Predicting the most productive new QB-pass catcher duos | NFL
7) Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes is still untested as a pro, having started just one game as a rookie, but he’s got a big arm and loves to throw the ball downfield -- which is a good thing, because coach Andy Reid also loves to throw the ball downfield. Mahomes is really Reid’s type of quarterback. He’s also athletic, which will press opponents into playing more conservatively on pass defense.
Watkins has the pedigree of a former first-round pick, but he’s only posted one 1,000-yard season thus far. That said, he’s a talented guy who still caught eight touchdown passes in Los Angeles last year despite battling injuries. And don’t forget that the Rams didn’t want to lose him to free agency. It’s an encouraging sign that at least two teams wanted to be in the Sammy Watkins business this season. His production might be naturally limited to some degree by the bounty of weapons in Kansas City, but I still expect Watkins to thrive with Mahomes.
Eric Fisher, Cam Erving exit Thursday’s practice with injuries | Chiefs Digest
Left tackle Eric Fisher tweaked his shoulder and current left guard Cameron Erving tweak his right knee, according to head coach Andy Reid. The coach gave no indication of the severity of the injuries nor if either player could miss additional practice time.
Chiefs need Dee Ford — or his replacement — to emerge | ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs selected an outside linebacker in the second round in each of the past two drafts, sending a rather direct message to one of their veteran starters, Dee Ford.
After injury woes, Chiefs’ Houston out to find lost form | Fox Sports
”It doesn’t matter what side. I want to be everywhere,” Houston said this week. ”The weakest link is where I want to be. Every team is different. Everybody has a different weak link. So whoever has the weakest link, wherever it is, that’s where I want to be.”
We ranked every NFL team’s quarterback situation heading into the 2018 season | Business Insider
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Projected Week 1 starter: Patrick Mahomes
Backups: Chad Henne, Matt McGloin, Chase Litton
2018 outlook: We won’t know until the season starts. After a year of lying in wait, Patrick Mahomes will get his chance to lead the Chiefs. He seems prepared to succeed in an Andy Reid offense.
In case of emergency: Chad Henne is 33 years old and has not started an NFL game in over a decade, and he is likely the Chiefs best option should Mahomes get hurt. So, not great.
Long term plans: Mahomes’ draft classmates Mitch Trubisky and Deshaun Watson have already established themselves as their team’s focal point for the near-future. Hopefully, we’ll be saying the same about Mahomes after a solid year.
Every NFL Team’s Most Intriguing Project Player | Bleacher Report
Kansas City Chiefs: CB Tremon Smith
Smith has drawn rave reviews in training camp for those wheels, especially in the return game. But the 6’0”, 190-pounder could be much more for a team that’s as unsettled as any at cornerback.
It’s going to be a tall task, though. Defending receivers in the Southland Conference and taking on Los Angeles Chargers wideout Keenan Allen and Denver’s Demaryius Thomas is a bit different.
If These Happen We Could Have A Parade Down Grand! | 610 Sports Radio
If these 3 things happen, Chiefs fans could be celebrating in February!
Fantasy Football Rankings 2018: Best breakouts by model that predicted Kareem Hunt’s huge year | CBS Sports
Another shocker: Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The second-year player out of Texas Tech is taking over for Alex Smith, who was traded to the Redskins this offseason. Mahomes gets the chance to play for coach Andy Reid and run an offense featuring dynamos like Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Hunt. This same offense, minus Watkins, helped Smith finish as the No. 4 Fantasy quarterback in 2017.
Deciding top Hall of Fame debates: Revis, Rivers, Eli, Beast Mode, more | ESPN
Jason Peters, OT
The HOF case for Peters: Andy Reid called Peters “the best left tackle in football” after the Eagles acquired him from the Bills in 2009.
Watch Chiefs players try their hand at one of the oldest football video games around | Kansas City Star
“Electronic Football” was a hot holiday gift item some 40 years ago. And it retains a niche following today. Both you, as the player, and the computerized opponent against which you battle are represented by red, electronic blips of light.
Would playoff helmet hit on Chiefs’ Kelce now be outlawed? | The Wichita Eagle
The Chiefs’ postseason hopes might have turned on a play that resulted in a concussion to tight end Travis Kelce. Late in the first half against the Tennessee Titans, Kelce took a pass from Alex Smith, and when Kelce turned up field he was downed by a hard hit by Johnathan Cyprein in which the helmets collided.
Around the league
It didn’t take long for the NFL’s new helmet-hitting rule to be enforced | The Washington Post
It took only about 4 1/2 minutes into the NFL’s first preseason game for the league’s new helmet-hitting rule to be called.
Patriots to sign wide receiver Eric Decker to a one-year deal | The Boston Globe
New England is signing wide receiver Eric Decker to a one-year deal, according to a league source.
Hall of Fame Game: Ashton Kutcher couldn’t be more fired up to see the Bears open NFL preseason | CBS Sports
The Hall of Fame Game marks the beginning of the NFL preseason, so it’s an incredibly exciting time for football fans just craving some football action. They tune in, get a look at their teams, and then look for something else to distract them for the second half.
NFL training camp is a mental grind, too | SB Nation
NFL training camps are in full swing, and the first preseason game, the Hall of Fame game, is Thursday night. I enjoy talking about the camp process on Twitter and often get “what was/is camp like?” Well, I have the unique perspective having been apart of training camp practices under the old and new Collective Bargaining Agreements. They are vastly different.
Earl Thomas: Here’s What’s Actually Going On | The Players’ Tribune
The players who have taken the time to get to know me, they know the person I am. They know I’m not selfish. They know I wasn’t born with money. They know I’m just a hard worker, with a big heart, who’s given everything he’s got for the last eight years to the city of Seattle, and to the great game of football.
24-Year-Old NFL Linebacker Joshua Perry Is Already Retiring — Here’s Why | PEOPLE
Joshua Perry, an NFL linebacker, is retiring at age 24 after suffering six concussions, he announced Monday.
Antonio Brown day to day with undisclosed injury | NFL
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told reporters Thursday the team sent Brown from the team’s camp in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to Pittsburgh for evaluation for an unspecified injury.
EA Sports calls omission of Colin Kaepernick’s name from Madden soundtrack an ‘unfortunate mistake’ | Washington Post
For the second consecutive year, the Madden NFL video game appears to have edited a song on its soundtrack to exclude the name of quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
No one is coming back after NFL Network scandal | New York Post
After being accused of sexual harassment, Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk is expected to part ways with NFL Network soon, The Post has learned.
It’s not crazy to bet on a preseason game, so long as you follow the playbook | Sun Herald
“It’s not crazy,” said Jimmy Vaccaro, a Las Vegas oddsmaker since the 1970s. “People always bet it because they can’t wait for football season. It’s the shining beacon at the end of the road.”
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
No, Andy Reid was not taking a shot at Alex Smith Thursday
“He’s been doing a great job,” Reid said of Mahomes. “I know people wrote about the interceptions. I told you at the beginning of camp, I don’t care about all that stuff. I want him to test the offense. It’s so important. It’s so important we give him a ton of plays and [we’re] testing it. If you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to go test it, you’re going to be one of these quarterbacks who checks it down every time, and that’s not what it’s all about.
Tracking Thursday’s Kansas City Chiefs training camp updates LIVE
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The Chiefs already have a cheetah. How about a lion?
One of the names that’s frequently on the lips of those reporting on Kansas City Chiefs training camp these days is cornerback Tremon (Tre) Smith, the Chiefs’ sixth-round pick out of Central Arkansas.
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