8 Tyreek Hill
Hill is the most explosive player in the NFL. Period. Usually guys who are that fast have trouble slowing down to transition in and out of breaks, tracking the ball or straight up catching it. But Kansas City’s WR1 has an unbelievable knack for slowing the game down even when he’s playing faster than everyone else. As great as Patrick Mahomes was last season, he doesn’t sniff 50 touchdowns without the “Cheetah.”
But for all the attention Mahomes has brought to the Chiefs, Donovan sees the business relationship as mutually beneficial.
“I say this all the time: It’s more than Patrick, right?” Donovan said. “At every level, Patrick can’t have his success and have the confidence he has without all the surrounding parts: coaches, players, the team performance. Patrick understands that.”
Kansas City Chiefs: A defense that ranked 31st overall, 31st against the pass and 27th against the run in 2018 has undergone some major changes, with new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo taking over for Bob Sutton and installing a 4-3 defense. Old mainstays like Justin Houston, Eric Berry and Dee Ford are gone, replaced by the likes of Frank Clark, Tyrann Mathieu, Alex Okafor and Juan Thornhill. Will the unit be in a better position to support an electric offense?
Just like the players are doing on the field, make sure you get prepared for the season by bringing your tailgate up to training camp.
Missouri Western State University offers plenty of space to tailgate. There’s ample room in parking lot H for fans to tailgate and it’s encouraged. But remember, for training camp, alcohol is not permitted.
Just two days after being released by the Green Bay Packers, Daniels is finalizing a deal to join the Detroit Lions, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Friday. Daniels is getting a one-year, $9.1 million contract with $7.8 million guaranteed, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Daniels was slated to make $8.1 million in 2019, so his move to the Lions essentially comes with a $1 million raise.
The veteran defensive lineman was cut by Green Bay in a surprise move this week after spending more than seven years with club. The Packers had been working to trade Daniels to either the Browns, New England Patriots or Kansas City Chiefs, but couldn’t execute a deal.
Maybe a new look is all the Chiefs need. A scheme change to a 4-3 with Spagnuolo could click, Mathieu’s playmaking ability could transform the defense and Clark might replace what Houston and Ford did. The Chiefs don’t need the defense to be good, they need it to be good enough.
Mahomes is almost certain to regress from the second 5,000-yard, 50-touchdown season in NFL history, but he could regress and still be the best quarterback in football. There have been endless debates about whether or not Tyreek Hill should have been suspended by the NFL and there’s no need to go through them all again, but Hill won’t miss any time and that’s a big deal for the Chiefs offense. Travis Kelce is the best tight end in the game. After a strong finish last season, Damien Williams seems capable of filling the lead running back role. Kansas City’s offense will be ridiculous again.
Maybe that’s enough to win a Super Bowl. The Chiefs were one play from winning an AFC title last season. This time around, the Chiefs just need their defense to make that one play.
Kansas City Chiefs
2019 Win Total Bet: 10.5
2018 Win Total: 12
Over Bet: -110
Under Bet: -110
The schedule is the biggest thing standing in the way of the Chiefs. They play the AFC South and NFC North, on top of their usual AFC West schedule. However, the first two months of the season see away games against the Jaguars, who will be figuring out the offense in September, and the Raiders, who have a lot of figuring out to do. Then, they go to Detroit to end the month. We don’t really need to get into the state of that team.
As a two-time All-Pro, four-time Pro Bowler, and one of the top tight ends in the game currently, it’s fair to say Kelce knows what he’s talking about. So with those parameters set, here are his five favorites. These men need no introduction.
”A guy who was very consistent over the years that he was playing. The biggest thing about being a great player is that you’re consistency shows on film year in and your out.”
Around the league
Bobby Wagner agreed to terms on a three-year extension worth $54 million, Seattle announced Friday.
Wagner’s goal, according to NFL Network, was to be the highest-paid linebacker in the league and the new contract — valued at $18 million per year — achieved that.
He will also get $40.2 million in guarantees, the report noted.
Antonio Brown kicked off his first training camp as a member of the Oakland Raiders with a hot air balloon ride over wine country at dawn on Friday.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden shrugged.
“Is he OK? That’s all I want to know,” Gruden cracked at a news conference with first-year general manager Mike Mayock. “I expect a lot more drama from No. 84. I really do.
The good news? Jimmy Garoppolo will be cleared and have no restrictions in training camp, general manager John Lynch said.
Despite this, the Niners still plan to hold Jimmy G out of the preseason opener on Aug. 10 vs. Dallas, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. After that, the team will decide how to use him for the remainder of the preseason. Garoppolo suffered a torn ACL in Week
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10 years ago, the Chiefs committed to five years at MWSU (with options for more) and 10 in the state of Missouri. That commitment concludes after this season. Next season, the Chiefs could be somewhere else entirely.
“We felt that was important when we did the deal,” Donovan said. “Missouri is a very, very big part of the Kansas City Chiefs and that will factor into our decision. But the Kingdom is large and there are opportunities out there that we haven’t even uncovered yet. It is a little premature to say that we are going one way or the other. We are here in St. Joe. We are going to have a great camp in St. Joe. We are excited about St. Joe.”
Jones — now on the last year of his rookie contract — had not reported for any of the team’s other offseason activities while negotiations were underway for a contract extension that could be in the range of a five-year, $100 million deal.
The Chiefs had previously made it clear they would not negotiate with Jones while he was holding himself out of mandatory team activities. Later, reports surfaced that there had been “no change” in the status of the negotiations between the Chiefs and Jones’ camp.
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For what it’s worth, I have Tyreek Hill ranked a little higher than eighth going into this season, in fact he would definitely be in my top five:
- DeAndre Hopkins
- Michael Thomas
- Julio Jones
- Tyreek Hill
- Devante Adams
Now you may accuse me of being a homer, but this is a list built on what I observed in 2018 and what I expect in 2019, hence the shock omissions of Antonio Brown and OBJ.
Who have you got in your top five, Chiefs Kingdom?