Chiefs news for 12 July 2019
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The past few months I’ve been working to try and get our fanpost submissions working so that we can hear from you! It wasn’t quite working right but these 3 happened to submit content through my test site. Unfortunately for them, this meant that their posts were sucked into a cyber black hole and you, the readers, weren’t able to see what they had shared – for this, I am sorry.
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“It’s a great testament of who (Patrick Mahomes) is,” Adam Cook, Whitehouse athletics director said to EastTexas.com. “We’re very grateful for what he’s done. One of the things we’ve talked about with our team is just having an attitude of gratitude. So many times we take for granted the things that we have in life. And for Patrick to do something like this for these kids, it says a lot about who he is, his character.”
3. 14 Games Played
The best ability is availability. I’ll admit, that’s an overused saying, but I totally agree with it. Professional athletes make money to play sports. If they can’t play, then that impacts an athlete’s value. Watkins’ value seems to be dropping every season.
He started his career off on the right track, playing in all 16 games as a rookie. He hasn’t played in a full season since. With Hill’s 2019 season up in the air, the Chiefs and Mahomes will need their second option to be around for at least 14 games. Guys get banged up and it seems like a lot to ask Watkins for a full season, but he should be able to pull off 14 games.
So far, Watkins has only played in 14 games twice. There was his rookie season and 2017 when he appeared in 15 games with the Los Angeles Rams. The sixth-year wide receiver is capable of having somewhat healthy seasons. He just needs to make sure 2019 is one of those years.
More downhill action for the linebackers
It’s no secret that Chiefs linebackers struggled for years in Sutton’s system, particularly in run defense. There’s been a great deal of talk about how many “keys” or reads linebackers needed to make before reacting to what was happening against the run. Every linebacker who has played in Kansas City the last five years besides Derrick Johnson struggled mightily with hesitation, and even he fell victim to it after his freakish athleticism faded.
Nowhere was this more obvious than Hitchens, who was a competent (if unspectacular) linebacker in Dallas and a solid run defender. In Kansas City, his play dropped significantly. Looking at the tape, there was a consistent issue of being a tick slow against the run.
Here, both Hitchens and Reggie Ragland seem to be reading the run rather than attacking a single gap. I’ve spoken with linebackers who have played in Sutton’s system, and what I was told was that assignments varied from snap to snap and at times Sutton ordered the linebackers to read the leverage of the defensive linemen in order to decide what gap to attack.
That sort of “read and react” sounds good in theory, but in real-time in the NFL a second of hesitation can be fatal. It allows blockers to reach gaps before defenders and runners to pick up momentum. The difference in beating a blocker to the hole can be the difference between a sizeable gain and a stuff.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
2018 rank: No. 1 | 2017: No. 27
The narrowest of margins separates the Chiefs from the top spot. On paper, though Damien Williams looked fine as Kareem Hunt‘s replacement in December and January, it’s hard to believe that the former Dolphins backup and Carlos Hyde are an upgrade on Hunt and Spencer Ware, who were Kansas City’s two leading backs this time last season. Andy Reid should be able to draw up a bunch of receiving yardage for his backs on screens, but that’s more a function of Reid and Patrick Mahomes than it is these backs.
There’s also the likelihood that the Chiefs start the year without Tyreek Hill, who might be suspended by the NFL after the league completes an investigation into his alleged child abuse. If we assume Hill will be suspended for three games, there’s likely going to be a significant drop-off between the star wideout and rookie second-rounder Mecole Hardman. Fellow starting wideout Sammy Watkins is a perennial injury risk, with the former Bills standout missing 18 games over the past four seasons. Travis Kelce is on the short list for best tight end in football, but the chance that the Chiefs will have to replace their starting wideouts for eight to 10 starts with Hardman or Demarcus Robinson is enough to push them to No. 2 here.
