The Hall of Fame wide receiver recently was asked how many receiving touchdowns he’d score in one season if Mahomes was his quarterback. You might be surprised by his answer.
“In my prime with Patrick Mahomes, being able to buy time? I’m saying 30,” Moss said on ESPN morning show “Get Up!” earlier this week. “I’m saying 30 touchdowns to set the mark and really set it at a high level, and I’m not joking by saying that.”
Kansas City Chiefs: DT Chris Jones
Really, the Kansas City Chiefs should try to get an extension done with defensive tackle Chris Jones before the July 15 deadline. The team’s most valuable defender was given the franchise tag this offseason and has threatened to hold out if not given a substantial pay bump.
Jones recently responded on Twitter to speculation that a deal short of $20 million per season might not be enough.
“Or I won’t play,” Jones tweeted. “[Le’Veon Bell] told me about this.”
If the Chiefs don’t get a long-term deal with Jones hashed out before the 2020 season but manage to get him on the field, they should do everything in their power to lock him up next offseason. Jones is one of the most versatile and dangerous down linemen in the league, and letting him walk would be a mistake.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
Please don’t misinterpret the Chiefs’ No. 3 ranking on this particular list. I’m picking them to win the Super Bowl. Just like I did last year. Shoot, with Patrick Mahomes now signed through the 2031 season, it’s hard to imagine a time when I won’t be picking Kansas City to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Mahomes is the best quarterback in the NFL, the best player in the NFL and the best show in sports today. Two teams sit above K.C. in this ranking because their rosters are more well-rounded. But with Mahomes’ singular greatness, the Chiefs enter the 2020 season as the definite team to beat.
And it’s not like the quarterback is surrounded by chopped liver. Home-run hitter Tyreek Hill headlines a receiver group that possesses incredible speed, talent and depth, while Travis Kelce’s the best tight end this side of George Kittle. In the draft, Brett Veach scooped up Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a dynamic all-purpose back whom Andy Reid described as being better than Brian Westbrook. The defense is highlighted by Pro Bowl DT Chris Jones. He’s a difference-making star — just look at how he wrecked the 49ers’ Super Bowl hopes — and K.C. needs to get him signed. Safety Tyrann Mathieu is a certified stud. So is edge menace Frank Clark.
The Kansas City bid team includes state and local officials from Missouri and Kansas, Sporting KC, the Chiefs, VisitKC, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the United Soccer Coaches organization, Heartland Soccer Association and the Kansas City Sports Commission, headed by president & CEO Kathy Nelson.
“We presented a strong, cohesive vision that demonstrates Kansas City’s experience hosting major sporting events as well as our ability to unite an entire region around those events,” Nelson said. “Kansas City has demonstrated a strong commitment to growing the game of soccer and hosting World Cup matches in 2026 would allow us to cement our legacy as the soccer capital of America.”
“Kansas City is perfectly positioned in the heart of North America to welcome the world and our bid’s vision is to unite our region around this momentous occasion,” said Sporting Kansas City President and CEO Jake Reid. “Today was another important opportunity to showcase our region as a thriving destination with incredible support for soccer as we take the next step in bringing the World Cup to the Midwest.”
3. Larry Johnson (2003-09)
Drafted 27th overall in 2003 out of Penn State, Johnson was to replace Priest Holmes (who was 30) at some point and had to wait a bit for his turn. Larry Johnson received only 20 carries as a rookie and split times with Holmes in 2004, rushing 120 times for 581 yards and five touchdowns. That was only the beginning. Over the next two seasons, Johnson was one of the NFL’s premier backs, running for over 1,700 yards in each, to go along with 20 and 17 touchdowns, respectively. He was also effective as a receiver out of the backfield, averaging over 10 yards per catch
DOUG KELLY, former assistant PR director, Kansas City Chiefs
Jerrel Wilson, P – “The Duck” was our punter (in Kansas City) when I got there in ‘74 and remained so through ’77. Punted over 1,000 times. Was also not afraid to make a tackle. He was a bit on the downside when I knew him, but still very effective. Got to know him fairly well, and he died way too young (cancer) at age 63.
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2) Patrick Queen, LB, Baltimore Ravens
While just two DROY winners over the last 10 seasons were off-ball linebackers, both players (Darius Leonard and Luke Kuechly) played fast and offered coverage versatility on third downs. Queen is not only fast in a straight line, but his scrape explosiveness is extremely impressive and he can cover both tight ends and running backs down the field. He plays with an alpha mentality and should stack plenty of tackles for a proven defense in Year 1.
Jersey exchanges have gained in popularity in recent years, and their elimination was met with immediate derision from some prominent players on social media. San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted that it was a “perfect example of NFL thinking in a nutshell,” noting that players will “engage in a full contact game” only to find that it isn’t safe to exchange jerseys. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tweeted that it was “DAMN SILLY.”
“This decision was made following many thoughtful conversations over several months between the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, Directors of Athletics, Conference Office staff, and medical experts including the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee,” the Big Ten’s statement said.
3. Malcolm Butler, CB (Titans)
2020 cap hit: $13.4 million
Malcolm Butler has been with the Titans since March 2018, when he signed a five-year, $61 million deal that Tennessee is probably now regretting. Going into the 2020 season, Butler will have with the seventh-highest cap hit among all cornerbacks, which would be fine, if he played like a top-seven corner, but that just simply hasn’t been the case. Not only did Butler struggle for most of his first season with the Titans, but he followed that up with a 2019 season where he couldn’t stay healthy. Butler’s inability to stay healthy was arguably a good thing for Tennessee, because he struggled during the nine games he did play. The good news for Butler is that no matter how bad he plays going forward, almost everyone is going to remember him as the guy who picked off Russell Wilson at the one-yard line in Super Bowl XLIX.
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4. Tyrann Mathieu
The Landlord is under contract for two more seasons at very high cap hits for his position. I don’t usually put a ton of value on things that can’t be quantified with statistics, but Mathieu is an exception. I think he does so many things that he makes average players around him approach being good players. I don’t see the Chiefs turning away from a big-time leader of the Super Bowl team.
Prediction: Sometime after the 2020 season — again, when financial ramifications of the pandemic are better understood — Mathieu will sign an extension that converts part of his 2021 cap number into signing bonus.
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