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Oddsmakers: Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes are both favorites to repeat in 2019 | Kansas City Star

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was the Chiefs first player to win the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award, and there’s a good chance he’ll be a repeat winner.

That’s according to FanDuel Sportsbook odds. Mahomes is given 6-1 odds to be the 2019 NFL MVP award winner. FanDuel listed odds for nine players, and they’re all quarterbacks. Colts star Andrew Luck is next (9-1), followed by the Patriots’ Tom Brady and Saints’ Drew Brees, who both have 10-1 odds.

Kansas City Chiefs: Can Mecole Hardman Continue to Emerge? | Bleacher Report

The Georgia product needs to develop a lot more, but he ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash and is extremely versatile. If he can put on a show at Chiefs OTAs, that hype train might become unstoppable.

Darwin Thompson, James Williams are low-risk, high-reward running backs Kansas City should bet on | Pro Football Focus

Investing a sixth-round pick and just under $130K guaranteed in both Thompson and Williams is an approach to the running back position all 31 other teams should follow. Signing Hyde to a one-year deal with $1.5 million guaranteed at signing is, quite frankly, the opposite.

Ideally, Kansas City’s brass finds a way to right the wrong and sprinkle both Thompson and Williams throughout their offense in 2019 rather than follow in Hue Jackson’s footsteps and hammer Hyde to the tune of 100-plus carries while better backs warm the bench.

NFL 2019: Five division winners from 2018 that are poised to take a step back | CBS Sports

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Much like the Rams, I am not going to call for any sort of massive collapse given the coach and QB assembled in KC. Patrick Mahomes is good for a playoff appearance, just not sure he has another 50 TDs in him and I have concerns about the upheaval and tumult in KC going back to Kareem Hunt being kicked off the team midseason. Tyreek Hill is a huge cog in that offense, but will the NFL actually allow him to play in 2019? The defense may have treaded water, when it needs to make major gains, and a lot of heart-and-soul players departed this offseason. The best team in all of football may be over in LA (Chargers), and I can’t help but wonder if this offensive line takes a step back as well. Anyway, these are first-world NFL problems to have and Mahomes looks like an all-time great, so there are no windows to worry about in KC anytime soon.

Patrick Mahomes on why he believes he can throw a football 100 yards in Mexico City | Kansas City Star

While talking on the “Pardon My Take” podcast that was released Monday, Mahomes was asked about how far he could throw a football at Azteca Stadium.

“Probably 100 (yards),” Mahomes said.

The hosts, Dan Katz and Eric Sollenberger, were incredulous.

“Yeah, I got to like 80, 83 in Denver and then you have to times it by two because it’s like 2 miles above altitude,” Mahomes added. “So I can handle the extra 20.”

NFL rookies reflect on future | KCTV5

NFL rookies have gotten their first exposure to their new teams, including Mecole Hardman and the Chiefs. Some have taken another big step to start their professional careers, such as Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Locke.

3 Free Agents the Chiefs Could Still Sign | 12up

The Kansas City Chiefs are all-in on a championship. They have an MVP in Patrick Mahomes on a rookie contract, an excellent coach in Andy Reid, and one of the best rosters top to bottom in the league. Still, there is always room for improvement. While the Chiefs don’t have a ton of cash to spend, they could still sign these three veteran free agents.

Around the league

Report: Reuben Foster has torn ACL | NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

Washington linebacker Reuben Foster has reportedly been lost for the season with an injury suffered just minutes into his first practice at Organized Team Activities.

Buccaneers release Gerald McCoy after nine seasons | NFL

Tampa Bay released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy after nine seasons with the club, the team announced Tuesday.

The 31-year-old had three years remaining on his contract with the Bucs and was owed $13 million in 2019 prior to his release. Now that he’s off the roster, McCoy will count nothing against Tampa Bay’s cap.

NFL and players’ union to study potential use of marijuana for pain management | The Washington Post

The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed for the first time to cooperate in studying the potential use of marijuana as a pain management tool for players, representing a possible shift in the league’s approach to an issue on which several players have been outspoken.

The exploration will take place as part of two new medical committees formed by the league and union that will provide recommendations on key medical issues. This also will include a review of teams’ policies and practices for the use of prescription medication by players.

Big Ben says he went too far criticizing Brown | ESPN

“I took some heat, and deservedly so, for some of the comments on that show and especially toward him,” Roethlisberger told the outlet. “I genuinely feel bad about that and I’m sorry. Did I go too far after that Denver game? Probably ...”

Ezekiel Elliott handcuffed, but not arrested after argument at Las Vegas music festival | CBS Sports

Elliott appeared to use his body to push a man into a guardrail, which was knocked over as the man fell

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