Morning Huddle – Kansas City Chiefs expect a lot from Mecole Hardman in Week 1

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Chiefs lead the league in probability to win the Super Bowl. Some think the Chiefs should send a 2020 first-round pick to AZ for Patrick Peterson.

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Some things are bigger than football. I saw this in the Thirsty Thursday thread (H/T to TNCHIEFS) and thought it was important to share:

Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, shares brain surgery details, thanks doctors | Fox News

“The 6 hr surgery turned to 8, then 10, then 12 hrs & he was constantly updating Matthew throughout. When he opened me up, he saw an ‘anomalous’ artery that is normally not there. In his 2000 cases, he had seen it ONE other time. BUT bc it was so rare, he & his team wrote a paper on it for other surgeons,” she wrote.

She also thanked him [Dr. B. Gregory Thompson] for his patience, especially when it came to her hearing.

“He took his time & was patient. There was a moment when they thought I might have lost my hearing completely. He made everyone & everything stop, they all sat, & waited for some time.. the audio wave returned. His patience saved my hearing, as well as my face. You read right, he PRESERVED MY HEARING!” Stafford wrote.

Cody Thompson has impressive rookie minicamp with Chiefs | Sandusky Register

In an interview this week with Chiefs.com, Thompson was asked about star quarterback Pat Mahomes and what it would be like to catch passes from the third-year player.

“First, it’s a winning organization,” he said. “You saw last year, they could have been in the Super Bowl, and with a guy like Pat that can really make plays — in the pocket, out of the pocket, he’s making no-look passes, he’s doing everything — he’d just be an amazing guy to play with, along with the rest of the cast around him.”

Derrick Johnson helped bring undrafted LB Gary Johnson to the Chiefs | Chiefs Wire

“My favorite player came here,” Johnson said to Kissel. “And he actually went to Texas. That’s Derrick Johnson. So you know, once I first got the call that the Chiefs were even interested in me, it was like somewhere I could see myself playing. I watched Derrick Johnson play here.”

Derrick Johnson
recently signed a one-day contract and retired with the Chiefs. However, that wasn’t the first time that Gary had interacted with Derrick. They’ve been in contact since Gary’s days at Texas, which happens to also be Derrick’s alma mater.

Mega NFL projections: Likely Super Bowl LIV matchups, 2020 draft order, more | ESPN

In 2019, FPI loves the Chiefs. Though Kansas City was knocked out by the New England Patriots in the AFC title game last season, FPI thought the Chiefs remained the best team in football in 2018 even after the Super Bowl. Mix in the fact that Vegas concurs with Kansas City’s overall strength and that its quarterback has recorded only brilliance on the stat sheet, and FPI forecasts 10.3 wins, a 65 percent chance to win the AFC West and an 80 percent chance to reach the playoffs. And there’s the aforementioned 16 percent shot at winning it all, which matches the chance last season’s favorite — the eventual Super Bowl-winning Patriots — had last preseason.

But the margin is slim. Right on the Chiefs’ heels are the 
New Orleans Saints, Patriots and Los Angeles Rams — the other participants in last season’s conference championship games — with 15, 12 and 12 percent chances, respectively, to hoist the Lombardi trophy before a large drop-off to the rest of the field. In fact, the Patriots have a slightly better win total projection and higher chances to win their division and reach the playoffs than the Chiefs, thanks to a much easier schedule.

But overall, FPI is pretty clear: It’s last season’s final four, then everyone else. And that is reflected not only in each team’s individual chance to win the Super Bowl, but also in the most likely Super Bowl combinations.

Here are seven trades that make sense now that the draft is over, including a Patriots blockbuster | CBS Sports

3. Cardinals trade Patrick Peterson to the Chiefs
Chiefs get: Patrick Peterson
Cardinals get: 2020 first-round pick

Patrick Peterson won’t come out and say it, but it kind of seems like he doesn’t want to play for the Cardinals anymore. Just to give you a little refresher on the Peterson situation: The Cardinals corner demanded a trade back in October, only to apologize for 
making that demand a few months later, but the situation didn’t end there, because now, it looks like he wants to be traded again. Peterson has removed the Cardinals name from all of his social media accounts and he’s spent the past month taking passive-aggressive shots at the team. If you’ve ever watched literally any reality show involving a Millennial, those are usually the first two signs that a breakup is coming. Peterson even posted a photo of some of his former teammates who are no longer with him in Arizona, and that photo had an interesting caption, “My boys told me to watch out for the snakes in the long grass!”

