“I want to lead the NFL in sacks,” he said. “I’ve been talking about it all summer and voicing it to my teammates. I believe that wholeheartedly, and you have to speak it to believe it.”
“Young black children should not be dying from gun violence.
“Devante didn’t even have a chance to live his life before it was tragically taken away from him.
“My goal is to help stop the violence and help my community to show and empower children from my community that there is another way, one child at a time.
“I wanted to help the Bryant family because I am from the 7th Ward and I felt that pain. I have a seven-year-old son that lives in New Orleans and I couldn’t imagine something happening to him at that age. He is only two years younger than Devante.”
“My heart goes out to the Bryant and Howard Family.”
3. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Julian Edelman, Kent State
What actually happened: Drafted DL Tyson Jackson
Where he was actually picked: Seventh round by the Patriots
Only three receivers from this class—Mike Wallace, Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin— have more career receiving yards and touchdowns than Julian Edelman.
All three would also make sense for a Kansas City Chiefs team that was devoid of support for Dwayne Bowe in 2013 and 2014 and lacked top-end talent beyond Tyreek Hill for several years after that. However, the Chiefs had Maclin in 2015 and 2016 and didn’t get past the divisional round. Wallace peaked in the early 2010s, and Edelman has greatly outproduced those two and Crabtree over the last seven years.
Edelman is an established playoff performer, too, as evidenced by his three Super Bowl rings. His career numbers only fail to stand out because he was hardly a factor in his first four seasons. Since 2013, he’s one of only 13 players with at least 500 catches.
That sure beats Jackson, who was a tremendous disappointment in his five seasons with the Chiefs.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4 in 2019)
The reigning Super Bowl champions occupy the top spot for many reasons. They have Patrick Mahomes, the best player on the planet, and took away any contractual uncertainty with his mega-extension earlier this month. Kansas City also returns the rest of its offensive braintrust — head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Kansas City only drafted one offensive skill player -– first-rounder Clyde Edwards-Helaire -– but because he is a running back, he should be able to get up to speed quickly. In all, the Chiefs return 20 of 22 starters from last year’s Super Bowl champion, and they managed to lock up stud defensive lineman Chris Jones to a long-term contract. It looks like the best got even better, and even in unprecedented circumstances, K.C. shouldn’t miss a beat.
The Chiefs’ overall star power should only be benefited by an easy schedule. Kansas City could very well win at Baltimore (Week 3), at Tampa Bay (Week 12) and at New Orleans (Week 15), but I would expect them to lose at least 1, if not all, of such matchups.
Overall, I posit the Chiefs to earn the #2 seed in the AFC for the 2nd straight year. Things panned out well despite Mahomes & Reid not having home-field advantage throughout the postseason at raucous Arrowhead Stadium, and I figure more of the same to transpire come January 2021.
In the draft, they took running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall selection. It was a good running back class, and Tom Coughlin and company believed they were a running back away. Fournette has had two nice seasons, but, when looking back now, passing on Patrick Mahomes was a silly mistake.
Around the NFL
“In 2017, the Cleveland Browns bet on me,” Garrett said in a statement released through the team. “This city quickly became my home and these people quickly became my family. I’m eternally grateful for this opportunity, the support of my friends and family, the organization, my teammates, the fans — I could go on forever, but even that wouldn’t be enough time to express my gratitude. I’ll just say this: Keep betting on me, Cleveland, because I won’t let you down. Now, let’s get to work.”
“I want to stay with the Tennessee Titans,” Henry said, via the team website. “They are the ones that took a chance on me – 31 teams passed on me on the draft and they selected me. I have a lot of love for Tennessee. I have a lot of love for everyone in that organization.
“And we have grown from the time I got there. (In 2016) we just missed the playoffs, (in 2017) we got into the playoffs and went into the second round. This year we went to the AFC Championship. We have grown as an organization and as a team and I think that speaks volume for the direction we’re headed.”
Franchise quarterbacks do not, sadly, grow on trees. The Cowboys signed former Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on a one-year deal to serve as their backup, but the 32-year-old has been on the back end of his career for a few years now. Currently, the 2021 free agency QB class is light on prominent names under 30 (Mitchell Trubisky, Jameis Winston, Jacoby Brissett). The Cowboys don’t anticipate a high enough selection in the 2021 draft to select Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Field, or any other marquee QB prospect
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On Dorsey: “John is old school. I mean, he is tape, tape, tape, tape, tape. Watching all the tape. Just close the door in the draft room. Prior to coming to Kansas City, working with the Eagles... spring meetings were more of overview and intellectual debate over guys. When I got to Kansas City, it was my introduction to the 17 days with your scouts prior to the combine...every single scout, college and pro, is locked in a room, and you start watching tape at 5 a.m. and you’re watching the tape until 6, 7 o’clock at night for 17 straight days — like training camp for scouts. But John was wired in the old school — we’re just going to exhaust the tape... we’re going to exhaust the tape on every level, and we’re going to stick to certain principles in regard to — we’re not watching 5-9 corners or 5-8 corners. No. This is a big man’s game. Size wins, size matters. Tape... and we’re going to make our decisions primarily on tape.”
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