Chiefs news for 19 June 2019
Known for his positional versatility, Erving struggled with Cleveland before Kansas City traded a fifth-round pick for him in 2017. He played better in 2018, but his performance is worth monitoring.
Another Browns castoff likely will start next to Erving. Cleveland waived center Austin Reiter before the 2018 season. He then signed with Kansas City and ended up starting four games when Mitch Morse was sidelined with a concussion.
“I don’t know what letter grade I would give myself,” Reiter said. “In some situations I think I did well. There’s obviously things I can always work on.”
Fans will get a chance to see Thornhill in action during the preseason when he competes for a starting spot at safety alongside Tyrann Mathieu. Mathieu offered up his thoughts on Thornhill when speaking to reporters earlier in the month.
“I think anybody who’s been out here watching our practices, each and every day he’s getting his hands on the ball,” Mathieu said. “That’s hard to do as a young guy. The game is a lot faster, playing against an MVP type of quarterback, a lot of weapons on offense, but I think ultimately he believes in ability. I think confidence always puts you above the rest of the group.”
While a criminal investigation is no longer active, Hill and Espinal have an ongoing case with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, The Star reported earlier this month.
On Monday, former Sporting Kansas City academy player Max Rugova shared an Instagram photo of Hill with Chiefs receiver Gehrig Dieter and Rugova. The message: “We workin … off-season training wit the bros .!!
The Chiefs 2019 season may look a lot like their 2018 season. Their neutral win percentage projects over 16 games to a similar record. Their current odds to win Super Bowl 54 are 6/1, 14.3%. Based on simulations they are a good bet to win the Super Bowl with a 16.4% chance. They are also a good bet to win the conference with a 26.2% chance at 3/1, 25%.
Mahomes, who had a historic 2018 season with 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, was beaten out in Prisco’s top 100 by Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Donald is coming off a monster season himself — 59 tackles, 20.5 sacks and four forced fumbles — which was enough to win him his second consecutive NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Donald is so good that chances are some Chiefs fans might not have a huge problem with him being ranked ahead of Mahomes, even though it was a tough decision for Prisco to make.
“It pains me. It really does,” wrote Prisco. “How can I have a non-quarterback atop my NFL top-100 list? It always has to be a quarterback, right? Not this year. This time around, the No 1 player in the league is Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald. He edges out Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had a sensational first year as a starter. At times, Donald can’t be blocked. He’s clearly the best defensive player in the league, but I think he’s the best player period, which is why he gets the top spot on my list. Yes, it hurts since I am a quarterback guy. I made up for it by having three quarterbacks in the top 10 and 13 in my top 100.”
While many have exclaimed that Ramsey’s attitude is an issue that the Chiefs cannot afford. I would argue the opposite. After Derrick Johnson and Marcus Peters left the Chiefs, the swagger that the defense once had disappeared. While Eric Berry was a great leader on the defense, injury held him off the field for a large part of the past half decade.
Leading on defense requires an edge and an attitude. In order to change the passive culture that the Chiefs defense had become, the Chiefs fired Bob Sutton, hired Steve Spagnuolo and then signed Tyrann Mathieu. In order to flip the defense on its head and create a defense with grit, Ramsey would instantly upgrade the Chiefs ability to play with grit and intensity.
He [Hardman] was also involved in the Special Olympics and Extra Special people during his time at UGA. He has carried that over with him to the NFL, and recently helped put a smile on a young Chief’s fan’s face.
Hardman teamed with Adam Anderson (not his former teammate at Georgia) of Monster Jam to brighten up the day of an eight-year-old boy named Wyatt.
“Wyatt told the folks at the @kidswishnetwork that he wanted to see a monster truck. He got that and much more,” Kansas City community and digital media producer Matt McMullen tweeted along with photos of Anderson and Hardman meeting with Wyatt.
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