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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs an early pick for Super Bowl LVI

Chiefs headlines for Tuesday, February 23.

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Answering the 2021 NFL offseason’s biggest questions: Experts predict Super Bowl winner, interesting teams, more | ESPN

What’s your early Super Bowl LVI pick?

Bowen: Chiefs over Packers. It’s still Kansas City in the AFC. Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and an aggressive pressure defense. Assuming Aaron Rodgers is back in Green Bay in 2021, can the Packers make the necessary defensive adjustments — in personnel and scheme — to close out games in January? I think they will.

Clay: Rams over Chiefs. Los Angeles’ trade for Matthew Stafford further confirms the team’s commitment to win-now mode. Sean McVay has yet to have a losing season as an NFL head coach, and the improvement at quarterback, coupled with a very good defense, positions him for another Super Bowl run. As for the Chiefs, well, Mahomes is on the roster.

Byron Pringle Would Be a Great Fit on the Vikings | Vikings Territory

Closing Thoughts

While Pringle may be raw right now as a receiver and returner, his potential is undeniable. With Abdullah’s impending free agency, it is much more likely that Pringle will be a cheaper option as well. Of course, there is always the possibility that Kansas City brings him back, especially if they were to lose both Robinson and Watkins, so Minnesota must keep their options open. That said, Pringle would be a dynamic receiver and returner for a Vikings team that could certainly use both going into 2021.

Mike Evans says Tom Brady was texting film clips to his teammates at midnight throughout Super Bowl week | CBS Sports

“He was texting us a lot of clips, lots and lots of film on what to expect on certain down and distances,” Evans said during an appearance on Michael Irvin’s podcast, according to a transcription by the Tampa Bay Times. “And he does that all the time, but just in the playoffs and especially this game, he went above and beyond.

“Like 12 at night, six in the morning. People aren’t even up, and he’s telling us this won’t work against this guy. You’ve got to run it like this. This is the detail that went into this and the extra meetings and all the hard work. It all paid off and Tom is a great leader.”

NFL mock draft 2021: What could unfold if New York Jets acquire Deshaun Watson from Houston Texans | USA Today

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State: The world saw what happened to their decimated line in Super Bowl 55. Even if first-string OTs Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, both north of 30, return in 2021, it’s time to plan ahead and certainly time to bolster the depth in front of QB Patrick Mahomes.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers, 49ers, Panthers all trade up for QBs; Dolphins land WR and RB for Tua | CBS Sports

Ifeatu Melifonwu DB

Kansas City

We have a second-round grade on Ifeatu Melifonwu, but we also didn’t expect Andy Reid to take Clyde Edwards-Helaire in Round 1 a year ago. Melifonwu is a big, physical corner who plays with the agility of someone much smaller, and Kansas City could be looking to restock the secondary in the coming months.

Chiefs DB Armani Watts announces birth of daughter Leia Rey | Chiefs Wire

Fourth-year Chiefs DB Armani Watts took to social media over the weekend to share the exciting news that his daughter, Leia Rey, was born on Friday, Feb. 19. Luckily, just like Mahomes, the baby waited to get here until after Super Bowl LV.

Around the NFL

2021 NFL free agency: 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo among 25 potential big-name cap casualties | CBS Sports

Steven Nelson

2021 savings: $8.3 million

He doesn’t have a wholly unreasonable cap hit for a starting outside corner, and it’s more likely Pittsburgh would approach him about a pay cut, but after an up-and-down 2020 and team-wide cap issues, his future in Steel City isn’t guaranteed.

Five NFL stars who SHOULD be traded this offseason | NFL.com

Orlando Brown

Baltimore Ravens · OT

Speaking of the Bears ... It seems more and more likely Brown — who doesn’t want to go back to manning the right side — is going to be moved this offseason. And while most of the focus for a team like Chicago is looking for an improvement at quarterback, fixing the offensive line is just as big an issue.

If the Bears could make a deal to get Brown and put him at left tackle, that solves so many issues for the team. Not the quarterback position. But the guy coming in to play QB (Marcus Mariota? Gardner Minshew?) will have a better chance to succeed. Honestly, though, at age 24 with two Pro Bowl bids to his name, Brown is one of those guys that everybody in the league should be kicking the tires on.

Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr. not giving No. 11 jersey to Carson Wentz | NFL.com

“He actually texted me about two hours after the news broke, and he just asked me how I felt about it, and I told him that I was gonna stay, and he said that that was cool and that he would switch numbers, and it was that easy,” Pittman said. “I mean, he was a chill guy about it, so that was awesome.”

The second-year wideout was matter-of-fact about retaining the number. Usually, a higher-profile player can buy a number from a younger teammate but, as Pittman told TMZ, “I don’t think there’s any deal that is gonna be done.”

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3 wide receivers the Chiefs should target after round two

Nico Collins, Michigan

Betting on Nico Collins is betting on a rare athletic profile. He’s a raw, unrefined prospect that possesses traits you can’t coach.

Collins would have been an NFL Combine star had the event taken place. I suspect we’ll see some eye-popping numbers posted after he does them in some official capacity. Collins’ best football is ahead of him after a career-high in production at Michigan. That athletic profile should help him win off the line of scrimmage — and he showed some ability to win in contested-catch situations at the next level. He is another player that profiles as an “X” receiver.

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