With a new Cardinals coaching staff now in place, it would make since for them to start fresh with players who actually want to be in Arizona. Clearly, Peterson isn’t one of those players. If the Cards start to shop Peterson, every team in the NFL should call them with an offer. Not only is he a three-time All-Pro corner, but he’s also under contract for the next two seasons at the very reasonable rates of $11 million (2019) and $12.05 million (2020). 

Although Peterson could get dealt anywhere, we’re sending him to the Chiefs and that’s because Kansas City has been doing everything possible to beef up a defensive unit that couldn’t stop anyone while ranking 31st overall in the NFL last season. After watching his defense choke away the AFC title game, Andy Reid is clearly trying to make sure that doesn’t happen again. Not only have the Chiefs already traded for Frank Clark and 
Emmanuel Ogbah, but they’ve also signed Tyrann MathieuAlex Okafor and Damien Wilson. If the Chiefs were to add Peterson to the mix, the defense would be nearly as scary as their offense. Also, based on Peterson’s Instagram picture, it seems Peterson would probably be pretty excited about the chance to reunite with Mathieu.

Former Chiefs stars to give NASCAR drivers their starting command at Kansas Speedway | The Kansas City Star

Two members of the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame — defensive end Neil Smith and running back Christian Okoye — will be grand marshals and give the command, “Drivers, Start Your Engines,” for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Digital Ally 400 on Saturday night at Kansas Speedway.

In addition, former Chiefs safety Mark Collins will wave the green flag to start the race.

Meet the Chiefs’ latest developmental enterprise: John Lovett, another possible hybrid weapon | The Athletic

For the next several months, the Chiefs will try to convert Lovett from an athletic quarterback into a versatile tight end/fullback who can be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses in Andy Reid’s prolific offense. Lovett, through three practices, performed several tasks to show the Chiefs he has the combination of skills and smarts to perhaps make the gamble for both parties rewarding.

The most satisfying aspect of the camp for Lovett was that he made impressive receptions while recovering from a significant injury. Last year, Lovett sustained a broken left wrist in October but missed only one game for Princeton. He had surgery in February, and he participated in the Chiefs’ minicamp with a soft cast and brace to protect his wrist. Yet he didn’t drop any catchable passes.

“I wasn’t going to let the injury define my future,” Lovett said. “I was going to go out there and try to show my talent as best I can. I know one speed, so with my wrist, it’s been an adjustment, as far as not being able to do certain physical aspects of the H-back position.”

Kansas City Chiefs expect a lot from Mecole Hardman in Week 1 | 247 Sports

“They expect him to play a bunch in Week 1 — hence why they’re throwing so much at him during this rookie minicamp,” Palmer said on the NFL Network. “They expect because of his intelligence and the way he can line up all over the field, they want to play him a bunch right from the jump — obviously special teams, but they want to make him a part of this offense as well.”

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn’t give any specifics after minicamp about what he has planned for Hardman in Week 1 (which will be a road opener in Jacksonville), but he did tell reporters he was planning on giving Hardman more routes to learn once he got involved with the team’s offseason workout program. 

“The next go-round (for Hardman and other rookies) is after the second week of Phase 2 (of the offseason workout program),” Reid told reporters Monday. “They have to leave for a week here. So they come back, they’re in that last week of Phase 2. Well, the rest of the guys are deep in it, so he’s got to do some catch-up work and get caught up with some of the routes we weren’t putting in for this camp and take a look at those. You’ve got to throw it at him; somewhere he’s got to go, and he’s extremely smart so he should be able to handle it.”

