign of just how high he is on the second-year player. Mahomes has all of the physical tools to be an elite quarterback.

There is a healthy dose of skepticism nationally about Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

Earlier this month, CBS Sports’ Will Brinson listed five teams that could take a step back and miss the playoffs. The Chiefs made that list.

Brinson wrote: “The Chiefs added Sammy Watkins this offseason to a group of players that features Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce. It’s hard not to get excited about what this offense can do when it’s clicking. But the reality is Patrick Mahomes might struggle to acclimate to life as a starter. Making matters more difficult for that transition is the schedule: the Chiefs get the Chargers (road), Steelers (road), 49ers (home) and Broncos (road) to start off Mahomes’ career as a starter. Woof. The next four games aren’t much easier: Jaguars (home), Patriots (road), Bengals (home), Broncos (home). They’re not going to go 1-7 in that stretch, but 4-4 isn’t off the table.”

Fantasy Football Booms/Busts 2018: The Kansas City Chiefs | Yahoo! Sports

Fact or Fiction: Patrick Mahomes strings together a breakthrough campaign in his first full season as a starter and finishes inside the QB top-12.

Brad – FACT. Before Deshaun Watson morphed into Thanos and shattered all defenders into a million pixelated pieces, Mahomes sat atop dynasty and keeper-league wish lists. The Texas Tech product was my favorite passer among last year’s draft class. He’s athletic, mobile, fires the ball accurately all over the field and features a Brett Favre-like bazooka. Unlike Bryce Petty or other Red Raider alums before him, he’s far from a system-only quarterback. The kid owns major star qualities. His Week 17 audition against the Broncos (8.1 ypa, 62.9 completion%) was merely an appetizer.

10 fantasy football potential busts we’re irrationally nervous about in 2018 | USA Today

Steven: Sammy Watkins is the better all-around player and one of the more dangerous deep threats when healthy. I could see him cutting into to those deep targets Hill thrived on in 2017. And I could also see Andy Reid dialing back on the pass attempts with a green QB behind center, making Hill more of a boom-or-bust player than he already was in 2017.

Second opinion: Couldn’t agree more. Watkins will turn Hill into the role that will keep him healthier — a big play threat. His usage will drop, and even if he turns into a threat to score a touchdown on a few touches a game, the risk for him to be bust in some weeks looms

Fantasy football keeper value: A 2018 primer | Pro Football Focus

Here’s an example of how this chart can help you make your fantasy life a whole lot easier in your keeper leagues. Let’s say you have to keep one player and you lose the round he was drafted in. You’re in a PPR league picking third in the first round in a 12-team league. Here are your two keeper choices: Todd Gurley in the second round or Kareem Hunt in the fifth round.

Both players are likely to go in the first round if there were no keepers. But since Hunt can be kept at a later round, he’s the better value, right? Believe it or not, that isn’t correct.

Reggie Ragland hosting free camp at BJHS on July 14 | WAAY 31 ABC

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland, a former Alabama and Bob Jones High School star is hosting a free football camp at Bob Jones in Madison on July 14.

The camp is free and open to participants ages 8-16. Registration for the 8-12 year old group begins at 7:15 a.m. at Bob Jones High School, followed by camp from 8-10 a.m. The 13-16 year old group can register at 10 a.m. and take part in the camp that runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Best, worst teams in ‘Madden NFL 19’ based on ratings | Sporting News

Starting QB Pat Mahomes (77) might pay off for Kansas City in the long run, but it’s a seven-point loss at the position to begin the season in “Madden.” Eric Berry (96), Travis Kelce (95) and Justin Houston (90) represent the Chiefs’ elite class of players, with 11 others rated 80 and above.

AFC West Update: Training Camp is just around the bend |

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Goodbye Alex Smith, hello Patrick Mahomes II.

After being shipped to the Washington Redskins, Smith will no longer represent Chiefs Kingdom, and Head Coach Andy Reid has now handed the keys of the offense to Mahomes. The former Texas Tech Red Raider showed potential towards the end of the 2017 campaign, and he’ll have plenty of targets to throw to in his first year starting.

Sammy Watkins is the newest wide receiver to join the Chiefs receiving corps, and he could serve as a nice complement to fellow wide out Tyreek Hill. Expect Mahomes to heave a lot of deep balls this season.

Around the league

Like It or Not, College Football Is Influencing the NFL | Sports Illustrated

Watching offenses like the Eagles (particularly the Nick Foles-led version), the Rams and the Chiefs suggests that NFL coaches have finally begun to the college game. They realize they’ll win more games if they stop complaining about the lack of preparation the current college game provides and just meet their drafted players where they are, instead of trying to force years of learning down their throats with suboptimal results.

LeSean McCoy’s ex-girlfriend on robbery: He set me up |

LeSean McCoy’s estranged girlfriend told an emergency dispatcher she believed the Buffalo Bills running back had “something to do with” an unidentified assailant violently assaulting her during an alleged home invasion robbery at her residence in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday morning.

In 911 call audio released by police in Milton, Georgia, Delicia Cordon said she suspected McCoy was responsible for what happened while explaining why she didn’t want to meet with officers outside the home in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

”I have cameras all outside my house and my boyfriend, who I feel, like, did this, who set me up, is going to see us on the cameras outside,” Cordon said. “I really feel like, because we’re breaking up, that he wants all his jewelry back.”

”...[The intruder] just kept asking for jewelry. I think it has something to do with my ex-boyfriend.”

HOF ceremonies won’t individually honor Terrell Owens |

In return, the Hall of Fame will ostensibly ignore T.O. during its ceremony, concentrating on the seven other inductees participating -- Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss and Brian Urlacher.

”The focus is on the guys who are here,” Hall of Fame executive director Joe Horrigan told Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network.

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Chiefs borrowed a college play that led to touchdown in ‘17 Patriots opener

I love behind-the-play stories like this.

As football writers debate college football vs. pro football stemming from Sports Illustrated’s Andy Benoit’s Wednesday column, ESPN’s Mike Sando has shined some light on a play the Kansas City Chiefs borrowed from college that led to a 78-yard touchdown in the team’s 2017 season opener against the New England Patriots.

Chiefs’ third preseason game will be aired on NFL Network

NFL Network plans to carry 15 preseason games next month, the league announced on Thursday afternoon. That block will include the Kansas City Chiefs’ third preseason game against the Bears in Chicago at Noon on August 25. This will be the Chiefs’ only nationally televised game of the preseason.


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