Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark has lofty goals for what he and teammate Chris Jones can achieve together.
Clark told reporters how he and Jones talk about becoming the best defensive line tandem in history, per Sports Radio 810 WHB:
"We're going to be the best two defensive linemen to ever play the game together." - Frank Clark on him and Chris Jones pic.twitter.com/ISE7Tu0cJC— Sports Radio 810 WHB (@SportsRadio810) August 6, 2020
Now is the time to end all of these meaningless spats in prime time for our entertainment. Marquise Goodwin and Tyreek Hill can stop challenging one another over social media, travel to a patch of grass in the middle of nowhere and race. Mahomes and Allen can resurface at some long-abandoned driving range and hurl footballs to their heart’s content. Offensive linemen can whip up bench press reps, haul sport utility vehicles in neutral and wolf down absurdly portioned ribeyes all from more than six feet away. Basketball hobbyists can have three-point contests. Charity softball hackers can have a home run derby. Old quarterbacks can golf. Coaches can play chess and poker. We can quantify the source of this meaningless online machismo, raise some money for a good cause and ultimately have some fun along the way. It will be like having the Summer Olympics but with Cris Collinsworth.
14 Mitchell Schwartz
Kansas City Chiefs · OT · Age: 30
TB: Winning a Super Bowl must taste even sweeter when you broke into the NFL with the Browns. Here’s guessing the former second-round pick by Cleveland does not regret signing with the Chiefs in 2016. PFF’s fourth-best graded tackle (minimum of 800 snaps) was the only tackle who logged 600-plus pass-blocking snaps without allowing a single sack in 2019. Whether he earns another extension from the Chiefs remains to be seen, but for the next two years at least, Schwartz will continue to be a mainstay of one of the league’s most prolific offenses.
Nate Burleson, however, did pick the Niners.
“The one thing that you can’t game plan for is a dominant defense,” explained Burleson. “You might be able to game plan for Pat Mahomes. You might. I know it’s a reach, but you might. You can’t game plan for getting beat up game in and game out.
“If that defense for San Francisco returns the same way, I’m going with San Fran returning first.”
“I think not learning from that (playoff loss) would be naïve of us,” said Watt. “I think that you have to understand what happened in that situation. You have to let that situation fuel you and let that fire build within you knowing how terrible that felt.”
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“It’s been different having the opportunity over this time to move and to, for example, study my playbook — I mean I really haven’t had to do that in 19 years, so you forget, ‘Man, that’s really tough,’ like all of the different terminologies,” Brady said Thursday. “You’re going back a very long time in my career to really have to put the mental energy in like I did. I have to work at it pretty hard physically, still. I put a lot of time and energy into making sure I’m feeling good in order to perform at my best, but mentally I think that’s been the thing that’s obviously had its challenges.
“Lambeau Field will not be the same without our fans’ energetic support in the stands. Given the extraordinary circumstances this year and the additional protocols in place, though, we determined it was best to take incremental steps to start the regular season. These two games will allow us to focus our attention on safely conducting games inside the stadium with all necessary participants.
“We are hopeful that we will be able to host fans for games later in the season, should conditions allow. We will continue to consult with community healthcare and public health officials on the pandemic conditions in our area. We ask our fans to continue to help by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines.
“I don’t think that’s hard to get,” Jones said Thursday during a videoconference call. “And I feel like if there was a year to do it, this could be the year to do it, honestly, for me. That’s a personal goal of mine. But we have more help on our team. We have a better team.”
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New kid on the block
Saunders is an agile, strong player with a very high ceiling — but one that had a lot of work to do when he was drafted in 2019. Some expected Saunders to have a redshirt year in his rookie season, but injuries forced him into the lineup earlier than expected. He ended up contributing to the Chiefs’ championship run and delivered on some of the hype that made the Chiefs invest a third-round pick in him.
Saunders still needs some development. He’ll need work on his snap reaction, as he is too often the last player off the line. He’ll also need to develop a bit more technique and more of a rush plan to keep the opposition off balance throughout the game. A full season and an offseason under Daly and Steve Spagnuolo should help Saunders to round out his game and contribute in an even bigger way in 2020.
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Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen might be ready to settle the debate over the NFL's strongest arm pic.twitter.com/1vKQ7hU4J6— ESPN (@espn) August 6, 2020
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