Chiefs news for 12 May 2019 – Happy Mother’s Day!
In: Tyrann Mathieu, Juan Thornhill, Daniel Sorenson, Jordan Lucas, Armani Watts
While the cornerback position is in doubt, Kansas City should feel good about their safeties. Tyrann Mathieu is one of the best players at his position when healthy and is coming off a great season in Houston. Juan Thornhill was a steal in the second round and should be an immediate starter.
If Thornhill isn’t ready for starting duties in Week One, Daniel Sorenson will take the starting safety position opposite Mathieu. Jordan Lucas and Armani Watts will continue to provide valuable depth while contributing primarily on special teams.
Say Travis Kelce were to miss an extended period of time (knock on wood please). How much better would Chiefs fans feel about their situation if Rudolph was the TE2 and not Bell? The answer is A LOT better.
Now – What exactly would it take for the Chiefs to land Rudolph if they opted to go that route? 610 Sports Radio tweeted out a poll asking if fans would be okay with surrendering a 2020 third round pick in order to obtain Rudolph’s services. They note that he’s set to make $7.5 million and has been a reliable target the last few seasons.
We can tell you SportsLine’s 2019 Fantasy Football rankings and cheat sheets are all over Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Drafters are sleeping on him all the way until the ninth round, but there’s plenty of reason to believe he’ll provide more value than his Fantasy football ADP indicates.
The uncertainty surrounding Tyreek Hill leaves the Chiefs’ offense in a position where it might have to replace over 1,600 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns. That’s not all going to come from Watkins, but it would mean a considerable jump in productivity from the 40 catches for 519 yards and three touchdowns he put up over 10 games last season, a 64-catch, 830-yard, five-touchdown pace over a full season.
We know that Mahomes will still chuck the ball downfield, so the possibility of more deep targets makes Watkins’ potential sky-high. That’s why SportsLine ranks him as a top-20 wide receiver ahead of players like Cooper Kupp, who is being drafted multiple rounds earlier.
“Of the defensive tackles I watched pre-draft, Saunders impressed me as much as any other — including Ed Oliver and Quinnen Williams — with his movement skills for his size. The Chiefs were able to steal the Senior Bowl star from Western Illinois in the third round perhaps because other teams saw him as nothing but a run-plugger at 6 feet and 324 pounds, but Saunders had 35 total pressures last season in addition to his 35 stops, which gives you an indication of his versatility. He’ll be able to drop the hammer against quarterbacks at the NFL level more than some may think.”
RB Darwin Thompson
Projected stats: 60 carries, 310 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, 15 receptions, 130 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Outlook: It’s not often that sixth-round picks come in and have more than a complementary role on offense during their first seasons. I think the Chiefs like Thompson quite a bit and will find a way to scheme him in on a few packages early in the season. Given the Chiefs’ history of injuries at the RB position, I expect Thompson will have an expanded role at some point later in the season. In 2020, Thompson could emerge as a top back in the Chiefs’ system.
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