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Keenan Allen: Tyreek Hill, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin Are Not Better WRs Than Me | Bleacher Report

While Hill won a Super Bowl with Kansas City and has the speed to blow past any defender, he also finished with just 860 receiving yards last season.

While Hill won a Super Bowl with Kansas City and has the speed to blow past any defender, he also finished with just 860 receiving yards last season.

2020 NFL training camp: Biggest question for all 32 teams, from Ben Roethlisberger’s elbow to 49ers hangover | CBS Sports

Kansas City Chiefs

How will they handle the challenge of repeating?

If any team can handle the challenge, the Chiefs can. They bring back almost the entire roster and Patrick Mahomes is the best quarterback in the league. Coach Andy Reid also has the right mindset to keep this thing going, something he did as coach of the Eagles. The Chiefs are the favorites again to win it all. Repeating is tough, but they have a real shot

NFL rankings: Teams best, worst equipped for challenging season | YardBarker

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.

Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and QB X-Factors Revealed for Madden NFL 21 | Bleacher Report

Each X-Factor is a reflection of the player’s performance and skill set.

Brady, Brees: Pro Reads (highlights the first open target and speeds up throws)

Wilson: Blitz Radar (highlights extra blitzers)

Rodgers: Gambler (can’t be intercepted by AI defenders)

Mahomes: Bazooka (max throwing distance increased by 15-plus yards)

Jackson: Truzz (immune to fumbles when he’s in the zone)

Alabama Roots: Top 10 in NFL games | AL.com

3. Tony Richardson, Daleville High School, Auburn: 234 games

Kansas City Chiefs 1995-2005, Minnesota Vikings 2006-2007, New York Jets 2008-2010: A fullback, Richardson was a good enough ball-carrier to rush for as many as 697 yards and seven touchdowns in a season. He went from undrafted to a three-time Pro Bowler, noted for clearing the way for 1,000-yard rushers Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson, Chester Taylor, Adrian Peterson and Thomas Jones.

Former Chiefs lineman Kahlil McKenzie waived by Seahawks | Arrowhead Addict

On Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks officially decided to part ways with offensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie. It’s the latest team who just couldn’t find a way to coach up McKenzie’s obvious physical skills enough to stick on the active roster.

The Kansas City Chiefs were the first team to try to convert McKenzie to the offensive line. The Chiefs first selected McKenzie back in the sixth round of the 2018 Draft at No. 198 overall from the University of Tennessee. The idea was to take the starting defensive lineman and turn him into an asset on the other side. Unfortunately things did not work out for McKenzie and the Chiefs turned him loose just one year later.

Guard shaping up to be Chiefs’ top training camp battle | Chiefs Wire

“Well, let’s get him in here first,” Reid said. “I mean let’s get him in practicing, get him adjusted and see how he does. (Mike) Remmers is another one that we picked up who is a

good football player. We’ve got good players here, right now, so we’re going to be OK at the offensive line. And obviously, to add into the mix—we’re excited. And we’ve had a chance to meet them, the rookies, so yeah, we’re excited about that. I think we’re in good shape all around. Would we love to have Larry? Absolutely, but it’s his cause. We absolutely understand that too.”

The rookies haven’t been part of a normal offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the coaching staff is still getting to know these players and where they are in terms of their football ability. Niang could be ready to play like an All-Pro, but Reid won’t know that until he gets him on the football field and practicing at training camp.

Reid instead mentioned free agent signing Mike Remmers as another option to fill in at the right guard position. Remmers played right tackle for the New York Giants in 2019, but the season prior he started all 16 games at right guard for the Minnesota Vikings. In total, Remmers has 1,123 career snaps at the right guard position during the course of his career. His experience and veteran savvy could make him the perfect option to replace Duvernay-Tardif at right guard.

Around the NFL

NFL players who attend ‘high-risk’ events and contract coronavirus face team discipline, lack of pay | ESPN

The memo says that the final language of Friday’s agreement between the league and the players will appear in a side letter that is still being negotiated and that the information distributed this weekend represents “a summary of major aspects of the COVID amendments.” The basics have been dealt with, and the final section of the memo is devoted to the fact that players will be held responsible for the way they circulate in public while the coronavirus remains present.

Players were told weeks ago on a conference call with NFLPA leadership that they could face discipline, including fines, for conduct detrimental to the team if they are found to have contracted COVID-19 through reckless activity away from the facility. This weekend’s memo reinforces that and says that such activity could allow a team to challenge the status of a COVID-19 diagnosis as a football injury.

Raiders all-time 53-man roster: Al Davis’ fingerprints are all over this epic group | CBS Sports

Running back was also a pretty easy choice. While the Raiders have had some good ones, the starting job went to Allen, the franchise’s all-time career rushing leader. The 1985 NFL MVP, Allen’s 191 yards and two touchdowns earned him MVP honors following the Raiders’ 38-9 win over Washington in Super Bowl XVIII. Complementing Allen is Jackson, his teammate in Los Angeles from 1987-90. The first athlete to be named an All-Star in two different sports, Jackson posted the NFL’s longest run in three of his four seasons with the Raiders.

Which Late-Round QB Is the Best Fantasy Football Value This Season? | The Ringer

When Wentz was at his best in 2017, he ranked fourth in average intended air yards (9.9) and deep-ball percentage (14.8 percent). In Philly’s Week 1 win against Washington last season, Wentz and Jackson connected on two touchdowns of 50-plus yards. Wentz wants to push the ball down the field, and with Jackson and rookie speedster Jalen Reagor in the mix, the Eagles have the personnel to make that happen. Wentz is currently being drafted as the QB9. That could be his floor if he stays healthy.

Stafford is another intriguing upside option who’s going a touch later in early fantasy drafts. The 32-year-old Lions QB was on pace for more than 5,000 passing yards through nine games last year before a back injury ended his season. In coordinator Darrell Bevell’s vertical offense, Stafford led the league in air yards per attempt (10.7) and deep-ball rate (an absurd 19.2 percent of his throws traveled 20-plus yards in the air). More than a decade into his career, Stafford may seem like a fantasy afterthought, but he offers a considerably higher ceiling than several QBs who are being drafted ahead of him.

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Kelechi Osemele: the film review

Late on Saturday night, the Chiefs agreed to a one-year deal for guard Kelechi Osemele. An eight-year veteran of the league, Osemele was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, signed a big second contract with the Oakland Raiders and was traded to the New York Jets for the 2019 season.

Osemele has primarily played left guard for his previous teams — although he did play a little bit of tackle in Baltimore. So for the Chiefs, he will switch sides — or the team is counting on competition at left guard to flip the right side of the line. Osemele is coming off two consecutive injury-plagued years; his 2019 season was cut short after he opted to have a shoulder surgery the Jets didn’t think he needed.

With the Chiefs needing help on the interior of the offensive line, Osemele should move the needle in 2020. But just how much will he move it?

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