In four years, NFL fans around the country will meet in the heart of the nation, Kansas City, known for its fountains and barbecue.
“I think this year I feel like I’m in college again. Or high school. My body is just holding up right. I just feel like this is the best time right now for the next — I don’t know how long I’ll play — but the next six to eight years, is giving my all. Putting my heart, my soul, my energy, my spirit in the game, I just feel like the success will start coming once I change my attitude about it.”
4) Kansas City Chiefs (AFC West)
There are reasons to be concerned about the Chiefs. Receiver Tyreek Hill is currently away from the team, with a child abuse investigation involving Hill having been reopened in April. Will speedy rookie Mecole Hardman be able to replace the two-time All-Pro? Aside from Hill, Kansas City can rest easy knowing Patrick Mahomes is an elite-level quarterback, while tight end Travis Kelce is coming off one of his best NFL seasons (103 catches, 1,336 yards and 10 scores) and running back Damien Williamsstepped in ably after Kareem Hunt was released last November (Williams averaged 5.97 yards per carry in his three regular-season starts). New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is very good, and I think the acquisition of pass rusher Frank Clark will help a great deal. But how long will it take for the defensive overhaul, which includes a switch to the 4-3, to kick in?
The current overtime system stayed the same — and that’s fine
The NFL declined to vote on the Kansas City Chiefs’ proposal to alter the overtime rules. The Chiefs were asking for both offenses to have an opportunity to possess the ball in overtime. Well guess what? Both teams have that opportunity now: It’s called defense!
3. MVP race
One last thing on Wilson. A handful of team officials told me they think he will beat out Brady and Patrick Mahomes for MVP next season.
The theory is that while Wilson will have a monster year for a rebuilt Seahawks team, Brady’s age will finally catch up to him (good luck with that) and Mahomes will take a moderate step back now that teams have plenty of video on him (good luck with that too).
Around the league
At the forefront, Sunday playoff games during the Divisional Round will have later starts, every market will have three games every Sunday and there will be fewer commercial breaks during the Super Bowl.
Foster tore his ACL in practice Monday. He has not yet had surgery, and doctors fear there could be more damage but won’t know until they operate, a source said.
“I’d generally say going well,” Jones said of talks with his franchise quarterback. “These things never have a definitive answer. Because you never know if you’ve done it until you’ve done it.”
Prescott is entering the final season of his rookie contract and is reportedly targeting a extension worth at least $30 million per year.
“The chemistry is on point,” Smith-Schuster told reporters after Wednesday’s organized team activities session. “Everyone is on the same page. Everyone is communicating. There’s really no -- how do you say? -- drama in our locker room.”
Nashville’s NFL Draft Breaks Record in Every Category: Direct Spending, Economic Impact, Attendance, Viewership and Number of Countries Included in Broadcast.
The drill, which pits an offensive lineman against a defensive lineman, is meant to simulate close quarters and hard contact. There are usually pads placed on each side of those linemen, giving them a small area to attack each other. Sometimes, the drill features a ball carrier who tries to shoot through the small gap.
“We should be headed to a place where we allow players to enjoy what I would not even call a drug - it’s far less dangerous than guzzling a fifth of alcohol and going out after a game,” Long said. “Chances are the player won’t even make it to the club [laughs] to do this sort of thing that we all kind of wag our finger at when we hear about a guy getting in a fight or getting a DUI, you’re never going to read about him sitting on the couch and binge-watching ‘Game of Thrones’ again.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
The NFL announced on Wednesday that Kansas City will be the eighth city to host the draft since it left New York City.
At the league meetings in Florida, NFL owners did not vote on the proposal that was tabled in March
The NFL Commissioner answered questions about Hill, but provided little new information
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