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Marcedes Lewis: ‘No question’ Travis Kelce is best TE | NFL

“I think it’s Travis Kelce, no question about it,” said Lewis when asked Friday on NFL Total Access who the best tight end in the business was.

Ranking All 32 NFL Teams’ Running Back Situations, Best to Worst | Sports Illustrated

27. Kansas City Chiefs, $6.8 / $167.1 million

Damien Williams, Carlos Hyde, Darrel Williams

Carlos Hyde is a smart addition and a tough runner. The Chiefs are going to need a more diverse weapon set in 2019, though.

Oddsmakers Give Edge to Josh Allen in Throw Off with Patrick Mahomes | Welcome to 7220

Bovada, the oddsmaker that offers prop bets, provided a betting line for the hypothetical throw off that hasn’t yet been assembled but has piqued the interest of many with Allen the favorite (-170) in the showdown with the 2018 NFL most valuable player as the underdog (+130).

How NFL roster construction impacts fantasy: AFC | Pro Football Focus

Kansas City: The Chiefs were ridiculous. Their worst roster position relative to league average was Harrison Butker at No. 5, with 141 points, and even that was above average. Owing in part to Kareem Hunt’s release, Damien Williams and Spencer Ware hovered down near the bottom of the list, giving the Chiefs more depth. That’s actually a bad sign for the team’s depth going into 2019, as Andy Reid doesn’t have much history of using second and third running backs.

2016 NFL Draft do-over: Dak Prescott goes No. 15 to Browns | NFL

I thought it would be a good time to take a look at how that draft would play out if teams had the knowledge of how these players would perform in the NFL before making their picks on the night of April 28, 2016. Here’s how I think the draft would go in a redo.

Pick 6: Baltimore Ravens, Chris Jones, DL

Pick 10: New York Giants, Tyreek Hill, WR

Pick 24: Cincinnati Bengals, Kendall Fuller, CB

Was Chiefs’ Chris Jones saying he’s a Flat Earther ... or pulling a prank on fans? | Kansas City Star

Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins and NBA players Kyrie Irving and Wilson Chandler are among those who have publicly said the Earth is flat (and apparently didn’t watch last month’s Space-X launch). Irving later apologized for his comments.

Jones’ tweet drew a lot of comments, and he responded to quite a few of them. Some of Jones’ responses seemed to indicate he was just joking. Others made it seem he was at the very least skeptical.

Chiefs currently don’t qualify for a 2020 compensatory pick | Chiefs Wire

Right now the best bet that the Chiefs have to gain a compensatory pick is Allen Bailey, Spencer Ware, and Orlando Scandrick. If at least one of those players signs a qualifying contract and the Chiefs sign no more players, they’ll have a chance to gain a fourth-round compensatory pick. That pick could give the Chiefs a total of eight draft picks in 2020.

Around the league

Antonio Brown, JuJu engage in Twitter war of words | NFL

In response to critical trolls who pointed out in an attempt to get under Brown’s skin that JuJu Smith-Schuster, not A.B., won Pittsburgh’s team MVP award in 2018, the receiver lashed out at the third-year receiver, recalling Smith-Schuster’s mistake from the Steelers’ Week 16 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Source: Cowboys, Lawrence agree to $105M deal | ESPN

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a five-year, $105 million deal with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, with $65 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN.

Vikings signing Sean Mannion to back up Kirk Cousins | NFL

The former Los Angeles Rams backup quarterback is signing with the Minnesota Vikings in the same capacity, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Sunday, per a source.

With recent additions to the Raiders offense, QB Derek Carr could look deep more than ever in 2019 | Pro Football Focus

With how well these receivers have produced with their previous quarterbacks, it would be surprising if Carr didn’t look downfield more often in 2019 and beyond. While the box-score numbers may not have shown it, Carr has graded higher than Rivers (90.9) and just slightly lower than Roethlisberger (96.4) over the last three seasons, with a 95.4 deep-passing grade that ranks 11th among 31 quarterbacks in that span. His grade is due in large part to his accuracy downfield, as Carr is tied with Tom Brady for the third-highest perfect accuracy percentage on deep passes since 2016.

Report: Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Home Burglarized | Sports Illustrated

Three men reportedly stole $20,000 worth of jewelry and purses after breaking into McVay’s home by bashing in the back door.

McVay was not home during the incident. Damages are being assessed.

McVay’s home security system alerted police of the situation.

AAF Releases Statement Apologizing to Players for Suspending Play | Bleacher Report

“We are grateful to our players, who delivered quality football and may now exercise their NFL-out clauses in our contract. We encourage them to continue pursuing their dreams and wish them the best. We are grateful to our fans, who have been true believers from the beginning, and to our world-class partners. And to the Alliance coaches and employees who devoted their valuable time and considerable talent to this venture, we are forever grateful.”

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Chiefs draft prospect visit and workout tracker

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Unsure of his NFL future, Jamaal Charles makes his case for the Hall of Fame

”I mean, some of my numbers look way better than some people already in Canton,” Charles told TMZ.

Patrick Mahomes delivered a ‘turnt’ pregame speech to Texas Tech before Final Four victory

“He came in our film session, and he said he’s proud of us,” sophomore Davide Moretti said. “We did something that nobody [at Texas Tech] has done before. He was cheering for us, and he said that we’ve got this, because he knows how hard we play and how hard we’ve worked for it. He’ll cheer his butt off for us.”

25 Days of Draftmas: James Williams has the pass-catching ability the Chiefs need at running back

One-sentence bio: Early entrant into the Draft, three-year letter winner who caught 83 passes his final season for the Cougars.

One-sentence scouting report: Small running back with versatility to run a variety of routes out of the backfield and in the slot.

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