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Chiefs headlines for Wednesday, March 31

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NFL expects full stadiums for 2021 season, commissioner Roger Goodell says | ESPN

Speaking to reporters after the first day of a two-day virtual meeting of owners, Goodell said: “All of us in the NFL want to see every one of our fans back. Football is simply not the same without fans, and we expect to have full stadiums in the upcoming season.”

NFL mock draft 2021: Quarterbacks dominate top of board with one big surprise | SB Nation

No. 31: Jalen Mayfield, OT (Michigan) — Kansas City ChiefsDo you remember the Super Bowl? Remember how overwhelmed Patrick Mahomes was without Eric Fisher? Remember how bad the rest of that line was? Yeah, I do. Let’s fix it. Mayfield can play either tackle spot to varying degrees of success, or kick inside and be an effective guard.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers land Justin Fields after trade as QBs go 1-2-3-4; Dolphins, Eagles get top WRs | CBS Sports

Jayson Oweh EDGE

Kansas City

Oweh needs some work on his technique, but he plays hard and he has a ton of talent. Lost in the poor play of the Chiefs’ offensive line in the Super Bowl was their inability to pressure the quarterback. Oweh would help fix that.

Cynthia Frelund 2021 NFL mock draft 2.0: Analytics-based picks to maximize wins | NFL.com

31 - Kansas City Chiefs

Samuel Cosmi

Texas · OT · Junior (RS)

One thing seems to be clear: Andy Reid wants to restructure his offensive line.

The Biggest Needs for All 32 Teams Entering the NFL Draft | The Ringer

TEAM NEEDS

Offensive line, Wide receiver, Edge rusher, Cornerback

DID YOU WATCH THE SUPER BOWL? Yes? So you don’t need me to tell you that the Chiefs need offensive line help. They signed former Patriots guard Joe Thuney to a massive contract this offseason, but Kansas City still needs someone to protect Patrick Mahomes’s blind side. The team cut both starting tackles from last season but failed to sign Trent Williams in free agency. KC also pursued JuJu Smith-Schuster, suggesting the team could look for a receiver in the draft. But the best bang for their buck might be on defense, where an edge rusher or another cornerback would almost assuredly help them come playoff time.

Padecky: One pass might have determined Garoppolo’s future | Argus Courier

During the 2019 season Garoppolo had the highest completion percentage rate of any NFL quarterback of throws 20 or more yards. Garoppolo completed 61 percent. Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes was second at 51 percent.

Niner wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders ran a post and gained a step on Chiefs rookie defensive back Rashad Fenton.

Sanders was open. Not wide open like he could stop and make a sandwich. Open just enough for a Hall of Fame throw.

The pass landed five yards ahead of Sanders.

“That would have been a legendary moment for me and Jimmy,” Sanders told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Around the NFL

NFL 17-game schedule approved: Five single-season records in danger of being broken with expansion | CBS Sports

Sacks

Current record: Michael Strahan — 22.5 (2001)

Strahan’s sacks record has been challenged on multiple occasions since he set the mark, although no player has been able to get that half a sack to match him. Jared Allen had 22 sacks in 2011 and Justin Houston also reached 22 in 2014. An extra game would have given them a great opportunity to pass Strahan and dethrone him of his record.

Aaron Donald finished with 20.5 sacks in 2018, so a 17th game would have put him in an excellent position to match Strahan. Ditto for J.J. Watt in 2012 and 2014 (20.5 sacks) and Shaquil Barrett in 2019 (19.5). All these players have the potential for multi-sack games, which would put Strahan’s mark on notice in Week 18.

Las Vegas Raiders sign left tackle Kolton Miller to 3-year extension worth more than $18 million per year, source says | ESPN

The extension is worth up to $68.7 million, his agency tweeted Tuesday. That includes the $2.316 million salary from the last year of Miller’s rookie deal, a fifth-year option worth $10.88 million, and the three new years on the deal, which can be worth $18.505 million per year if he hits certain incentives, the source said.

Will QB Trevor Lawrence help Jaguars become top AFC team? | Black and Teal

The Jacksonville Jaguars are more than a quarterback away from contending.

As important as Mahomes has been for the Chiefs’ recent success, he hasn’t done it alone. Before Kansas City drafted him, they were already a playoff team. Having a top defense and wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce, two of the best players at their respective positions has definitely helped too.

Lawrence could become the best quarterback in Jaguars history, but he won’t succeed unless the organization surrounds him with talent, as there’s only so much a franchise quarterback can do without help. Think of Aaron Rodgers late in his career or Drew Brees in the early 2010s. Without enough weapons on offense or a competent defense, a quarterback can’t win many games.

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Chiefs sign former Rams center Austin Blythe

Blythe, 28, first joined the league as a seventh-round selection of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Rams claimed Blythe from waivers in the spring of 2017. After starting just one game in 2017, he started all but one of the Rams’ regular-season games over the next three years, and he has started five playoff games.

He is a native of Williamsburg, Iowa. A two-time All-State center in high school, he started four years for the Iowa Hawkeyes. In his senior season, he was a finalist for the Rimington Award, which is given to the nation’s top collegiate center.

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