Acquire: Lions LB Jarrad Davis
Trade: 2022 sixth-round draft pick
K.C. probably exhausted its supply of “big moves” by adding Le’Veon Bell — even on a small contract — and puffing up an already-loaded offense. On “D,” they could still use depth in the middle, and Davis has pretty much worn out his welcome in Detroit.
3 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Kansas City Chiefs · Year 1
2020 stats: 7 games | 115 att | 551 rush yds | 4.8 ypc | 2 rush TDs | 22 rec | 194 rec yds | 0 rec TDs
I’m curious to see just how much Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s usage changes now that Le’Veon Bell has a game under his belt with the Chiefs. Last week against the Broncos, CEH played 52.9 percent of the offensive snaps compared with Bell’s 33.3 percent. I’d imagine they’ll stick with the rookie as the feature back going forward, but there’s no question that Bell will have a bigger role than Darrel Williams did as the primary backup.
Kansas City Chiefs 34, New York Jets 11
1 p.m. ET (CBS) | Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)
After a few signs of life early against the Bills, Sam Darnold retreated. Whether it’s Darnold’s fault or Adam Gase’s, the third-year quarterback’s decision-making remains his biggest problem. Opposing coordinators are still making him see ghosts too often. It’s a matchup that plays beautifully to the Chiefs’ defensive strengths. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo loves cooking up blitzes and using Tyrann Mathieu to mess with the minds of young signal-callers. The return of underrated cornerback Bashaud Breeland to the Chiefs’ lineup makes this Kansas City defense dynamic, especially in the right matchup.
After suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is expected to return for a Nov. 8 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
McCaffrey was back at practice heading into Thursday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, but the team chose not to activate him out of caution after he didn’t get to participate in a full practice, per ESPN’s David Newton.
“Well, if I didn’t have a shoulder replacement, I might still be playing at 64,” Montana joked.
But really injuries were at the crux of Montana’s decision. At 39 years old, when Montana decided to retire, his body had taken a pounding. It’s what you’d expect after 16 NFL seasons in the era in which he played. While the spirit was willing for Montana, the flesh was weak and his body just couldn’t take it anymore.
“Even to this day I look back and regret that I left the Chiefs even with one year on my contract,” Montana told Salmon. “But it was more of a physical thing for me. The injuries that I’d had — the concussion that I had the year before — was really one of the worst ones that I had. Looking ahead at my family and the ages of my four kids and I was missing a lot with them. I really wanted to be able to do physical things, which, I’m still limited now, after all. I made the right decision for me at the time.”
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“When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you’re not doing anything about what’s keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff,” Jones told ESPN.
The “other stuff” was specific to a question as to whether Poe’s being the only Cowboys player to take a knee for the cause of social justice during the national anthem factored in to his release Wednesday.
“I understand your question, and I’m deliberately not going to answer it,” Jones replied. “We have a platform here, but the platform on the football field has a high standard, and [Poe] was not up to the standard. He needed to correct that, and he did not. I’m going to leave it at that.”
Vernon wasn’t sad about the football career ending, though. He was concerned about Ryan, still only 28. “Was he healthy?” Vernon asks. “Psychologically? Emotionally? Would he be stuck in nostalgia thinking his best years were already behind him?”
He can’t share too much, Vernon says, wanting Ryan to tell his own story, in his own time, same as always. But he does allude to “some thoughts” being “too crazy” and says, “depression can take your mind to some deep, dark places.”
The team did not specify who the player was, but did say that the player was notified immediately and has been put into self-quarantine. In addition, those deemed to be in close contact with the player have been told to stay home and will participate in meetings remotely.
The Chargers said their facility will remain open and the team will follow its normal practice schedule.
“As has been the case since day one of this pandemic, the health and safety of our players, staff and community continue to be our highest priority,” the Chargers said in a statement.
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While he wasn’t asked to line up in the backfield in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos, Kelce knows his position requires readiness to play anywhere.
“At the tight end position, you’re asked to do so many things,” he explained to reporters on Wednesday. “You’ll see me split out wide, singled up like a wide receiver. Like in the Buffalo game, you’ll see me in the backfield. I’ve also played in-line tight end to the H-back tight end — or the adjuster as we call it in this offense — where you can move me around and put me anywhere.
“It’s prideful man. I’m technically the utility guy on the field. Whether you need a plumber or an electrician, I’m here for you. Whether it’s playing fullback, playing wideout, or getting back there and running wildcat playing quarterback. I’m ready for it all and I get excited for it all. Thanks to my coaches for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills like that.”
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