Eric Fisher recently spoke about the difficulties of his injury and release.
“Sitting up in the stands, it was tough to watch, to know that the quarterback that I was protecting was running around there. It was tough to watch. I like being a consistent player, so to not be available to do that job for my team, it was tough. It just makes me want to get back and stay healthy and just continue to play high level football for a team.”
It looked bleak in March when they’d parted ways with veteran offensive tackles Fisher and Schwartz and hadn’t re-signed several other key players, including Watkins, center Austin Reiter and cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
But since then, they’ve bolstered the line completely with Thuney, Brown, Long, Blythe and the rookie second-rounder Humphrey, turning an area of weakness that might have cost them Super Bowl LV into a strength that might have them on track to capture Super Bowl LVI.
Plus, Breeland is still out there, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Chiefs were to bring him back at a fairly cheap rate between now and the start of the 2021 campaign.
Throw in that Bolton was also a quality late-first-round selection who addresses a significant need and add the potentially awesome Reed to the mix, and the Chiefs look as potent as ever.
Super Bowl Win Probability: 15.1%
Highest-Graded Player: TE Travis Kelce (93.5)
Round 1 - Pick 32
Sevyn Banks CB
OHIO STATE • JR • 6’1” / 200 LBS
Sevyn Banks has the talent to become the next Ohio State cornerback taken in the first round, but there is work to be done.
3: Week 4 vs. Kansas City Chiefs (Sun., Oct. 3, 1 PM on CBS/94WIP)
Andy Reid is coming home and he’s bringing a motivated Juggernaut with him. The Chiefs have been reinforced up-front with Orlando Brown, Mike Remmer and Kyle Long.
Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills, $7,700 — Hill is averaging 22.6 DKFP per sim while no other WR on this slate is producing more than 13.1 DKFP. Hill’s 99 speed rating makes him a constant big-play threat, and the fact that he plays out of the slot should help him avoid X-factor Superstar CB Tre’Davious White. Hill has 15 touchdowns in his past nine sims with over 20 DKFP in each of those contests and an average of 30.2 DKFP per sim over that red-hot stretch.
Other Options — John Ross III ($5,700), Sterling Shepard ($5,200)
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He started just one game in 2020 and played 38% of the team’s defensive snaps — by far the lowest of his career — but still had 5.5 sacks and five tackles for loss.
Kerrigan has 13.5 career sacks against Philadelphia, tied (Dallas Cowboys) for his most sacks against any one team.
“I know I probably wasn’t your favorite player over the past decade, but Eagles fans I’m fired up to be playing for you guys now! LFG!!!” Kerrigan wrote on social media.
The door is open for St. Brown to generate a massive target-share for a mid-round rookie.
“I’m excited to be here,” St. Brown said during Lions rookie minicamp Sunday, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m excited to work and I’m ready to take someone’s job.”
During rookie camp, St. Brown reportedly lined up both outside and in the slot. He profiles as an inside receiver with Perriman and Williams on the outside. Given the dearth of options in Detroit, St. Brown could become Jared Goff’s new Cooper Kupp — a trusty playmaker who can get open quickly from the slot and be an outlet — if he picks up the offense with ease.
Kleine, 30, is believed to be the highest-ranking female scouting executive ever with an NFL team.
“Kelly is a rising star in the NFL, and we’re fortunate to add someone of her caliber to the Denver Broncos,” Paton said in a statement announcing the news. “Having worked with her for nine years in Minnesota, Kelly has a strong understanding of all aspects of football operations and player evaluation along with outstanding leadership qualities. She will be a tremendous resource with her experience on the pro and college sides as well as her knowledge of our grading scale and football calendar.”
Five 2020 non-playoff teams making the leap
Chargers: Justin Herbert is already a top eight QB for my money, and those dudes tend to end up playing into January. Too much talent on that defense to keep flailing around, and that will change. At some point injuries won’t torpedo them (right?). I know I have fallen for this one before, but this roster is legit and I believe in the rebuilt offensive line and I like this team to no longer come undone in critical situations under new game-day management. Bolt up!
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How he factors into the 2021 depth chart
From what I’ve seen of Powell, he should be firmly in competition with Robinson and Pringle for snaps as the “X” receiver. It won’t be his on-field talent that keeps him from playing; I would trust him above the others to create separation against press coverage. Instead, his biggest disadvantage will be his lack of experience in the offense.
Aside from that, the three are similar players — although Powell’s jump-ball ability might be more impressive than what we’ve seen from the other two. And it’s not crazy to group them together: Robinson was a fourth-round pick, while Pringle went undrafted. It wouldn’t be fair to dismiss Powell just because he was a fifth-round selection.
Being a rookie and not knowing coach Reid’s complex system will restrict him to an extent, but Powell does have an opportunity to contribute in 2021. Even if he doesn’t get many offensive snaps, he should be an important special teams player right away.
A tweet to make you think
In other words, the Chiefs don't want to pay Tyrann Mathieu more than Justin Simmons ($15.25M per year/$35M in guarantees/$32.1M fully guaranteed at signing). A franchise tag in 2022 at $23.63M won't happen. https://t.co/hwqvwPpTjQ— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) May 17, 2021
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