Put simply, Hill is the most explosive player in the NFL.
In his three years as a full-time wideout, he has averaged an 82-1,311-10 line on a per-16-games basis (he’s played 43 of 48 possible games), as well as 2.45 yards per route run. He’s at an even 16 yards per reception during that span, the sixth-best mark in the league among players with at least 100 catches during that time. (His 10.64 yards per target lead the league.)
Hill also has 10 receiving touchdowns of 50-plus yards since 2017. Cooper, Diggs, and DeSean Jackson are in a three-way tie for second place, with just five apiece. Hill is a dynamic rushing threat as well, with 71 career carries for 500 yards and four touchdowns. He’s the most dangerous player in football with the ball in his hands, whether that be on quick screens or jet sweeps or when he breaks into the open field. He and Patrick Mahomes are a wonderful match of skill sets, with Mahomes able to make any throw in existence and Hill able to find space anywhere on the field, at any time. If they’re not the best scramble-drill duo in the league, it’s only because Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett have to do that dance more often due to the relative inadequacy of Seattle’s offensive line.
2020 Outlook: I mean, just an absolute ton of big plays and touchdowns, probably. Mahomes + Hill + Andy Reid = Points.
Kansas City Chiefs
QB · Year 4
Mahomes is the NFL’s most talented quarterback, playing in a stellar offensive system tailored to his skill set and alongside a collection of talent that is the envy of most signal-callers. Yes, it’s a perfect storm that will continue to do irreversible damage to the game plans of defensive coordinators across football. Mahomes showed during the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run that he is virtually unstoppable when he gets into a groove ... and that was against some of the best competition in football. He’s the best player in the league — and it might stay that way for some time.
While Jesse Palmer and Sage Steele are set to host the event, stars such as Drew Brees, Stephen Curry, Michael Phelps, Venus Williams, Gabby Douglas, and many others are among the presenters for various awards. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is among the slate of star athletes who will present awards to exemplary high school athletes. He’ll specifically present one of the football awards.
Wright believes the sixth-best rivalry will be between Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. We saw them clash in the AFC Divisional Round of this past postseason. Both are such exceptional talents and are capable of taking over a game at any given moment.
Another intriguing rivalry is Joe Burrow against Baker Mayfield. They’ll be in competing in the AFC North for a while, so fans might want to get used to seeing them square off on the gridiron.
The second-best rivalry according to Wright belongs to Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz. It seems like every game between the Cowboys and Eagles is on national television, which means this rivalry will get that attention it rightfully deserves.
Coming in at No. 1 on Wright’s list is the potential rivalry between Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes. This rightfully deserves the top spot due to the fact that both are extremely marketable and already own MVP awards.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: (DEs Frank Clark, Alex Okafor, Tim Ward Tanoh Kpassagnon; DTs Chris Jones, Derrick Nnadi, Khalen Saunders, Mike Pennel) Jones, a 2019 Pro Bowler after posting 9.0 sacks in 21 starts, and Clark (8.0 sacks, 12 tackles for loss) provide a nice combination for the Chiefs.
Every fan owns a part of Kansas City’s victory in Super Bowl LIV, from those who attended games at old Municipal Stadium to the Chiefs’ youngest fans who only know a world where quarterback Patrick Mahomes is synonymous with legendary comebacks, and now - as of this spring - there’s a new children’s book designed specifically to let the Chiefs’ youngest supporters re-live the unforgettable 2019-20 campaign again and again.
The book, titled “Go Chiefs Go!” chronicles the entire season, starting with training camp and culminating in the championship parade. Distributed by local publisher Ascend Books, it’s simply a must-have for any family raising their kids as fans of the Super Bowl champions.
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“I haven’t spoken with Colin, not sure where he’s at as far as in his career, what he wants to do,” Lynn said. “But Colin definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system that we’re going to be running. I’m very confident and happy with the three quarterbacks that I have, but you can never have too many people waiting on the runway.”
The Cowboys need more leadership in their secondary. If there is one area that Berry has been elite in throughout his entire career, it would be leadership. He led with his play and by example with the Chiefs.
Currently, the Cowboys are heading into the 2020 NFL season with Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Xavier Woods as their starting safeties. Berry may not come in and win a starting job immediately, but he could certainly play a role. Even if he didn’t become a starter at all for Dallas, he could provide depth and the ability to step in and play in case of injury.
Simply giving a player like Berry, who has had life throw quite a few obstacles at him, another chance would be a feel-good story. If he can come in and play anything close to how he used to, he could be a starter and would make a major impact on the Dallas defense.
Berry is now 31 years old and time is running short for him to try to jump-start his career. If he is going to make his return to the NFL, it needs to be either this offseason or the next. Dallas may not end up signing another safety, but this move would make a lot of sense.
The Bills have an off-the-charts 25-and-under core on defense, with defensive tackle Ed Oliver (22), linebackers Tremaine Edmunds (22) and Matt Milano (25), and corner Tre’Davious White (22) in the middle of it. I’m not sure anyone in the NFL can say they’ve got a young defensive nucleus like that to build around.
“They now have the best secondary, and the best running game in the NFL,” Cowherd said. “Their toughest road game is at Philadelphia – they can take a bus there. They don’t go west… Baltimore is a rare team for me… We may be looking at a 16-0 football team and I don’t think it’s crazy.”
Jackson, who has been in Houston for the offseason, visited a doctor Wednesday morning because of flu-like symptoms, including chills and congestion. Jackson later received the notification of a positive test, has conferred with the Broncos’ medical staff and will now isolate, in his home in Houston, for 14 days, sources said.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller tested positive for the coronavirus in May, self-isolated for 14 days and was later cleared by the Broncos’ medical staff. Miller has asthma and uses an inhaler.
The initial plan for the 2020 offseason was to expand practice squads from 10 to 12 players. Now, there is internal talk of rosters being expanded to as many as 16 players to allow for greater roster flexibility in the event of positive COVID-19 tests, NFL Network’s Judy Battista and Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday, per sources informed of the situation.
Justin Herbert, Chargers
Week 1, 2021: This is going to be something of a project and the lack of a normal offseason further compromises that transition. Herbert was always going to take some time and now even more so. Plus, Tyrod Taylor is going to have a nice season for the Chargers and I find myself infatuated by this roster — again — and looking at this outfit as a darkhorse contender. Taylor will protect the ball above all else and make sound decisions and that alone will see them in the playoffs. He took a far less talented Bills team to the postseason not that long ago. I don’t see Herbert pushing him at all in 2020, and maybe not in 2021 either if the Chargers reach the high end of their potential and do some damage in January.
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We all know about Buccaneers’ new signal caller — but before he arrived, the cupboard wasn’t exactly bare. With Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Brady will be throwing to one of the best wide receiver duos in the league — and with Brady feeding him the ball, Godwin is primed to climb the ranks of NFL receivers. Brady also brought fellow former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — who came out of retirement to be traded to the Bucs — along for the ride. Joining Gronk in the tight end room is the talented (and still young) O.J. Howard, who is looking for a breakout season with his new quarterback. The offensive line protecting Brady was solidified with first-round pick Tristan Wirfs — a promising, uber-athletic tackle.
Tampa Bay will be returning with almost their entire defensive unit — one that was playing very good football at season’s end. The secondary is young. Players like Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean finished 2019 strong and are primed to take another step. After a breakout 19.5 sack season, EDGE Shaquil Barrett is back on the franchise tag, joining a defensive line that includes Ndamukong Suh, Vita Vea and Jason Pierre-Paul — and we’ve yet to talk about linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David.
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