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Chiefs headlines for Friday, August 23.

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Chiefs patiently waiting for Sammy Watkins to earn his keep | ESPN

Reid said, “Sammy is still working through the offense. I love his intensity on learning all the little, small things. We’re moving him everywhere. You’ve seen that. We’ve got him in all the different spots. If you haven’t seen it in a game, then you’ve seen it in practice. In practice [Mahomes and Watkins] have done some good things.”

How Patrick Mahomes Won Over Andy Reid and the Chiefs | Sports Illustrated

What’s stood out, though, is the tantalizing talent, his mental capacity and fortitude—and that he hasn’t seemed to make the same mistake twice. From Reid to Veach to offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, everyone raves about the young man’s mind.

“I think ever since I’ve been little, [when] you’d play the card games where you flip the cards and match two, I’ve always had a good recall and memory.”

Ranking the five most and least enviable QB situations in the NFL | NFL

THE FIVE MOST ENVIABLE QB SITUATIONS

5) Kansas City Chiefs

The quarterbacks: Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Matt McGloin, Chase Litton.

When I was at Chiefs training camp, Mahomes made a throw that made it seem like he could put the ball in a peach basket 55 yards downfield. He’s got great promise. But he’s also likely to struggle with consistency as he continues to accrue NFL experience. So why do I feel so good about the Chiefs’ QB situation? Because Mahomes has been partnered with Henne, a veteran backup who can help Andy Reid coach Mahomes through his growing pains and unlock his tantalizing upside. I think he really helped Blake Bortles develop in Jacksonville. And if Henne does have to play, consider this noteworthy tidbit: Reid told me that he wishes he’d had a chance to work with Henne earlier in Henne’s career. You can’t turn the clock back, but Henne does now have the chance to be a backup in a quarterback-friendly offense while mentoring Mahomes. Keep an eye on Litton, who has a chance to make the 53-man squad.

What I Want to See in Game No. 3 | 610 Sports Radio

Three Things to Watch For Chiefs at Bears

The Chiefs will play in Chicago Saturday against the Bears at noon. Arrowhead Pride tailgate presented by Albright Buick GMC Cadillac will get your ready at 10am on 610 Sports Radio. The third of the four preseason game is the true dress rehearsal for the season as typically the starters will play into the second half and then not play in the preseason finale. Here are the three things I want to see in game 3.

A $5 beer at the game? More sports teams are slashing prices on concession items | Star-Telegram

First, there was Patrick Mahomes’ 69-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill. And second, the Falcons offer some of the cheapest concession-stand prices in the NFL.

Matt Nagy-Mitch Trubisky bond pre-dates Chicago Bears days | NFL

“I think Matt’s going to do a great job, he did a great job here over the years,” said Eric Bieniemy, who was promoted to the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator spot after Nagy’s departure. “And I’m sure working with the quarterback that he has right now, he’s looking forward to that challenge and getting the best out of him.”

Recognizing these trends will help you ace your fantasy football draft | USA Today

Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce are usually taken in the late second to early third rounds. Reception points tend to make them more valued. Zach Ertz, Evan Engram, Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham are always the next four and the end of any difference-making tight ends. They usually last out until the sixth round. Otherwise, drafters consider the position a waste and begrudgingly grab one in the ninth or 10th round.

Toughest Wide Receiver Strength of Schedules 2018 | Flurry Sports

1– Kansas City Chiefs

Tyreek Hill

Rank: #12 | ADP: 3.05

Sammy Watkins

Rank: #32 | ADP: 8.08

Tyreek Hill isn’t your prototypical wide receiver. So when we see he has the toughest schedule at the position, it doesn’t hold as much weight as, say, Sammy Watkins. Hill will rarely see a shutdown corner on him, since he is moved all over and touches the ball in a variety of ways. Instead, the entire defense schemes to stop him. It’s nice in theory, but when he’s faster than everyone and his quarterback can throw it the length of the field, good luck stopping it for four quarters.

