“Patrick, he’s got phenomenal talent — I mean, through-the-roof talent, and I think people will see that,” Kingsbury said Monday at Big 12 Media Days. “Some of the stuff he was able to do in college, everybody said, ‘Oh, it won’t translate to the NFL,’ but it has kind of translated.”
And by “translate,” Kingsbury meant even in a league with elite quarterbacks, Mahomes’ arm strength is a cut above.
”He can do some stuff that not many people are able to do,” Kingsbury said.
“He commands the huddle,” said Ja’Deion High, a senior who spent two years with Mahomes in Lubbock. “If you mess up, he’s not going to get in your face unless he has to, and unless you keep messing up. He’ll make sure you know what you’re doing.”
Mahomes, who passed for 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns in 32 college games, was the Chiefs’ first-round draft pick in 2017. He appeared in one game last season, the Chiefs’ finale victory at Denver, and is now the team’s starter after Alex Smith was traded in the offseason.
26. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP:
Edge Defender: Justin Houston, 87.6 overall grade
Defensive Interior: Chris Jones, 88.2
Defensive Interior: Allen Bailey, 72.1
Edge Defender: Dee Ford, 48.7
Key Rotational Player: Derrick Nnadi 85.5* (2017 college grade) / Breeland Speaks, 82.4* (2017 college grade)
Pressure Percentage as a team, 2017: 31.6% (27th)
The Chiefs two key players for their pass-rush heading into the 2018 season are at different stages of their careers. Houston will turn 30 in January, but is still producing, and racked up 11 sacks, 11 hits and 37 hurries last season, including the playoffs. Jones is heading into just his third season in the league, has just turned 23 years old and has already delivered two seasons of 38 or more total pressures while continuing to grow. Those two combined for just short of 39 percent of the Chiefs total pressures last year, and with Ford potentially starting opposite Houston, after registering just 20 sacks, 24 hits and 73 hurries over his four-year career to date, it’s fair to question if it will be left up to Houston and Jones in 2018, again.
One thing Andy Reid was spot on about during his long tenure with the Eagles was the importance of building around both lines.
Big Red always made the offensive and defensive lines a priority, and during the Eagles’ stretch of deep playoff runs — from 2000 through 2009 — the O-line was anchored by guys like Jon Runyan, Tra Thomas, Jermane Mayberry and Todd Herremans and the D-line by Corey Simon, Trent Cole, Mike Patterson and Hugh Douglas.
During that 10-year stretch, the Eagles had the most wins in the NFC and the third-most wins in the NFL, and the one constant during that stretch was solid line play.
A three-time All-Pro selection, Thomas skipped minicamp in protest of his contract situation. He was the NFL’s highest-paid safety in terms of annual average when he signed the deal in 2014 but has since fallen to sixth, with the Kansas City Chiefs’ Eric Berry topping the list at $13 million per year.
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In a statement released to ESPN, NFL spokesman Michael Signora said: “The NFL officiating and football operations staff, with competition committee approval, may make some minor tweaks to the language to further clarify the rule. If so, that information would be circulated to all clubs and the rule book updated accordingly.”
The NFL distributed more than $8 billion in national revenue, mostly from its television deals, in 2017.
Each team pulled in $255 million, according to financials revealed Monday by the Green Bay Packers, a team that is a public company because it sells shares from time to time to raise money, even though its shares are technically worthless.
The bump is an increase of 4.9 percent in national revenues, attributed to an escalator in the league’s TV deals and the league’s Thursday Night Football package becoming more valuable
Monday’s deadline for signing franchise-tagged players to an extension passed without any movement, signaling select individuals like Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will play under the designation in 2018.
Bell, however, might not see another season in a Steelers uniform beyond the upcoming regular season, according to the running back’s agent Adisa Bakari.
”His intention was to retire as a Steeler,” Bakari said in a statement obtained by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. “But now that there’s no deal, the practical reality is, this now likely will be Le’Veon’s last season as a Steeler.”
Lawrence is aiming to make this franchise tag season his last, playing out the year on the one-year deal with the goal of earning a long-term contract with the Cowboys and a firm refusal to play 2019 on a second consecutive tag, Rapoport reported.
It’s easy from our perch out here in keyboard land to tap out a utopian version of the NFL: one in which players participate in a safer game, are taken care of down the road when they’re older and are happily employed by a group of CEOs who either respect their social and political opinions or are self-aware enough not to shut them out while using the team’s platform to spout their own agenda.
Sherman went into full reflection mode on what he categorized as a “really unfortunate” situation in Seattle.
”Mistakes and poor judgment on things ruined what could have been a really special deal,” Sherman told Sports Illustrated . “You don’t have much left right now.
”And to say you’re not going to pay Earl Thomas is just ... There’s no decline in play there. He’s played the game the right way. Who do you have to pay? You have the two best linebackers in the game. You have the quarterback. You have a great wide receiver in Doug [Baldwin]. And you’re paying Duane Brown.”
“I’m not against the NCAA,” Rosen told Yahoo Sports. “I do strongly believe in the student-athlete experience, and I don’t think the free market is the way to go. I also don’t want a system that was created in the 1950s to stay the way it was. I want it to be like the iPhone, constantly updating to stay current with the times. I want this idea to get people talking. I want this to sort of be the WD-40 that unlocks the stuck gears of how to compensate student-athletes.”
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“Great head coach and tremendous skill people. I think tight end Travis Kelce is the next Gronk. But there’s a couple of things I don’t like. I have no idea what they are at quarterback. Patrick Mahomes has a great arm, so did Jay Cutler. I have to watch him play. I’ve seen nothing. Offensive line, meh. Cornerback? They lost Marcus Peters to the Rams. They lost Tamba Hali. Those are really good football players. They also had a great turnover ratio last year, and as Vegas would tell you, that doesn’t last. You can’t depend on that. Some years, you have a great turnover ratio. Some years you don’t. They were bottom 10 in sacks in a division where Denver and the Chargers have an amazing pass rush. They don’t. They lost their offensive coordinator to the Chicago Bears. Their schedule early is brutal. Opposite of the Chargers. At the Chargers, at the Steelers, at Denver, Jags, at New England. I have them in second place.”
A common theme for Harris is consistency, or a lack thereof, and as the film rolled on down in the lab, it became apparent that the bones for a high-quality tight end are present in him. It’s the lack of consistency that shows up in nearly every aspect of Harris’ game that has limited him to a backup TE role in the NFL.
In typical fashion, I couldn’t let the opportunity to discuss beer go by, so on top of what I’m expecting to see from the Chiefs CBs, I’m going to discuss the floors and the ceilings of each player with a beer from a brewery in the Kansas City area.
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