Kansas City Chiefs: Not Investing More into the Receiver Position
If Hill does miss time, the Chiefs will likely regret not adding an experienced veteran to the mix.
There is no better pass-protecting right tackle in the NFL right now than Mitchell Schwartz. A season ago, Schwartz allowed just three sacks, seven hits and 11 hurries from his 641 pass-blocking snaps at Kansas City’s right tackle spot, and his 85.6 pass-blocking grade on those snaps didn’t just pace the league’s right tackles in 2018, it was the second-best single-season mark ever recorded by a player with at least 300 snaps played at right tackle.
Missing this Aug. 6 deadline and Jones playing out his rookie deal after a failed holdout would make him a restricted free agent in 2020, rather than unrestricted. Under this scenario, the Chiefs would have the ability to give Jones a restricted free agent tender, which will be between $4.627 million and $4.848 million, where they would get a first-round pick next year from a team signing him to an offer sheet that isn’t matched.
“That was the first great defense,” Greene told Rick Gosselin of the Talk of Fame Network. “We tried to emulate the Chiefs. We ran the KC Stack my first three years. Several other teams tried to run it as well. That was the defense we were playing (in the 1972 AFC title game, a 21-17 loss) when the Dolphins went undefeated. I was playing over the tackle instead of over the guard. Obviously, we didn’t play it as well as Kansas City did. We got better when we played the stunt 4-3.”
Why under: Winning difficult games against marquee NFL quarterbacks is always a challenge and these games can often go either way. If you consider that losing a game or two in the division is almost an annual certainty and throw in road games against the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New Orleans Saints, you’re dealing with a rather small margin for error. Philip Rivers, reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, Ben Roethlisberger, and Drew Brees will test the Colts young defense. Getting to ten wins in 2019 will be harder than it was a year ago.
Matt Cassel, 2005-18
Matt Cassel is a finesse hero. Cassel leveraged one good season filling in for an injured Tom Brady into a career that paid him more than $65 million. Outside of playing for the Patriots, Cassel has also suited up for the Chiefs, Vikings, Bills (??), Cowboys, Titans, and Lions (and he might not even be done yet).
I had no idea Cassel even played for the Bills until I looked up his Pro Football Reference page, but there appears to be picture proof of this.
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According to the final rule, pass interference reviews after the two-minute warning of each half and during overtime will be initiated by the replay official. The replay official will only stop the game when there is “clear and obvious visual evidence” that a pass interference penalty may or may not have occurred.
The Raiders, amid all the jokes, showed some progress late. They won three of six games at one point in the second half of the season, including a victory against Pittsburgh. Quarterback Derek Carr, written off early, had a 10-game stretch with 12 touchdowns and no interceptions for a 99.6 passer rating. And that came with a terrible supporting cast. The Raiders had a chance to draft Daniel Jones, Dwayne Haskins or any quarterback other than Kyler Murray, but passed. That says something.
The all-world running back struggled down the stretch last season but will injury concerns affect 2019?
“As far as signing him, organizations have to do what they have to do when you let a player of my caliber go, so I understand that,” McCoy said. “But as far as giving away my number, in the history of the Bucs, they have a ring of honor, and all of the greatest players in the organization usually get their numbers retired.”
The Patriots, Raiders, Lions, 49ers, and Cardinals all overhauled their pass-catching and rushing groups this offseason. But coming out of minicamp, there are some clues as to how those groups could sort out their structural issues this season.
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Since Jones still lacks the accrued seasons he needs to become an unrestricted free agent, he’s likely to report on time.
It looks like the deck will knock out portions of sections 335 and 336.
The Chiefs tight end is getting into the fashion industry with his own flavor.
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