Is Patrick Mahomes ready to become the face of the Chiefs?
He has the big arm and that one impressive (albeit meaningless) end-of-season win over Denver. But can Mahomes do it consistently as the team’s established starter? Mahomes is a tantalizing prospect for some, thanks to the aforementioned cannon and dual-threat ability. He also had a season to get comfortable behind Alex Smith. How much that truly helped will be on display from the start of camp, and how far the Chiefs go will depend directly on his play.
Kansas City Chiefs (7-9): Patrick Mahomes will bring a new layer of excitement. He’ll also surely bring occasional clusters of mistakes borne of inexperience to a team accustomed to Smith’s steady hand. Give Mahomes a year.
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Three-year compensation: $42.5 million (69.0 percent over baseline)
1. Reinventing the offense The Chiefs west coast scheme was primarily designed around the skill set of Alex Smith. The former first overall pick thrived on accuracy, throwing the ball within a 20-yard vicinity and avoiding risk. Head coach Andy Reid and his offensive staff built what brought out the best in Smith and gave him confidence. The offense now enters an somewhat unfamiliar transition between a cautious quarterback versus a player who will throw his receivers open in tight windows. Countless times over the years, some Chiefs receivers would slow down on their routes if Smith wasn’t looking their way. Now with Patrick Mahomes, receivers will feel like there is a chance to get the ball on every play. That can change the mentality of an offense. It holds the 10 other players on offense more accountable each play to perform their role but also gives them a belief that the play is never over and there is always hope.
“We think (Speaks) is a guy that can come in and play and help us on all three downs,” said General Manager Brett Veach, who made his first-ever draft picks during this year’s draft.
Head Coach Andy Reid agreed with Veach. He added the Chiefs are getting “a high motor, very intense player. … We look forward to adding him to our rotation.”
FOX4 photojournalist Matt Kline and his drone made an early visit to St. Joseph as the Chiefs are putting the finishing touches on preparations for camp. Check it out in the video player above.
To nobody’s surprise, Butker is back as the kicker for the 2018 Chiefs. So is assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Dave Toub.
“I really like the rookies,” Toub said. “We added 13 new guys on the defense, all young players … All those defensive players are going to help us immediately on special teams.”
Around the league
Just as the first whiff of training camp action began to shift focus back to the field, a copy of the Miami Dolphins’ team rulebook was leaked to the Associated Press. The Dolphins, according to the AP, placed anything outside of “proper anthem conduct” under the umbrella of “conduct detrimental to the club.” The AP then drew a line between that information and the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, which allows teams to suspend players for up to four weeks with that designation.
The NFL and NFL Players Association announced in a joint statement Thursday that league and team policies regarding conduct during the playing of the national anthem will not be issued or enforced for several weeks as part of a standstill agreement between the two sides.
The change was an attempt to provide clarity by distinguishing prohibited hits to the helmet from incidental contact. But there’s still a whole lot of confusion about how the rule is going to be enforced, which means there’s still likely going to be a flurry of flags thrown early in the year as players, coaches, and officials adjust to a change that has the potential to profoundly affect the way the game is played.
There has also been the hurdle of women being viewed as influencers, rather than a spouse or a daughter, or a member of the support staff. In Trask’s book, You Negotiate Like A Girl, she recounts the owner of another team asking her to get him coffee when she walked into the room at her first league meeting. It was a mix-up, as he didn’t recognize her, but he was also surprised—the only other women in the room were part of the hotel catering staff.
In accepting the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2018 ESPYS, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly urged fans Wednesday night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to make a difference in others’ lives by keeping a smile on their face.
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The Kansas City Chiefs will work out Grand Valley State running back Marty Carter on Thursday, according old friend Terez Paylor, now of Yahoo! Sports.
Mahomes has played in exactly one official NFL game. He rewarded us with a performance to be very optimistic about. That Week 17 effort only fueled the excitement levels and created more GOAT jokes and hyperbole, which often get confused for actual takes.
But here’s the thing. Drafting a quarterback in the first round isn’t supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime ordeal. Unfortunately, for a large section of the fanbase, it has been.
On Tuesday, Frank Schwab’s 2018 NFL Preview on Yahoo! Sports focused on the Kansas City Chiefs. Schwab made some interesting points about quarterback Patrick Mahomes that are worth examining further.
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