Free agent and former Kansas City Chiefs center Austin Reiter is expected to visit the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, according to a report Friday via Twitter from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Reiter, 29, played for the Chiefs for the past three seasons, and was the team’s starting center for most of the past two. He played for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and 2017. He was a seventh-round draft pick by Washington in 2015 out of University of South Florida.
Kansas City Chiefs Sign OG Joe Thuney
Contract: Five years, $80 million ($46.9 million guaranteed)
The Kansas City Chiefs went all-in on Joe Thuney. Among guards, he has the most guaranteed money on his contract—topping six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys ($40 million).
Thuney doesn’t have distinguishable accolades on his five-year resume, but he hasn’t missed a game and plays with clean technique from his hands to footwork in pass and run protection.
According to Pro Football Focus, Thuney played 980 offensive snaps, committed three penalties and allowed just two sacks in 2020. He went through the 2019 campaign without an infraction.
The Chiefs acquired a technician who can minimize interior pressure, which allows quarterback Patrick Mahomes to comfortably step into the pocket, and open lanes for the ball-carriers.
With rookie second-rounder Creed Humphrey in contention for the starting job at center and the right guard position up for grabs, Thuney projects as the stabilizing component on the interior of Kansas City’s offensive line.
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The Chiefs struck gold when they drafted L’Jarius Sneed in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He ended the season with the highest coverage grade of any rookie cornerback (71.2) despite splitting time between the slot and outside alignments. He’ll be the favorite to start in Bashaud Breeland’s old spot entering the 2021 season and is a key component of a relatively young and inexperienced group overall.
Outside of Charvarius Ward, the Chiefs’ top options at the position either consist of players who have played more snaps in the slot than out wide (Sneed and Rashad Fenton) or reclamation projects (DeAndre Baker and Mike Hughes). Playing alongside safety Tyrann Mathieu should make life easier on whichever cornerbacks make their way onto the field next season.
3. Will the WR2 please stand up?
Sammy Watkins is gone and an attempt to woo JuJu Smith-Schuster away from the Pittsburgh Steelers failed, leaving the Chiefs to figure out in camp who’ll be the definitive Robin to Tyreek Hill’s Batman. That puts pressure on Mecole Hardman to step up and be that guy, but head coach Andy Reid will be fine with anyone stepping up and into the role. It’s key to identify WR2 sooner than later, to prevent opposing defenses from shading help over toward Hill and making things more difficult for an otherwise bulletproof passing attack (offensive line issues notwithstanding).
But while we all sit here and debate who’s going to pick up the slack behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, DeMarcus Robinson, all these guys, what if the answer is just more passes to CEH? What if he gets way more targets than the four per game he saw last year? That could very well be the answer. You know, in that situation, if he is getting a ton of passing game work and is still the primary bulk carrier, which is obviously going to be the case, frankly I think is a pretty big value at running back 15. And he’s a guy I’m definitely picking in that range.
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The Packers and Davante Adams have broken off long-term contract extension talks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources informed of the situation. The two sides have been negotiating a deal for months, but have reached a bad place, Rapoport added.
This is far from the first time two given parties were unable to reach an agreement on an extension before an existing deal expires, but this news is significant because of what preceded it. Rodgers hasn’t been happy with Packers management for months now, and with his top teammate now displeased with the same group of front office executives, Adams’ representation and the Packers have also stopped communicating.
With these two results in mind, it would seem the Packers might want to reconsider their negotiating tactics.
Dennison, who had served as the Vikings’ offensive line coach/run game coordinator the past two seasons, is believed to be the first NFL position coach to leave his team after choosing not to receive a vaccine.
The vaccine is required for all Tier 1 staff, including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers and scouts. Players are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine but will face strict protocols during training camp and throughout the season that vaccinated players will be able to forgo.
In a memo released by the league this summer, the NFL said any unvaccinated Tier 1 staff member must provide a valid religious or medical reason for not receiving the vaccine. Losing Tier 1 status prohibits coaches from being on the field and in meeting rooms and having direct interactions with players.
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Kansas City’s No. 1 wide receiver is their tight end Travis Kelce. With every year that passes, he continues to put the finishing touches on his Hall of Fame resume. In 2020, he set the record for single-season receiving yards by a tight end. That was his third among the top 10 tight end performances in NFL history — two of them in the top three. Aside from Mahomes, he’s arguably the team’s most important player.
Further down the depth chart, the Chiefs have brought back Blake Bell. “The Belldozer” spent last season in Dallas. They also invested a fifth-round draft pick in Noah Gray out of Duke, whose college tape looks a little bit like Travis Kelce Jr. — and I’m not just saying just because Gay also wore 87. He shows great body control, has strong hands and gets upfield quickly after the catch.
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We said we'll be back. Now, it's time to go to work.— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) July 22, 2021
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