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2019 NFL All-Rookie Team: Kyler Murray, Devin Bush to show out | NFL

SPECIAL TEAMS

Returner: Mecole Hardman, Kansas City Chiefs (Round 2, No. 56). With the uncertainty around Tyreek Hill’s future in the NFL, Hardman could make an immediate impact as a returner (25-yard career average on kickoffs, 15.2-yard average on punt returns at Georgia). However, don’t underestimate him as a contributor on offense. Hardman has the potential to be an outlet receiver who can turn a short pass into a long gain for Patrick Mahomes.

The candidates to be 2019’s overall fantasy QB1 | Pro Football Focus

THE FAVORITE

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Mahomes is probably the biggest favorite to finish as the season-end No. 1 overall quarterback we’ve had in a while after he finished as the No. 1 quarterback in 2018 by more than 70 points and put up the biggest QB fantasy total of all time. Mahomes is going first at the position in drafts, on average (per Fantasy Football Calculator) more than 20 picks earlier than the second quarterback.

UDFA Class Rankings | Rotoworld

3. Kansas City Chiefs

[Mark] Fields got pushed out of the draft because he’s slow and small, but the kid can play. Has NFL slot ability. James Williams was such a perfect fit for a pass-happy Air Raid-lite pro team like the Chiefs -- superb receiving back for Mike Leach at Wazzu.

NFL Teams That Blew It This Offseason | Bleacher Report

3. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs essentially treaded water with their defense.

That’s not good enough for a team with aspirations of a trip to Miami in February.

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes tied Patriots’ Tom Brady in one intriguing stat | Clutch Points

“Patrick Mahomes tied the [goat] with 9 big-time throws on third-and-long situations last season,” per PFF.

Around the league

Kicker-starved Bears trade Raiders for Eddy Pineiro | NFL

Oakland sent kicker Eddy Pineiro to Chicago in return for a conditional 2021 seventh-round draft pick, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.

Philip Rivers: No stress to get new contract done | NFL

“There really isn’t,” said Rivers when asked if there was any pressure to get the deal done before the upcoming 2019 season. “I’m certainly thankful for that if that opportunity comes. I’m just fine right where we are. I’ve got this year left and under no immediate stress or urgency to get anything done. Even if it means playing it out, that’ll be just fine, it really will. We’ve got a good group here and a good thing going. Just kind of that this point focus on the one year at a time and kinda just take it from there.”

Here’s a surprise: Raiders working out controversial guard Richie Incognito | Yahoo! Sports

Just when you thought Richie Incognito’s chances of resurfacing in the NFL were over, the Oakland Raiders came calling. Incognito didn’t play in 2018, despite making the Pro Bowl the year before. Last year he had a bizarre offseason, including an arrest at an Arizona funeral home for disorderly conduct and making threats. He turns 36 this summer.

The Raiders are apparently still interested enough to work him out. NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo reported Incognito will get a workout Monday, and Garafolo said that Incognito is “in shape and feeling well in all aspects.”

Suspended WR Bryant to apply for reinstatement | ESPN

Suspended wide receiver Martavis Bryant is planning to apply for reinstatement in the coming weeks, he told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

Bryant has been arguing with the league that its drug program is not set up to offer players access to proper treatment for mental health issues.

He would be a free agent if he is reinstated.

Cam Newton: Shoulder’s feeling great, still no timetable to start throwing | NBC Sports Pro Football Talk

“I’m feeling great now,” Newton said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “I feel like I do have full strength right now. But me telling the doctor, that is different than, you know, whatever the clearance process may be.”

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