S: Eric Berry, Chiefs -- Berry already won the CPOY award thanks to his victory over cancer and returning to the field. He was superb in 2016 in that return, but lost for the season in Week 1 after he ruptured his Achilles against the Patriots last year. Despite that, the Chiefs had plenty of success, but when people bury this defense, they forget how important a healthy return of Berry to the backend can be. He’s a game changer.
Last month, Grand Valley State running back Martayveus “Marty” Carter announced he was entering the 2018 NFL Supplemental Draft.
Carter, who rushed for 3,728 yards and 36 touchdowns in 36 games for the Division II school in Michigan, was not picked in the draft earlier this month and became a free agent. Yahoo Sports’ Terez A. Paylor reported that Carter had a workout with the Chiefs on July 19, but he didn’t sign with the team.
Previously limited to individual drills in the early part of training camp, Hunt took a big step forward Monday and could soon be cleared for contact drills.
“We’re locked in,” Nelson said. “We have a great group. I think people on the outside get caught up in big names but, like, so what?”
Look beyond those top two tiers, and you’ll find even more players early in their careers whose best days are likely still ahead. Stefon Diggs, Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson and Tyreek Hill have already experienced plenty of success, and the arrow is pointing up in an obvious way for all of them. Amari Cooper and Sammy Watkins have been mild disappointments to this point of their respective careers, but both still have elite WR1 potential, and will play this season at 24 years old and 25 years old, respectively.
One day after struggling in the rain against the No. 1 defense, quarterback Patrick Mahomes bounced back with an impressive performance against the second-team defense in ideal conditions, unofficially finishing 18-of-20 passing with a couple of deep touchdowns.
“There’s a good number of backs here that we have,” offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said, “and we’re very, very blessed and fortunate. We just want to watch these guys compete.”
19. Chiefs (15): Patrick Mahomes couldn’t ask for a better arsenal around him. But will suspect defense put a young gunslinger into holes he can’t climb from?
The tight end with the highest hog rate — defined as targets per snap — in 2017 wasn’t Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce or Zach Ertz. It was former Lion Eric Ebron. So given Matthew Stafford’s penchant to look for tight ends, Willson could be a legitimate late-round tight end option.
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Sean McDermott (Bills), Doug Marrone (Jaguars), Anthony Lynn (Chargers), Dan Quinn (Falcons), John Harbaugh (Ravens), Mike Tomlin (Steelers), Mike McCarthy (Packers), Andy Reid (Chiefs), Todd Bowles (Jets)
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The National Football League has snapped the ball again to Snapchat, extending its content partnership with Snap for the 2018 and 2019 seasons — with a brand-new Sunday gameday experience starting this year.
Free agency never ends, however, so here are 20 of the most notable names available for when teams begin looking for help.
If there’s a competition in the wide receivers’ room to become Alex Smith’s favorite target, Jamison Crowder has taken the early lead.
Trevathan knows firsthand after serving a suspension in 2017 for a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, so he is familiar what the league is attempting to accomplish.
According to a report by the (Fort Worth) Star-Telegram, Jones’ staff told several television stations that he could not speak with them about the national anthem in interviews from training camp in Oxnard, Calif. Staffers said the NFL told Jones to stop talking about the policy he had set for his team.
“The owner of the Dallas Cowboys, with the old plantation mentality,” Sherman said of Jones. “What did you expect?”
It is illegal for NFL teams to practice in full pads before summer training camp, but one look at Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunterduring June’s minicamp would have been enough to convince you the reigning NFC North champions had been skirting the rules.
Cornerback Ross Cockrell, who joined the Panthers on a two-year deal in free agency, was carted off the field Monday with a broken leg, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The team announced that Cockrell will undergo surgery after fracturing his left tibia and fibula.
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“Pat (Mahomes) is the first guy that I have played with that has the arm strength,” Hill said. “That’s not taking anything away from other quarterbacks I have played with, but Pat is something special.”
The Kansas City Chiefs held their first full-team 10-10-10 practice on Monday morning before a scheduled players day off on Tuesday.
“I can feel it,” Houston said. “When you have surgery and the surgery I had on my knee, it takes time. As much as you want to be ready, it still just takes time to get your pop back and get where you want to be at. So I think I’m there, and I’m beyond there right now. I just feel great to be back in that feeling.”
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