Michael Crabtree, WR, to the Kansas City Chiefs. Crabtree’s numbers continued to stagnate in 2018, as the veteran finished with less than 60 catches and 620 yards for the second consecutive season. Is the 32-year-old in physical decline, or was his drop-off a byproduct of the offensive adjustments the Ravens made to accommodate Lamar Jackson after the dual-threat quarterback took over in Baltimore? Crabtree’s numbers in the games Jackson started (13 catches on 24 targets for 135 yards and one score) marked the worst seven-game stretch to close a season in his career, while his numbers under Jackson’s predecessor, Joe Flacco (41 catches on 76 targets for 472 yards and two touchdowns), were comparatively healthy. That said, he was released by the Raiders and Ravens in consecutive offseasons, and receivers do tend to fall off rapidly, especially those who never had burning speed to start with. It would be logical for the Chiefs to take a flier on Crabtree, especially with Tyreek Hill’s availability still up in the air.
The narrowest of margins separates the Chiefs from the top spot. On paper, though Damien Williams looked fine as Kareem Hunt’s replacement in December and January, it’s hard to believe that the former Dolphins backup and Carlos Hyde are an upgrade on Hunt and Spencer Ware, who were Kansas City’s two leading backs this time last season. Andy Reid should be able to draw up a bunch of receiving yardage for his backs on screens, but that’s more a function of Reid and Patrick Mahomesthan it is these backs.
The Chiefs are a couple months away from whittling their roster down to 53, but it’s never too early to start projecting who will be on the roster when they open the season in Jacksonville on Sept. 8.
Crystal Espinal filed a petition in Johnson County Thursday seeking to prove that Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is the father of her newborn twins and establish supervised parenting time for him and child support.
And it’s an important question, given the undeniable skills and abilities of Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill. Embroiled for most of the year in legal issues related to the care of his young son, who has been removed from the custody of Hill and the child’s mother, the NFL has explored the situation — and the only question left is whether and to what extent the NFL will discipline Hill.
Trae Waynes, CB, Vikings
Possible landing spot: Chiefs. Kansas City hasn’t done nearly enough to revamp its secondary this offseason, even after signing Tyrann Mathieu and Bashaud Breeland in free agency. The Chiefs currently have more than $25 million in cap space and would easily be able to fit Waynes’s expensive deal on their books. This is the type of move a team going all in with an MVP quarterback making $4.5 million on a rookie deal should make.
Don’t make the same mistake I was earlier this offseason. I was wrong. Williams has the chance to be special because of Reid. He has the chance to help you win your Fantasy league in 2019.
Chiefs’ biggest need: Cornerback
The fit: Stanford CB Paulson Adebo
As a sophomore in 2018, Adebo erupted with 17 pass breakups and four interceptions. Listed at 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds, Adebo has immense length and knows how to use it to his advantage in press coverage and when the ball is arriving. He’s more of a smooth mover than he is twitchy and has good downfield speed.
Kansas City Chiefs: Running Back
According to offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, the Kansas City Chiefs already view Damien Williams as their starting running back. Let’s be realistic, though. If a better option emerges during training camp, the team will place him in the starting role.
Together, Kelce and the Hilo team will look to revamp the entire performance nutrition category with this first-to-market gummy form. Working collaboratively with professional athletes, performance experts and nutritionists will provide unique insight into the needs and demands of high-performance athletes, which will be used to develop additional gummy supplement solutions.
“We’re thankful for this donation and know our students will be grateful for such a wonderful gift,” stated a post on the Whitehouse ISD Facebook page. “This isn’t the first time Patrick has donated back to our kiddos, and we’re appreciative that he continues to do so.”
The Chiefs boast the best line in the division after the Broncos, with a 17th-ranked o-line behind possibly the league’s best right tackle in Michael Schwartz and solid left tackle Eric Fisher.
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“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Bilbo told Rapoport when asked if he’d sit out regular-season games. “If Melvin is not paid fairly, he will want to be traded.”
Duke Johnson was not without an agent for long.
Two days after moving on from his previous representation, the disgruntled Cleveland Browns running back has signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per a source informed of the decision. ESPN first reported the news.
“I led the league in touchdowns the last two years and I just seen somebody get $80 million and I couldn’t even pronounce their name.”
Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com reports that the league has shelved full-time officiating as part of ongoing labor discussions with the NFL Referees Association. This means that NFL officials will revert to being part-time employees, which presumably stinks for those NFL officials who had become full-time employees (and in turn given up their other part-time gigs).
“I know how to win. I know what winning feels like. I know how almost getting to the Super Bowl feels,” Harris said, via Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. “Just want to bring that winning mentality and to show them how to win. And not just make it to the playoffs. Yes, my first goal here is to win the division, but after that we want to win the AFC championship and then a Super Bowl. I want to go beyond the AFC championship. That’s not the real goal. That might be people’s goal, but that’s not the real goal.”
“I am ok. I am as comfortable as I can be with the situation. I am doing fine and the best I can,” Norton said. “I am staying strong because all of the support from all of the fans, all of the teams, my family and everyone. That is what is pushing me, my faith and the support from my family, my grandparents, my sports agent.
“Everyone is going above and beyond with nothing in return. Just to see people who have been supporting me is just great.”
Lawrence likely would’ve been the first pick in this year’s draft—and probably even next year—if he were eligible. He will almost certainly be the top pick in 2021, if he declares after his true junior season at Clemson.
“Just relaxing. I just played a good 15 years straight of football every single year, so I have just been relaxing,” Gronkowski told ESPN on the red carpet before the 2019 ESPY Awards. “Staying active still. I love playing other sports. I actually love playing outdoor sports during the summer, like ‘pig’ and ‘horse’ in basketball, pool basketball. But my favorite game out there is corn hole. I love corn hole and when you sink four shots in a row — one, two, three, four — against your opponent, that is a great feeling.”
Kaplan’s report conflicts with other information that has surfaced in recent months. Sports Business Journal reported, for example, that the NFL has until the start of the 2019 regular season to opt out of the contract at the end of the 2019-20 season. SBJ also indicated that the NFL-DirecTV pact has three remaining years, not two.
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