Chiefs news for 15 May 2019
The Chiefs have a lot of question marks at the other safety spot. Eric Berry is gone, Eric Murray is gone, but there’s still Daniel Sorensen, Armani Watts, and Jordan Lucas to work with. The depth at corner is bleak as well, which could be why Thornhill sees time at both positions throughout the course of his rookie year.
The guy is a good tackler (98 tackles in 2018!), which is rare for defensive backs in the league these days, and that could make him an instant starter. Whether he’s a safety or a corner on day one, the Chiefs found themselves a versatile player who will be able to contribute no matter where he is on the field.
Oddsmakers are high on the Chiefs after their exciting 2018 season.
As of April 24, 2019, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Chiefs’ odds are +800 of winning the 2020 Super Bowl. That’s second-best in the league, just behind the Patriots.
The entire draft process was pretty nerve-wracking to be honest with you. Every kid wants to get drafted and hear Roger Goodell say their name. I missed the first five games of my senior year due to a hamstring injury, so I already knew that I was in the hole or climbing uphill in terms of what I can do and what’s on paper. I’m so grateful for the Chiefs taking a chance on me given that information. So I was watching the draft and seeing these names go by and that was hard. But everybody whose name was called are good players and I look forward to playing against them.
Kansas City Chiefs: Brett Veach | GRADE: C-
For a team that made the AFC Championship Game last campaign, the Kansas City Chiefs have gone through a ton of change this offseason—especially on defense.
They took a buzzsaw to one of the league’s worst defenses in 2018. There’s a new defensive coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo. A new scheme. A new edge-rusher in Frank Clark. And new defensive backs in veteran safety Tyrann Mathieu and rookie Juan Thornhill.
However, they had more than a few losses. They traded edge-rusher Dee Ford to San Francisco. Longtime stalwarts Justin Houston and Eric Berry are gone after being released. Cornerback Steven Nelson left in free agency.
And to say that the future of wide receiver Tyreek Hill in Kansas City is uncertain is putting it mildly. With Hill currently under investigation for alleged child abuse and likely unavailable for much of the season (at least), the Chiefs used their first draft pick on speedy wideout Mecole Hardman, but thanks to their trade with Seattle for Clark, that selection didn’t come until Round 2.
The defense treaded water. The offense is worse. And Kansas City GM Brett Veach is probably burning through Advil and Rolaids at a pretty good clip.
The police showed the quarterbacks a range of tactics and tools used to do their jobs, including bulletproof vests, sniper rifles and a robot able to dismantle bombs. All three also got to drive police cruisers around a track; later, they took turns controlling the bomb squad’s robot.
“It was almost like when you have those little cars as a kid and you’re trying to drive them around the driveway, but it’s a whole different level with having the camera and having to work a million buttons on the little pad that they had,” Mahomes said of controlling the robot. “So I just used the three that they showed me.”
Pro Football Focus’ annual list of the top 25 NFL players under 25has been released. The 2019 edition of the list features Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes as one of the top players in the NFL under the age of 25. Here is what they had to say about Mahomes:
“The now third-year quarterback is coming off a simply sensational 2018 season that rightfully ended with MVP honors. Mahomes’ overall grade of 92.9 is currently tied with 2013 Peyton Manning for the ninth-best grade of the PFF era (2006 – present), and his 134.2 passer rating from a clean pocket is the highest single-season mark of the PFF era among signal-callers with at least 500 dropbacks. Long may it continue.”
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