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What can Patrick Mahomes do for an encore in 2019? | ESPN

“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.

2019 NFL season: One key homegrown player for each AFC team | NFL

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.

2019 Stat Predictions for Every Projected Starting NFL QB | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes

Projected Stats: 377 completions, 571 attempts, 4,717 yards, 38 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 64 carries, 296 yards, 3 touchdowns

Comfortable in role with Chiefs, in community, Patrick Mahomes enters Year 2 as starter | Kansas City Star

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.

Patrick Mahomes: Chiefs never stop adding plays to our offense | NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

“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.

The promising undrafted free agents of 2018 that shouldn’t be overlooked | Pro Football Focus

LB BEN NIEMANN, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

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.

Around the league

Alex Smith makes appearance at Redskins’ OTAs | NFL

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith continues his road to recovery from a gruesome broken right leg suffered in 2018.

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.

Source: Suh to get $9.25 million deal from Bucs | ESPN

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday reached an agreement with former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on a one-year contract.

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.

Nick Bosa out with hamstring; Ward breaks collarbone | NFL

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.

Adam Gase says he’s excited to coach Le’Veon Bell, refutes ‘ridiculous’ speculation | Yahoo! Sports

“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.

Jerry not expecting NFL to discipline Elliott | ESPN

“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.”

Five Ways the 2010 Draft Affected—and Is Still Affecting—the NFL | The Ringer

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.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Erving, Hitchens, Kelce and Jones absent from Thursday’s Chiefs OTA session

The media was allowed to watch the Thursday session and kept tabs on the players who participated.

Sparks fly during bond hearing in extortion case involving Tyrann Mathieu

The family of the man accused of attempting to extort money from the Chiefs safety made allegations of their own on Wednesday.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid named among most likely to win first Super Bowl

NFL.com picked Reid as one of five head coaches most likely to win their first Super Bowl in the coming season.

Former GM Scott Pioli talks about his time with the Chiefs in commencement address

Pioli spoke to the 2019 class of his alma mater on Saturday

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