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Bills’ Josh Allen: Chiefs are AFC’s big dogs, says KC fans made impact in title game | Kansas City Star

Allen also was asked specifically about he views the Chiefs.

“It was the Patriots before them,” Allen said. “You want to be that team that has that sustained success. And in order to be that team, you’ve got to beat that team. And you know, it’s a lot easier said than done. At the same time. I mean, we view them I think as anybody else in the league does. They’re the guys on top and obviously they didn’t win the Super Bowl this year and that’s the Bucs. But in the AFC side, again, they’ve been in the title game three years in a row. And how do we get to that point? How do we continue to adapt and change and be able to go out there and put together our best performances to consistently be in the talks to a title run?

“And that’s what we’re trying to build in Buffalo and I think we’re really close and I think that this next year is a real opportunity for, like I said, to go out there and accomplish what we want to accomplish. But I guess like I said, it’s easier said than done and our actions have to go do the talking on the field.”

Best team fits for wide receivers in the 2021 NFL draft: Landing spots for Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Kyle Pitts | ESPN

D’Wayne Eskridge, Kansas City Chiefs

Height: 5-9 | Weight: 190 | School: Western Michigan

Where the Chiefs could get him: Round 3 (No. 94)

Why he fits: With Sammy Watkins leaving via free agency, I like Kansas City taking a chance on Eskridge, who has some straight-line juice. And while Eskridge shows some functional hip tightness on tape, his skill set would fit Andy Reid’s route tree. Run the glance routes off run-pass options, crossers, overs and inside verticals. That’s where you see his explosive traits after the catch.

With quarterback Patrick Mahomes throwing with velocity and location, Eskridge could be schemed up as another weapon with breakaway speed. He could be a steal for the Chiefs.

Seven-round 2021 NFL mock draft: Broncos move up to take Justin Fields as fifth QB in top 10 | CBS Sports

Jalen Mayfield OL

Kansas City

Kansas City adds an offensive tackle with the versatility to play inside. Even with the signing of Mike Remmers, the Chiefs have to continue prioritizing the offensive line.

Chiefs had a play for Sammy Watkins called ‘Martian Right’ | Chiefs Wire

Robinson also let fans in on the name of a play designed for Sammy Watkins that the team never had a chance to use.

“Oh, we had a lot of them,” Robinson said. “We had some for Sammy (Watkins), we had some for a lot of guys. Mecole (Hardman). Sammy had one called ‘Martian Right’ and we never got a chance to use it. It’s a sweet one, I can’t tell you all how it goes yet because it might be up and running.”

The name of this play, of course, is a reference to Watkins’ notorious tweet in which he claims to be a “reptilian solar being.”

Former Chiefs CB Patrick Surtain selected for 2021 Senior Bowl Hall of Fame | Yahoo Sports

Former Chiefs CB Patrick Surtain has been selected as one of five players to be inducted into the Senior Bowl Hall of Fame. Surtain will join former Colts WR Reggie Wayne, former 49ers OL Joe Staley, former Jaguars RB Fred Taylor and current Saints DL Cam Jordan as a member the 2021 Senior Bowl Hall of Fame class.

“We are proud to announce an incredible class of inductees,” Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy said in a press release. “Each of these men was a premier player in the National Football League at his respective position and all have the credentials to one day end up in Canton (home of Pro Football Hall of Fame). We are honored to bring this group back to Mobile to celebrate their great NFL careers.”

Surtain played with the Chiefs at the end of his career after spending the first seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins. He appeared in 55 games while starting 49 while in Kansas City. During his four seasons with the Chiefs, Surtain had 194 total tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one sack, 28 passes defended, and eight interceptions.

MOCSA, Chiefs Team Up for 2021 Charity Game: “We’ll Reach Individuals We Wouldn’t Have Reached Before” | The Mothership

Perhaps the greatest example of that promise is the Chiefs Charity Game, which – for 36 years - has parlayed the excitement for each and every football season into more than $14.7 million in tangible support for charitable organizations in Kansas City, earning the distinction of being the top philanthropic event of its type in the NFL.

More than $5.4 million of that total has been raised in the last nine years alone, and as the 2021 preseason gets underway at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium this summer, the Chiefs Charity Game will look to continue that unprecedented run of success with the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) as this year’s beneficiary.

Around the NFL

Former NFL player Phillip Adams kills five in South Carolina, then himself, authorities say | ESPN

Former NFL player Phillip Adams fatally shot five people, including a prominent doctor, his wife and their two grandchildren, before later killing himself, authorities said Thursday.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson told a news conference Thursday that investigators had not yet determined a motive in the mass shooting Wednesday.

“There’s nothing right now that makes sense to any of us,” Tolson said.

Dr. Robert Lesslie, 70, and his wife, Barbara, 69, were pronounced dead at the scene Wednesday, along with their grandchildren Adah Lesslie, 9, and Noah Lesslie, 5.

A man who had been working at the home, James Lewis, 38, from Gaston, was found shot to death outside. A sixth victim, Robert Shook, 38, of Cherryville, North Carolina, was flown to a Charlotte hospital, where he was in critical condition “fighting hard for his life,’’ said a cousin, Heather Smith Thompson.

Nike suspends Deshaun Watson sponsorship; Beats by Dre ends deal, sources say | ESPN

We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said in a statement Wednesday.

Houston-based Reliant Energy said in a statement that its relationship with Watson was scheduled to end this spring and that the company has “no plans for future engagements or contracts with him,” and supermarket chain H-E-B said in a statement that “There are no plans for future engagement” after its deal with Watson expired after the 2020 season.

Daniel Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Odell Beckham Jr. among NFL’s make-or-break players in 2021 | NFL.com

9 - Marquise Brown

Baltimore Ravens · WR

Brown sure wants to be the man, and I think he has the potential to be a No. 1, but we need to see it. During the 2020 regular season, we heard nothing from Brown but a remix of Keyshawn Johnson’s “Just Give Me the Damn Ball!.” Key always delivered. Brown has not — except, to his credit, during the playoffs. In three career postseason games, Brown has caught 18 passes for 322 yards (17.89 yards per catch). But this just kind of adds to the tease of this former first-rounder. Where’s that dominance in the first four months of the season? Baltimore needs it!

The Ravens added Sammy Watkins to the receiving corps in free agency and tight end Mark Andrews has become a major factor over the past two seasons, but the Ravens need Brown to truly realize his play-making potential. Baltimore ranked dead last in passing offense this past season. Time for “Hollywood” to show out.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Andy Reid pursued JuJu Smith-Schuster by ‘constantly’ texting him photos of the Lombardi Trophy

That we know; what we didn’t know was the hilarious way that Chiefs head coach Andy Reid used in an attempt to convince Smith-Schuster to join the Chiefs, who reportedly offered him $8 million and incentives.

“Andy Reid was just calling me and he was sending me Lombardi Trophy pictures, like constantly,” Smith-Schuster said on “The Michael Irvin Podcast,” via 610 Sports Radio. “We had a good talk, so it would have been KC after the Steelers.

“Like, he texted [Lombardi Trophy pictures] to me while I was trying to make a decision, and you know I have so much respect for him and his team, so yeah.”

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