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Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs were immensely fun to watch in 2018—a wildly prolific offensive team led by a magical young MVP quarterback in Patrick Mahomes. But as good as the Chiefs were offensively, they were equally awful on defense, and that defense was eventually the team’s undoing in the AFC Championship Game.
The Chiefs are going to be in the thick of the AFC West race this year, but the team appears a good bet to backslide somewhat from last year’s 12 wins. Kansas City’s November 18 matchup in Mexico City against the Chargers has the makings of one of the season’s biggest prime-time affairs.
WORST OVERALL SCHEDULES
The AFC West gets a rough slate this season. Oakland ranks last with the highest overall average opposing grade (82.0). There’s certainly some excitement surrounding the Raiders with Antonio Brown now in house, but it’s wise to not overvalue him for fantasy purposes. Likewise, the Chiefs come in at 29th (81.0). Patrick Mahomes is coming off a historic season, but he’s poised for regression. That said, he’s still the clear favorite to lead all quarterbacks in fantasy scoring.
WORST RUSHING SCHEDULES
The schedule certainly didn’t break the right way for the Chiefs’ run game this year, as Kansas City draws the worst schedule based on last year’s run defense grades. Damien Williams flashed major upside down the stretch last season, but his limited resume and tough schedule make him a risky fantasy option.
Last season, Travis Kelce was among the very best at the position, especially inside the red zone. Kelce ranked second among tight ends with an 82.7 red-zone grade, and he generated a 109.5 passer rating when targeted inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. He led all tight ends with 18 receptions on 25 targets, and his 10 red-zone scores tied for the sixth-best single-season mark of the PFF era.
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The Chiefs shared a video for the release of its 2019 schedule that included clips of historical highlights against opponents they will face this season.
Those include Andy Reid’s first win as Chiefs coach, the 1970 AFL Championship Game win over the Oakland Raiders and quarterback Joe Montana’s comeback against the Broncos on “Monday Night Football.”
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“It’s annoying, but it is what it is. Football’s a business, and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions. We won three games, and each one of those wins -- to me, it felt like we won the Super Bowl. And that feeling is so intoxicating, and that’s why I just want nothing more than to be part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete.”
Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin noted Thursday a couple of players were absent from the beginning of Phase One of offseason workouts.
”We’re close to 100 percent attendance -- and quite frankly all of our players should be here...” Coughlin said, via John Oehser of the team’s official website.
Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders have been “super impressed” with former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins while doing their homework on prospects for the 2019 NFL draft, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.
“It’s very good to be throwing again. It’s what I do,” he said, via the Associated Press. “It’s encouraging. Every day gets easier and easier, I’m able to make this throw better than I was a week ago. It’s small victories like that. Throughout the whole process, it’s all about small victories because you’re not going to jump out and be able to throw it 60, 70 yards again. Small victories.”
“I know everyone has conspiracy theories,” Ebersol told SBJ. “But, unfortunately, this may have just died because the main investor and the founders had different visions of what the company was supposed to be. ... Our long-term vision for building something slowly and getting enterprise value was not aligned with [Dundon’s] vision of how he saw the league.”
The Redskins signed defensive end Matt Ioannidis to a three-year extension with a base value of $21.75 million and $14 million guaranteed, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport reported. Garafolo adds Ioannidis can earn $3 million through incentives. The Redskins later confirmed the signing.
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It is still unknown whether Hill or fiancée Crystal Espinal face — or will ever face — any kind of charges.
3. Veach is learning on the fly
VEACH: “For me it’s learning to be passive more so than aggressive.”
How he approaches this draft will be fascinating. We all expect those pedal-to-the-metal tendencies because the one-year sample size was so aggressive. Having four top-100 selections will be an interesting study. His overall approach has been making sure players he loves are in the building. Maybe we see a more of a balanced approach from Veach next week.
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“The Ogbah trade was a trade I think worked well for both John (Dorsey) and I,” Veach said.
“We were excited about him [Keith Reaser] and then he got hurt, but I think if he would have stayed healthy, he would have made our 90-man roster, and then he goes to the AAF and was one of the best players there. That’s a testament to him just to continue to work and we thought it made sense and he was familiar with us and we were familiar with him.”
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