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A closer look at the 11 proposed changes to the NFL’s 2021 Playing Rules | Windy City Gridiron (Chicago Bears SB Nations site)

7. By Kansas City Chiefs; to amend Rule 5, Section 1, Article 2, to expand jersey number options for certain positions.

This one might be my favorite on all the proposals and it’s essentially opening up the players to have more flexibility with their jersey numbers, closer to what it is in college football. Here’s what they propose each position can wear.

Quarterbacks, punters, and kickers allowed to wear 1–19

Defensive backs can wear 1–49

Running backs, tight ends, and wide receivers can wear 1–49 and 80-89

All offensive linemen can wear 50–79

Defensive linemen can wear 50–79 and 90–99

Linebackers can wear 1–59 and 90–99

Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes Says 17-Game Season Will Be a ‘Learning Experience’ | Bleacher Report

The NFL is moving to a 17-game regular season in 2021, and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes commented on the switch when asked about it in an interview with Brian Sozzi of Yahoo Finance (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk):

“It definitely puts more on your body. I mean, every single game your entire career, you’re battling through something. And I think you see that in every single body at the end of the season. You’re always nicked up a little bit, you always have some injuries and some bruises. And so I think the biggest thing is gonna be a learning experience this next year. I mean, we’ve got to go in with the mindset of just continue to make ourselves better, and knowing 17 games is how many we’re playing, and then you’re gonna have the postseason after that. And so I think it’ll be brand new to everybody. Everybody’s want to adjust and try to do whatever they can to prepare their bodies to be ready for it.”

The increase from 16 to 17 games marks the first time the league has changed the amount of matchups since 1978, when it went from 14 to 16.

Potential Patrick Mahomes Adidas Logo Receives Mixed Reactions | Arrowhead Report

First noted by Josh Gerben of Gerben Intellectual Property, Adidas has an “intent to use” the logo soon, even though — as of the publishing of this story — neither Adidas nor Mahomes have made any statement on the logo.

So, what do you think?

The logo has drawn comparisons to everything from the Vegas Golden Knights’ primary logo to cartoonish tridents to a hammer and sickle to the helmet of Marvel’s Loki, with plenty of other juxtapositions from around the internet.

As a bit of a logo snob, I was somewhat disappointed by the final design. The “M” is enormous and clunky while the “P” seems unnecessarily round and the whole design feels lopsided to the right.

Ex-Chiefs Safety Unretires, Drawing Interest After 6 Years Away: Report | Heavy

A former highly drafted Kansas City Chiefs safety is attempting to make an NFL comeback — but it’s not Eric Berry. According to NFL reporter Dov Kleiman, former Chiefs second-round pick Bernard Pollard has unretired and is making a serious bid to return to the gridiron next season.

“Just spoke with former Ravens, Chiefs Safety Bernard Pollard,” Kleiman tweeted on Friday. “The Super Bowl champ is coming out of retirement after 6 seasons away from the NFL. He’ll play at 220 pounds. He’s healthy and looking forward for the challenge of competing. He’s already spoken with KC about a return.”

LOOK: Sterling Skye Mahomes joined mom, dad at Royals opening day | Chiefs Wire

New mom Brittany Matthews was also there, along with the couples’ infant daughter Sterling Skye Mahomes. It was Sterling’s first baseball game with mom and dad, with many more to come in the future. Matthews took to her Instagram page to share two heartwarming pictures of her family. These were actually the first family photos that the couple has publicly shared that include their month-old baby girl.

Check them out down below:

Around the NFL

Houston Police investigating report concerning Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson | ESPN

“As with any allegation, the Houston Police Department is now conducting an investigation and will not comment further during the investigative process,” the department said in a statement. It did not specify what Watson is being accused of in the complaint.

Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement later on Friday that he and Watson will “fully cooperate with the Houston Police Department.”

Texans could pursue QB Alex Smith if Deshaun Watson isn’t on team in fall | NFL.com

A potential pairing would bring Smith’s winding career path nearly full circle, as he suffered his significant leg injury in 2018 in a game against the Texans.

