With that in mind, Simmons’ first response to a question about an NFL player comparison for him shouldn’t have been all that surprising. The Olathe, Kansas, native selected a key figure in the Chiefs’ run to Super Bowl LIV who just so happened to develop into a multi-talented star at a school not all that far from Clemson.
”First name that comes to mind would be Tyrann Mathieu because he bounces around, he plays anywhere in the back seven,” Simmons said.
The comparison to top NFL talent only begins at Mathieu. Simmons listed two additional and arguably even more notable names as models for who he wants to be as a defender.
”I model my game after a couple people,” Simmons said. “If I have to go look at film of somebody to get something, it’d be like Von Miller just for pass rush, Jalen Ramsey just for man techniques and Tyrann Mathieu just because he plays around everywhere as well. I take bits and pieces from all them to kind of throw into my game.”
Cornerback: Bashaud Breeland
Bashaud Breeland isn’t likely to be as big a bargain as he was a year ago—the Lombardi Trophy is a heck of a resume builder—but he could still be a value option. With high-profile players Josh Norman, Jimmy Smith, Chris Harris Jr., Prince Amukamara, Bradley Roby and James Bradberry hitting free agency, Breeland could be well down the list for several teams.
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Jordan Elliott DL
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.
Travis Kelce isn’t satisfied with only one Super Bowl appearance.
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end appeared on Wednesday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers and said his team’s Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers “makes you want to go back again.”
“I understand the business and how it goes,” Reid said. “I’d like to keep everybody together. That’s not always possible. But sure, if he’s here, he’s a good football player. Why wouldn’t I want him here?”
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Additionally, the Patriots have yet to reach out to Brady’s camp about a new contract. With the quarterback headed to free agency March 18, time is suddenly getting short before he hits the open market.
”It’s not surprising — there’s no CBA,” Rapoport said during NFL Now. “The Patriots have no reason to negotiate now. It’s probably going to come closer to when the tampering window opens.”
When we ranked Bridgewater’s potential landing spots last week, the Patriots checked in at No. 6 (out of 8). The reason: “This would be a fantastic fit and they would be higher on the list if I believed for even a second that Tom Brady was actually leaving.” Well, in this scenario, Brady is actually leaving, which makes Bridgewater one of the more likely 2020 starters New England could land on. He protects the ball, has good accuracy on short and intermediate throws, and has the pedigree as a relatively recent first-round selection.
So far this year, the funniest thing to come out of combine interviews was with former TCU defensive tackle Ross Blacklock. During his interview with the Las Vegas Raiders, they asked him about the whopping 37 parking tickets he had — and Blacklock didn’t even know about them!
“That first day at [training] camp, when I step on the field, I want to be the best player I can be. I don’t want to waste time trying to be a combine athlete,’’ Young said Thursday. “I need to know I put my best foot forward trying to be the best player I can be.’’
Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III was clocked officially at 4.27 seconds in the 40-yard dash, slightly better than both of his unofficial times of 4.28 and 4.31. That proved to be the fastest clocking among all receivers on the first of four nights of testing at the combine, but short of Ross’ combine 40-yard dash record of 4.22 seconds.
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot in the shower,” Jones said Thursday. “I have been. I’m not dismissing it. I don’t want to sound like it should be dismissed by saying it. I’m thinking about it.”
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As with every aspect of a football team, the general manager can be judged by how many championship seasons they led from the front office. With Veach’s first ring, he became just the 24th general manager in NFL history to win the Super Bowl. For my research, I chose to exclude head coaches that were de facto general managers due to their control of the personnel, like Bill Belichick, currently for the New England Patriots.
Veach became only the sixth NFL general manager ever to win a championship in one of their first three seasons with that job title. That has only happened two other times in the last 33 years. If the Chiefs are able to repeat in 2020 — like the players and Andy Reid said they would during the Super Bowl parade — Veach will be only the 11th GM to have earned multiple Lombardi trophies.
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