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Chiefs headlines for Thursday, February 27

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Patrick Mahomes: Kansas City Chiefs

NFL MVP Odds: +400

Mahomes enters the 2020 campaign as the favorite to win the MVP, and it’s not a big surprise to see that. He led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl, played like an MVP in the playoffs, and was the league’s MVP in 2018. What’s interesting to note, though, is his 2019 regular season numbers were way off the mark as he had 50 touchdown passes in 2018. Although he was injured for a couple of games in 2019, he was only at 26.

Even so, with so much consistency on offense, coordinator Eric Bienemy coming back and many of the same parts, it’s hard to see Mahomes not being in the MVP conversation. He’s a safe bet.

Chiefs are doing due diligence on receivers. Here’s what we know about their interest | Kansas City Star

“Do I think it’s a special receiver draft? Yeah, I think there’s a lot of depth at the wide receiver position,” Colts general manager and former Chiefs executive Chris Ballard added.

At the very least, the Chiefs are doing their due diligence with college prospects at the position.

Incumbent Demarcus Robinson, who started 10 games in 2019, is a free agent. The Chiefs will ask Sammy Watkins to restructure a deal in line to pay him $21 million in 2020, with that dialogue expected to begin this week.

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Chargers move up for Tua Tagovailoa, Eagles trade with Jets to pick CeeDee Lamb | CBS Sports

Round 1 - Pick 32

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Kansas City

If Chris Jones signs elsewhere in free agency, the reigning Super Bowl champs will have a giant need at defensive tackle. Elliott is a Jones-type of tall, disruptor with good hand use.

SOURCE SPORTS: Former Pro Bowler and Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne ‘MoneyBo’ Bowe Releases Music Ahead of ‘Love Goals’ on OWN Network | The Source

Former NFL Pro Bowler and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne “MoneyBo” Bowe, who has achieved major success with his career in the NFL, retired in early 2019 to follow his dreams of focusing on his music and spend more time with his family.

Shortly after retirement, MoneyBo created 82 Entertainment, a record label that would house his love for music and eventually become the family business. Since his music debut, Bo has released hit songs like “Drip on Drip”, “Part of The Plan” & current single “Onna Wave” which has seen 74K views on YouTube since its release.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s Super Bowl outfit will be displayed at Pro Football Hall of Fame | CBS Sports

Reid doesn’t dress as flashy as Cam Newton or as bold as Travis Kelce or as put together as Larry Fitzgerald, but he does have a signature look.

I’m talking about that bright red short sleeve quarter-zip and the hat to match. Reid was sporting this classic attire at Super Bowl LIV, his second championship game and first win as a head coach.

The zip-up, hat and Nikes he was wearing when he finally got that Super Bowl victory will now be on display in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu is bringing his ‘celebrity kickball weekend’ to KC | Kansas City Star

This will be the third year of the event, which was held in New Orleans the first two years. Proceeds will benefit Mathieu’s foundation, which says it aims to “impact the lives of financially disadvantaged children and youth through encouragement, opportunities and resources to achieve their dreams in Kansas City & and his hometown of New Orleans.”

Around the NFL

Giants release team captain Alec Ogletree | ESPN

Ogletree, one of the league’s highest-paid inside linebackers over the past two years at $10 million per season, became a liability in pass coverage and saw his playing time diminish.

Ogletree, who turns 29 in September, was one of general manager Dave Gettleman’s first major acquisitions with the Giants. They thought Ogletree could be plugged into the middle of the defense and make a significant impact after being acquired from the Los Angeles Rams in 2018 for two draft picks.

Robots, RedZone for (almost) all and Fan Wire? Reimagining NFL in 2020s | YardBarker

Make Brits forget about their ‘football’

The NFL knew that attendance in Jacksonville was a problem when 90 percent of its games were blacked out for poor attendance in 2007 — a year the Jags made the playoffs — and almost 10,000 seats were covered with tarps. People in Jacksonville prefer college football, NASCAR and the music of Limp Bizkit to the NFL. The Jags are playing two of their eight games in London in 2020, and it may as well be all eight. Sure, we’d lose the long tradition of Jacksonville football, with the Jags’ seven playoff appearances in 25 years, but they can commemorate it with a Blake Bortles statue outside the stadium. The London games have been a big success, and they’d be even more successful with a real home team. There could be some Brexit-related travel issues to deal with, but we are confident that the Jaguars could become so popular that they’ll start calling that other sport “soccer.” And while we’re at it, they might as well move the Chargers to Mexico, since San Diego hates them and no one in Los Angeles cares.

Ten quarterbacks worth pursuing in free agency/2020 NFL Draft | NFL.com

4) Teddy Bridgewater, free agent

Bridgewater showed me a lot when he stepped in for an injured Drew Brees last season. The five starts he made (Weeks 3-7) were his first real string of games since the knee injury that nearly ended his NFL career. People may not think playing for Sean Payton — and on an uber-talented and established offense — is pressure-packed, but it is. If the Saints end up dropping several of those games, those losses go on Teddy. Fortunately, Bridgewater didn’t skip a beat and won all five games. During that span, in which he was top 10 in many QB metrics, he convinced me that he still has the goods to be an NFL starter and can be the reason a team wins.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Legacy-clinchers: Who cemented their place in Chiefs history during Super Bowl LIV?

If Kendall Fuller’s big moment enabled you to relax, then it must have been Damien William’s final moment that made you go good-crazy. Needing a first down to make the 49ers burn the rest of their timeouts, Williams went above and beyond our expectations by bouncing to the outside and down the sideline for six.

The image of Williams reaching the end zone whilst pointing the ball in the air towards the crowd will be one that Chiefs fans will never forget. In years to come, we will be telling stories of how we reacted and where we were when Williams scored that touchdown.

As Mitch Holthus said on commentary, “Damien Williams runs to immortality.”

Evaluating the Chiefs’ strengths and weaknesses going into 2020

Weaknesses

2) Linebackers: This position group could be described as a confusing mess. In Darron Lee and Dorian O’Daniel, we thought the Chiefs had two athletic, speedy players to run and chase in Spagnuolo’s 4-3 scheme. But both were relegated to the bench in favor of heavier run-stoppers for much of 2019. The Chiefs got by with Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson and Reggie Ragland taking up the bulk of the snaps and lining up in different spots each week. Ben Niemann saw his role increase — and made a couple of important plays — but he was still lacking strong ability in coverage and shedding blocks.

Projection: Most of us would consider linebacker the team’s top need, as they lack the range and athleticism we’d like to see. But the team appears committed to guys like Hitchens and Wilson, so the turnover might end up being smaller than we expect.

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