The Chiefs have a top-notch safety in Tyrann Mathieu. While Juan Thornhill more than proved himself as a rookie (58 total tackles and three interceptions during the regular season), a torn ACL in Week 17 has his status for Week 1 up in the air. Hooker is making less than $2.2 million in base salary this year, with a cap hit just over $4 million, so the Chiefs can pretty easily take him on.
2 Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) vs. New Orleans Saints
The sentimental choice here would obviously be Drew Brees, playing in his final game, and hoping to go out like John Elway and Peyton Manning did, with a Super Bowl win. Chiefs fans travel well, but Tampa is just a Taysom Hill heave away from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and familiarity is always a good thing.
I couldn’t take the bait. The Saints defense in recent history has thrived in the regular season; then in the playoffs, they can’t stop a nose bleed.
I’d ride with Patrick Mahomes in an attempt to capture back-to-back Super Bowl titles. It certainly would spark discussion about how’s he’s only 25 (in September), and on track to possibly become the greatest QB in NFL history.
Kansas City Chiefs: Will the Chris Jones situation get resolved?
The Super Bowl Champs return most of their 2019 roster, but one big question remains. Star defensive tackle Chris Jones held out of offseason workouts last year, and he’s still looking for a long-term contract after being franchised. It’s unclear what will happen if team and player can’t agree on a contract before training camp.
9. Eric Fisher
Drafted: Kansas City Chiefs, 2013
One of only two first-rounders from the 2013 NFL Draft who’s still playing for the team that originally selected them, Fisher has come a long way in his up-and-down seven-year career. The left tackle out of Central Michigan struggled to adapt to the pro game in Year 1, allowing more hurries (35 to 33) and the same number of QB pressures (47) as draft classmate D.J. Fluker (No. 11 overall), despite playing 108 fewer pass-blocking snaps, per PFF. But since grading out as PFF’s 97th-best player at his position as a rookie, Fisher has improved steadily season after season — even earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2018. Although he missed eight games last year because of injury, he showed up when Kansas City needed him most, playing 100 percent of the team’s offensive snaps from Week 11 through the Super Bowl, according to Next Gen Stats.
4. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Chiefs (+600)
Edwards-Helaire was the most dynamic security blanket in the country in LSU’s run to the national title. He caught 55 passes for 453 yards and averaged a hefty 6.6 yards per carry. His lateral cuts are phenomenal, and his contact balance is elite. Tackle attempts don’t faze him. He’s capable of deploying a variety of moves when he sees a linebacker in the hole or a defensive back down the field.
And he’s in the most explosive, big-play offense in the NFL. That’ll mostly help him but could hurt too because Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce can be penciled in for around 100 targets each
3. Austin Reiter
Austin Reiter signed a two-year, $4.5 million prove-it contract with the Chiefs early on in the 2018 offseason. Ironically enough, the 28-year-old is fresh off his best season as a pro after starting all 16 games for the team while playing 99% of the offensive snaps. In doing so, Reiter should have secured his spot as Kansas City’s center of the future. With the South Florida product’s deal set to expire following the 2020 season, the franchise should absolutely look to keep him locked in to a starting role
James, who played with the Texans, Colts and Giants from 2013-16, apparently didn’t end up running, but he has a high opinion of his speed. On Tuesday, he tweeted at Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill about a foot race.
It began when Hill had shared about a video of his 200-meter dash race in high school. James decided to poke the bear, er, cheetah:
Bruh no cap I woulda beat you dude— Charles James II (@CJDeuce_) May 12, 2020
Per Fowler, Houston has more “urgency” to get something done with Watson, which makes sense if the team wants to avoid having to top a Mahomes deal. But it’s unclear if the Texans should really be worried about that. After all, as good as Watson is, Mahomes is otherworldly, so Watson’s desire to top a Mahomes deal and any Texans’ fears in that regard both seem a little misplaced. Plus, given that the salary cap may go down in the next several years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it would seem that the club has more bargaining power than it may have anticipated.
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Why he remains unsigned: Warford is a recent addition to the free-agency list after being released by the Saints last week. The veteran offensive lineman’s performance as a pass protector dipped in 2019 and he was set to count for $12.9 million against the cap this year; With New Orleans looking to throw rookie first-rounder Cesar Ruiz into the fire from day one, Warford became expendable.
“This last go-around, man, for the last time, just to put my stamp on my career, and I want to leave out the way I came in,” McCoy said. “Hard worker, man, with some success. I’ll probably put one more year together, depending on how I feel, but one year for sure, man, just to put my stamp on it.”
The name of the shade is “bone”, an off-white tone that includes a little more gray than standard white. Like an aged page in a cherished paperback, this color evokes feelings of history. The Rams also say it should remind fans of the actual color of a ram horn and of the sandy beaches of Los Angeles.
Even now, Miller says his lungs are fighting a battle as he gets back to working out.
“Taking 17 days off and then trying to get back into it, I really feel it. I still feel my lungs trying to get back in shape,” he said, noting the added difficulty with asthma. “It’s just all the wear and tear that it puts on your lungs.”
Because of his experience - and knowing that he had every type of care available to him - Miller has started a new effort through his Von’s Vision foundation to help kids in Colorado and Texas, “Von Sacks Covid.”
“It’s been difficult, but it’s been a task in which I’ve quite enjoyed as far as knowing myself,” Lee told Patriots reporters in an introductory videoconference on Wednesday. “After these certain injuries, you’ve got some people who get down on themselves and then want to shut it down. For me, it’s kind of like a motivating factor.
“I just want to see where I’m at. It will be good to get out there and play football, which I feel like I haven’t played in the last couple years. I’m just ready to get at it.”
It starts, really, with who they already were. Since McDermott arrived in January 2017 (and this was kicked into overdrive when Beane joined him from Carolina that May), the Bills have put a premium on what kind of people they’re looking for in their players. Shorthand, Beane tells his scouts: Smart, tough and dependable.
Over the last 40 months, it’s become more apparent how that profile manifests itself inside the walls of the Bills’ facility. So getting those sorts of people in the building was always important to the guys in charge. And you could argue that, with the players on their own now, and coaches lacking oversight, it’s never been more important than it is now.
Carson Wentz 25-1 for MVP
If I had a little something extra burning a hole in my sweatpants (lets face it, who is wearing anything but these or shorts these days?) I would send it this way. Wentz has been in this conversation in the past, and was thriving late last season as well, only for injury to conspire against him. But that can’t happen every year. The Eagles put another strong cast around him, I like the way the schedule sets up and as great as Lamar Jackson will be again, repeats in this category are tough. Wentz and Russell Wilson are the two under-the-radar picks here I like, but I went with Wentz because the people who do the MVP voting seem to forget that Wilson’s in the league every year and the anti-Wilson bias is too hard to ignore (he should be in the top 3-5 vote getters every year … yet isn’t). If you aren’t going to go chalk, then take a flier on Wentz.
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“I think for the most part, it’s still been pretty surreal,” Kelce said. “I think the quarantine has made it almost like it was a dream because we haven’t been able to go out and see all our family members and visit everyone like I guess we would if it wasn’t like this. All and all, the biggest thing is that it’s very motivating. It’s motivating to be able to do it again. I’ve already got the competitive mindset to gear up and start this thing all over again — help recreate this team’s identity and moving forward, we’re just excited because we’ve got a lot of pieces coming back.”
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