Kansas City Chiefs: DE Frank Clark
Clark can’t replace two edge-rushers, but he’s going to create opportunities for his teammates along the defensive line while generating pocket pressure on one end. Since 2016, he’s ninth in total sacks (32) and logged at least 10 tackles for a loss in each of the last three campaigns.
1. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (23)
Mahomes isn’t just the best player under the age of 25. He’s the best player in the world -- regardless of age.
7. Chiefs DL Chris Jones (24)
Chris Jones just missed the cut a year ago after a 6.5-sack season. At the time, I thought he was underrated and desperately wanted to squeeze him onto the list, but he didn’t quite have the raw numbers to make him worthy of a selection. A lot can change in a year.
“For me it’s the culture, right?” he said. “The people. But it’s a double-edged sword. Everybody here knows each other. This is place is full of life, full of tradition. Sometimes it can be the other way around. A lot of jealousy, lot of envy. People who grew up just like you, played the same sports you played, but for some reason they didn’t get to the level you got to.”
With just three touchdowns combined last year, Sammy Watkins and Patrick Mahomes have a long way to go before truly becoming an elite tandem. However, the two were so wildly efficient, with 40 of the 53 targets being completed, that they find themselves at No. 9. Watkins has the talent as a former top-five pick and Mahomes showcased his MVP skills in 2018 with a 92.9 overall grade (2nd).
The Sports Emmy Awards were handed out this week and a pair of them were given for work involving the Chiefs.
Around the league
Every superlative people apply to star players applied to Bart Starr.
Winner? Check. Leader? Check. Clutch? You bet.
Beyond all that, Starr, who died Sunday at the age of 85, was the on-field face of the most successful team of all time. But what about his stats?
Watson will miss home games versus the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets and road contests against the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. The Pats figure to be favored in all four games, but losing Watson is still a blow for a team that lost pass-catching talent in Gronkowski and wideouts Chris Hogan, Josh Gordon and Cordarrelle Patterson.
New York previously requested to interview Paton, the assistant GM of the Minnesota Vikings, during its last two general manager searches (2013, 2015) and previously interviewed Fitterer, the co-director of player personnel of the Seattle Seahawks, for the GM vacancy in 2015.
Veteran cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who made as much news off the field as on it during his 12-year NFL career, announced his retirement on social media.
”I’m content,” Jones told ESPN’s Josina Anderson Friday. “I had a hell of a run doing it. I’m at the point where I didn’t feel I would be top level if I tried to play now. I’m happy and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and the kids.”
McCoy was in Cleveland to meet with the Browns on Friday and Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports that the visit has come to an end. Cabot adds that talks about a contract will continue.
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The Chiefs selected Hardman with their top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
It’s been a long road for the Chiefs wide receiver, but he believes that he’s arrived at greatness — “shaking and baking and catching balls”
The football analytics website reminded fans about some promising 2018 UDFAs this week.
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