2020 NFL Draft: Compensatory pick projections for every team | NFL.com

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Projected compensatory pick: Round 4.
Key free-agent losses: Mitch Morse (Bills); Steven Nelson (Steelers); Chris Conley (Jaguars).
Key free-agent additions: Tyrann Mathieu (Texans); Alex Okafor (Saints).
Comp-pick analysis: The Chiefs lost five qualifiers and gained four, with Mitch Morse and Tyrann Mathieu as the top free agents from each column who will cancel each other out. While this pick could end up being a fifth-rounder, a fourth-round comp pick is still the favorite to head Kansas City’s way following the departure of cornerback Steven Nelson.

Grading Every NFL Team’s Undrafted Free-Agent Haul | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs | Grade: A
The Kansas City Chiefs desperately need to improve a defense that allowed 405.5 yards per game last season, second-most in the NFL. This is why undrafted free agents such as Clemson cornerback Mark Fields have a chance to make the team.

Fields was not a major piece of the Clemson defense in 2018, but he did a solid job in coverage when targeted. Though he only had seven tackles, he also had five pass breakups. He could catch on as a nickel or dime corner early.

Former Texas linebacker Gary Johnson could also find a home on Kansas City’s defense. He’s an aggressive defender with penetrating ability—he had 90 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 2018.

The Chiefs are also still trying to replace Kareem Hunt at running back, which is why former Washington State running back James Williams could be valuable. He’s a tremendous receiving back who caught 83 passes for 613 yards and four touchdowns last season and could be a dangerous piece in Andy Reid’s offense.

Struggling with the latest developments in the Tyreek Hill situation | Yahoo! Sports

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upamtn

looking forward to seeing Hardman on the field – also thinking the Defense should be GREATLY improved and the Chiefs SHOULD win every game 93-10

Berserker
Berserker
Berserker
Berserker

Also saw that Rosenthal has projected our starters. He doesn’t include Hill, and he’s got Ogbah starting over Speaks and Okafor.

QB: Patrick Mahomes
RB: Damien Williams
WR: Sammy Watkins
WR: Demarcus Robinson
WR: Mecole Hardman
TE: Travis Kelce
LT: Eric Fisher
LG: Cam Erving
C: Austin Reiter
RG: Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
RT: Mitchell Schwartz

DE: Frank Clark
DT: Derrick Nnadi
DT: Chris Jones
DE: Emmanuel Ogbah
OLB: Anthony Hitchens
MLB: Reggie Ragland
CB: Kendall Fuller
CB: Bashaud Breeland
CB: Charvarius Ward
S: Tyrann Mathieu
S: Juan Thornhill

Anthony Stratton

Yeah seen that. Hitchens and Ragland in nickel defense should be fun…

Berserker
Berserker

I’m actually starting to wonder if Ragland might be a serious contender for that MLB spot. Because in NE, they have Hightower playing MLB, and he didn’t run much faster than Ragland (checks… 0.04s faster). And we have a new coach who has firsthand knowledge of how NE managed to do that. It seemed to me like NE had Hightower blitzing a lot, which Ragland can do.

But Hitchens, yeah, I have no idea with him. He’s a worse blitzer than Ragland, no better in coverage, not a strong tackler, not good at anticipating or diagnosing plays…. I just don’t see what he’s gonna be good at. Other than maybe keeping better players on the bench because he’s a “hard worker” and is getting paid more than they are.

Anthony Stratton

Thats going to be expecting Hitchens to cover a lot of ground in nickel considering Raglands limited range…

Berserker
Berserker

Yeah, I don’t want to see Hitchens on the field. His range isn’t any better than Ragland’s, and Ragland is a better downhill-type player.

Like I said, Ragland might be able to do some Hightower type stuff at MLB, but Hitchens…. I don’t see a position for him where we don’t already have somebody better suited for it. Put the inexperienced, faster players at OLB, and let our new coaches do their jobs.

ArrowFan
ArrowFan

He is missing Hill at WR.

Berserker
Berserker

So are we, at the moment.

Snafu
Snafu

I envision an offense where John Lovett scores 2….no, 3 touchdowns per game.

