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Chiefs headlines for Wednesday, July 13

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NFL Veterans Who Could Find Themselves on the Roster Bubble in Training Camps | Bleacher Report

WR Josh Gordon, Kansas City Chiefs

When Josh Gordon signed with the Kansas City Chiefs it felt like a last chance for him to cash in on the potential that he’s shown throughout his career.

Once upon a time, Gordon had 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in his second season with the Cleveland Browns. But that was nearly 10 years ago. Gordon has been suspended by the league six times in his career for various violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.

The 30-year-old receiver ended up playing in 12 games and making seven starts for the Chiefs. However, he only saw 14 targets, bringing in five catches for 32 yards and one touchdown.

The Chiefs lost Tyreek Hill, Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson so there are 260 vacated targets within the offense. However, the Chiefs were fairly aggressive in adding to the receiver room.

They signed JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Justin Watson while adding Skyy Moore in the 2nd round of the draft.

Smith-Schuster, Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman were all more productive than Gordon. Expectations will be high for Moore as a second-round pick.

That potentially leaves Gordon as the fifth-best receiver on the roster. Typically, a team will look to have receivers that low on the depth chart contribute on special teams. Gordon only has five special teams snaps in his entire career.

That might make him more expendable and the Chiefs would get out of his $895,000 cap hit entirely.

2022 All Under 25 Offensive Team: Chargers have most first-teamers with Justin Herbert, Rashawn Slater | CBS Sports

C: Creed Humphrey (Chiefs)

The third rookie offensive lineman to make our first-team All Under 25 Team. Humphrey was the No. 1 center in the NFL last year, according to PFF, and also recorded the highest run blocking grade among any center with a 93.1. The Chiefs have found a franchise center.

Top 30 NFL players 30 and over: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers headline list of best veteran players for 2022 | CBS Sports

6. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (32)

In the Chiefs’ backyard-style offense, with Patrick Mahomes slinging it off script, a safety valve is essential. Kelce has been that, and more, for eight years and counting. The big man still moves like a receiver, and he’s basically never not open.

Former Chiefs S Eric Berry had support of Inky Johnson during his battle with cancer | Chiefs Wire

The relationship between former Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry and former college football player turned motivational speaker Inky Johnson was displayed on a recent episode of “The Pivot Podcast.” Johnson was a guest on a show hosted by former NFL Stars Channing Crowder, Fred Taylor & Ryan Clark. He explored the close friendship he’s had with Berry and the assistance he gave during his cancer diagnosis in 2014.

“EB is like a little brother to me,” said Johnson. “When he got drafted, I’ll never forget when he called me, and he was like, ‘Big bro, I’m gonna wear 29. I was like, ‘You ain’t gotta do that. Your dad played; wear your dad’s number. You’re a great player, rock your own number, you ain’t gotta wear a number for me.’”

NFL: Ranking all 32 fanbases from ‘All-Star’ to ‘Disastrous’ | Give Me Sport

All-Star:

Tick all the boxes that you would want from a fanbase

Passionate:

Quite good, but not at the same level as those that are above them

Middle Of The Road:

They’re OK, but lacking in quite a lot of areas

Barely Visible:

Quite bad and could do with a boost from somewhere to become somewhat relevant

Disastrous:

Just the worst of the worst when it comes to showing out for their team

With those criteria laid out, let’s get straight into the list itself:

All-Star: Las Vegas Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers

Passionate: Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots

Around the NFL

Patriots trade WR N’Keal Harry to Bears for 2024 seventh-round pick | NFL.com

The Patriots traded the former first-round selection to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round selection, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported, per sources.

Retired Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski says he’s not planning a return | ESPN

“I’m done with football,” Gronkowski said Tuesday in Boston.

“Love the game. Definitely blessed with all the opportunities the game of football has given me, and relationships — obviously here in New England Patriots for nine seasons and down in Tampa for two. But done with football and stepping my feet into the business world, business ventures, and just seeing what’s out there and where I can find my place.”

Gronkowski called the Bucs on June 13, just after the team’s three-day minicamp wrapped up, to notify them of his plans to retire and made his public announcement June 21.

Texans introduce new ‘Battle Red’ helmet, debut set for Week 9 of 2022 season | NFL.com

The team is set to officially debut the red helmet in a Week 9 home game versus the Philadelphia Eagles, which will be streamed live on Prime Video in a Thursday Night Football feature. The Texans will give a sneak peak of the new look during a training camp practice on July 30.

“We’re thrilled to debut our new Battle Red Helmet as we continue to evolve as an organization,” Texans president Greg Grissom said in a statement. “We’ve consistently shown we’re not afraid to try new things, so we jumped at the chance to design an alternate helmet that will complement our uniforms, especially the Battle Red jersey. The start of training camp is on the horizon and we’re excited that our fans will have the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the new helmet in person soon.”

In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride

Is the Chiefs’ defense likely to improve its 2021 sack totals?

One of the questions on this week’s episode centered around the defense and its ability to get after the quarterback. Simply put: can 2022’s Kansas City defense collect more sacks than it did in 2021?

The facts

Last season, the Chiefs ended the regular season with 31 sacks — the fourth-fewest of all NFL teams. However, according to Pro Football Reference, they finished with the fifth-highest pressure rate by creating pressure on 26.4% of their snaps. They also knocked down the quarterback on 9.7% of opposing pass attempts, which was the league’s eighth-highest rate.

Defensive lineman Chris Jones led the team with nine sacks, while defensive end Frank Clark finished second with 4.5. No other player had more than three.

Jones was primarily a defensive end for the first six games of his season, playing only 17% of his total snaps from the interior. But from Week 9 on, Jones lined up as a defensive tackle for 63% of his snaps. Six of his nine sacks came after the transition, while a similar percentage (nearly 65%) of the team’s regular-season sacks also happened after Week 9.

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