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Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu the top-rated safety in ‘Madden NFL 22 | Chiefs Wire

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce recently joined the 99 Club. Tyreek Hill was revealed to be one of the top-rated and fastest receivers in the game. Now, Chiefs defensive leader Tyrann Mathieu will join his teammates, showcasing real-world success in the videogame franchise.

“Madden NFL 22” revealed their top-rated safeties on Thursday, with Mathieu leading the way with a 95 overall player rating. You can check out the top-10 safeties in the game down below:

‘Mahomes-ization of NFL.’ National writer explains how Chiefs star changed the league | Kansas City Star

Breer looked back at the start of the 2018 season and noted every team seemed set at quarterback with either a star at the position or at the very least a solid core of players around a competent signal-caller.

But the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes has blossomed into the NFL’s best quarterback, changing the landscape of the league. Teams now seek a quarterback who is much more than merely competent.

“(G)oing into the 2021 season, I think we’ve reached the next phase of that, where just good, for a lot of teams, isn’t good enough,” Breer wrote.

“Call it the Mahomes-ization of the NFL. At the aforementioned juncture, before the 2018 season, Mahomes was indeed the Chiefs’ plan at the position (they’d just dealt Smith away to clear the way for their 2017 first-round pick), but few knew what Andy Reid was about to unleash on the league. Three years later, he’s the mountain that most other teams are looking up at, the one they’ll have to scale over the next decade to win a championship. A decade ago, winning a championship with Joe Flacco or Eli Manning, or a raw second-year player (where Russell Wilson and Ben Roethlisberger were for their first titles) was realistic, if you were good enough around them. And a lot of teams, looking at the challenge Mahomes will present them for the foreseeable future, clearly don’t see it that way anymore.

“It seems like the talent pool now is deep enough for everyone to be good at quarterback. But because of the presence of Mahomes, more and more, teams feel the need to be great.”

4 takeaways from Day 2 of Chiefs training camp | Chiefs Wire

Creed Humphrey struggles on Day 2

Creed Humphrey had a rare bad day snapping the football, with three botched snaps between he and Patrick Mahomes. A few fumbled snaps and then a high snap made for a few broken plays for the offense during the team period. This is to be expected from a rookie to some extent and it’s good to get these hiccups out of the way early on. The key is for Humphrey to bounce back, put those issues behind him and ensure that they don’t become a trend moving forward into training camp.

Draft Strategy: Building a Winner Around Travis Kelce | Roto World

But even though it may not feel right to take Travis Kelce in the first round, it makes a heck of a lot of sense to do it. You just need to be prepared well enough to build out your team comfortably after the first round. When you consider these numbers from 2020, it’s hard to pass on Kelce at all: He scored 312.8 Fantasy PPR points last year, which was only bettered by three other wide receivers. The third-highest scoring TEs last year, Robert Tonyan and Logan Thomas, totaled 176.6 points. Kelce averaged 20.9 fantasy points per game, almost five more than George Kittle, who was third in FFPG at the position. Mark Andrews, who was fourth in FFPG at TE, averaged 12.2. Drafting Kelce is comparable to landing a top-level WR at the thinnest position in fantasy football, and gives you a unique advantage.

2021 NFL season: Candidates to Make the Leap from each AFC team | NFL.com

L’Jarius Sneed

Cornerback · Age 24

The Chiefs have a way of coaching up terrific production at cornerback from surprising places. Enter Sneed, a fourth-round pick who ranked higher in PFF’s coverage metrics than any 2020 rookie. The Chiefs are starving for some young players to develop as foundational pieces on defense, and Sneed’s natural ability to adjust to the ball in the air has him on a sneaky star track.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Andy Reid supports former assistant Eugene Chung amid racism claim | Kansas City Star

The NFL initiated a review of Chung’s claim and announced in early July that the league couldn’t confirm the alleged comment was made. The league reached its conclusion after “multiple discussions” with Chung and his representative, but added that further discussion is welcome.

