2. Lone Wolf?
When you look at the the single-season receiving leaders in NFL history, it’s apparent that many of them had very little competition for the number of targets they received. When Calvin Johnson set the NFL record in 2012, the next closest player on the Detroit Lions in terms of yardage was tight end Brandon Pettigrew with 567. The next wide receiver was Titus Young with 383.
The same is true with the next player on the list: Atlanta Falcons wideout Julio Jones. Jones caught 1,871 yards worth of passes in 2015 for an 8-8 Falcons team playing in a dome. That season, he received 203 targets (!) from Matt Ryan over 16 games and the next closest wide receiver was a fading Roddy White (who was 34-years-old) at 506 receiving yards.
Jerry Rice is No. 3 on the list with a tremendous year back in 1995 with the San Francisco 49ers in which he put up 1,848 receiving yards. The next closest wide receiver? The great J.J. Stokes who had 517 yards receiving.
18. Damien Williams
Kansas City Chiefs · Seventh season
2019 stats: 11 games | 111 att | 498 rush yds | 4.5 ypc | 5 rush TDs | 30 rec | 213 rec yds | 2 rec TDs
The Chiefs’ backfield got a little more crowded this offseason after the selection of Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the final pick in the first round. He’ll have a role in Andy Reid’s offense, but Williams will benefit from his experience and the limited offseason. The Chiefs will lean on Williams early on, and what happens from there is dependent on how well the rookie plays.
Joe Banner, who previously held front office roles in Atlanta, Cleveland and Philadelphia, thinks that franchise is the Kansas City Chiefs.
“The Chiefs are the new Patriots. They have a great HC & QB & GM & every move they make is smart. Give Clark Hunt credit. Almost every owner has restricted team spending for now. Chiefs correctly saw the moment as an opportunity & kicked ass.This decade is theirs, multiple SBs,” Banner wrote on Twitter.
Recently, Hill posted a photograph on Instagram of himself inside the gym. His post reads, “At this rate if keep pounding weights I’m going to be playing RB.”
“My first camp in OTA’s, I told Tyreek before a play I was gonna throw it as far as I can and he said, ‘OK bet,’” Mahomes said. “And I threw it 71 yards off like a five-step hitch … just trying to get it out there. And he waved at me before he caught it and looked straight back at me. So I guess I’m gonna have to break out that 80-yard throw where I can maybe overthrow him.”
“Dude, obviously Josh has an extremely strong arm, but I’ve yet to see someone have a stronger arm than me,” Mahomes said. “Maybe we can line up... I know we talked about maybe having a throw-off and then we can prove who really has the strongest arm.”
When asked if he would win, Mahomes said he was confident in his ability to throw the ball at least 80-85 yards.
“I have the ultimate belief in myself. I mean he does have a strong arm, but if I put it out there like 80-85 yards... If he beats that he beats it.”
Kansas City Chiefs
When isn’t it fun to play with highest-rated quarterback in the NFL? In addition to the 99-overall-rated Patrick Mahomes, you also have the fastest player in the game in Tyreek Hill, and a playmaker on the defensive line in Chris Jones when controlling the Chiefs.
As stacked as this team is, the following goals should be within your reach on All-Pro difficulty.
6,000 Passing Yards with Mahomes
1,800 Receiving Yards with Hill
20 Sacks with Jones
16-0 record and a Super Bowl Championship
Kelce’s not bad. His past two seasons merely rank third and 18th all-time in PPR points at the position. Kelce has also delivered two other top-45 campaigns on that list. The two largest target tallies of his career have coincided with Patrick Mahomes’ two starting seasons. Kelce could be in for more touchdowns in 2020. He has garnered 12 targets inside the 10-yard line each of the past two years but scored just twice in that range last year vs. five in 2018.
Size: 6’5, 260
Bye Week: 10
The only reason to avoid Kelce is if you want to wait on a tight end. That’s fair. But he belongs around the 1-2 turn in drafts.
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His wife, Sasha, is pregnant and due in October, and he is unsure if it will be wise to show up, given the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m taking it one day at a time, talking with my team and trying to figure out as many details as possible before I make a decision and have it set in stone,” Lawrence told ESPN. “Shoot, I love to ride with my brothers and play the game of football. When I have to take that away from myself, it’s hard and I don’t want to make a decision like that. But I also have to make sure I’m taking care of my family. Family is No. 1. After the game of football is done, that’s the only thing I have to depend on, so I’ve got to take care of them.”
“This is an opportunity to go see what it’s like somewhere else, to go see what it’s like in the NFL on another squad. There’s so many players that bounce around on so many different teams. I loved my time in New England, no doubt about it. But it was another opportunity that presented.”
No offseason programs, only virtual meetings were based on “a worse-case scenario,” Davis said, so every team was in the same situation. With the Raiders sold out for the season, they have no room to move anyone from those sections.
“That’s the Black Hole,” Davis said, “it’s the people that that want to be in the front row. Boisterous fans ... now I’ve got to tell 8,000 people that helped build this thing that they can’t come to a game? I don’t have 8,000 seats to move them to. We’re sold out.
“The optics are terrible — advertising on top of seats belonging to people you’re telling they can’t come to the game. I’d rather have everybody pissed at me than just one person. I’ve got to make it up to them, and I will. This is all about safety and equity.”
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Early season briefing
For the first 12 weeks of the season, Thompson saw less than five offensive snaps in every single game. The addition of McCoy paired with Damien Williams took up the bulk of the reps, while Darrel Williams soaked up the rest thanks to his passing game prowess. It wasn’t until after the bye week with the Chiefs facing the Oakland Raiders that Thompson got his shot. Even then, it took McCoy falling out of favor with ball security issues and pass protection assignments, an injury to Damien Williams and Darrel Williams going down mid-game before Thompson was trusted with any real workload.
A tweet to make you think
Tyreek Hill says he wants to get 2000 yards receiving this year.— GMFB (@gmfb) July 14, 2020
Can he do it? pic.twitter.com/e0gj4jT1ZE
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