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.
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.
”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.”
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.
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 3 things happen, Chiefs fans could be celebrating in February!
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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
New England is signing wide receiver Eric Decker to a one-year deal, according to a league source.
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 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.
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.
Joshua Perry, an NFL linebacker, is retiring at age 24 after suffering six concussions, he announced Monday.
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.
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,” 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.”
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“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.
Check out what happened at the Kansas City Chiefs’ seventh full-team training camp practice Thursday
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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