Chung, who coached in Kansas City from 2013-16, isn’t satisfied with the NFL’s statement.

“I’ve had one conversation with them,” Chung said Monday during a Zoom call with select members of the media. “I’d love to work with them hand in hand. But when it’s being written that I’m going to be working with them and I had only one very brief conversation, I think that’s a little misleading.”

The 52-year-old Chung categorized his lone discussion with the NFL as “short” and “almost perfunctory.” He also said his request through his representative to meet with commissioner Roger Goodell was denied.

Around the NFL

New Orleans Saints’ Sean Payton says Michael Thomas’ surgery should’ve happened before June | ESPN

Thomas, who was plagued by the injury throughout last season, is expected to miss time at the start of this season, as well.

“Well, look, it appears we’re gonna have to spend some time without him. It’s disappointing,” Payton said during his opening training camp videoconference before the Saints’ first practice Thursday. “And we’ll work through it with the other players that are here. But the surgery took place, and obviously we would’ve liked that to happen earlier than later. And quite honestly, it should’ve.”

Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith still traumatized by February robbery | ESPN

“Going into the store and being around anyone with a mask or hood on, it really makes my heart thump to this day,” Smith said after Thursday’s practice. “It was terrifying situation.”

Five months ago, Smith got out of his car after checking into a hotel near the Los Angeles International Airport and was surrounded by three masked men with guns. The woman in the car with Smith, who is pregnant, had a gun pointed at her stomach, Smith said.

“You feel helpless,” Smith said. “Cowards running up on you with three guns. You don’t know if you’re going to lose your life in that moment.”

Brian Gutekunst responds to Aaron Rodgers’ Packers remarks: ‘I wouldn’t say I have any regrets’ | NFL.com

“We realized this was an important piece for Aaron early on in. We started thinking how could this work? How could we make this work?” Gutekunst explained Thursday. “Not only from a football team perspective, salary cap, trade, compensation, all that type of stuff.

“At the end of the day, there are positive and negatives to everything. Having Randall Cobb in our building is a positive, there’s no doubt about that. Not only as a player, but a person to our locker room, he’s a positive, specifically to our quarterback, which is a very important piece of what we’re trying to accomplish in 2021.”

Derrick Henry tops list of five who could break Eric Dickerson’s single-season NFL rushing record in 2021 | CBS Sports

3. Nick Chubb

Chubb has the talent and the offensive teammates (particularly on the offensive line) to break Dickerson’s record. The 25-year-old also has plenty of tread on his tires after receiving just 190 carries last season and 680 carries during his first three seasons. The big question is how many carries Chubb will share with fellow running back Kareem Hunt, who had nearly as many carries in 16 games as Chubb did in 12 games during the 2020 regular season. Given his situation with Hunt, Chubb would probably have to have more than a few big rushing performances if he is going to seriously challenge Dickerson’s record in 2021. That is certainly something that is within Chubb’s wheelhouse, as he rushed for more than 100 yards in 13 of his last 23 regular-season games. And while he is often regarded as a power back, Chubb is a notable home run hitter, with previous season-high runs of 92, 88 and 59 yards.

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Clyde Edwards-Helaire knew he would be ‘pinpointed’ in training camp

For just about any other running back, his rookie season in Kansas City — with 1,100 scrimmage yards gained in just 13 games — might have been seen as an impressive performance. But in the eyes of some observers — and accounting for the big investment the team had made in him — it didn’t seem like that much.

Speaking to reporters after Thursday’s training camp practice at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri, Edwards-Helaire said that his late-season injury played a role in failing to meet those high expectations — but there were plenty of other factors.

“In the Super Bowl, I was probably about 85% — close to 90%,” he admitted. “But being able to rest was kind of the big thing ... Before that, I had a 15-game championship season with LSU. Three days after that, I was already training — and we hopped right into the season; it was kind of a rolling two years for me of nothing but football. Just having the time to finally let my body recover — and then [being] specific on my training in the offseason and rehab — got me where I am right now.”

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