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2021 NFL season: One storyline to track for all 32 teams | NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs

How quickly can their rebuilt offensive line come together? When your franchise quarterback is under constant stress, as Patrick Mahomes was in last season’s Super Bowl loss, you act quickly. The Chiefs did that in a major way, trading for tackle Orlando Brown Jr., signing guards Joe Thuney and Kyle Long and center Austin Blythe, drafting center Creed Humphrey in the second round and welcoming back guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who opted out last season. If Mahomes is well-protected, a trip to a third consecutive Super Bowl is not only plausible, but likely.

Kansas City Chiefs Superstar Patrick Mahomes Addresses Aaron Rodgers’ Situation | Forbes

How does the face of the Kansas City Chiefs franchise and the 2019 NFL MVP, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, view that situation in Green Bay?

“I can’t speak for Aaron and the Packers, but I think the biggest thing when you look as an outsider is: It’s all about communication. It’s all about respecting each other,” Mahomes said. “Aaron has played a long time with that organization, and at some point, they lost that communication factor, and I think that’s where the disconnect has kind of happened.”

The Latest Buzz Around Every NFL Team Entering Late July | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs: Mecole Hardman Set for No. 2 Receiver Role

Though former Kansas City Chiefs receiver Sammy Watkins often seemed like a third fiddle behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, he did contribute to the team’s recent success. The former Clemson standout had 1,613 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 34 regular-season games with Kansas City.

During the 2019 postseason, which ended with a Lombardi Trophy, Watkins had 14 catches for 288 yards and a touchdown.

Now that he is in Baltimore, the Chiefs will need someone to grab the No. 2 receiver role opposite Hill. According to The Athletic’s Nate Taylor, Mecole Hardman is first in line for the job.

“Hardman will enter camp as the second receiver on the depth chart. It’s possible that either Byron Pringle or Demarcus Robinson could push Hardman during camp, but I have more confidence in Hardman after he was a consistent performer in May and June,” Taylor wrote.

Hardman, a second-round pick out of Georgia in 2019, had 560 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2020 while playing just 45 percent of the offensive snaps.

“One game that hurt me the most is watching Kansas City”: Odell Beckham Jr. recaps the worst moment of being injured last season | The Sports Rush

“You want to win Super Bowls.” Odell said. “I watched [my teammates] compete last year, and the one game that hurt me the most is watching Kansas City and feeling like, man, I know that I could have made one play, just something to help the team win.

The Browns lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional round by less than a touchdown. Which is why it must have been that much worse to be sitting on the sidelines.

Former Chiefs CB Steven Nelson to sign one-year deal with Eagles | Chiefs Wire

The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Sunday that they’d signed cornerback Steven Nelson to a one-year deal. A 2015 third-round pick by Kansas City out of Oregon State, Nelson spent four seasons playing for the Chiefs before leaving to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’d spend just two seasons in Pittsburgh, having his contract terminated in March of 2021.

Nelson, 28, has a whopping 68 career starts to his name. He has experience playing both on the outside and in the slot during his time in Kansas City and Pittsburgh. He offers the Eagles another option opposite veteran starter Darius Slay, who was traded to Philadelphia from the Detroit Lions in March of 2020.

Nelson’s tenure with the Chiefs didn’t exactly end on good terms, which will be an intriguing storyline heading in the Eagles-Chiefs Week 4 matchup this season. The former draft pick had an unceremonious departure with the team on social media, sharing some strong feelings about his teammate Marcus Peters’ exit from Kansas City. He also felt Chiefs fans turned on him.

Tyreek Hill: fantasy football outlook for 2021 NFL season with Chiefs | Clutch Points

Rankings

As usual, Hill is ranked No. 2 overall in the wide receiver position. With no competition to beat him as the No. 1 receiver on the Chiefs, he should be able to get the ball constantly and give any team consistent production.

Ranked only ahead of him is Green Bay Packers superstar wide receiver Davante Adams. However, there is a big chance that Hill can thrive with the Chiefs and take the No. 1 spot. With Adams currently having some issues with the front office, there could be a chance that he can either sit out or even request a trade midseason. Oh, let’s not forgot the whole Aaron Rodgers ordeal. With a future that may very well be in jeopardy, Hill could very well find his way sitting on top of the throne of the wide receiver rankings. Of course, there is competition.

