“He can look at every one of [last season’s plays] and go, ‘I can do this better right here,’” Reid said. “[Kafka] and [Bieniemy] have gone through all those and they’ll be able to sit with him and go, ‘What do you think here?’ and then, ‘This is what I think.’ With that, growth takes place if you handle it the right way. He’s wired the right way to handle that. He wants to be a great player and that’s what you do. He’s very open to things.
Kansas City Chiefs: Demarcus Robinson, wide receiver. If Tyreek Hill doesn’t play for the Chiefs this season (a child-abuse investigation involving Hill was reopened by a prosecutor in April), the natural inclination is to expect veteran Sammy Watkins and rookie Mecole Hardman to soak up Hill’s targets. But don’t look past Robinson. The 2016 fourth-round pick could never pass Chris Conley on the depth chart, but he’s flashed playmaking ability when given the chance. With Conley (who signed in Jacksonville) and now possibly Hill gone, Robinson could easily top his career production (500 yards) this season.
Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes
Projected Stats: 377 completions, 571 attempts, 4,717 yards, 38 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 64 carries, 296 yards, 3 touchdowns
Four hours after walking off the field at the Chiefs practice facility in white Adidas cleats bedazzled with iridescent spikes and a blue-green graffitied ‘Three Stripe Life’ logo on the toe cap, Patrick Mahomes pulled on another pair of shoes as he arrived at Children’s Mercy Hospital.
“We’ve added a lot. We never stop adding plays here. That’s the best thing about this team, this offense: We’re never satisfied with where we’re at. We’re always trying to get better, finding ways to get better as a team, as an offense,” Mahomes said.
Linebacker Ben Niemann forced his way into the Chiefs’ lineup last season after going undrafted out of Iowa. He generated a 59.3 overall grade on only 71 defensive snaps, but he was a major contributor on special teams, where he played 307 snaps and earned an 86.2 special teams grade.
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But the rehabilitation process hasn’t prevented him from stopping by the practice field to check out his teammates putting in work during organized team activities.
The Redskins on Thursday tweeted photos of Smith on the field, including one with him preparing to throw a football.
Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the deal is worth $9.25 million and has incentives that could push the total to $10 million.
Defensive end Nick Bosa is dealing with a Grade 1 hamstring strain and will be held out of practice for the next few weeks while receiving treatment, the Niners announced through multiple team beat writers.
Meanwhile, Bosa isn’t the only injury news to come out of San Francisco.
Safety Jimmie Ward suffered a broken collarbone while diving for a ball during Thursday’s OTA practice, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported, via sources informed of the situation.
“We signed him. I’m excited we have him,” Gase said, via Newsday. “I’ve been in constant communication with him. Discussions happen. To me, when you’re going through free agency – we signed a lot of guys – you’re trying to put together a big puzzle. You’re trying to figure out money, fit, locker room, all those things. There’s a lot of things go into all that stuff.
“I think that the main thing is that I don’t see anything that needs supporting,” Jones said Thursday. “In terms of his status with us, [it] has not been impacted in any way. And frankly, I know how conscientious he has been in the offseason, and that’s good enough. No, I don’t see that having any consequences for us.”
Nine years ago, players like Antonio Brown, Ndamukong Suh, Earl Thomas, and Gronk entered the league. That group has shaped the sport over this past decade, and they’ve seen a renewed relevance this spring.
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The media was allowed to watch the Thursday session and kept tabs on the players who participated.
The family of the man accused of attempting to extort money from the Chiefs safety made allegations of their own on Wednesday.
NFL.com picked Reid as one of five head coaches most likely to win their first Super Bowl in the coming season.
Pioli spoke to the 2019 class of his alma mater on Saturday
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