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New KCI terminal set to open same year as 2023 NFL Draft | KSHB 41

The new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, set to open in 2023, may have played a role in the city being selected to host the NFL Draft the same year.

In four years, NFL fans around the country will meet in the heart of the nation, Kansas City, known for its fountains and barbecue.

Chiefs’ Sammy Watkins says his body feels so good, it’s like he’s in college again | Kansas City Star

“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.”

Most vulnerable division winners: Ravens, Texans, Rams at risk | NFL

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?

Why I’m glad the NFL didn’t change its ‘unfair’ overtime system | SB Nation

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!

Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: Russell Wilson Is Exactly What the NFL Needs Now | Bleacher Report

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

Divisional playoff games get later Sunday starts | NFL

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.

Skins sign LB Bostic, officially put Foster on IR | ESPN

The Washington Redskins signed veteran linebacker Jon Bostic to boost a unit weakened by the loss of Reuben Foster.

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.

Dak Prescott submits counteroffer to Dallas Cowboys | NFL

“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.

JuJu: Chemistry in Steelers’ WR room ‘on point’ | ESPN

“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.”

NFL Draft Generates Record Direct Spending in Nashville of $133 Million | Nashville Music City

Nashville’s NFL Draft Breaks Record in Every Category: Direct Spending, Economic Impact, Attendance, Viewership and Number of Countries Included in Broadcast.

NFL asks teams to eliminate dangerous Oklahoma drill to reduce concussions | Yahoo! Sports

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.

Chris Long: ‘I Certainly Enjoyed My Fair Share’ of Marijuana During NFL career | Sports Illustrated

“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 Draft is coming to Kansas City in 2023

The NFL announced on Wednesday that Kansas City will be the eighth city to host the draft since it left New York City.

Report: Chiefs’ proposal to change NFL overtime does not pass — but isn’t dead yet

At the league meetings in Florida, NFL owners did not vote on the proposal that was tabled in March

Roger Goodell speaks on Tyreek Hill matter during league meeting

The NFL Commissioner answered questions about Hill, but provided little new information

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