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Arrowheadlines: Where do the Chiefs land on preseason power rankings?

Chiefs headlines for Monday, July 16.

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The latest

Aaron Rodgers Isn’t Scared: Of Aging, New Contracts or Sharks (Anymore) | NBC Sports (Peter King)

Pat owes Alex Smith a lot for what he taught him. Pat owes Alex a mansion.” —Chiefs coach Andy Reid, to me, on the debt 2018 starting quarterback Pat Mahomes owes his 2017 mentor, Washington quarterback Alex Smith.

Power Ranking Every NFL Team’s 2017 Draft Haul One Year Later | Bleacher Report

14. Kansas City Chiefs

Draft Picks: Patrick Mahomes (No. 10 overall), Tanoh Kpassagnon (No. 59), Kareem Hunt (No. 86), Jehu Chesson (No. 139), Ukeme Eligwe (No. 183), Leon McQuay (No. 218)

Total Starts: 21

Top Performer: Hunt

Listen closely. You can hear the hype train for quarterback Patrick Mahomes in motion—and for good reason. Head coach Andy Reid has a solid track record with quarterback talents ranging from Michael Vick, after a two-year break in his career, to conservative Alex Smith.

In this list, a draft class with a potential franchise quarterback receives a boost, but the passer must show enough to warrant such high expectations at the most important position. Mahomes hasn’t checked that box after just one game.

Running back Kareem Hunt’s league-leading 1,327 rushing yards saved this group from the cellar. The Pro Bowler made a strong case for the Kansas City Chiefs to land a middle-of-the-pack spot despite the lack of contributions from top to bottom.

Richard Sherman and the Cornerback Summit | Sports Illustrated

11. Kansas City Chiefs 2017 record: 10-6

In a wide-open division, the Chiefs and new quarterback Patrick Mahomes are the biggest question mark. Travis Kelce will play a bigger role in this offense than any other tight end with any other NFL team.

Report: Long-term deal unlikely for Rams S Joyner | Yahoo! Sports

Three NFL safeties make at least $12 million annually, with Eric Berry at $13 million and Reshad Jones and Kam Chancellor at $12 million, although Chancellor is not expected to play again after suffering a career-threatening neck injury in 2017.

The Rams used the franchise tag on Joyner this offseason instead of using it on wideout Sammy Watkins, who they wanted to keep but wound up joining the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year, $48 million deal. Los Angeles traded a first-round pick to the New England Patriots for Brandin Cooks to replace Watkins.

Around the league

Eagles’ Darren Sproles says he’ll play ‘one more year’ | NFL.com

“I’m excited to come back and I am even more excited to come back to the defending Super Bowl champion, Eagles,” Sproles wrote. “We have something special here with the team, the fans, and the city. We made history bringing the first Lombardi trophy to Philly and now we want to go back-to-back.”

Where to seek true value in NFL futures bets | New York Post

It’s actually wide-open just on the NFC side of the brackets. The Patriots are followed by six teams from the NFC. And the Raiders, a top AFC market threat to the Pats, are a bit of a phantom because the future “Las Vegas Raiders” are getting disproportionate fan interest in William Hill’s sphere. Hill’s “Regular Season Win” propositions list the Raiders as only the sixth-best team in the AFC.

Aaron Rodgers would ‘love to play to 40’ for Packers | NFL.com

“I’d love to play to 40,” Rodgers told King. “I just think that number means a lot. Obviously, Tom [Brady] is kind of rewriting the book. Brett [Favre] had a good season when he turned 40. My goal is be able to move like I do or close to how I do and still be able to do that at 40 ... just because nobody’s been able to do that and still move around the same. Steve Young’s career was cut short in his late thirties. John [Elway], the same-he didn’t really move the same as when he was younger. So to be able to move the same way at 38, 39, 40 would be cool. That’s my aim.”

Le’Veon Bell, Steelers aren’t optimistic about new deal | NFL.com

Deadlines usually spur action in the NFL. It doesn’t appear today’s 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise tagged players to agree on long-term contracts will follow suit.

Most of the four franchise tagged players -- Le’Veon Bell, Lamarcus Joyner, Ziggy Ansah and DeMarcus Lawrence -- seem set to play the 2018 season on the one-year tender.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Patrick Mahomes talks ‘17 lessons, how film review has changed and the Chiefs’ offensive arsenal

“It helps out a ton, especially it being my first year of playing quarterback,” he said. “I can throw a five-yard pass and Tyreek (Hill) can take it to the house. It’s stuff like that — you have (Travis) Kelce who catches everything, you have Sammy (Watkins), who I think is really evolving his game and getting better and better every single day and you have Kareem (Hunt), so if I just need to get a couple yards, or if I need a touchdown, I just hand it to him. To have those weapons, it helps a quarterback, always.”

Travis Kelce surprised 10 kids with shopping sprees and they were the happiest

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce held his first annual Elite Pro Skills Camp on Saturday and there were a couple things worth bringing to light.

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