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Austin Blythe Provides The Kansas City Chiefs With Versatility At A Low Cost | Forbes

The question is where Blythe will play.

After Brian Allen suffered a knee injury, Blythe started all 16 games at center for the Los Angeles Rams in 2020 but started at right guard the year before. He also played both guard and center at Iowa from 2013 to 2016.

“Wherever my piece may fit, that’s what I’m gonna do,” Blythe said. “I’m comfortable in any of those three spots.”

Chiefs’ top 15 performance-based pay earners for 2020 season | Chiefs Wire

You can find the full list of the NFL’s performance-based pay distribution here. Below you’ll find a quick look at the top 15 earners for the Kansas City Chiefs:

1. G Andrew Wylie

$542,979

Gauging How Hot Every NFL Coach’s Seat Is Heading into the 2021 Draft | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid

Andy Reid has been the catalyst for Kansas City’s ascension to one of the NFL’s most enviable organizations. Since hiring Reid in 2013, the Chiefs have made the playoffs seven times, won five AFC West titles, been to a pair of Super Bowls and won their first championship in 50 years.

They may have fallen short in the most recent Super Bowl, but they addressed the offensive line in the wake of that defeat. It was the most glaring issue that caused them to lose to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but free agents Kyle Long and Joe Thuney should fix that, and the unit will likely further improve with some additions in the tackle-rich draft class.

Kansas City projects to remain a contender—if not the odds-on favorite—going into every season that includes Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs aren’t going anywhere any time soon, and Reid isn’t likely to exit the organization in any other manner than a retirement that caps his Hall of Fame career.

Status: Cold

2021 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers grab Justin Fields, Washington trades up for QB, Panthers go OT after Darnold trade | CBS Sports

Kadarius Toney WR

Kansas City

I mean, why not? Why not add another speed demon to the Kansas City offense for Patrick Mahomes to launch 70-yard bombs to?

NFL mock draft 2021: Mike Tannenbaum’s GM picks for 32 first-round selections, including five QBs | ESPN

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Trey Smith, OT/G, Tennessee

Yes, I watched the Super Bowl too. Patrick Mahomes was under pressure all night, and while Joe Thuney and Kyle Long will be great additions, they play inside. And after releasing Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher, tackle is important for the Chiefs. I know Smith has mainly played guard, but he can also suit up at tackle. He overwhelms defenders. But I haven’t forgotten about Smith’s injury history, and that makes this pick a little tougher.

One thing to know: Smith reduced his blown blocks on designed runs from 12 in 2019 (3.3% of run snaps) to two in 2020 (0.7% of run snaps).

NFL mock draft: The first two rounds | YardBarker

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

The Chiefs cut tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz this offseason, and have yet to address either spot. Mayfield could step in immediately to one of those spots, and so-so athleticism could push him to late in the first day or early in the second day of the draft.

Breaking down AFC West 2021 win totals with predictions for each team | DraftKings Nation

Kansas City Chiefs, Win total: 12

The two-time reigning AFC champions are favored by many to win the Super Bowl like they did two years ago. In 2020, KC won 14 games in the regular season, both of which came to a divisional opponent. They’re returning virtually every major contributor to the team from last season and will still be led by Patrick Mahomes. Because of that, it’s tough to see them winning any less than 12 games.

Pick: OVER

Around the NFL

Panthers allow Teddy Bridgewater to talk to teams about trade | NFL.com

As Panthers GM Scott Fitterer noted Monday following the Darnold trade, the club wouldn’t rule out Bridgewater returning. Rapoport previously indicated that the club could try to adjust the QB’s contract if a trade can’t get worked out.

With Bridgewater due $17 million in base salary in 2021 ($10 million guaranteed) and $20 million in 2022, it’s likely any club considering trading for the veteran signal-caller would also seek to restructure his contract.

Quarterback relocations: Sam Darnold, Matthew Stafford benefit from move; Jared Goff will struggle | NFL.com

Sam Darnold

Carolina Panthers · Age 23

Old team: New York Jets

I like everything about this fit for Darnold and Carolina. Not having a consistent run game or plethora of talent around him in New York, Darnold now gets the opportunity to perform under a play-caller in Joe Brady who will create offense for the fourth-year quarterback. Getting Christian McCaffrey back will take a lot of pressure off Darnold and the passing attack, and I won’t be surprised to see the young signal-caller get the ball out to his dynamic pass catchers on quick pass concepts (much like Teddy Bridgewater did last season), as well as push the ball downfield to his former teammate Robby Anderson and the Moores (D.J. Moore and David Moore) on the perimeter. We’ll see this offense take another step forward in Matt Rhule’s second season at the helm with a QB capable of extending plays and making more happen off platform.

2021 projection: 65 comp. percentage, 4,000 pass yards, 20 TDs, 10 INTs

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

The art of the lead block — as explained by new Chiefs fullback Michael Burton

You think of the traditional fullback as a simple, hard-nosed player whose only objective — one way or another — is to hit a defender as hard as they can. But as Burton laid it out, there’s more to it than that: there are different lead blocking techniques for the styles used by different running backs.

“I blocked for Adrian Peterson in Washington,” Burton explained. “He was a guy that wanted to get downhill quick, so you needed to make sure you got out of your stance and you were exploding through — more so than some other running backs. [Alvin Kamara] was patient. It’s just having a sense of what scheme and what they like to do — but overall, you have to get on your guy... [Peterson] will say sometimes, ‘Hey, don’t stop your feet. Just go’ — whereas there may be more reading with more patient backs and setting things up with your eyes.”

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