However, while Burrow probably will have plenty of opportunity, the same cannot be said for the other three quarterbacks drafted in the first round. Tua Tagovailoa is 10-1, Justin Herbert is 30-1 and Jordan Love has 200-1 odds. None is projected to start his team’s season opener.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the second favorite at 11-2.
24. CHIEFS: C+
PARR: There might not have been a better fit in the draft than Edwards-Helaire and the Chiefs. Quibble with taking a running back in the first round if you’d like, but Andy Reid has his new Brian Westbrook (or, gulp, perhaps an even better version of the former All-Pro). CEH is the dynamo K.C. didn’t technically need (yes, the offense was already great) but will certainly get the most out of. We didn’t love anything else about what the Chiefs did, but that’s not really surprising considering their flexibility was pretty limited, as they entered the draft tied for the fewest selections in the league (five). There’s a case to be made that they should have added a true corner earlier than Round 7, but that might be where Sneed, a safety last season at Louisiana Tech, ends up playing. Gay was one of the stars of the NFL Scouting Combine, but will he be able to put it all together and challenge for a spot atop the depth chart next season? Niang is coming off November hip surgery, but he has the tools to become a starter. On the other hand, seeing Danna, who wasn’t considered a lock to be drafted, go in Round 5 was a surprise. This isn’t a bad haul, but the excitement about it wore off for us after Day 1, which probably means this will be a great group.
Chiefs: Florida P Tommy Townsend
The Chiefs are moving on from Dustin Colquitt and that creates an opportunity for Townsend, who was regarded as one of the best available punters. Kansas City also needed some cornerback and offensive line help so they paired off some other intriguing names: Auburn cornerback Javaris Dais, Michigan cornerback Lavert Hill, Mississippi State interior offensive lineman Darryl Williams and Missouri interior offensive lineman Yasir Durant.
Less than seven hours and 25,000 flag purchases later, the pre-order was sold out as fans demonstrated their immense excitement for the reigning Super Bowl Champions. Red Friday flags are a great way to commemorate the season while also showing off one’s love for the Chiefs, and this year is no different.
Reid elaborated on what the virtual rookie minicamp will look like on the call.
“We’re going to jump right into it. We’ll have a team meeting on [Friday] and I’ll talk to them just a little about the format, I’ll welcome them to the Chiefs and then a variety of people will talk to them and get them coached up on different areas, whether it’s [Vice President of Communications Ted Crews] with the media side of it or [Vice President of Sports Medicine and Performance Rick Burkholder] with the training, health and well-being part. Then they’ll get with their coaches and get ready to go. That includes introductions to the offense, defense and special teams – all three phases will be highlighted…we’ve got it pretty well organized…It should be a nice introduction for them.”
2. Kansas City Chiefs
Andy Reid compares No. 1 pick RB Clyde-Edwards Helaire to Brian Westbrook — just what Patrick Mahomes, soon to be the $40M Man, needs — another jitterbugging weapon. Just what the rest of the AFC West needs. One potential fly in the ointment: will DT Chris Jones sign just a one-year, $16M tender?
“All I know is, that in the biggest picture. I’ll take Amari and his connection with Dak over Tyreke and his quasi connection with Mahomes boy. Because if I look at what’s happened over the last 2 years. I’m the first to jump out there and tell you, Amari is not a road warrior. He has this period at Jets, at Patriots and Eagles as we saw last year and it still didn’t matter.
Bayless presented stats to highlight his point and termed Amari’s season as “really good.”
“Tyreek’s biggest game over the last 2 years is 10 catches for 215 yards. Amari has had 2 games bigger than Tyreek’s best game. Tyreek isn’t the best receiver on his own team. Travis Kelce is.”
Eric Berry, S
Berry sat out last year recuperating from a heel injury, but Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported that the safety plans to return in 2020. He’s a three-time first-team All-Pro over nine seasons with the Chiefs but played a total of three games over his final two years in K.C. due to injuries.
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It has been an eventful month for Fournette. In addition to being on the trade block, he said on social media and on ESPN’s First Take that he wanted the team to sign quarterback Cam Newton.
“It’s no disrespect to [Gardner Minshew],” Fournette said on First Take. “I’m just trying to get in the best position as a team as we can [to] win.”
It was a time for me to learn from one of the best,” Winston said about signing a one-year deal with the Saints. “And also being in the same division, I get a chance to play against Tampa Bay twice and get a chance to play some of the same teams even though Carolina has a new head coach. So, that was a positive there.”
Bears tight ends ranked by name quality
Asked last weekend about not using any of the team’s 10 draft picks on a tackle, Elway said: “We have to get better there, there’s no question about it. That’s a position we have to get better at... We just didn’t feel like we were in a situation to where we could add to that. I think with where we were and what our game plan was, the tackle never fell for us as far as something we thought that there was a player there that could help us at that position.’’
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“I want to be a Chief for a long time,” said Mahomes. “I want to have a contract that says that and that I can go out there and know that I have the security and everything like that, but I understand and trust the Chiefs organization and everybody in it that they’re going to handle it the right way. I trust my representation that they’re going to ease my mind and let me go out there and play the game that I love playing, so for me, whenever that happens, it happens.”
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