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2019 NFL strength of schedule: Patriots and Redskins have it easiest, Raiders face roughest ride | CBS Sports

Overall, the Raiders strength of schedule for 2019 is .539, which is just slightly ahead of the Broncos, who have the second most difficult strength of schedule at .537, which means Joe Flacco’s first year in Denver could be a rough one. The Chargers are actually the only team in the AFC West that doesn’t have one of the NFL’s five most difficult schedules (The Chiefs strength of schedule is tied with the Bears for the fifth most difficult overall).

Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes’ off-season mission includes playing ‘Call of Duty’ | Los Angeles Times

“The main guys I play with in the locker room are Anthony Hitchens, Tyreek Hill and Gehrig Dieter,” Mahomes said. “Those guys are always on. Anytime I hop on, they’re always on. There’s a lot of guys who play. You’d be surprised how many guys in the locker room play video games, especially ‘Call of Duty’. It’s another way you can blow off steam, especially in the off-season while a lot of us separate and go to our home states to see family we can still communicate and keep in touch witch each other.”

Franchising Ford would be good business for Chiefs | Pro Football Focus

From a PFF grading perspective, his 2018 overall mark of 87.7 ranked 11th among edge defenders, including the postseason, and his pass-rush grade of 91.1 ranked first. His overall grade this past season was 24.2 points higher than previous best, and further, his 2018 breakout offered up eight games with an overall grade of 80.0 or higher with four games at an elite pass-rush grade.

The curious case of Giants safety Landon Collins’ locker and its effect on Chiefs fans | Kansas City Star

Some Chiefs fans couldn’t help but dream Wednesday about Giants safety Landon Collins joining their team.

Collins, 25, is a three-time Pro Bowler who will become an unrestricted free agent on March 13 and has played for new Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

2018 Milestones | NFL

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The Chiefs, with 565 points scored, finished as the third-highest scoring team in league annals, trailing only the 2013 Denver Broncos (606 points scored) and 2007 New England Patriots (589).

Kansas City Chiefs draft needs: 5 small schoolers who can take the Chiefs deep in the playoffs | Draft Diamonds

Rob Rolle, S, Villanova – The Chiefs need a safety and Rob Rolle of Villanova is a guy who can come in right away and start. Rolle, a New Jersey native stands at 5110 and weighs 190 pounds. He is not afraid of contact and has a nose for the ball. I think he is a late round pick, but he would be a great draft pick for the Chiefs later in the draft, especially with Sam Madison as their new defensive back’s coach.

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Roundup: Browns sign wide receiver Jaelen Strong | NFL

In a move that will provide a third chance for a former third-round pick and some hopeful depth to a one-time depleted receiving corps, the Cleveland Browns signed wideout Jaelen Strong on Wednesday.

Here are other transactions from Wednesday:

1. The Bears are expected to release tight end Dion Sims, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source. A salary cap casualty, Sims was due to make $6 million in 2019.

Steelers GM says team will not use tag on Le’Veon Bell | ESPN

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not place a franchise or transition tag on the All-Pro running back, general manager Kevin Colbert told local reporters on Wednesday.

”Le’Veon is still a great player,” Colbert said. “We can’t afford to use any other type of tags. Le’Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year.”

Kliff Kingsbury’s offense similar in concepts to NFL but different in approach | Cards Wire

“Some of the same concepts he ran, they are the same concepts in the NFL,” said passing game coordinator and QB coach Tom Clements,who is the team’s lead offensive assistant, via the team site. “It’s just a different approach — how you get to them, the different things you might do in the run game to combine the run and the pass game and just the style of play.”

Steelers GM: Ben Roethlisberger ‘unquestioned leader’ of locker room | ESPN

The Pittsburgh Steelers are unquestionably quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s team, according to general manager Kevin Colbert. Colbert called Roethlisberger the “unquestioned leader” of the locker room who has the freedom to publicly criticize teammates if he sees fit.

”He’s the elder statesmen and the Super Bowl winner,” Colbert told a group of local reporters Wednesday. “If our players were smart, they’d listen to him because he’s been there. He’s done it. He can tell them, ‘No guys, what you’re doing is or is not good enough to do this.’”

Scouts buzzing about NFL draft prospect who’s blind in right eye | NFL

Daniels is completely blind in his right eye, the result of a childhood accident that had an impact on his personality but apparently hasn’t affected him much on the football field -- so little, in fact, that very few people in the entire Charleston program over the last four years even knew about it.

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Steve Spagnuolo and Brett Veach have broken new ground

Quite simply, Brett Veach and Andy Reid pinned the blame on the defensive coaching staff and cleaned house.

While the hiring of new defensive coordinator Steve Spagunolo necessitated some turnover on the staff, gutting the entire defensive positional coaching staff and replacing with all new coaches is something we haven’t seen in the previous few defensive coordinator changes for Reid.

Five takeaways from Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s opening conference call

“You won’t talk to a defensive coach in the NFL that doesn’t say they’d like to be on a team with A, a really good head football coach and B, a really good quarterback,” he said. “We all know in today’s football in this league, if you don’t have that position, if you don’t feel good about that position at quarterback, you’re always looking for one and the whole rest of the team is affected when you’re looking for it, so it goes without saying that I’m real excited to be part of an organization that has an elite quarterback, judging by what he did last year.”

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