The Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints are the only other teams with double-digit win totals, at 10.5. And Kansas City’s win total would’ve been higher if not for Tyreek Hill’s latest off-field incident.
”We lowered [the Chiefs] by half a win, Murray said. “But I wouldn’t be shocked if Hill plays again at some point.”
“As soon as they can verify that was Tyreek Hill on that tape, he’s gone,” the NFL Network analyst said on The DA Show. “I think the Chiefs cut him, and then I think the district attorney’s office in Kansas City is going to look back into seeing what’s going on. If this is true and they found some child abuse, I think not playing football again is going to be the least of his worries.”
Uncertainty surrounding Tyreek Hill’s future loomed largely over the Chiefs at this year’s draft, and the Chiefs did attempt to address wide receiver with the second-round pick of Mecole Hardman. Though extremely dynamic, Hardman is no Tyreek Hill. That said, his dynasty stock skyrocketed after getting paired with Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City also added more play making ability with Darwin Thompson in the sixth. More of a complementary back, Thompson has some appeal in deep dynasty leagues.
ABC caught up with a bachlorette party on Friday night and bride-to-be Molly was thrilled to know Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was in Nashville. He did some work for ABC on Thursday. Molly had no problem with the draft being the same night as her party.
“I am very happy with (the draft) and I heard Patrick Mahomes is here, which is cool,” Molly said.
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Gagnon believes the Chiefs’ anticlimactic offseason puts them behind the eight ball:
”Patrick Mahomes is special, but he’ll have his work cut out for him in 2019. And it goes beyond the Tyreek Hill debacle. The Chiefs spent the offseason running on a hamster wheel in an attempt to fix the defense, and the decision to trade for Frank Clark after dealing away Dee Ford was just silly. The pass rush took a step back with Justin Houston’s departure, and the secondary doesn’t look to be dramatically improved. Throw in that they didn’t have a first-round pick as a result of the Clark trade, and it was an ugly March/April for Kansas City. The AFC West is the Chargers’ division now.”
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Dolphins general manager Chris Grier is expecting a newly motivated Rosen after all that has transpired and been said about the quarterback over the past week.
”I don’t think my chip has got to grow anymore. I might tip over,” Rosen said, laughing.
Set to earn around $8.5 million in 2019, Wentz will make more than $20 million in 2020, the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.
A Florida judge on Monday again temporarily blocked release of surveillance video related to the solicitation case involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
The NFL has to be especially thrilled at its Day 2 ratings. For Rounds 2 and 3, on a Friday night, the ratings took off. ESPN PR said ABC averaged 2.6 million viewers (up 31 percent from 2018), ESPN/ESPN2 averaged 2.1 million (up 20 percent) and all of the broadcasts drew an average of 5.7 million fans, a 19 percent increase from last year. It was the biggest Day 2 audience ever, ESPN said.
The NFL announced a multi-year partnership extension with Twitter, featuring live programming tied to the league’s major events. It also will provide game highlights and original-sponsored content.
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The NFL may place Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill on the commissioner’s exempt list this week after the league and players’ union reviewed the audio tape released by KCTV5, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The Chiefs aggressively moved up to address a need they had on the roster for a fast receiver that can stress and stretch the field vertically, provide value on jet sweeps and in the screen game and give the return game additional value and depth.
They zeroed in on the speed trait and came away with the best game speed in the class for an offensive weapon.
The value is a little rich for me with how far he has to go developmentally. He could be a guy who has grown up through the process and made more significant jumps than others. That happens all the time, especially for players who may not have played a position long like Hardman.
A brief recap on Chiefs draft picks from over the weekend from a medical perspective.
Since the Chiefs traded its fifth-rounder (No. 167) to the Los Angeles Rams to acquire Hardman at 56, they didn’t pick until the sixth round at pick No. 201. That is where the Chiefs drafted South Carolina cornerback Rashad Fenton. The Chiefs’ next pick wouldn’t come until 13 picks later (214).
Veach explained in a conference call Monday that right after talking to Fenton to tell him he was a Chief, he picked up the phone again, worried that he might not be able to wait to draft running back Darwin Thompson at No. 214.
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