Around the NFL

NFL will partner with Hawk-Eye to enhance instant replay capabilities and shorten delays | CBS Sports

The changes, according to multiple sources who spoke to CBS Sports, will include instituting Hawk-Eye’s state-of-the-art replay system that will allow the NFL to process live video in real time and sync up various camera angles seamlessly. This comes on the heels of team owners approving expanded duties for replay officials to help with clear, obvious and objective aspects of a play for game administration purposes.

Hawk-Eye is a leader in the sports technology field. It has been used for goal-line tech in international soccer, pit-lane officiating in NASCAR, and it’s perhaps best-known for its optical tracking system that enables electronic line calling in tennis.

The NFL will use Hawk-Eye’s Synchronized Multi-Angle Replay Technology (SMART) to get control of live video feeds from broadcast partners. All of those feeds can be synced together with time stamps to provide multiple angles of the same play at the exact same time. (TV partners have done something similar for viewers over the years, but not this precise or this quickly after the play.) CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported in 2019 on how the league was eyeing technology like this.

Deshaun Watson reports to Texans training camp Sunday, still seeks trade | NFL.com

Houston’s quarterbacks reported to training camp Sunday, and Watson was among them, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The star QB was present for testing to begin entry into camp, though his stance about the organization and desire to be traded remains unchanged, Rapoport added.

Watson faces mandatory $50,000 fines for every missed day of camp, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. The fifth-year veteran is still under both NFL and police investigations after being accused in 22 separate lawsuits filed in March and April of sexual assault and misconduct during massage sessions. Pelissero added that the league has not placed Watson on the Commissioner’s Exempt List because it has not concluded that a major violation occurred.

Sources: Chandler Jones unhappy over contract, requests trade from Arizona Cardinals | ESPN

Jones has been unhappy with his contract and missed offseason work as a result.

The Cardinals don’t want to trade Jones and expect him to report to training camp, which begins Tuesday. Jones, 31, plans to have a big year coming off surgery on his right biceps, and the Cardinals believe he’s excited to play alongside new acquisition J.J. Watt despite past unhappiness. A source said Jones is viewed as a “great guy” in the organization and is set to be a pivotal part of the Cardinals’ defense this year. The team generally does not publicly discuss contract details regarding its players.

Gardner Minshew hilariously says he gave up this function to battle Trevor Lawrence for Jaguars QB job | CBS Sports

The former starting quarterback of the Jaguars told Chris Long on the Green Light podcast how he’s preparing to battle Lawrence once camp begins this week. Needless to say, he says he’s giving up something vital for the human body.

“In preparation for the competition, I haven’t taken a s--- in weeks,” Minshew said as Long laughed, per Jamal St. Cyr of WJXT. “That’s not an option for me. No. 2 is not an option.”

Unless Lawrence suffers an injury in preseason, Minshew won’t be the No.1 quarterback in Jacksonville — no matter how much he tries. There was a reason the Jaguars ended up with the No. 1 overall pick after all. Part of that was due to Minshew’s play.

Rams hire former NFL writer Andy Benoit as assistant to Sean McVay | Yahoo Sports

Sean McVay will have a new brain to pick at the Rams’ facility in Thousand Oaks this year, bringing in a former NFL analyst and writer to join the team’s staff. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Rams have hired Andy Benoit as the assistant to McVay and special projects.

Benoit recently wrote for Sports Illustrated, specifically the MMQB, where he produced longform content and interviewed players and coaches across the NFL. After the Rams’ Super Bowl loss two years ago, Benoit sat down with McVay at his home and discussed the game, among other topics.

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Deandre Baker is ‘close to 100%,’ wants to prove he ‘deserves to be here’

“It means a lot to me that the Chiefs gave me another chance,” he told reporters after Sunday’s practice in St. Joseph, Missouri. “They’re a phenomenal organization. I’m just here to work — and I’m happy to be here.”

Unfortunately, Baker was unable to finish the one Chiefs game he started; a fractured femur that he suffered early in the second half ended Baker’s season just as soon as it started. But the team stuck by him, re-signing him immediately after the season.

Seven months later, Baker is nearly ready to get back on the field in a full capacity.

“I’m pretty close to 100%,” he said.

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