How can I have a non-quarterback atop my NFL top-100 list? It always has to be a quarterback, right?
Not this year. This time around, the No 1 player in the league is Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. He edges out Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had a sensational first year as a starter.
Jackson didn’t look phenomenal, mind you. There’s a lot of work to be done if he hopes to have a Patrick Mahomes-caliber second-season breakout. There are still errant passes, routine throws with a Tim Tebow wobble instead of a tight spiral and more interceptions than anyone but a defensive coordinator wants to see in June. But Jackson looks and sounds sharper and more accurate, decisive and confident than he did last offseason.
Schwartz is not the only former Browns player who may start on the Chiefs’ offensive line. Cameron Erving, a 2015 first-round pick of Cleveland’s, started 13 games for Kansas City last year and will likely start at left guard in 2019.
Another Browns castoff likely will start next to Erving. Cleveland waived center Austin Reiter before the 2018 season. He then signed with Kansas City and ended up starting four games when Mitch Morse was sidelined with a concussion.
There was arguably no more productive duo than Hill and Travis Kelce last season. Whether it was on contested catches, deep targets, on third down or from the slot, the tandem always came up with the big play when it mattered most.
RB Carlos Hyde signed with Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs have squeezed quite a bit of production out of unlikely running back candidates during the past half-decade, and they’ve got plenty of opportunity at the position entering 2019, with Damien Williams, Hyde and rookie Darwin Thompson all in the mix. Williams is the likely starter, but Hyde is a worthwhile handcuff/top-50 positional pick.
“You could compare it to that (Murray and Mahomes’ arm strength). It’s very unique, for sure,” said wide receiver Christian Kirk, who played one year with Murray in college, via the Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman. “I’ve talked about it before. Obviously, everyone knows what he can do with his legs, but what he’s able to do with his arm and just the way it comes off his hand. It’s never a duck; it’s always a spiral. It’s just so quick coming off his hands and the ball is usually never late and it’s usually never under-thrown.”
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”I think when you’re going to play defense, you’re going to lean on takeaways to help a young offense, and you don’t have a kicker, a reliable kicker, that you’re going to need those points from after some of those turnovers,” Fox said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I think the kicking question is really big right now in Chicago. And I think that might be a problem for them in the season.”
“Yeah, listen, we’ve had some conversations, and I like keeping that close to the vest until there’s something to report,” Loomis said. “Look, we love what Mike’s done for us. He’s a fantastic player, one of the best at his position in the league, and hopefully we can keep him as a Saint for a longtime as well.”
Thomas, who is in the final year of his rookie deal, said last month that he’s “pretty certainthat everything will get taken care of” in time to ensure he stays in New Orleans.
The team announced No. 4 overall selection Clelin Ferrell inked his four-year rookie contract Tuesday. As with all first-round picks, the deal comes with a team option for a fifth season.
Favre, 49, announced on Instagram that he was planning on making a comeback to the NFL for the 2020 season before immediately deleting the post and causing a stir.
”A true champion sticks to his or her calling,” the post said. “I will be coming out of retirement and making my return to play in the NFL for the 2020 season. Stay tuned for more #news!”
“He had a broken back last year,” O’Hara said, via MLive.com. “Broken bones in his back.”
Rapoport described it as “tiny fractures.” Stafford appeared on the injury report with a back injury late in the season, but it had not been revealed that his injuries were as serious as they were. It’s unclear when he suffered the injury.
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Pringle should certainly be in the mix to make the club’s 53-man roster come the end of training camp.
Thompson’s route running and raw skills could see him break into the Chiefs’ WR room.
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