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Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes Tweets He’s ‘All Good’ After Surgery on Toe Injury | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes donned a walking boot with his Easter outfit, but the quarterback said there’s no cause for concern.

Mahomes had surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his foot—a condition more commonly known as turf toe—in February, according to Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star.

Per McDowell, the quarterback will be ready to go by the time training camp opens.

Mahomes was also wearing a boot in March when his fiancee, Brittany Matthews, posted a photo of the pair.

Damian Lillard Calls on Chiefs Pro Bowl WR to Leave & Join Raiders | Heavy.com

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has become quite the prolific recruiter for the Las Vegas Raiders. The Oakland, California, native still loves the team despite them moving to Nevada. Just this offseason, he’s gone out of his way to recruit the likes of Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson to the team.

Those guys were available in free agency this offseason but it looks like Lillard is expanding his efforts. Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman hit up the NBA superstar on Twitter to get him a follow. Lillard suggested he’d only do it if Hardman came to the Raiders.

Wide receiver relocations: Kenny Golladay, Sammy Watkins will flourish; Will Fuller to fade | NFL.com

Sammy Watkins

Baltimore Ravens · Age 27

Old team: Kansas City Chiefs

Watkins played an instrumental role in the Chiefs’ explosive offense over the last three seasons, though the former first-round pick never surpassed 700 yards in any season. He now steps into a larger role for a Ravens offense looking to improve a passing attack that ranked last in yards in 2020. Watkins struggled as a No. 1 receiver early in his career, but with the experience and confidence gained in Kansas City, he should thrive in his return to that role.

2021 projection: 60 receptions, 800 yards, seven TDs.

The best bargain signings of the NFL free agency era | YardBarker

28. Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs; 2016

The Chiefs ended their five-year partnership with Schwartz last week, making their right tackle a cap casualty. But he solidified himself as one of the NFL’s best tackles while in Missouri. The Chiefs signed the ex-Browns iron man to a $6.6M-per-year contract — a strangely middle-class pact for the younger Schwartz — and he predictably outplayed it. Schwartz earned first- or second-team All-Pro acclaim (right tackles are usually excluded from Pro Bowls) in his four healthy Chiefs seasons and provided Patrick Mahomes vital protection — noticeably absent sans Schwartz in Tampa — en route to his MVP and Super Bowl MVP honors.

Around the NFL

Tom Brady rookie card sells for record $2.25 million | ESPN

The 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Rookie Ticket card is autographed and numbered 99 out of 100, meaning only 100 copies of this particular card were produced. The version that sold in March to Fitbit CEO James Park was graded as an 8 with the autograph graded a 10. The card that sold Friday was graded as an 8.5 with a 9 on the autograph, but the buyer for this particular card wishes to stay anonymous.

“I wasn’t shocked (by the price), but I was certainly surprised,” Lelands president Mike Heffner said. “I know the market is headed upward, especially with rare and desirable cards such as that one, but I didn’t really anticipate it. I had an inkling just feeling the performance of the other cards over the past month, it was certainly a possibility but these modern cards are definitely for real.”

Ranking the best NFL draft picks of all-time: Packers’ Aaron Rodgers headlines top five ever taken at No. 24 | CBS Sports

3. Dez Bryant, WR

2010 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 24 overall (Oklahoma State)

Team(s): Dallas Cowboys (2010-2017), New Orleans Saints (2018), Baltimore Ravens (2020)

Bryant entered the league with what many viewed as red flags and, as such, the Cowboys were told they were foolish to not select him. By trading up with the New England Patriots — from No. 27 to No. 24 to acquire him — they doubled down on a player they believed to be a special talent, and he proved them right in a big way. The former First-Team All-Pro became one of the most lethal receivers in the entire league, and his chemistry with Tony Romo helped carry the Cowboys to wins they probably otherwise wouldn’t have had. Things didn’t end how he would’ve liked them to in Dallas, but his dominance will never be forgotten, nor will famed passion, his signature “X” celebration, or his franchise record of 73 touchdowns to go along with 7,459 receiving yards. Oh and by the way, both the NFL and Mike McCarthy now readily admit Dez caught it on that fateful afternoon at Lambeau Field, securing his status as a legend — albeit after the fact. He’ll inevitably ascend to the Cowboys Ring of Honor, and will be discussed as a possible Hall of Fame candidate after he chooses to retire.

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy returning to calling plays on offense | ESPN

“I’m going to be the one calling the plays this year, and so I know that you’ll probably be asking that, so we can just let you know that from the front end,” Nagy said on a Zoom call.

Last year, the Bears struggled to find any rhythm on offense until a late-season three-game winning streak lifted Chicago to a wild-card playoff berth. The Bears finished the 2020 season ranked near the bottom in most offensive statistical categories.

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Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman could replace Watkins as the Chiefs’ X receiver

How he fits in Kansas City: The Chiefs should add some additional firepower to their pass-catcher group for both the short and long term. There’s an immediate need for a true X receiver like Watkins, so Bateman would make a lot of sense. He may not be a player who wins with consistent separation — the way some others in this class will — but when the ball is in the air, it’s his. He is excellent at the catch point. He would be a fascinating player to get involved with Patrick Mahomes outside the numbers.

While not the fastest receiver — or the most dynamic route runner — Bateman’s strengths fit in well with the Chiefs’ offense. He can win against press coverage — and with his strong hands, catch the ball in contested areas. As a route runner, he has still room for growth — and that’s a good thing. There’s a good baseline from which to build and develop.

If the Chiefs want Bateman, they’ll likely need take him at 31 — their first pick of their draft. He may not even fall to that point. I wouldn’t expect the Chiefs to move up for him, but if he’s there at the end of the first round, he will be worth considering.

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