3. CB Kendall Fuller (age: 24)
Acquired in a trade with the Chiefs after the conclusion of the 2017 season, cornerback Kendall Fuller had a decent outing with the team in his debut season with the Chiefs. Ranked as PFF’s #30th cornerback with a defensive grade of 72.4, Fuller did what he could to help ease the struggles of an ailing defense that just could not seem to find its footing.
With an almost entirely new defense from the staff, scheme and players, Fuller has a chance to dominate in the 2019 season. Fuller finished the season with 13 defended passes, 82 total tackles and 2 interceptions. He is ready to eat.
Michael Crabtree, WR, to the Kansas City Chiefs. Crabtree’s numbers continued to stagnate in 2018, as the veteran finished with less than 60 catches and 620 yards for the second consecutive season. Is the 32-year-old in physical decline, or was his drop-off a byproduct of the offensive adjustments the Ravens made to accommodate Lamar Jackson after the dual-threat quarterback took over in Baltimore? Crabtree’s numbers in the games Jackson started (13 catches on 24 targets for 135 yards and one score) marked the worst seven-game stretch to close a season in his career, while his numbers under Jackson’s predecessor, Joe Flacco (41 catches on 76 targets for 472 yards and two touchdowns), were comparatively healthy. That said, he was released by the Raiders and Ravens in consecutive offseasons, and receivers do tend to fall off rapidly, especially those who never had burning speed to start with. It would be logical for the Chiefs to take a flier on Crabtree, especially with Tyreek Hill‘s availability still up in the air.
Monday will be the proposal’s first introduction before the county legislature. Under normal circumstances it would be assigned to a committee and not come up for final passage until later this month. But to save on incurring any more storage charges, White is asking that the measure be approved right away. The vendor also wants quick approval so that seats can be marketed during the football season.
The seats will come with all brackets needed to attach them to a wall or stand on their own. The cost of shipping is also included in the final price, but the contract also calls for the vendors to find a site in town where buyers could pick them up.
RANK: 5 – KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (121.5 pts)
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes — Rank: 1st (One game: 2nd | 2019 prod.: 1st)
Running back: Damien Williams — Rank: 28th
Pass catcher: Travis Kelce — Rank: 8th
Mahomes is the most talented quarterback in the NFL. He can make every throw ( whether he’s looking or not), evade pressure using both his athleticism and intelligence and seemingly score at will. All that said, if I had one game I needed to win, the six-time Super Bowl-winning Brady is still my choice over the 2018 MVP. I fully expect 15 years from now to be taking the same uncompromising stance on Mahomes’ behalf against a younger league-changing superstar. With Rob Gronkowski retired, Kelce now becomes the premier size-speed-strength matchup nightmare in the NFL. It was a close call between Kelce and Tyreek Hill for the Chiefs‘ top pass-catcher in terms of sheer production, but Kelce is the choice in part due to the uncertainty around Hill’s availability in 2019, pending an ongoing league investigation into recent child abuse allegations. This trio is carried by Mahomes and Kelce, but don’t sleep on Williams. The sixth-year back acquitted himself well in a small sample size last year, scoring six total touchdowns and averaging 5.1 yards per carry. However, it’s difficult to distinguish how much of his 2018 success was the result of the Chiefs‘ potent offense vs. his unique ability, especially considering he totaled just 477 rushing yards in 58 games with the Dolphins.
Crystal Espinal filed a petition in Johnson County Thursday seeking to prove that Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is the father of her newborn twins and establish supervised parenting time for him and child support.
Filed in Johnson County District Court’s civil division, the petition states that the twins were born this month and reside with Espinal. They carry her last name, the court filing said.
The petition was filed to “determine the Respondent’s (Hill’s) paternity of the minor children, to confer and impose upon Respondent all the rights, privileges, duties and obligations accompanying the father/child relationship,” the petition said, “to determine custody and residency of the minor children, to establish an appropriate parenting time schedule and to establish appropriate child support.”
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