Yeah, that’s the ticket!
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Slayer0810
Slayer0810

I just can’t buy into the idea that Mecole Hardman will be a significant piece of the offense on day 1. I’m sure he’ll be involved in special teams, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he had a few packages to get him offensive touches (think DAT). Based on Reid’s history with young WRs, I’d just be really surprised if he were a starter or major contributor his rookie year, even if he’s everything we’re hoping he can be.

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

4th/5th receiver till he really gets familiar with the system. He’s no starter (yet), for the very reasons you’ve described. But he’s not going to be buried on the bench, either.

Really compares better with DeSean than Tyreek, physically.

Anthony Stratton

I’m guessing Andy will have a lot of packages designed up to get use out of his speed, just like he’s done with all his speedy guys early. Sweeps, fakes, reverses etc. He likes to use those kinda plays early in games to get them into the flow of the game and then sneak them out into space once defenses start thinking they won’t go deep with him.

Berserker
Berserker

If Hill is out, then who else would be our #3 WR? Kemp? Pringle? Dieter? Seriously, leaving aside training camp crushes and localschool biases and all that…. I mean, c’mon, it’s not like there’s a lot of actual starter-level competition on the WR roster right now.

blood
blood

add in a Watkins injury which is a high percentage, and it’s not easy to see Hardman getting playing time…at all.

ChiefArrowhead
ChiefArrowhead

But that’s the playing time we pray he doesn’t receive.

Berserker
Berserker

Here’s the number of games that Watkins has played in each season: 16, 13, 8, 15, 10. Hasn’t played a complete season since he was a rookie.

Berserker
Berserker

And then the way Reid has talked about him… I don’t think Reid is usually shy about pumping the brakes on expectations for new players, but seems like he’s been doing the opposite with Hardman.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

Been a while since I’ve stopped by. Thought I’d give a shout. Started a new position at my company and have been wall-to-wall busy. Not sure I’d be a fan of the Peterson trade, but I could be convinced. Would almost rather wait and see if Minnesota cuts Rhodes rather than trade a #1.

Regardless, I’m excited to see what this defense looks like this year without a geriatric leader.

My son graduates HS on Sunday. Where did the time go?? My daughter graduates next May. Holy crap, the time truly does fly. If you have young ones, take it from me, try not to dismiss the days when they are little…I find myself being a bit regretful as I work through this weekend (making the graduation video with all those silly pictures from when they were babies hit a lot of the feels). There were too many times where I wasn’t the kind of dad I really should have been because other things were, at the time, “more important.” I honestly feel like I blinked and they are ready for college. Anyhoo…

Have a great weekend guys. I likely won’t be around much. Maybe the Chiefs will do something really cool while I’m away!

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

Good luck and have fun, congrats on the graduate!

jmgunn0124
jmgunn0124

Congrats! I find myself feeling those things already and my kid is only 3…

Minnesota doesn’t have the cap space to release Rhodes. The extra dead money is significantly more than they have in cap currently. They might release Rudolph though. Or maybe both could be had in a trade. I’d be ok with that I think for something like a 2 and a 4.

Anthony Stratton

Good to see you back by, and congrats on life treating ya well….even if sometimes it might not feel like it!

Sudden
Sudden

ChiefArrowhead
ChiefArrowhead

Sounds like you did a good job, and there’s always going to be the feeling of time left on the table. I firmly believe they wouldn’t have their perfectly imperfect Father any other way. Congrats on the new position and enjoy watching your hard work pay off as your boy enters his new chapter in life.

TNCHIEFS
TNCHIEFS

Patrick Peterson to the Chiefs would make an excellent early Christmas present

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

I’m just not sure I’d want to give up our 1st for it. That’d be 3 years with no 1st round pick. I’m sure I could be convinced as to why this would be alright, but I’d like to develop our own talent. I’m not a big proponent of doing everything in 1 year. I think it’s going to take time to build up this defense, maybe a couple years.

Anthony Stratton

As much as I’d love to get Pat Pete, man I dunno how I’d feel about giving up a 1st. I don’t think Veach has done very well with “player for picks” trades, either trading away a player or for one. Erving is about the only trade I can think of where you can say we clearly won the trade.

Leaf
Leaf

Alex for a second and a player. And rags wasn’t bad. A fourth for a former first rounder is worth taking a flyer.

