“That’s the first thing I said when I came to the sideline: I could have run it. [The coaches] said, ‘Then just do it. Don’t train bad habits.’ ... That was the play that needed to be made on that one.”
With Colquitt’s help, Butker — whom coach Andy Reid jokingly referred to as “Buttkicker” or “Buttkicker.com” last season — hit 38 of 42 field goals in his rookie year and converted all 28 extra points.
When Dee Ford was asked what excited him most about the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense, the fifth-year linebacker could have talked about finally being healthy or an influx of new young players.
Instead, the first thing that came to mind was the revamped coaching staff.
Kansas City Chiefs
Game-line win expectancy: 7.895 wins
Win total: 8.5 wins (+100 Over, -120 Under)
Difference: -0.605 wins
I’ve taken a negative view on our first three outliers, but here’s a team I do like. The Chiefs have had at least nine wins and a point differential of +70 or better in each of Andy Reid’s five seasons with the team, and even with the transition in QB, I see no reason to doubt him.
I like going Over 8.5 wins on the Chiefs, and I really like taking them to win the division, where they were +300 at Westgate last week. But the game-line market has them even more undervalued than the win total market, so this is a team I expect to wind up with a great ATS record against these opening lines. Here’s the best of the bunch to me: KC -1 vs. SF in Week 3 (they’re -1.5 against the Jags at home in Week 5; is SF better than JAC now?), KC +1.5 at DEN in Week 4, KC -1.5 at CLE in Week 9, KC +2.5 at OAK in Week 13 (coming off a Thanksgiving bye) and KC -1 vs. LAC in Week 15 (on a Thursday).
The chemistry between Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins is well ahead of schedule. Watkins has an impressive catch radius and a unique ability to snag the football from difficult angles.
NFL players Nick Chubb, Jordan Jenkins, Alec Ogletree, Isaiah Wynn, Chris Conley, Malcolm Mitchell, David Andrews, Reggie Davis, Matthew Stafford, Sony Michel and Thomas Davis filmed themselves discussing their experiences at Georgia for a video the football team’s Twitter account posted Tuesday.
“It does take a couple of pioneers to make the first couple of steps, and then the rest of us keep pushing. There`s a crowd behind us who keeps pushing, and eventually you get it right,” Morton said.
It now looks like he has been cleared to practice without restriction, setting the stage for Hunt to enter the 2018 campaign as the team’s workhorse.
In the season opener of the 2002 season, Rudd thought the Browns’ defense sacked Trent Green to end a 39-37 win. But Green managed to lateral the ball to an offensive lineman who rumbled down the field until he was pushed out of bounds at the 26-yard line.
Rudd had no idea the play was still live when he took off his helmet and chucked it down field to celebrate. That earned the Browns a penalty that set up the Chiefs’ game-winning field goal for Morten Andersen.
Around the league
Starting linebacker Jake Ryan has been diagnosed with a season-ending torn ACL, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.
Where will be next: London (but not the way you think)
The clues keep getting stronger. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan is bidding to buy Wembley Stadium, and this season, an NFL-influenced stadium will open at Tottenham. But absent the reintroduction of supersonic transatlantic flights, huge logistical obstacles remain for a permanent franchise relocation or expansion.
Where should be next: Mexico City
If the NFL wants a traditionally based international team, Mexico City is more viable than London. It wouldn’t add a trip any longer than teams on either U.S. coast already face. The time zone links up. And unknown to many, the history of American football runs much deeper in Mexico than in Europe.
One by one across the NFL Wednesday, several players jogged out to training camp practices wearing matching black T-shirts with the message “#SchoolsNotPrisons” printed across the front, with a drawing of three children behind bars.
With the NFL’s first exhibition game taking place Thursday, the league and the NFL Players Association are now attempting again to come up with clear rules about what players can and can’t do during the playing of the anthem—and what the consequences of breaking those rules would be.
The Patriots are running out of established, healthy, non-suspended receivers for quarterback Tom Brady to throw to. They worked out veteran Eric Decker on Monday, according to Yates, and this development with Matthews might make them even more desperate now than they were then.
On Wednesday, the NFL provided some clarity on the rule by releasing to the media the position-specific training videos that it is showing to each team — the same videos that Blakeman showed to the Patriots Monday.
Thanks to the Washington Redskins botching the Kirk Cousins situation, the Vikings had a one-of-a-kind opportunity. The Vikings were one of the best teams in football last season. Their roster was as deep as any in the NFL. And they had a chance to improve at quarterback.
In an effort to end the contract impasse with first-round draft pick Roquan Smith, the Bears conceded they won’t go after his guaranteed money if the linebacker gets suspended under the NFL’s new rule legislating helmet contact, the Tribune has learned.
Over the past five years, there have been an average of 23 ACL tears before Week One. Almost half of all ACL tears in a season occur between OTAs and the end of preseason.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden and star pass rusher Khalil Mack still haven’t spoken since Gruden got the job, but on one issue they may have some common ground: They both recognize an opportunity to reduce their tax bill by structuring their contracts to pay them most of their money after the Raiders move to Las Vegas.
Belichick starts every offseason with a speech about starting over from scratch. Asked about the previous season, Belichick comes up with various ways to say that last year’s team no longer exists. It holds lessons, but not any meaningful connection to this year’s team. The Patriots seemingly go out of their way to disrupt continuity, with the departures of Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler, Brandin Cooks and Dion Lewis feeling as on-brand as a sleeveless hoodie. Other teams talk about moving on, but Belichick lives it. Cliches become cliche because they are true, and starting over represents Belichick’s truth.
The NFL Network service turned up on DirecTV Now overnight, and has been made available to view at no extra charge to anyone who is subscribed to DirecTV Now’s ‘Just Right’ package or higher.
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“We’re going to be really special,” Mahomes said. “It’s something where it makes my job a lot easier. I just got to get the ball in their hands and they make plays. I could throw a 2-yard little hitch route, and they could score an 80-yard touchdown any time.”
“You surely don’t want to stifle that at all, “ he said. “One thing that [Mahomes] is blessed with is he has good vision, so you don’t ever want to stifle that and put him in a box with that. Allow him to see. Is there going to be a hiccup here or there? Yeah there’s going to be a hiccup here or there, but you don’t want to stifle that at all.”
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