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Patrick Mahomes calls this new Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver ‘super-talented’ | Kansas City Star

“Be yourself, do the right thing,” he said reflectively. “You know what’s right and you know what’s wrong.

“There’s freedom of action, but not freedom of consequences, like every action has a consequence, whether it’s good or bad. Just do the right thing all the time, even when nobody is looking.”

So far, so good for Callaway, who has rotated repetitions with the first- and second-team units.

There’s still plenty of training camp to go, plus three preseason games, so it remains to be seen whether Callaway can crack the Chiefs’ initial 53-player roster. But he’s thankful to have the opportunity.

“It’s a blessing to end up here in this program,” he said. “The coaches are great, the players are great, the staff is great. It’s one big family here ... This is the perfect spot.”

Lee: How the best offenses in the NFL are generating explosive plays | PFF

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Money Play: Vertical Passes Out of Trips, Travis Kelce Split Out at WR

Rarely do you see offenses with two true No. 1 options as receivers. It’s doubly unlikely that they have the versatile skill sets of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. When Kansas City gets into trips formations where Kelce is isolated and Hill is the No. 3 wide receiver, defenses are in a bind. If defenses prioritize protecting the middle of the field at the expense of more one-on-one matchups underneath, the two superstars will expose them.

2021 NFL season: Top 10 offensive-defensive duos | NFL.com

3 - Kansas City Chiefs

Offense: Patrick Mahomes, QB · Defense: Tyrann Mathieu, S

Mahomes is currently averaging 307.7 passing yards per game, more than anyone in NFL history. He’s also — and to say this is special is a massive understatement — the first to start in multiple Super Bowls before turning 26. Mathieu, 29, remains one of the most versatile safeties in the game today. He collected a career-high six interceptions in 2020, giving him 10 over the past two seasons — he’s the only NFL player to collect 100-plus tackles and at least 10 picks since 2019.

It might be surprising to see Mahomes at No. 3, but it’s important to note that the difference between these three duos is razor thin.

NFL’s highlight-reel players: The 32 most thrilling talents of today ... and tomorrow | NFL.com

Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs · WR

Answer this: Is there ever a time when you watch a wildlife documentary and AREN’T impressed by the speed of a cheetah? Well, this guy’s nickname is ”Cheetah.” Hill’s big-play speed makes him the perfect complement to Patrick Mahomes’ bazooka arm, giving the Chiefs the chance to create a long, six-point highlight on nearly every down. The numbers back it up, too: Hill led the NFL in receiving touchdowns on deep targets with eight in 2020, per Next Gen Stats. Like an Olympic sprinter, Hill’s greatest asset is his start, going from zero to 10.69 mph within one second on go routes in 2020, the fastest speed in the NFL on such routes last season. Attempting to interrupt his start didn’t work for defenses, either, as Hill scored eight touchdowns against press coverage. And redirecting him inside isn’t the solution, as evidenced by Hill’s 10 receiving touchdowns on crossing routes. All of those statistics were the best in the NFL in their respective categories, meaning defenses must pay attention to where No. 10 is AT ALL TIMES, and fans will only be disappointed if they aren’t paying attention the next time Hill is targeted.

Patrick Mahomes explains why he and fiancée revealed daughter’s face on social media | Today.com

Mahomes has also learned the specific importance of one thing as the Chiefs’ training camp begins and he works to prepare for the upcoming season. It’s a must while trying to get proper sleep, train and eat right while also taking care of a 5-month-old child.

“We learned the two most important words in being parents is ‘sleep schedule,’” he said. “We have the sleep schedule down. She’s actually a really good sleeper. She already sleeps through the night. She wakes up about at 6 a.m, just about when I wake up usually.

Report: Broncos Work Out Former Chiefs TE Deon Yelder | Mile High Huddle

The 26-year-old was not re-signed by the Chiefs following the 2020 campaign. He joined the Washington Football Team in May and was waived on Tuesday.

