Easily the best matchup of the bunch here. How can it get any better than Aaron Rodgers vs. Patrick Mahomes as the two MVPs square off for the first time (Mahomes missed the 2019 meeting with an ankle injury).
This has the makings of an offensive shootout in prime time — and actually would be an excellent Week 1 matchup to cap off an exciting weekend of football. Rodgers and Mahomes would be healthy and at their best, which is potentially a Super Bowl preview.
Once the 17th game and matchups were revealed, this was the game everyone had circled on their calendar. This is a gift for all NFL fans.
After his round-two win by submission over Sam Alvey earlier today, Julian “The Cuban Missile Crisis” Marquez claimed to be the “baddest man from Kansas City.”
With the powerhouse Chiefs right down the road, that’s a pretty bold statement to make. But, Marquez made sure to call out each of the NFL team’s best players by name, sending shots at tight end Travis Kelce, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes by name in his post-fight interview with ESPN.
He wasn’t challenging them to a fight though — he wants to settle this debate over a game of badminton or pickleball.
Mahomes was quick to respond to the message, replying to ESPN’s post on Twitter.
“Need a couple weeks but Im always down for a challenge,” the QB wrote along with some laughing emojis.
When looking at positions in the NFL, everyone is trying to be the G.O.A.T. Tom Brady owns the title under center and arguments could be made that Derrick Henry has taken over the title at running back.
What about on the defensive line? Would some argue J.J. Watt despite his age and injures? What about Aaron Donald, who some consider to be the best player in the sport regardless of the position.
If one were to ask Denver Broncos’ Dalton Risner, he’d go off the beaten path. That name? Kansas City Chiefs‘ Chris Jones.
“Chris Jones is kind of a dynamic guy,” Risner told FanSided’s Matt Lombardo on the Matt Lombardo Show. “He can stop the run, he’s good at that, he can also rush the passer and does a great job. Chris Jones is also huge. I go against him two times per year.”
2013: Dallas Cowboys – Wisconsin C Travis Frederick
Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus also thinks the Chiefs will bolster their offensive line in the first round, but he went with Samuel Cosmi from the University of Texas with the 31st overall pick. The six-foot-seven, 309-pound Cosmi started 34 games over the course of his career in Austin, including 21 starts at left tackle.
Here’s what Renner had to say about Cosmi:
“Cosmi is one of the most experienced tackles in the class. He has 1,529 career pass-blocking snaps to his name and is one heck of an athlete, as well.”
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Three teams that I could see “shocking” us and drafting a QB in round 1/early 2 like GB did last year/Bills/KC did a few years ago— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7) April 10, 2021
It is unclear what Orlovsky is referring to with the “Bills.” The franchise drafted Josh Allen in 2018 specifically to start him as a rookie. That’s exactly what the team did about one month into the 2018 season. Everyone ostensibly knew that Buffalo would select a 1st-Round quarterback in 2018.
In an officiating training video published to Twitter on Friday, NFL Senior VP of Officiating Training and Development Walt Anderson said Bills right tackle Cody Ford’s illegal block should not have been a penalty.
The Bills faced a third-and-9 in overtime when Ford was flagged for an illegal blindside block as quarterback Josh Allen scrambled for 4 yards. A no-call could’ve meant a game-winning 56-yard field-goal attempt, but the penalty was accepted and followed by an incomplete pass and punt. The Texans won the game on the next possession.
Fifteen months later, Anderson said, “Back towards his own end line, and again just makes really more of a nudge block. Not the type of forcible contact threshold that has to be met for a blindside block rule.”
Here’s what officials look for when it comes to blindside blocks ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/XYnBD0mXHp— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) April 9, 2021
The diminutive wideout entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Abilene Christian. He went on to play two seasons each with the Cleveland Browns, Falcons and Chicago Bears, in that order. He was cut by Chicago ahead of the 2020 season and sat out the year due to COVID-19 concerns.
Gabriel, now 30, broke out in his first season in the pros, hauling in 36 receptions for 621 yards and a score from the Brian Hoyer- and Johnny Manziel-led Browns in 2014. The 5-foot-7 stud was Cleveland’s third leading receiver out of the gate, behind Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin.
Just ahead of the 2016 season, however, Gabriel was waived by Cleveland. Within a day of his release, the Falcons picked up him. Their offense, then coordinated by Kyle Shanahan, who coached Gabriel in 2014, needed a burner and got one.
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How he fits in Kansas City: In the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Moore significantly helped himself. His performance at center — a position he didnt play at Grambling — was impressive. It wasn’t that Moore looked poor when he played elsewhere. Instead, with the ball in his hands, he just looked more controlled in every aspect of his game. Playing at center, his grip and core strength were on full display, controlling defenders up front and getting himself clean when he needed to work up to the second level. A permanent transition could be in his best interest, helping his shorter body play with leverage from the snap of the ball.
NFLPA President JC Tretter told players on a call today the union is pushing for an all-virtual offseason — and would urge players to boycott if teams conduct in-person OTAs this spring, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 9, 2021
Said Tretter: “We’ve been telling them, it’s voluntary and we’re not gonna go.”
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