“If Watson is not a member of the Texans this fall, whether it is via a trade, a suspension or he simply doesn’t show up because he still does not want to be in Houston, the Texans did sign another veteran quarterback, Tyrod Taylor, but don’t rule out the possibility that Houston also could pursue signing Alex Smith,” Pelissero reported on NFL NOW.

Seven teams that MUST do well in the 2021 NFL Draft | NFL.com

3 - New York Jets

First-round picks in 2021: Nos. 2 and 23

Total picks: 9

Since being hired during the summer of 2019, after the Jets had already shaped their roster for that season, general manager Joe Douglas has spent much of his time cleaning up the mess left behind by his predecessor. Unfortunately, not much progress has been made so far, thanks in part to an underwhelming 2020, in terms of personnel acquisition. So even after upgrading at receiver (with Corey Davis) and on the defensive line (with Sheldon Rankins and Carl Lawson) in free agency this year, Douglas still has plenty of work remaining, including along the offensive line. While rookie LT Mekhi Becton showed great promise in Year 1, the Jets’ O-line ranked 29th on Pro Football Focus’ year-end list. Douglas will also need to find depth across the board. Of course, the biggest question of all is how to handle the No. 2 overall pick. Will he stick with Sam Darnold at quarterback or link his fate to rookie Zach Wilson?

Sister of Los Angeles Chargers controlling owner Dean Spanos petitions court to put portion of team up for sale | ESPN

The sister of Los Angeles Chargers controlling owner Dean Spanos is petitioning a California court to put one-third of the team’s ownership stake up for sale.

Dea Spanos Berberian filed a petition Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court contending that mounting debt from the franchise is creating an estimated yearly loss of at least $11 million for the family trust.

According to the petition, the trust had debts and expenses of $353 million as of Sept. 30. Nearly half of that ($164,778,931) is due to the trust’s investment in the Chargers. The trust’s stake in the Chargers makes up 83% of its holdings.

Ranking the best NFL draft picks of all time: Ray Lewis headlines the top five ever selected at No. 26 | CBS Sports

1. Ray Lewis (LB)

1996 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 26 overall (Miami)

Team(s): Baltimore Ravens (1996-2012)

There may not have been a better linebacker on this planet than Lewis, who is one of the greatest defensive football players of all time. The face of the Ravens, Lewis is the first — and only — player in NFL history with 40 sacks and 30 interceptions in a career and his 50 career takeaways (31 interceptions, 19 fumble recoveries) rank second amongst linebackers since the AFL-NFL merger.

A two-time AP Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 2003), Lewis was the leader of the 2000 Ravens defense — one of the greatest units in NFL history. The Ravens posted league records in a 16-game season for fewest rushing yards (970), shutouts (four), and points allowed (165) in a 16-game season. He captured Super Bowl XXXV MVP honors that season, the first of two Super Bowl titles he won in Baltimore (ended his career with a title in Super Bowl XLVII).

Lewis is the NFL’s all-time leader in combined tackles with 2,059 (tackles started being recorded in 1987), leading the league three times. His 1,568 solo tackles are second in league history (started being recorded in 1994) as Lewis is one of just seven players to be selected to 13 Pro Bowls.

Lewis is just one of five linebackers to be selected as an All-Pro seven times and his 10 total All-Pro selections are a record for an inside linebacker. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018 and is unquestionably the greatest No. 26 overall pick in NFL history.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs announce changes to coaching staff for 2021

Following the departure of running backs coach Deland McCullough for the University of Indiana just after the Super Bowl, wide receivers coach Greg Lewis is taking his duties. Joe Bleymaier — formerly the passing game analyst/assistant quarterbacks coach — is taking over the wide receiver room, while David Girardi moves up from offensive quality control to take his place. Conor Embree moves from being a defensive assistant to offensive quality control. Terry Bradden Jr. moves up from defensive quality control to assistant defensive line coach.

Veteran coach Ken Flajole — formerly with the Philadelphia Eagles — is joining the team to become outside linebackers coach, replacing Britt Reid. Donald D’Alesio is signing on as a defensive assistant, while Tyler Judkins comes on board as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

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