“I heard you’ve got to be a little crazy to play defense,” Speaks said when asked about a video clip of him in a college game waving to the television camera, wide-eyed with a slightly creepy smile and looking like a villain in a superhero movie.
After making non-football related headlines twice, Hunt says he’s focused on football.
At Saturday’s training camp, Hunt briefly addressed the incidents for the first time. ”You know, I’m learning from it and I’m focused on football,” said Hunt.
“It gave me a momentum boost coming into camp,” Robinson said. “Showing what I can do during game time, playoff-wise and just letting the quarterbacks and the coaches know that I can do the same thing coming into this year.”
Listed as the fourth-string quarterback on the Chiefs unofficial depth chart, Litton likely won’t get in the game until the fourth quarter. But as he fights for a spot on the roster or the practice squad with fifth-year pro McGloin, he’ll use every advantage he can get to show the Chiefs he belongs with their organization.
11. Alex Smith, QB, Redskins
In 2008: Smith didn’t play in 2008, missing the year with a shoulder injury. After three mediocre seasons, it looked like he was on his way to becoming a bust.
In 2018: A decade later, Smith isn’t just still in the NFL, he’s coming off the best season of his career. With the Chiefs last year, he turned into a deep-ball savant, throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns (both career highs). He was so good that Kansas City … traded him to Washington. Now Smith will be filling Kirk Cousins’s shoes.
One Random Highlight: It’s easy to forget how mobile Smith can be, as he shows on this 28-yard touchdown run from 2012.
Carr raved about the value of practicing against Slay and the Lions’ defensive backs. The quarterback plays in a division loaded with talented corners, including Kansas City’s Kendall Fuller and Denver’s Chris Harris and Bradley Roby.
The Chiefs have shiny looking pieces, but with Mahomes being untested, it’s a gamble if they’ll even go .500 this season.
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Patrick Mahomes, QB Chiefs
With Deshaun Watson out, all eyes are on Mahomes. The first-year starter impressed in his lone start in 2017, but he still has plenty of holes to fill in his game. How much has he evolved since the last season? And will all those picks he’s thrown in camp spill over into games?
Also keep an eye on: Justin Reid, S Texans
Smith was kept clean on 67.0 percent of his dropbacks, the 11th-highest rate in the league. With the Washington offensive line once again healthy, there’s a good chance this figure actually goes up as we have ranked their offensive line the 12th best going into the season, compared to Kansas City’s unit, which ranked 18th. As a comparison, Cousins ranked ninth in the NFL last season in passer rating when kept clean with a figure of 106.5.
Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks
Thomas has been true to his word after announcing via Twitter a couple of days before the June minicamp he wouldn’t participate in any of Seattle’s team activities until his contract situation was resolved. More recently, Thomas issued a “pay me or trade me” ultimatum to the Seahawks, which he followed up with an article in The Players Tribune where he explained why he is holding out.
The five-time All Pro probably has his sights set on reclaiming his place at the top of the safety pay scale. Eric Berry is the current standard with the six-year, $78 million contract containing $40 million in guarantees he received from the Chiefs in 2017.
Mahomes only started in a Week 17 game last season, but he showed off all the traits that made him a coveted quarterback prospect and was the reason why the Chiefs felt comfortable trading away Alex Smith. He has the arm talent to make difficult passes look routine.
Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Kansas City Chiefs. Trading away Alex Smith was about as clear an indication as could be that the Chiefs are committed to Mahomes as their signal-caller of the future. The 22-year-old has an absolute cannon, but also uses his feet well. He didn’t get much of an opportunity in his rookie season, but that’s all set to change in 2018. There likely will be some growing pains, but that shouldn’t deter anyone from the upside that he’ll bring running the Kansas City offense.
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Strong Safety: Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs—96
I don’t think the Patriots have anyone that could compete with Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (75/1) or Los Angeles Rams CB Marcus Peters (75/1).
Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
A third-round pick in 2017, Kareem Hunt wasn’t an athletic marvel coming out of Toledo. He profiles as a back who is more reliant on his offensive line than some. Hunt is a reliable, no-nonsense runner, but he’s not a creator with the ball in his hands who needs only a sliver of daylight to explode for big gainers. Assuming the Chiefs’ depth isn’t tested by injury this year, their blocking should be fine most weeks. That said, a lot can go wrong here.
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“If you’re going to take the focus off of what the protest was really about—it was never about the anthem, it was never about the troops, it was about social equality and racial injustice—then make it all about the anthem,” Rodgers explained. ”Everybody in the stadium stands and does the exact same thing. You have people in the concession, people in the bathroom; you’ve got cameramen on their knee watching. You can’t have it one way or another.”
Deflategate is the perfect example. The league allowed itself to be hijacked by some penny-ante, vigilante bull that wound up lasting almost two years, costing about $25 million and still resulted in Tom Brady holding the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season.
Shazier, the inactive Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, suffered a severe spinal injury last December that has left his football future unclear. Like a rising concussion rate, Shazier’s injury was a key impetus to the league’s fast push during the offseason for the rule change.
But only once in the NFL’s history have a team and a city actively hated each other right from the jump, only once has the relationship turned so ugly that the plug got pulled after just a few months. Like all bad relationships, it faltered on the rocks of jealousy and pain, and also like all bad relationships, both parties would just as soon forget it ever happened.
Three years later, the number of players with a Parkinson’s or ALS diagnosis who have applied for and received payments under the NFL’s concussion settlement is significantly larger than projected, raising the possibility that professional football players may be at greater risk of developing the neurodegenerative diseases than previously believed.
But that doesn’t mean “Hardland” doesn’t work. Because nobody knows “hard” like the Cleveland Browns. Winning games is hard. Being a fan is hard. Drafting the right players is hard. Trusting a GM is hard. Keeping a head coach is hard. Reversing a chronic culture of losing is -- well, you get it.
Thomas showed up at the University of Texas’ fifth practice of fall camp in Austin on Wednesday, per multiple reports, and was seen with fellow former Longhorn and NFL safety Michael Huff.
Everything is a test with Kamara. Guided by his intuition, a gift he inherited from his mother of Liberian descent, he will watch how you respond and react in certain situations that will reveal your true character. He seeks to find an authentic person, and these tests determine how many layers he will peel back.
After being introduced to the crowd in Chattanooga, Owens went on to to give a speech that ran for more than 39 minutes, which is believed to be the longest speech by any inductee in the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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After catching wind of the bad news about Daniel Sorensen’s injury late Tuesday evening, most Kansas City Chiefs fan were hustling and bustling around checking out the free agent safety market due the relatively strong unsigned class.
Reid’s modus operandi towards wide receivers appears to be the following: Let’s draft guys in the mid-rounds, and keep an eye open in free agency. In fact, the signing of Sammy Watkins was a total Reid move given Reid’s past, and more of us should have seen it coming.
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