5. Joe Thuney, Chiefs
Thuney has been among the game’s top left guards for quite some time and is now he’s being paid like one. After playing the 2020 season on the franchise tag with the Patriots, the former third-round pick entered free agency and inked a five-year, $80 million deal to join the Chiefs. What Kansas City hopes to get is Thuney’s continued elite play as a pass- and run-blocker. Over the last three seasons, he’s allowed just three sacks (1,733 pass-blocking snaps). His 74.2 PFF grade was 10th among guards, but his overall résumé of success keeps him in the top five, despite not turning in his best possible campaign in 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs HC Andy Reid is a popular imitation among fans, with many adopting his signature look and style. You’ll spot many impersonators on gameday in the stands at Arrowhead Stadium, but it’s pretty rare to find one during the offseason, at least until now.
During the Kansas City Royals game against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, a dashing-looking gentleman was spotted in the stands. To the naked eye, it appears to be Reid. After closer inspection, fans will find that this is one of Reid’s many impersonators.
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Kansas City Chiefs: CB L’Jarius Sneed
Player experience: Second season
How acquired: 2020 draft (No. 138 overall)
With Bashaud Breeland out of Kansas City and into a Minnesota Vikings uniform for 2021, it’s time for Sneed to shine. Expect him to see much more than the six starts he logged in 2020, especially considering he’s earned it. The former fourth-round pick delivered three interceptions, seven pass breakups and two sacks (plus 42 combined tackles) last season — besting Breeland in multiple categories with five fewer starts. It’s safe to assume the emergence of Sneed was a key factor in not bending over backward to re-sign Breeland, and rightfully so. A season that sees Sneed promoted to full-time starter will presumably see his numbers jump to even more impressive levels, and especially with the likes of Tyrann Mathieu and Juan Thornhill patrolling behind him. That will make for a short field defensively, and plenty of opportunities for good eating by Sneed in 2021.
Kansas City Chiefs: Re-signed OT Mike Remmers
Remmers did a nice job replacing the injured Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle last season, but was completely out of place as the left tackle in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs re-signed Remmers to an incentive-laden one-year deal before a rush of other offensive line moves that included adding Joe Thuney, Kyle Long, Orlando Brown, Austin Blythe, and draftees Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith. With the return of 2021 optouts Laurent Durvernay-Tardif and Lucas Niang, it’s unclear how Remmers fits and the team could have used the money on another wideout.
Kansas City Chiefs: Dee Ford’s penalty (2018 AFC Championship Game)
This one was easy. Had Ford stayed onside, Charvarius Ward’s interception of Tom Brady would have stood, giving the Chiefs the ball and a four-point lead with 54 seconds left in the 2018 AFC Championship Game. Instead, the Patriots went on to defeat the Chiefs in overtime. The Chiefs won the following Super Bowl, but they missed out possibly winning another Super Bowl during Patrick Mahomes’ first season under center.
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It doesn’t matter whether it’s Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love at quarterback.
“We’ll have one plan,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday in his last scheduled news conference before training camp. “We’ve kind of pretty much laid that out. Just going to fine-tune some things over the next few weeks in terms of the logistics of our schedule and whatnot. We’ve got what we feel is a pretty good blueprint in terms of how to get our guys ready to play. Obviously, it is a little bit different this year in terms of the number of preseason games and then you compare it to last year, so you’re kind of leaning back on the 2019 season. We feel confident with what we’ll have in place with the guys. We’ll look forward to getting them back July 27.”
3 - Xavien Howard
The NFL’s reigning interceptions leader (10) gobbles up errant passes like Pac-Man eats power pellets. Howard’s superior instincts, awareness and ball skills combined with his size, length and range makes it incredibly difficult for quarterbacks to find open windows when targeting his side of the field. Moreover, Howard’s confidence and aggressiveness have enabled him to emerge as one of the game’s premier ballhawks with a league-high 22 interceptions since the start of the 2017 season.
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