Anthony Stratton

You mean a 3rd and a slot CB who we played outside and wasn’t very good.

Snafu
Snafu

Parker Ehinger for Ward looks like it could be great. But I’d be reticent about a giving up a first for Peterson.

Anthony Stratton

Was discussing “player for picks” trades.

Snafu
Snafu

True.

Anthony Stratton

The Ogbah/Murray trade would also fall in that category. Apparently he needs to stick to “player for player” trades.

Berserker
Berserker

I think we’re in a win-now situation with Mahomes’ rookie contract. It’s gonna be a loooong time before we have another opportunity like these next two years will be.

So, I wouldn’t be upset about trading draft picks to win now, for 2019-2020. There’ll be plenty of time to build a cheaper, younger roster through the draft after Mahomes gets paid.

Anthony Stratton

My concern is in 3 years, when we have to start cutting these contracts to make way for Mahomes money and suddenly all the vets are gone and theres not talent behind them on rookie contracts because we traded so many early picks away…

Berserker
Berserker

I’d rather deal with that while looking back at one or two Superbowl games…., than just continuing to hope for the Chiefs’ first Superbowl appearance in my lifetime. And it’s not like my lifetime is only twenty-some years (or even thirty-some years).

Yeah, I could actually deal with that rebuilding situation pretty well in the wake of a Superbowl or two, because we’ll still have Mahomes on the roster.

Bottom line is no matter how we handle the roster right now, our path to a Superbowl gets a little tougher once Mahomes gets paid. This, right now, is probably the best shot I’ll ever see the Chiefs have.

Anthony Stratton

And I certainly agree with that.

I just think there are ways you can go all-in without setting the team up to be void of young cheap talent in 3 years ie Ford/Houston/Flowers and Byron Murphy opposed to just Frank Clark. Look at Ford’s contract, its basically a 2 year deal with barely any dead money after that (about half the gtd money Clark got). I will contend the defense is better with any number of cheaper DE’s and our 1st round pick back to spend on a DB. Not only that, but we wouldn’t be tied to that DE thru huge money for so long and its 2 extra high draft picks that would still be on rookie contracts in 3 years.

Look at GB…one of the greatest QB’s of our generation getting the shit kicked out of him on garbage rosters. Sure the SB has to be great, but now his career being wasted surely is a bitter pill to swallow for fans…

Berserker
Berserker

I agree about the Clark trade. That wouldn’t have been my first choice. I like Clark, but I think the team would be better off with a lesser FA LEO (or an alternate plan, like moving Jones to DE and drafting somebody capable of being a good 3-tech…) PLUS the CB we could have drafted at #29. And, of course, the 2020 2nd rounder we also traded for Clark.

But I can understand why they did it. They wanted the surest thing at an important position right now, instead of hoping that somebody like Ansah would be healthy enough to contribute, or that the right players would be available in the draft. As somebody who thinks we’re in a win-now window, I can totally understand why they traded for Clark. And, actually, it kind of encourages me, because it implies that the Chiefs also realize we’re in a win-now window…

GB, yeah, that brings up another point I was thinking about. Andy Reid isn’t getting any younger. And unlike with GB, our HC actually adds to our chances of winning. I dunno, Reid might coach until he’s Marv Levy’s age. Or, if he doesn’t see a Superbowl in the next two years, and we get into all the mess of Mahomes’ contract negotiations, Reid might just decide to call it and go fishin’. Anyhow, I don’t want to squander the time we have with Reid and a cheap Mahomes.

And I definitely don’t want to miss a great opportunity because we’re too busy worrying about preparing for a good opportunity.

Anthony Stratton

My thing is Clark is good, but he’s not elite. We paid him like a guy who gets 15+ sacks, but he’s not. My saying is we gave a peak Tamba player peak Houston money. Its accurate, and it seldom works out. He’s only marginally better than some of the much cheaper options and quite frankly I think some of the other options are actually better players.

Berserker
Berserker

Agreed. But if we’re gonna “overpay” for security, now’s the time.

Team Player
Team Player

Good morning AG!

Thanks for your hard work Sporting.