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Tyreek Hill Is Ready To Take On Another Challenger | The Sports Rush

Before Tyreek Hill, there was Chris Johnson aka CJ2K. Chris Johnson ran the fastest 40 yard dash at the time in 2008 when he finished in 4.24 seconds.

John Ross would beat his record in 2017, running a 4.22, but there was no doubt about Johnson’s speed at the time. He could literally kill you with it.

Now, Johnson came after Tyreek Hill saying that “Ain’t Nobody Seeing Him” when it comes to running fast. Tyreek Hill promptly fired back at him, letting Johnson know that he won’t have it so easy:

If we ever get to see a Tyreek Hill vs. Chris Johnson race or Tyreek Hill vs. Usain Bolt race, we should really all count our blessings as NFL fans.

Cardinals’ Andy Isabella to miss Chiefs game under COVID-19 protocols | Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals receiver Andy Isabella will miss his team’s second preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday because he must sit out at least 10 days due to COVID-19 protocols, head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday.

Last Wednesday, the third-year receiver was placed in COVID-19 protocols for the second time in the past two weeks.

Isabella was among six players placed under the protocols on July 29. All of those players returned to practice four days later.

Lions cut CB Alex Brown after he was involved in car crash | Associated Press

The Detroit Lions are aware of the car accident cornerback Alex Brown was involved in before his release.

The 24-year-old Brown, who is from Santee, South Carolina, has three games of NFL experience with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019.

Michigan State Police say the driver of the car that caused the crash was driving the wrong way on a highway in Detroit shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday.

“As troopers made contact with the driver, the investigation revealed that the 24-year-old male driver from South Carolina was impaired,” the Michigan State Police wrote in a post on Twitter. “He was arrested at the scene and transported to the hospital by troopers for a blood draw. He was then lodged at the Detroit Detention Center.”

The passenger in the car going the wrong way as well as another driver were critically injured, according to police.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes set to release first signature shoe | ESPN

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, whose business empire recently expanded to minority ownership of sports teams and partnership in fast-food franchises, will soon be in the footwear business.

Mahomes tweeted Monday about the imminent release of his first signature shoe, the Mahomes 1 Impact FLX, through Adidas. He announced that “go time,’’ or the release date, for the shoe is Aug. 23.

“I’ve dreamed about this since I was a little kid,’’ Mahomes said. “Years in the making. ... This is just the beginning.’’

Chiefs players sign with local ESports organization | Fox4

It’s one of the biggest trends in entertainment: esports and video game streaming. Now, a few Kansas City Chiefs players are joining in.

Three Chiefs players have now signed with a professional esports and content organization based in Kansas City called the Pioneers.

Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman announced he joined the Pioneers organization on Aug. 4, along with guard Andrew Wylie who joined the group in 2020 and safety Armani Watts who also joined them this year.

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Jordan Love (shoulder) not practicing Monday; Packers to work out QBs | NFL.com

The MRI on Jordan Love’s shoulder came back clean, but the Green Bay Packers won’t push the quarterback.

Coach Matt LaFleur said Love will not practice Monday.

“He is feeling a lot better, but we’re going to be smart by it, too,” LaFleur said.

With the Packers down to just two healthy quarterbacks, and Aaron Rodgers not playing preseason games, LaFleur said the team will work out quarterbacks Tuesday. He hasn’t ruled out Love being available to play Saturday versus the Jets.

“We’ll just see how the week goes and how he recovers but he’s feeling significantly better than he did on game day,” LaFleur said.

Cam Newton: Belichick has not said which Patriots QB will start Week 1 | NFL.com

Bill Belichick hasn’t been shy publicly about declaring Cam Newton his starting quarterback; he’s done it a number of times, most recently on Aug. 1. Usually when Belichick’s passed that message along, he generally appears annoyed that he’s being asked, as if to say, “How many times must I repeat this” line?

But Monday, after the first of two joint practices with the Eagles in Philadelphia, Newton himself seemed perplexed that he would be asked if Belichick had declared that to him privately.

“You know the answer to that question,” Newton said, smiling at reporters.

When told that no, in fact, we didn’t know the answer, Newton raised his eyebrows.

“Y’all sitting up here asking silly questions to me and I’m looking at you with the same. … Y’all know what I’m going to say. No. You know that. You know he hasn’t said that,” Newton said. “So for you to ask that question, it is what it is.”

Falcons become first NFL team to be 100 percent vaccinated | NFL.com

The Atlanta Falcons have reached a significant point in the NFL’s effort to vaccinate against COVID-19.

The Falcons became the first NFL team to be 100 percent vaccinated, the team announced Monday.

With each player now vaccinated against COVID-19, they will not be subjected to daily testing and will be able to spend off-field time (i.e., eating meals) together, per NFL protocol.

The league’s most recent update revealed a league-wide player vaccination rate of 91.7 percent (having received at least one dose of the vaccine), NFL Network’s Judy Battista reported on Aug. 11. Fifteen teams had more than 95 percent of their players vaccinated, per Battista.

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Film review: Chiefs offensive line starters execute a variety of play-calls

The first play from scrimmage was an inside zone run that went for 10 yards and a first down. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire showed good vision on the cutback — but the lane was there because right guard Smith bulldozed the defensive tackle. Niang also got to the second level quickly, sealing off a linebacker so Edwards-Helaire could get the whole 10 yards.

During Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s tenure, these zone runs have been the primary running scheme. He has sometimes sprinkled in gap-run schemes — but with the revamped offensive line, these could become more prevalent. There were two of them while the starting offensive line was on the field.

The counter blocking scheme starts with the play-side offensive linemen down-blocking — meaning the tackle, guard, and center block the gap to their inside and drive the defender away from that side. If there are no defensive linemen immediately to their inside, they go to the second level and cut off a linebacker. The play-side offensive tackle’s down-block leaves the defensive end free, allowing the back-side guard to pull and block him inside-out — otherwise known as a “kick-out” block.

The play-side tackle’s down block and the kick-out block thus creates a hole for the running back. The play-side linebacker has not been blocked — which is why another pulling player leads the ball carrier through the hole to take on that defender. The leading blocker is traditionally an off-ball player like a fullback or tight end — as it is in this example — but it can also be the back-side offensive tackle, as we’ve seen in training camp practices.

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