With reports indicating displeasure with his current contract for quite some time now, analysts from around the league have had the opportunity to speculate about Howard’s next landing spot. But now that a trade is almost certainly imminent, landing spot predictions are really starting to fly.
According to ESPN NFL insider Matt Miller, Howard’s best fit is with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Xavien Howard is a top 5 cornerback in the NFL and wants a trade.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) July 28, 2021
Dolphins might want him out of the AFC, but my god he would be amazing in Kansas City and they badly need him.
The Chiefs’ secondary is no doubt one of the weakest groups on the team.
While rookie corner L’Jarius Sneed impressed in his debut season with three interceptions through three starts, his play alongside fellow starter Charvarius Ward wasn’t enough to keep opposing teams worried in the passing game. Finishing 12th in the league in pass defense, the Kansas City secondary allowed 231.8 yards per game through the air.
Kansas City Chiefs fans have a chance to appear on the opening sequence of NBC’s Sunday Night football games this year.
Fans have until Aug 15 to upload their video to NBC.
If you submit a video, it should include a tailgate with friends and family (Chiefs fans probably won’t have a problem with this), and to shoot the video by holding your phone horizontally.
Want to be featured during the @SNFonNBC opening sequence? Here’s how:— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) July 27, 2021
1. Set up a tailgate with friends and family
2. Use your mobile device to film yourselves cheering on the Chiefs
(Hold your phone horizontally!)
3. Upload your video by August 15: https://t.co/9HUO8CBYfY pic.twitter.com/e0rySsLt5H
Mahomes recently told the media “I’ll see it when I believe it” in regards to Herbert’s rising stardom before clarifying his position. But when Herbert learned that Mahomes wasn’t taking the threat he poses that seriously, he admitted he’s happy enough that Mahomes knows who he is.
“I think it’s pretty cool that Patrick Mahomes knows who I am,” Herbert told the media today, via ProFootballTalk. “I’m cool with it. I have such great respect for what he’s been able to do, and I’ve watched him so much.”
Kilgore and the Dolphins parted ways after the 2019 season and he went on to join the Kansas City Chiefs for his final year of play last season. He released the following statement to announce his intentions to retire.
“After an unforgettable decade, I am announcing my retirement from the NFL.
My love of the game of football will never go away, but I have decided at this point in my life it is time to retire from the National Football League.
I am grateful to the San Francisco 49ers for draft a kid out of App State. The friendships and memories made in the Bay Area will never be forgotten. To the Miami Dolphins, thank you for opening your arms to me and treating my family and I first class. And lastly to Kansas City for letting me join an unbelievably talented team and reaching my goal of playing 10 years in the NFL.
To all of my teammates and coaches that have helped me grow as a player, and more importantly as a husband and a father, I will cherish all of the memories and am blessed to have been a part of something bigger than myself.
Lastly, to my wife Megan, my daughters, and parents thank you for being my unwavering support system over the last 10 years. To my family and friends in Northeast Tennessee, thank you for being by my side each and every step along the way.
I fulfilled a childhood dream of playing in the NFL. Playing for these historically great teams was truly an honor and such a blessing. I walk away holding my head held high knowing what I accomplished along the way. Looking forward to the next chapter with my family.” — Daniel Kilgore
2. Kansas City Chiefs
2020 regular-season record: 14-2, first in AFC West
Colin’s thoughts: ”[The Kansas City Chiefs] return only one of their five starting offensive linemen, so it’s a rebuild on the O-line. I love everybody they got, but it’s a rebuild.”
NFL championship odds: +500
OT Mitchell Schwartz
Even though a back injury for a player at Schwartz’s age is a concern, the Steelers are potentially looking to enter this season with Zach Banner as their starting right tackle. The 27-year-old is coming back from a torn ACL suffered in the 2020 season opener and has missed 25 games combined over the past three seasons.
Schwartz would probably be the Steelers’ best offensive lineman right now if he walked onto the practice field today.
Thompson, 26, entered the league as a 2017 fourth-round pick of the Seahawks. He spent three seasons in Seattle, posting 80 tackles, five pass deflections, and three interceptions across 29 games, including 16 starts.
Thompson joined Kansas City last July and made eight appearances before being waived. He finished the 2020 campaign with the Cleveland Browns, who similarly released him in January.