Yelder (6-4, 255) was a 12-game collegiate contributor at Western Kentucky, where he caught 52 passes for 688 yards and seven touchdowns.

“One-year wonder who lacks desired height and length but who plays with some grit as a run blocker,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote in 2018. “Yelder appears to offer some early straight line speed, but he may be too tight in his lower half to be able to shake coverage underneath with separation out of his route breaks. He flashes potential as a run blocker but lacks consistency of technique from game to game. Yelder doesn’t stand out in any one phase, but it stands to reason that he should continue to improve in all areas with more experience and coaching.”

Around the NFL

Colts QB Carson Wentz to see foot specialist, might need surgery | NFL.com

The Colts quarterback is set to see noted foot specialist Robert Anderson in the near future, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. A further timeline for Wentz’s return will be established following the quarterback’s visit with Anderson, Garafolo added, with minor surgery being a possibility, per Rapoport.

Wentz is expected to miss the remainder of the preseason, Rapoport reported.

Backup Jacob Eason took Wentz’s reps with the first team Friday.

Wentz’s first camp barely got off the ground before he suffered the foot injury, which Indianapolis initially hoped was minor, but appears to be growing more concerned about the seriousness of it. The hope is to avoid a surgical procedure, but if Wentz is required to undergo an operation, his time away from the field could stretch into the regular season. The latter scenario isn’t expected to involve many games, Rapoport added.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady ditches trademark sleeve on left knee | ESPN

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has officially shed the trademark sleeve he has worn on his left knee since suffering a torn ACL in 2008. He wore it Sunday in his first training camp practice, but Monday, he had it rolled down at his shin. By Tuesday, it was off. He hasn’t worn it since and doesn’t plan to put it back on.

“I don’t need it. It’s been 14 years since I’ve [started wearing] it. It feels good,” Brady said Friday, the Bucs’ final ramp-up day before the pads come on Saturday and the intensity level rises.

Brady hadn’t practiced as a Buc without it. He even wore it during recreational activities such as golfing, pickup basketball and boating.

He underwent surgery this offseason to repair a torn MCL he played with all of last year.

Randall Cobb on trade from Texans to Packers: ‘I can breathe again’; compares Houston to ‘startup’ company | CBS Sports

“I can breathe again,” Cobb said Thursday, via Packers press conference. “I’ve seen the other side, and I’m excited to be back here and I’m smiling. It’s funny my teammates said you act like you just got out of prison. I’m very, very, very excited to be here.

“That’s nothing against Houston. Whenever I talk about that, I’m thinking of ... Green Bay’s like a Fortune 500 company and the Texans like a new franchise. They’re a startup that’s figuring out their way. I think that the moves that they made when they brought [general manager Nick Caserio] in and coach [head coach David Culley], I think that they’re on a path.

“I think they have a plan in place. I saw a lot of things changing over the past four months that I was there. I’ve been rehabbing the entire offseason, so I saw all the different changes. I know they’re doing right. They’re trending in the right direction.”

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Willie Gay Jr. is confident in his knowledge of the playbook; he’s ‘ready to make plays’

Linebacker Willie Gay Jr. made plays in spots but wasn’t as consistently on the field as the aforementioned players. Instead of hiding the hardship he faced, Gay has been very open about how uncomfortable he was with the scheme and the playbook in his rookie season.

“You have confidence as a player because you’ve been doing it your life,” Gay began to share with reporters on Friday. “But when you can’t prepare like you normally do and you get that new playbook, the confidence level goes down a lot. Having OTAs, having this good training camp we’re at right now, and learning even more, it boosted it up a lot.”

Gay appeared to gain steam as the season went along in 2020. He began to contribute more and see the field more as the season went — but he still struggled to fully digest defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme.

“The playbook was coming on, but slowly last year,” Gay admitted. “You get in those games when you do make a few plays here or there, it helps you, you go ‘okay I feel like I can play with these guys.’”

“This year, I’m ready to make some plays.”

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