Tier Four - Rounds 13-15
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
Notes: Goff ranked 12th in fantasy points among quarterbacks a season ago, but did he hit his ceiling in an offense that will lean on Todd Gurley and the run? To me, he’s a ‘tweener at tiers three and four. ... Mahomes has a high ceiling with his big arm and big weapons as the new head man in Kansas City, but his lack of experience at the pro level limits his overall value a bit. ... Smith is coming off his best fantasy season ever, and he’s in a good spot to succeed. Admittedly, I might have him ranked a little too low but there’s time for an adjustment if he looks good in the preseason. ... Prescott’s stock has fallen after the loss of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. ... Mariota was a favorite breakout candidate of mine last season (doh!), but I might have been one season too soon. I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumped up a few tiers once things are all said and done with the 2018 NFL season.
Safety Robert Golden is no longer a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, according to two tweets from his official Twitter account.
The new football smell has worn off on the 2018 preseason with the first preseason game in the books. A couple of focal points showed up during the Texans game that are worthy of being monitored throughout the preseason. The Chiefs season will depend on the growth of these areas.
Chiefs (0-1): Kansas City is counting on its offensive line to ease the transition into the post-Alex Smith era, and it struggled last week. Patrick Mahomes was hit on four of his nine snaps playing with the veteran-laden first-team O-line against a tough Texans front. Sammy Watkins could make his debut after a hip issue sidelined him for the opener. Charcandrick West (concussion) returned to practice last week and might see playing time as he looks to begin his battle against Spencer Ware and Damien Williams for the No. 2 running back spot. Dee Ford figures to see scant, if any, playing time, allowing Breeland Speaks and Tanoh Kpassagnon another opportunity to show if they’re capable of usurping the veteran at outside linebacker.
“I felt it crisp and sharp,” Quinn said of the practice energy this week. “But that’s only part of it. The next part is bringing that intensity and energy right up to the game. I’m hopeful [we can do that]. Our fans certainly deserve that, and we’re going to deliver on that end.”
“We’re going to stop that run,” Ragland said. “We’re going to stop it this year. Everybody has the right mindset. ... That line, that wall, is there. We’ve 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’ve got to want to do that.”
Among the former players was Dante Hall, who said he’s ready to come out of retirement to play for head coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes.Hall also joked about a potential race against current Chiefs wide receiver, Tyreek Hill, one of the fastest players in the NFL.
After taking a few days to digest the first preseason game, the biggest thing that I am taking away is fans are overreacting...in a BIG way. After one preseason game, its time to chill out, relax and just look forward to the opener in September because nothing that happens during the preseason, except injury, really matters. Follow the lead of Bill Murray in Meatballs!
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Joint practices during NFL training camps have become common in recent years. In the days leading up to a preseason game, teams facing off will often organize practices and/or a scrimmage against their opponent, with fans invited to check out the action. But are joint practices good? Are they bad? Are they irrelevant? Let’s take a look at some of the action that’s taken place during the joint practices so far this summer.
The move also means that the debut of a state-of-the-art retractable NFL field, that was to be used for the first time for a Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders game scheduled for October 14, has been delayed. That game has also been switched to Wembley.
An otherwise mundane training camp practice between the Texans and Niners tumbled into chaos Wednesday as Houston wideout DeAndre Hopkins and San Francisco defensive back Jimmie Ward blew up the session by throwing punches.
On August 14, 2016, before a preseason exhibition game against the Houston Texans, then-backup San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem. No one noticed. At first.
Even the smallest innovations can seem like revolutions in the NFL, so even the Vikings themselves felt weird about ditching magnets. “For as long as I’ve been in this business, we’ve used magnets. I was very wary about [the change],” said Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman. Away with magnets, and into the future.
One of the best parts about being Nate Wozniak, according to Nate Wozniak, is the nicknames.
They come easily for the New Orleans Saints’ rookie offensive tackle, because it is not often a player comes around who towers over the rest of the large humans on the roster -- and yes, at 6-foot-10, Wozniak’s helmet is easy to spot amongst the rest of the trees in the Saints offensive line group.
After Baker Mayfield’s impressive preseason debut last week, the NFL community wondered if the Browns might be better off starting the No. 1 overall pick over the current starter, Tyrod Taylor. Internally, the Browns aren’t even considering playing Mayfield over Taylor. Instead, they’re wondering if they’re better off picking Drew Stanton -- not Baker Mayfield -- to be Taylor’s direct backup.
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Question: “You play them Week 5. Are you ready for that?”
“Yeah,” Ramsey answered. “I ain’t worried about it.”
You see... by putting an inferior run defender in the box, teams have been able to rip off huge chunks of yardage against the Chiefs dime defense time and time again.
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