Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (23 years old as of Sept. 5). No need to get too cute out of the gate: Mahomes is the clear choice under center after an MVP campaign that rewarded fans with more than just bursting box scores.
Kicker: Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs (24 as of Sept. 5). What’s not to like? In an era where a flock of kickers flub extra points left and right, Mr. Butker has pegged 40 of 41 kicks inside 40 yards and nailed 93 of his 97 career PATs.
According to his head coach and several of his teammates, Murray’s arm talentreminds them of another young NFL quarterback who just happened to tear up the league last season. In his first full year as a starter, this particular passer was the only quarterback to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns, winning Most Valuable Player honors in the process.
How quickly he [Haskins] can do both of those things will come down to his ability to answer two primary questions that, interestingly enough, were the ones that Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, the NFL’s reigning MVP, faced two years ago.
94. TONY GONZALEZ, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
95.7 OVERALL GRADE, WEEK 7 OF THE 2006 SEASON
His Week 7 clash — the first game of an amazing three-game streak — against the Chargers was a testament to Gonzalez’s excellence: he caught 6-of-7 targets for 118 yards and earned a career-high 96.0 receiving grade for his efforts.
As you probably know if you’ve seen him in action, the plus for Williams has always been his hands. “Williams has very natural hands for the position,” writes Kent Swanson of Arrowhead Pride. “He is very comfortable catching the ball away from his frame.”
Belton played for the Chiefs from 1978-1980, appearing in 46 games with six starts. He rushed for 486 yards and three touchdowns, two of them in a 1980 game against the Baltimore Colts. Belton also was a kick return specialist.
Around the league
The NFL could seek an 18-game regular season or an expanded playoff field in a new labor deal, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports. In return, Maske says, many owners are willing to offer players concessions to the commissioner’s disciplinary authority and to the marijuana policy.
Tori Foles announced on Instagram on Wednesday night that she was only 15 weeks pregnant when she went into early labor Sunday morning and was hospitalized. She also said she contracted a blood infection.
Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton is recovering from offseason surgery.
Coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday that Burton is not participating in OTAs after undergoing sports hernia surgery a couple of months prior. The team hopes to have him full-go by training camp.
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