Chiefs news for 19 May 2019
Sometimes when a player is traded from one team to another you won’t hear much from them until they arrive and have a press conference with that new team. You might just not know how excited they are to be joining a different team until they speak on it in front of the media.
That’s not the case with new Chiefs linebacker Darron Lee. Following the announcement of his trade to the Chiefs, Lee sent out a classy message on his twitter page thanking the Jets organization and their fan base. Since that moment, everything out of Lee has been 100 percent Chiefs.
There was perhaps no more favored rookie free agent for the Kansas City Chiefs last season than linebacker Ben Niemann. Despite going undrafted for seven full rounds in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Chiefs were happy to land him, and fans and analysts alike both predicted that he had a very real shot at making the active roster.
It turns out that Niemann was even better than the hype. While it is a major accomplishment for any undrafted player to make the active roster or even the practice squad, Niemann went above and beyond and even made his presence felt on game days. Niemann played in 71 total snaps on defense for the Chiefs, but it was on the Chiefs’ special teams units that he really excelled.
The Arrowhead advantage is still strong in these scoring projections with the Chiefs going undefeated at home. Their three losses come on the road and against teams that found themselves in the playoffs in 2019 (Chargers, Bears and Patriots).
In 13 of the 16 games that the Chiefs play in 2019, they score less than 30 points according to Clay’s projections. That’s a significant drop off from the 2018 season. In 12 of the 16 games the Chiefs played during the 2018 season, they scored more than 30 points.
If Hardman, who isn’t quite as explosive as Hill if you can believe it but has a bigger frame, can offset Hill’s production, it could result in a huge season. Over the past two seasons, Hill has hauled in 162 passes for 2,662 yards and 19 touchdowns. In 2018, he had a career year catching passes from NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes with 87 grabs for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Hardman played 29 games at receiver for the Bulldogs where his lack of experience at the position showed at times. He struggled with drops early in his career but became a force in the second half of 2017 and racked up 60 receptions for 961 yards and 11 touchdowns.
This year, Mecole Hardman is the lone representative of the Kansas City Chiefs, and the rookie wide receiver got his first official look in a team uniform on Saturday.
On Saturday, Panini America works with photographers to take shots of the NFL’s top rookies—40 of them this year—for their first football cards. This is also the official introduction of each player in their new uniform. From Kyler Murray with the Arizona Cardinals to Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets, each fan base will see their new top rookie in team colors and that’s the same for Hardman and the Chiefs.
Watkins wants to be the very best in 2019, and really the Chiefs need him to be the best version of himself this season. Expectations are that teammate Tyreek Hill will be suspended for several games. That means there will be even more pressure on Watkins to step up and be the Chiefs’ top receiver.
This is a pretty profound statement from Watkins about his desire and sacrifice to achieve greatness. He doesn’t just want to be the best in 2019, he “will be the best” in 2019. That’s confidence.
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