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Travis Kelce says Chiefs, Browns are ‘neck and neck’ entering the 2021 NFL season | CBS Sports

Travis Kelce, the Chiefs All-Pro tight end and a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, feels that his hometown team is “definitely a contender,” entering 2021. Kelce went as far as to say that the Browns and Chiefs are “neck and neck” heading into their Week 1 showdown in Arrowhead Stadium.

“They’re definitely a contender, without a doubt,” Kelce said while attending Browns receiver Jarvis Landry’s celebrity softball game, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “It’s definitely there. Baker [Mayfield] and the gang have upped the ante, made this team an unbelievable team and a team you have to prepare for and take serious. I think that moving forward without a doubt, I can see a lot more playoff games between us, and I’ll just take it one day at a time and hope for it. I think the Browns and Chiefs are definitely neck and neck.”

Trey Smith’s Progress Could Accelerate Chiefs’ Youth Movement Along Offensive Line | Sports Illustrated

Smith is in a rare situation. Not only does he have a grand total of zero professional snaps under his belt, but the medicals are at least a tad concerning. That combination usually results in a redshirt rookie campaign. In the face of adversity, he’s managed to make a terrific first impression not only on his coaches but also on his new teammates. Left guard Joe Thuney is a big fan of Smith.

“Trey works really, really hard,” Thuney said. “He’s just getting into his playbook a lot, too. He’s a strong guy, he works hard and he’s explosive. It’s been fun getting to know him and all the guys. Like I said, just taking it a day at a time.”

Look: Chiefs Star Has Blunt Message For Le’Veon Bell | The Spun

Chiefs star defensive back Tyrann Mathieu weighed in on the comments on Sunday afternoon.

“These fellas will blame everybody for their lack of success. That’s how I know I’m built different,” Mathieu said.

32 NFL Teams, 32 fantasy football sleepers for 2021 | The Falcoholic

Kansas City Chiefs — WR Demarcus Robinson

2019: WR Mecole Hardman

2020: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

One of the better “sleepers” out there is Demarcus Robinson. Mainly it’s due to his current ADP having him go undrafted in fantasy leagues, but also the opportunity he has to win the Chiefs’ WR2 job.

Imagine being able to take someone who could be Patrick Mahomes’ third or fourth target with your final pick in the draft? Sounds like a steal.

Best first-round pick at every draft slot since the 2006 NFL Draft | PFF.com

20. 2006 Kansas City Chiefs: EDGE Tamba Hali, Penn State

One of the most under-appreciated players of the PFF era, Hali averaged just over 55 pressures a season for the first 11 years of his career. But while stuck on some rough Chiefs teams, he tailed off before Kansas City’s rise to prominence in recent years.

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Miami Dolphins reach three-year, $39 million extension with LB Jerome Baker | ESPN

A 2018 third-round pick, Baker was approaching the final year of his rookie deal. He was asked last week about his pending free agency and where he saw Miami in the picture. It was a foreshadowing of this deal.

“I want to play here for the rest of my career. I love it here. I love the fans. I love the organization. I love everybody here,” Baker said. “Yeah, I definitely see myself playing here for a long time.”

Austrian Bernhard Seikovits gets second shot at NFL with Arizona Cardinals | ESPN

Seikovits was given another chance at this year’s IPPP and with a better grasp of the position, especially the schematics of playing tight end and improved techniques, he was picked, getting allocated to the Cardinals in early May.

Koessler, who’s known Seikovits since he was about 11, called and just yelled into the phone with excitement. Seikovits will be on the roster until the end of training camp and then will be eligible for either a practice squad exemption for international players or the active roster.

“I couldn’t be more glad to be honest that they didn’t pick me last year,” Seikovits said. “So, I think, however it goes in life, it always has a meaning, and I’m really glad I landed here.

Cowboys QB Prescott: Ezekiel Elliott is in the best shape of his life | NFL.com

After posting career-low numbers last season, the Dallas Cowboys are hoping for a resurgence from Ezekiel Elliott in 2021. While the Cowboys running back chose not to participate in the team’s voluntary workouts, quarterback Dak Prescott says Elliott is working hard to get back into form.

“Zeke looks great,” Prescott said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s in the best shape of his life. Looking fast. Everybody’s seen the clips of him working out independently with his running back coach. His cuts, just how explosive he is. Excited to have a full year with him again and getting him healthy throughout the whole season.”

Police Arrest Ex-NFL Player, Want to Question Him About Missing Girlfriend | Yahoo!

Days after Ware got out on a $23,000 bond, ABC 13 reports, he and Pomaski got into a violent fight during a get together at his home, according to witnesses who reported the squabble. Ware subsequently missed his bond hearings, and Pomaski has not been seen since. Zuleger told Inside Edition that when confronted Ware about her disappearance from the party, Ware told him Pomaski left the party on April 25 with one of his friends.

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Le’Veon Bell apparently did not like his time with Chiefs in Kansas City

“I’ll never play for Andy Reid again,” wrote Bell. “I’d retire first.”

Bell, 29, appeared in nine games for the Chiefs in 2020, carrying the ball 63 times for 254 yards and two touchdowns and also recorded 13 catches for 99 yards. He had two touches during the postseason.

The last time Bell was highly active on Twitter was May 27, when he posted a series of tweets expressing displeasure with the Chiefs and really, the NFL in general.

Bell said back in February that he had been happy with the Chiefs and how the season went, but he has since changed his tune as a free agent.

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