For Chiefs coach Andy Reid and his staff, as well as general manager Brett Veach and the front office, a lot of decisions must be made in a condensed period of time with the preseason finale against the Green Bay Packers looming Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
When the Chiefs did run the ball, they were more efficient on a per carry basis than every other offense. Considering this, plus their callow QB and defending rushing champ Kareem Hunt’s keen vision and short-area agility, Reid has reason to run the ball more in 2018.Tyreek Hill says he knows ‘without a doubt’ the Chiefs will have NFL’s best offense | CBS Sports
“I know that we will be the best offense in this National Football League, without a doubt in my head,” Hill said, per NFL.com. “We got the best tight end, the best running back, we got two of the best deep-ball threat receivers -- Sammy Watkins addition, who can do it all -- great offensive line, Hall of Fame coach. So the sky’s the limit for us. It’s up to us to put all the pieces together.”
The Chiefs are a clear before and after team in this snapshot as they became clear contenders in 2013 with the arrival of Andy Reid and Alex Smith.
The worst part — the hair-pulling, pound-the-table, why-do-we-still-call-this-football part — is that it was the correct call, leaving linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon and his Chiefs teammates the latest group of NFL players bewildered as to how they are supposed to do their jobs.
Loser: The Chiefs defense might be a nightmare
While Cleveland’s defense is headed in the right direction, Kansas City’s is not. It had a dearth of talent in 2017 and may be even worse off in 2018 without players like Marcus Peters, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Bennie Logan, and Ron Parker.
Watkins finished second on the team in targets, but he once again struggled to produce and finished his day with rather modest numbers. He didn’t have a reception to his name this preseason coming into the game, so while it’s a positive sign for him to get off the schneid in that regard, his rapport with quarterback Patrick Mahomes remains a work in progress.
The Bears could try to stash Coward — who has had a generally good preseason but was badly beat by Chiefs’ edge rusher Tanoh Kpassagnon on Saturday for a “sack” that was ruled to be roughing the passer — on the practice squad with the thought the converted defensive lineman could develop there and potentially be their 2019 starting right tackle.
2. The Chiefs will need Mahomes and the offense to carry the team this season because the first-team defense did not look good Saturday.
3. Kevin White finally put one on the board. The former first-round pick scored his first career NFL touchdown, preseason or regular season. White burned Scandrick on a nice stutter-and-go move for a 29-yard TD in the first quarter.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Watkins is showing signs of life after a dismal start to his preseason with perhaps his most productive week of preseason practice, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher. Watkins, who signed a 3-year, $48-million deal in free agency, continues to improve his chemistry with quarterback Patrick Mahomes after sitting out the Chiefs’ preseason opener and going 0-for-3 on targets in Week 2.
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Week 3 of the NFL preseason was tough on tight ends, as both the Giants and the Lions suffered setbacks on Friday.
Jackson’s performance was encouraging enough for coach John Harbaugh to label it “kind of his breakout in a game” after showing flashes of potential in practices.
“I think that for them to police this in that way, with such a strict and very difficult-to-officiate rules, it’s only going to hurt guys more,” he says, speaking over the phone as he promotes The Daily Number, a new fantasy football app he’s co-founded. “Guys are trying to pull up or pull off at almost 20 miles per hour. That’s really difficult for anybody to do, and I think it’ll lead to more injuries. There’s nowhere to hit other than if you’re aiming for the chest. You can’t police that out of the game.”
We’re here to scrutinize some of this year’s breakout preseason performers and determine which are accurate signs of things to come in 2018 and which are fool’s gold. We’ll examine players with both strong single-game outings and high overall stats.
The NFL has long flirted with the idea of using some of its most talented players on offense and defense. When asked about the type of talent that might be capable of splitting time, Browns general manager John Dorsey summons a single name: “It’d be Deion.”
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But the most interesting nugget we learned from Reid Sunday was his plan for the outside linebackers—that being Justin Houston, Dee Ford, Tanoh Kpassagnon and Breeland Speaks. Kpassagnon looked especially impressive Saturday.
Chase Daniel went 15 for 18 for 198 yards and two touchdowns in the Bears’ win Saturday. Daniel also rushed six times for 47 yards.
“He got caught on a double move,” Reid said of Scandrick during his post-game presser. “That’s going to happen. He’s just kind of getting used to what we’re all about. He’s a veteran player and he’ll be all right. One positive is he was challenging during the day. So we’ve got to do better with that. On the back end, just get up and, you know, challenge. That’s primary.”
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