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Chiefs headlines for Monday, March 2

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Raiders Rumors: Byron Jones Likely to Draw ‘Legitimate Interest’ from Las Vegas | Bleacher Report

A day after it was reported the Dallas Cowboys won’t re-sign Byron Jones, at least one rival team is expressing interest in the cornerback.

The Las Vegas Raiders would like to use some of their $50 million in salary-cap room to slot Jones opposite sophomore cornerback Trayvon Mullen in the Vegas secondary, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore.

The Raiders could use the help. The team allowed a middling 354.8 yards per game last season and gave up the ninth-most points per contest (26.2). Cornerback is a crucial spot for Las Vegas, given it will continue to face Patrick Mahomes and the champion Kansas City Chiefs twice per year in the AFC West.

Isaac Bruce Thinks ‘Physicality’ Made His Rams Better Than Mahomes Kansas City Chiefs | Inquisitr

The Chiefs offense under Patrick Mahomes has been at or near the top of the league for years now. Still, Isaac Bruce, the famed wide receiver from the St. Louis Rams teams referred to as the “greatest show on turf” believes his squad was better.

Speaking during an appearance at the National Football League’s Hall of Fame, Bruce explained it wasn’t just because his Rams teams could light up the scoreboard. It was also the team’s defense and the overall physicality that made his group great.

Lamar Jackson admits he hates playing against Patrick Mahomes | Clutch Points

It’s easy to understand why Jackson thinks so highly of the Chiefs star. He is an impeccable passer who can make opposing defenses look foolish. He can throw from virtually any position and without any solid footwork. His cannon of an arm makes him a dangerous threat on every down. He showed in Super Bowl LIV that he has the mental fortitude to come back from deficits and emerge victoriously.

Titans’ Taylor Lewan replies to Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes saying ‘let’s run it back | Titans Wire

Now, the quarterback is ready to lead his team to the Promised Land yet again.

Obviously, the Titans don’t want to see that happen as they look to make another playoff run themselves.

So on Saturday when Mahomes tweeted “let’s run it back,” Titans offensive lineman Taylor Lewan had something to say about it.

“Hey… let’s not,” he replied.

Chiefs safety and Super Bowl Champ Juan Thornhill meets with fans in Lynchburg | WSLS

“Obviously, it’s been really amazing having a lot of people coming out here to support me especially with me moving to Kansas City,” Thornhill said. “It’s great to be able to do the things I’m doing now, for the people in this community. I’ve seen everyone, teachers, families, friends. I’ve seen everyone I know here today. It’s been pretty fun being a Super Bowl Champ, it’s been pretty amazing.”

Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs host 150 Girl Scouts for ‘Prepare to Play’ at team’s KC complex | Kansas City Star

“We always tell kids to stay active, play sports, but we don’t necessarily give them the resources to have them do it the right way,” Mathieu said. “During the event Girl Scouts were able to learn about concussion, heat illness and warming up the right way.

“It was great to see that it wasn’t just athletes attending but the broader population, which can often be overlooked. Everyone should be active and be given the resources to know how to do it in a healthy way.”

The NFL’s Top Players and Coaches Gather in Kansas City for the 50th Annual 101 Awards | The Mothership

NFC Coach of the Year – Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers

Shanahan led the 49ers to a remarkable worst-to-first turnaround in just his third season as head coach, engineering an NFC-best 13-3 record while earning San Francisco’s first division title since 2012. The son of former two-time AFC Coach of the Year Mike Shanahan, Kyle and his dad are just the second father-son tandem to win 101 awards in the event’s 50-year history, joining Jim Mora and Jim, Jr.

Around the NFL

Bengals plan to use franchise tag on receiver A.J. Green | ESPN

The tag is estimated to be worth around $18.5 million, according to overthecap.com. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

Green, who turns 32 in July, has been one of the NFL’s most productive receivers since the Bengals drafted him in 2011. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Green’s 8,907 receiving yards rank fourth since he entered the league. He is second in Cincinnati history in total receptions (602), receiving yards (8,907) and receiving touchdowns (63).

Do-it-all defender Isaiah Simmons posts blistering 4.39 in 40-yard dash | ESPN

Simmons, who lined up almost everywhere at some point in the Clemson defense, was put with the linebackers in the on-field workouts at the combine. And he blistered the turf inside Lucas Oil Stadium with, at 6-foot-3⅝ and 238 pounds, a 4.39-second clocking in the 40-yard dash.

It was the second-fastest 40 time for a linebacker at the combine since 2006, behind only Shaquem Griffin, who ran a 4.38 at the 2018 combine. Simmons, however, weighed in 11 pounds heavier and is 3⅝ inches taller than Griffin was at the combine.

2020 NFL combine results: Jordan Love, Cole McDonald among winners after quarterback on-field drills | CBS Sports

Quarterback winners

Jordan Love, Utah State. Love was already impressive with his arm angles and improvisation skills and his workout only added to the hype. His arm strength would challenge the best in this class. Teams will want answers for why his production dipped so much in 2019; he has to maintain his composure when his team is trailing.

Justin Herbert, Oregon. Herbert had another great day. He tested well. There have never been any concerns about his arm talent, but he will have to show that his inaccuracy was correlated to an offensive scheme unfit for his style of play.

Cole McDonald, Hawaii. McDonald was really inconsistent for the Rainbow Warriors, but there are a lot of tools that can be developed. He has great arm talent and the athleticism to match; McDonald finished in the top three of nearly every category.

Draft prospect cuts elbow on vertical leap device at NFL combine | NFL.com

INDIANAPOLIS — Draft prospect James Smith-Williams sustained a one-of-a-kind injury on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine when he cut his elbow on the the apparatus used during the vertical jump event.

Smith-Williams, a former North Carolina State defensive lineman, made contact with a knob on the device as he came down from a jump attempt, according to NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones. Smith-Williams had his elbow taped so he could continue with his workout and might require stitches, according to Jones, but he wasn’t allowed to continue with any contact work, such as bag drills. Smith-Williams recorded a 32-inch vertical, which tied for the 10th-best mark at his position.

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RB AJ Dillon, Boston College

Dillon was not a popular name amongst the draft community before his performance Friday night. Now he’s gaining strong comparisons to Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry.

Running a 4.53 40-yard dash at a dense 6 feet, 247 pounds is impressive enough, but a 41-inch vertical jump and 23 repetitions on the bench press back up his truly elite athletic profile. Dillon has fantastic vision as a running and was highly productive in college. Even though he has a lot of mileage on his legs, Dillon’s elite performance will surely make a team — maybe even the Titans — spend an earlier pick to attempt to replicate what Henry has done in his time in the league.

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