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Yes, the Kansas City Chiefs Should Absolutely Sign 46-Year-Old Terrell Owens | The Big Lead

Terrell Owns wants to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs and his former coach, Andy Reid. Normally, when a former football player in his mid-40’s has been retired for a decade and already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I would say a return to the NFL sounds ridiculous, but damn have you looked at T.O. recently?

The internet claims he’s 46, but that just cannot be accurate. He looks about half that age and he says he’s practicing social distancing so really, by the time NFL teams start traveling from city to city, he’ll probably won’t seem like such an outlandish potential weapon for Patrick Mahomes.

Chiefs’ Chris Jones to serve as virtual Grand Marshal for NASCAR race | KSHB.com

Kansas Speedway has tabbed Jones, who resigned with the Chiefs on a four-year deal worth $85 million last week, as the virtual Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Cup Series Super Start Batteries 400 on Thursday.

That means he’ll utter the most famous words in motorsports, “Drivers, start your engines!” before the first of five races scheduled at the 1.5-mile tri-oval in Kansas City, Kansas, during the next three days.

“The Chiefs provided our community a great deal of pride and joy last February, and it is only appropriate to have someone who played such a critical role in their success kick off our race weekend,” Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren said.

Patrick Mahomes gives the inside scoop on his record-setting contract, new expectations, and more | CBS Sports

What was your favorite move of the Chiefs offseason so far?

Mahomes: ”I think it was just how many people we brought back. I mean, we kept this thing together. When you’re in times like this when you don’t get to be around the team, you don’t get to see everybody every single day like you’re used to and learn how to build those cultures together. To already have those lasting relationships and knowing where you can count on people and having those people in the building that do things the right way, I think that was huge for us to do.

“So when we get back in the building and when we’re together, we can pick up right where we left off. The young guys we brought in like Clyde (Edwards-Helaire) and all these great young football players, we can get immersed in that culture very quickly and already have something stable they can build on.”

Texans WR Will Fuller was Chiefs S Tyrann Mathieu’s toughest match-up in 2019 | Texans Wire

Fuller didn’t have eye-opening stats against the Chiefs in their two games last season. In the 31-24 win in Week 6, Fuller caught five passes for 44 yards on nine targets. In the 51-31 loss in the AFC divisional playoffs, Fuller hauled in five passes for 89 yards on eight targets.

Fantasy Football 2020: Predicting This Year’s Biggest Breakouts | Bleacher Report

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

But there’s historical precedent with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who has squeaked massive seasons out of rookie rushers like LeSean McCoy and Kareem Hunt. Edwards-Helaire could merely be the next man up in a historic offense led by Patrick Mahomes that fed two running backs 34 or more targets last year.

Balanced as a prospect, Edwards-Helaire could soak up a ton of targets and put an end to the committee approach in Kansas City.

Stat projection: 900 rushing yards, six scores, 350 receiving yards, three scores

Around the league

Fans at NFL games will be required to wear masks this season | Yahoo! Sports

NFL fans at games this season will be required to wear face coverings, the league announced Wednesday.

League spokesman Bryan McCarthy made the announcement on Twitter.

The announcement arrived shortly after the Atlanta Falcons announced that they plan to have up to 20,000 fans in the stands for home games.

Jets owner Woody Johnson reportedly accused of racist, sexist comments; NFL is ‘aware’ | Washington Post

CNN reported that Johnson “made racist generalizations about Black men and questioned why the Black community celebrates Black History Month.” He also made what the network described as “cringeworthy” remarks about women’s looks.

According to the CNN report, Johnson did not deny the specific allegations but praised his U.K. diplomatic team and said, “I greatly value the extraordinary work that each and every member of the team does to strengthen and deepen our vital alliance.” The White House declined to comment to CNN and referred the network to the State Department.

NFL and players union remain stalled on 2020 plans, future salary cap implications due to Covid-19 | CNBC

According to people with knowledge of discussions, the NFLPA wants more clarity on clubs’ disease plans, guaranteed pay for players should training camp and regular-season games stop, and an agreement on future salary cap issues expected to arise due to Covid-19.

The people spoke to CNBC on condition of anonymity, as they are not authorized to discuss negotiations publicly.

Officials representing club owners have fought the NFLPA on daily testing issues because of the cost, but eventually agreed to terms, as did the NFL with canceling exhibition games.

But with government officials in NFL cities already hinting at games with no fans, the league is preparing for a revenue hit of up to $70 million per team.

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2020 Chiefs position preview: Wide receivers

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If Hardman wants to replace Robinson’s snaps on a more frequent basis, he’s going to have to come a long way in a few areas. First and foremost, he will have to figure out how to beat press coverage at a higher rate. With Hill getting so many slot reps, someone else has to play outside, and that’s been Robinson much of the time. Secondly, Hardman will have to change his route tree entirely from a purely linear one and incorporate more horizontal and back-breaking routes.

The final big hurdle is replacing Robinson’s extra effort. Whether that is on broken plays or as a blocker, Robinson frequently was able to show up on effort plays, and Hardman has shown some issues of not finishing out reps dating back to last year’s camp.

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