In Philadelphia, Reid was known for his aggressive, borderline-egregious, pass-first West Coast style. In Kansas City, he was immediately the exact opposite: He took over a 2-14 team from Romeo Crennel in 2013 that was stronger on defense than offense, so Reid developed a plan to bleed opposing teams out.
After Johnson’s departure to the Raiders in the offseason, Niemann picked up Johnson’s No. 56 and then picked up where Johnson left off over the previous 13 seasons — he led the team in tackles. In the Chiefs preseason opener Thursday against the Texas, Niemann had five stops, four of them solo.
Hunt’s efficiency should lie somewhere between those two poles in 2018. Even top-tier running backs usually rack up no more than two 50-plus yard plays in a single season, so the safe projection for Hunt would be one huge gainer. The arrival of Patrick Mahomes makes everything about the Chiefs less certain, but I have another concern about Hunt that might reduce his ceiling: The Chiefs get to play with only one ball at a time.
Kansas City Chiefs: Left Guard
Despite the Chiefs’ favorable impression of Erving, Parker Ehinger remains in the mix. Ehinger started four games as a rookie, but he suffered a knee injury and never reclaimed the spot. Erving is currently listed atop the depth chart, even though the competition remains ongoing.
In the preseason opener last week, Hill caught two passes and Watkins none even though Watkins was in the game for nine snaps, compared to eight for Hill. But offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said these weren’t necessarily signs that Hill would catch more passes than Watkins during the regular season.
Against the Chiefs, rookie outside linebacker Duke Ejiofor made his first NFL start.
The former Alief Taylor standout didn’t disappoint, leading the Texans with three quarterback hits as he nearly sacked Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“I really had a good time being out there,” said Wylie, who played the final three quarters of the Chiefs’ 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans. “I was glad I got to be out there for three-quarters of the game. I thought I had a really good game, and I had a really good time playing alongside the veterans and the rookies. I played some left tackle and then some right tackle, and I felt like I had a pretty good game.”
“It doesn’t have to be the prettiest or the most impactful play, but if you play hard, you’re going to have a chance, because at the end of the day, at this level, you’re gonna have to learn how to fight. But you’re going to have to learn how to fight for 60 consecutive minutes where you’re going to feel it.”
Houston Texans 17, Kansas City Chiefs 10
Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes have the ability to be explosive players but this weekend, they were both pretty pedestrian in limited action. Both players should see more time next week. Demarcus Robinson continued in his quest to begin the year as the Chiefs’ third receiver.
Rumors that Oakland Raiders star Khalil Mack could wind up on the trade block seem to be gathering steam, even though they’re also a natural byproduct of the all-pro defensive end’s contract impasse.
Pringle’s path to the NFL was not an easy one. As a 16-year-old, Pringle faced a significant setback as he was faced with a four-year probation after being arrested on charges of burglary, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and grand theft. Since then, Pringle has found success both on and off the football field, graduating with a degree in sociology and criminology while earning Big 12 All-Conference honors in 2016 and 2017 as a wide receiver and return specialist.
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The veteran left tackle has agreed to terms on a small pay reduction, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The new deal actually increases Penn’s guaranteed money in 2018, per Las Vegas Review-Journal, in exchange for team-friendly parameters.
What breaks an NFL fan? Losing, sure. Missing the playoffs year after year can grind away at your heart. But what breaks your soul is losing hope, having glory right there in front of you only to see it snatched away, watching as your bitter rivals celebrate the sweet, sweet victory that’s denied you.
Exactly zero professional passers are left-handed, according to NFL Stats and Research. Kellen Moore was the NFL’s lone lefty two seasons ago; he now coaches quarterbacks in Dallas.
Tottenham has announced that the Spurs’ new stadium will not open in time for their Premier League match against Liverpool on Sept. 15. Recent testing and commissioning has “now shown issues with the critical safety systems,” the club announced in a statement on Monday.
Why is home-field advantage “worth” three points in the NFL betting marketplace? Because it’s supposed to be! If you do the math over a large sample size, you’ll see that the average NFL game is won by the host by just below three points.
This is a problem for Madden, because Madden does not want to be a video game. It wants to be the NFL. This is a criticism that has been true of Madden for at least ten years, but it’s only in the last five or so years that it’s become a “problem.” The list of people who have issues with the NFL is only getting longer.
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Lawry, 22, spent his college career at Old Dominion, where he gained almost 4,100 yards on the ground and scored 45 rushing touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. The 5-foot-9, 205-pound Lawry spent some time with the Cincinnati Bengals before being waived a few days ago.
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The two main perpetrators were offensive lineman Andrew Wylie, who was filling in for starting right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (concussion), and defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins. Chris Jones and linebacker Justin Houston also looked to be involved.
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