“You know who he reminds me of? Walter Payton,” Okoye tells TMZ Sports.
Still, it was a bit surprising to see 10 of them make the Chiefs’ active roster last weekend.
“Yeah,” Reid acknowledged Monday, “but we like the guys we got there. We’ve kept 10 before, and you know you can’t have enough of those guys. But everything in this thing is fluid.”
2. Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ADP, 183)
For as much short-term upside that Wilkins has, Spencer Ware’s ceiling has him beat.
After leading the Chiefs in rushing in 2016, Spencer Ware was being drafted as early as the second-round in fantasy last season. Then, he injured his knee, Kareem Hunt basically took over the world, and now Ware’s become an afterthought.
The hype surrounding Patrick Mahomes is reaching dangerous levels, but it’s easy to get excited about the Kansas City Chiefs’ strong-armed passer. Mahomes is brimming with potential during his first full season starting, especially with his talent and the weapons around him.
“I mean, I definitely have a bigger voice just being in the starting quarterback role,” Mahomes said, “but there are so many leaders on this team. There are so many leaders and so many guys that have stepped up. When you have a team of leaders, those are the teams that have success.”
2. The average age of players
The average age of the Chiefs’ 25 offensive players is 25.64 years old.
The youngest player on offense is rookie sixth-round pick Kahil McKenzie, who is 21 years old, and the oldest player is backup quarterback Chad Henne, who is 33. The only two players who are 30 years or older are Henne and offensive lineman Jordan Devey, who is 30.
I’m picking the Rams because they’ve done a good job playing down their worst-to-first offense last year, realizing if they were really the Warriors of the NFL they wouldn’t have stunk it up in the playoffs against Atlanta. They added the kind of versatile and durable deep threat that Sammy Watkins wasn’t in Brandin Cooks, who can play all over the offensive formation.
The Chiefs shed Witzmann in order to make room for center Austin Reiter, who they claimed off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns. Reiter, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound fourth-year pro out of South Florida, was released by the Browns on Sunday. He’s played in 17 games (one start) in his previous three seasons with the Browns (two seasons) and Washington (one season).
Davis won’t be a primary receiver. If fellow tight end Jordan Reed is healthy, he will be the focal point of the passing game. In Kansas City, Smith connected often with tight end Travis Kelce, both on routes on which he aligned in the slot, where Reed often is, and on downfield routes, a la Davis.
AFC West Bold Prediction: Chargers win the division.
This might not seem like a bold prediction -- because a lot of people are picking the Chargers -- but trust me, it is. For one, I’m putting my unblemished AFC West track record on the line with this pick. Six teams have made the playoffs out of this division over the past four years and I’ve correctly picked them all. Basically, if you had bet on just my AFC West picks over the past four years, you’d be a billionaire. The other reason this is a crazy pick is because someone out there clearly has a Chargers voodoo doll. I mean, the injuries in L.A. are getting out of hand. However, I’m going to ignore all of that and pick the Chargers to win the division anyway. On a related note, if you’re the one holding the Chargers voodoo doll, please don’t use it on Philip Rivers.
Around the league
“We are disappointed Le’Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team. “Coach [Mike] Tomlin and the coaching staff will continue to focus on preparing the players on our roster for our regular-season opener on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.”
“Obviously, he just didn’t do the job,” Sanders said about Lynch in an interview with NFL.com’s Nick Shook. “I was rooting for the guy. He’s got all the intangibles in the world. Six-foot-6, 6-foot-7, big arm, can scramble, can run. I just think that for Paxton, he’s just got to keep honing in on his mental skills, his study skills, how to go about playing the quarterback position, knowing your reads and checkdowns and also playing with a sense of confidence that runs through the offense, spreads through like a wildfire throughout the offense.”
“It’s not what anybody wanted,” Carr said about the trade. “I think that’s clear. But it is what it is. It’s probably the business ... it’s one of those sucky things that happen. The hardest part for me, obviously, you lose a good football player, but he’s my brother, man. That’s one of my best friends, so I think the hardest part is I don’t get to see one of my best friends every day.”
Nike Inc has chosen Colin Kaepernick, the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racism, as one of the faces for advertisements commemorating the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” slogan, a move that could draw U.S. President Donald Trump’s ire.
The NFL’s infamous cut day puts capable veterans out of work every year, and the 2018 season was no different. Teams with stronger overall rosters struggle to fit skilled veterans into their 53-man roster plans, giving the rest of the league an opportunity to add talent off the unemployment list shortly after cut day.
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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid opened up the regular season on Monday (Labor Day) with his first press conference, as the Chiefs prepare to take on the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday at 3:05 p.m. Arrowhead Time.
“(Reiter) was doing some really good things as a young player that we went and found and put on our football team,’’ Browns head coach Hue Jackson said after the injury, per Cleveland.com. “So hopefully he can get healthy and get back.”
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