If Peterson simply wants to go ring-chasing, how about Super Bowl-favored and defending champion Kansas City? Of course, Damien Williams opted out of the season and Peterson could serve as insurance for rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire; Peterson’s power-running style would complement CEH well.
Chicago for some reason didn’t pursue Fournette even though No. 1 running back David Montgomery could miss a few games with a strained groin. It would be ironic for the Bears to sign Peterson considering he used to destroy them as a member of the Vikings.
Despite the complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NFL Films has given the Chiefs their official championship coronation in the form of two soon-to-be-released documentaries.
On Wednesday, the NFL Network will air the latest in its popular “America’s Game” series, this one on the 2019 Chiefs. It will star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, safety Tyrann Mathieu and tight end Travis Kelce and air at 8 p.m. ET. It’ll be followed by “Time’s Yours: Andy Reid & the 2019 Chiefs,” another one-hour documentary that will also tell the story of last season’s championship run, this one through the eyes of the coaching staff.
In fact, I almost made the Texans my best bet at 9.5 points. I know they’ve been the laughingstock of the offseason after dealing DeAndre Hopkins away for pennies on the dollar, but they still have plenty of depth at receiver. For all Bill O’Brien’s faults as a personnel man, he’s been a pretty great coach during his tenure, periodically finishing above .500 and winning the division title in four of the last five seasons. Plus, this team still has Deshaun Watson at quarterback — should he be getting 9.5 points under any circumstances? The back door will be wide open for Watson to rally the Houston offense through even if the Texans are down big in the second half.
Chiefs 33, Chargers 27 (OT)
September 11, 2016
The Chiefs have played 60 Week 1 games in their history. This was the only game to reach overtime. KC trailed 24-3 with 6:02 left in the third quarter — a seemingly insurmountable deficit, considering that the largest comeback in franchise history, prior to that point, had been an 18-point comeback against the New Orleans Saints in 2012. But Smith hit running back Spencer Ware for a 45-yard gain on the first play after kickoff and led KC to a quick touchdown to Tyreek Hill (his first NFL score). Smith found Ware for 101 receiving yards in the second half, and the Chiefs forced overtime, won the coin toss, and marched 70 yards for the game-winning touchdown, a keeper by Smith.
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“It caught me by surprise,” Peterson told Josina Anderson about his release. “I was having a strong camp. It was showing up on film, taking No. 1 reps all the way to this week. I just got notified by the running backs coach yesterday that they want to give these young guys some reps, but I didn’t know I was going to get cut, there was no indication. Today (Ron) Rivera just said this is always tough, but yes we’re gonna release you and go with this offensive style. I respect coach.”
The Lions, the Bears’ Week 1 opponent, were 1.5-point favorites for much of the offseason in their Week 1 matchup with Chicago, but over the past week the line has moved in Detroit’s favor, with the Lions three-point favorites at William Hill Sportsbook as of Friday night.
Trubisky’s experience running coach Matt Nagy’s offense in Chicago was certainly an advantage heading into training camp. It was Trubisky, after all, who helped lead Chicago to an NFC North division title during his second season as a starter.
It marks the second time a team has jettisoned Rosen over the past 17 months and puts a cap on an unsuccessful tenure in Miami. The Dolphins are admitting a mistake in trading for Rosen by giving up on him a year later. It also gives Rosen a fresh start and a rare third chance to salvage his NFL career.
Rosen, 23, is entering his third NFL season potentially with his third team. And yet, he’s younger (by roughly 60 days) than Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. It has yet to be seen if another te
am is willing to take a chance on Rosen’s potential, given the Arizona Cardinals’ 2018 first-round pick has a 3-13 record in the 20 games he has played.
The move comes shortly after the Jaguars surprisingly released running back Leonard Fournette, an move that sent shock waves through the NFL community, and with at least some within the team’s locker room itself. During training camp, the Jaguars have seen several safeties step up to the plate.
“I think we’re about four or five deep there, to be honest with you,” Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said on Wednesday.
“B-Wat [Brandon Watson], this is really the first time that he’s played Safety coming in. At Michigan, he played corner, he’s playing free safety for us. So, early on, there’s a lot of stuff new to him, but you really see him execute now. I think I call him Kid Rock [Andrew Wingard], our young man out of Wyoming, he’s had a good camp along with Josh [Jones].”
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Wide receivers (6): Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle, Marcus Kemp
Because the Chiefs keep only two active quarterbacks, there’s room for another receiver. The sixth wideout might be the most sought-after spot on the roster. Most of us have Kemp winning a competition with Gehrig Dieter, Jody Fortson and kick returner Justice Shelton-Mosley.
Tight ends (3): Travis Kelce, Nick Keizer, Deon Yelder
At this point, there’s no question about the top two guys on this list. The debate is between Yelder — who has been injured, but has shown some ability on special teams and as a blocker — or newcomer Ricky Seals-Jones,
A tweet to make you think
The Washington Football Team plans to keep QB Alex Smith on its 53-man roster, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 5, 2020
Smith still has a long way to go. But another amazing step in his journey back from a catastrophic leg injury.