Juggernaut Index, No. 8: Patrick Mahomes at the controls in KC | Yahoo! Sports

Early drafters have been somewhat aggressive with Mahomes, but not ridiculously so: QB16, ADP 124.5. He can still deliver a profit on that price. On talent and team context, it’s tough not to like Mahomes in our game. He’s on the approved list.

Hill, McCoy, Watson among fantasy must not haves | NBC Sports

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill, Bills RB LeSean McCoy, Texans QB Deshaun Watson and Panthers TE Greg Olsen are among several of Rotoworld’s Must Not Haves.

Around the league

5 NFL free agents we’d like to see signed before Week 1 | SB Nation

There are still dozens of intriguing athletes remaining on the free agent market who played for an NFL team in 2017. For varying reasons, many of them won’t be signed this year. Those reasons include depreciating ability, cost, and political positioning, among other things. But, there are a few players who we’d love to see signed before Week 1.

Player tracking data is next step in NFL’s analytics revolution | ESPN

In recent seasons teams have held player tracking information on its own players, but never opponents. Earlier this offseason that changed, and the NFL is about to embark on its first season and full offseason of clubs having the full league’s worth of player tracking information. And at least some believe that the edge gained by those that embrace the data will be significant.

Boswell, Williams sign long-term deals with Steelers | NFL

The deal is worth just under $20 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, making Boswell one of the highest-paid kickers in the NFL.

NFL bold predictions: Here’s why the New Orleans Saints will win the NFC in 2018 | CBS Sports

“We’d beat the s--- out of [the Eagles] cause we was rolling,” Kamara told Bleacher Report in August. “If we won [against the Vikings], I knew nobody was gonna stop us cause we came all the way back.”

Coach Sean McVay, GM Les Snead Compare Rams’ Offseason to Warriors Adding Kevin Durant | Sports Illustrated

The Rams decided to take a gamble this offseason by going for a big move.

In fact, they went for few by trading for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters in addition to signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

Anthem protests have gotten attention but not enough action | Boston Globe

Two years later, much to the frustration of the players involved in advocating for the issues at the heart of the peaceful demonstrations, the focus is still in the wrong place. People are fixated on who is not standing. But it has always been about what the players stand for — the eradication of racial inequality, discrimination, and social injustice.

NFL notes: Raiders sign veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | Los Angeles Times

The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The team cut 2017 second-round pick Obi Melifonwu to make room on the roster.

Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt named HOF contributor finalists | NFL

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Thursday that Bowlen and Brandt have been nominated as contributor finalists for the Class of 2019. The contributor category recognizes “individuals who made outstanding contributions to professional football in capacities other than playing or coaching.”

Trade! Lions acquire LB Eli Harold from 49ers | NFL

The Lions have swung a deal with the 49ers, acquiring outside linebacker Eli Harold from San Francisco in exchange for Detroit’s conditional seventh-round pick in 2020, a source informed of the deal told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The Niners later confirmed the deal.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Eric Berry will miss Chiefs’ preseason game against Bears Saturday

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid ruled out the following players for the game Thursday after practice:

DL Allen Bailey (knee)

S Eric Berry (heel)

OL Laurent Durvernay-Tardif (concussion)

CB Steve Nelson (concussion)

S Daniel Sorensen (knee)

NFL Network’s Good Morning Football wants to find a nickname for Patrick Mahomes

Peter Schrager: “Patomic Bomb”

Nate Burleson: “Priest Mahomes” or “Patrick Star”

Kyle Brandt: “Throw Jackson” or “The Rooster”

New video shows how Jamaal Charles continues to inspire

In a new video produced by The Player’s Tribune — a media company founded by former major league baseball star Derek Jeter that gives athletes a platform to connect directly with their fans — Charles tells of his difficult childhood in Port Arthur, Texas.

Tyreek Hill had the third-most touchdowns of any wide receiver in his first two seasons since ‘92

But look at Tyreek! 50th-most targets, seventh-highest catch percentage, third-most touchdowns... and only Marques Colston (seventh round) has more receiving yards than Hill among WRs in this list drafted after the third round (Colston has 464 more yards on 70 more targets, which is 6.62 yards per target. Hill gains 9.45 yards per target).

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