The 6-foot, 204-pound defender with 4.6 speed was a standout collegian at Colorado, earning second-team All-PAC-12 honors in 2016. Altogether, Thompson recorded 157 solo tackles, 26 PDs, and 13 INTS over 46 games for the Buffaloes. Then-Bleacher Report analyst Matt Miller, in his 2017 scouting profile, compared Thompson to Buffalo Bills S Jordan Poyer that is, a “future starter.”
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Rodgers made one thing painstakingly clear: He’s not a fan of how the Packers’ front office operates. The quarterback chose his words carefully, telling reporters he loves everyone — his teammates, coaches, the city, Packers fans — but avoided directly mentioning the organization. And when Pelissero simply asked him what Rodgers’ offseason standoff was all about, it didn’t take Rodgers long to launch into a bevy of examples of how the front office has irritated him well before 2021.
“I think it was a lot of things that transpired. This wasn’t a draft day thing,” Rodgers said, referring to the initial reports of his discontent. “Started the conversation in February after the season ended and I just expressed my desire to be more involved in conversations that directly affected my job.
“Also, I wanted to help the organization maybe learn from some of the mistakes in the past, in my opinion, about the way some of the outgoing veterans were treated and just the fact that we didn’t retain a number of players that I feel like were core players to our foundation, our locker room. High character guys, I’m talking about Charles Woodson, Jordy Nelson, Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, Randall Cobb, James Jones, John Kuhn, Brett Goode, TJ Lang, Bryan Bulaga, Casey Heyward, Micah Hyde. Guys who were exceptional players for us, great locker room guys, high character guys, many of them whom weren’t offered a contract at all or were extremely low-balled or were maybe, in my opinion, not given the respect on the way out that guys of their status and stature and high character deserve. And, then it kind of progressed from there into a commitment for the 2021 season and beyond, that really wasn’t given at any time.”
Jackson reported to camp last Thursday and tested negative for five straight days before receiving a positive result Tuesday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. Unvaccinated players are subject to daily testing, and vaccinated players are required to get tested once every 14 days. The NFL had flagged Jackson’s latest COVID-19 test and was still trying to process and evaluate the results as of Wednesday morning, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“It’s just part of the deal,” Harbaugh said after Wednesday’s practice. “It’s just the way the world is right now.”
7 - Derwin James
No one questions Derwin’s ability. He’s a certified stud, a difference-making safety whose versatile skill set changes the Chargers’ defense. The guy was first-team All-Pro as a rookie in 2018, filling the stat sheet with 105 tackles, 13 pass breakups, three picks and 3.5 sacks. He was a force of nature.
But since that otherworldly debut, James’ body has failed him. He played in just five games in 2019 due to a foot fracture and missed the entire 2020 campaign with a torn meniscus. This has robbed football fans of one of the most exciting defensive players in the game today. I’m dying to see this cat out on the gridiron again. I want to see him in new coach Brandon Staley’s scheme. I want to see him looking healthy and dynamic once again. For a Chargers team that I currently have pegged for the playoffs, it’s only everything. He’s that impactful and irreplaceable.
So much for Kelvin Benjamin’s comeback story. Less than three months after signing the former Panthers wide receiver, who was attempting to revive his NFL career as a tight end following a three-year hiatus, the Giants will release the former first-round pick, according to multiple reports. On Wednesday, Benjamin was seen leaving practice early on the first day of New York’s training camp following what several reporters described as a lengthy and heated conversation with coach Joe Judge and general manager Dave Gettleman. Now, he’s off the depth chart before even kicking off a projected competition at tight end.
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One of the most critical parts of the camp’s first day is taking note of which players are on the field with the first team. The Chiefs have many first-team starters set, something to be expected from a team that has played in back-to-back Super Bowls.
But there are positions of note up for grabs — including the right guard position along the offensive line and one of the three cornerback positions when the defense is on the field in the nickel.
The Chiefs’ first-team offense debuted with left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., left guard Joe Thuney and veteran right tackle Mike Remmers — all to be expected. But there were also two rookies on the field: second-round rookie center Creed Humphrey and sixth-round rookie Trey Smith.
Smith earned first dibs over possible returning starter Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the team’s right guard from 2015-19 before his opt-out season in 2020.