“Protecting the quarterback is something we work very hard at,” offensive line coach Andy Heck said Sunday. “We’ve got to continue to work hard at it. You see on the first play of the game, our quarterback got hit. As an O-line, that’s not acceptable.”
Quarterbacks coach Matt Kafka spent six seasons in the NFL, including two years with the Eagles under Reid. “It’s a great opportunity (to be the QBs coach), one that I’m really thankful for,” he said. “I get to work with a great group of coaches, staff and players. So I’m a lucky guy. [Patrick Mahomes has] done a great job of taking the whole entire offense, bringing them together, communicating with them at a really high level and then also going out there and playing fast with them.”
For me, it is Justin Houston. I think with a healthy and ready to go #50, this defense can do some amazing things. Houston has been very good against the run in his career and they need someone to step it up in that department after giving up over 4 and a half yards per carry on Thursday night against the Texans.
Midland High grad Andrew Wylie feels like he’s playing the best football of his life. And in the process, he might have his best shot yet at making an NFL opening day roster. Wylie, who graduated from MHS in 2012 and went on to play for four years at Eastern Michigan University, is listed second on the depth chart at left tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs after spending much of the past 17 months bouncing from one NFL team to another.
New York Jets linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis was suspended one game for a violation of the league’s policy on substances of abuse, the team announced. Pierre-Louis was arrested after a traffic stop in January as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Police also cited him for driving without a valid license and failure to display a valid plate or current registration.
The Chicago Bears have signed running back Knile Davis, the team announced on Saturday night. Davis, 26, has worked with Bears head coach Matt Nagy before, as he spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
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The Cleveland Browns have shown they won’t maintain the status quo under general manager John Dorsey. Dorsey has made numerous personnel moves with signings and head-spinning trades since joining the team in December to overhaul a roster that went 0-16 last season. Now, the Browns have their sights on free-agent wide receiver Dez Bryant, who is scheduled to visit Cleveland at some point in the coming week.
Jacksonville banned cornerback Jalen Ramsey and defensive end Dante Fowler for one week for “violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player,” the team announced Sunday. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Ramsey’s suspension was a direct result of the cornerback going after a local reporter on Twitter on Sunday. Fowler was involved in a fight that broke out at Jaguars practice on Sunday.
A Steelers fan dressed in yellow football pants, a yellow jersey and a helmet made it past security Saturday afternoon and attempted to take part in some drills at the beginning of Steelers practice. The Steelers are not commenting on the incident and coach Mike Tomlin declined to answer a question about it during his post-practice news conference.
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“Don’t worry,” Ragland said. “We’re gonna stop that run. We ain’t playing this year about that run. We’re gonna stop it this year ... the line, the wall is there. We got the guys to do it, but at the end of the day, it’s all about attitude when you want to stop the run. You have to want to do that. I know you saw the playoff game,” Ragland said. “We didn’t finish, and ever since then, coach (Andy) Reid has been all about finishing. The team’s been all about finishing.”
The team physicians and athletic trainers, as well as your agent and family, will come to a decision regarding surgery. Who will perform it, when and where it will happen are quite a bit of logistics, especially if it is done out of the town you are playing in. Every team has different requirements and restrictions on how this is done.
There’s a pop when the ball hits a receiver’s hands on a pass from Mahomes that you don’t hear from others. His ball placement was often spectacular, which is a trait we noticed even in his college film. One play, in particular, had the Arrowhead Pride staff flabbergasted: Mahomes went to a sidearm/submarine delivery to throw across the middle of the field, hitting a receiver in stride with velocity. It was nothing any of us have seen before.
First up, we’ll look at lone touchdown-scorer Demarcus Robinson and how he came about the solid production he put up on limited snaps, followed by a potential camp hero in Ben Niemann, as he seemed to be everywhere at once in the second half.
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