Chiefs news for 11 August 2019
5. Speaks, meanwhile, has been playing with his hand in the dirt more often this offseason after primarily serving as a linebacker through much of last year. The former second-round pick spoke about how it felt to line up at defensive tackle – and get a sack – in last weekend’s game.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have endured consecutive tumultuous offseasons. Le’Veon Bell, one of the league’s best running backs and most impactful offensive players, actually sat out an entire season over a contract dispute. He now plays for the Jets and in his place stands third-year running back James Conner. Can Conner repeat last year’s Pro Bowl heroics in replacement of Bell? Antonio Brown, one of the league’s best wide receivers and another elite offensive weapon, created serious offseason turmoil that eventually carried him to the Oakland Raiders. JuJu Smith-Schuster is a very talented wide receiver, but who will be Roethlisberger’s second go-to option now with the chemistry of Brown off the table?
The five biggest threats to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC in 2019 may be a little harder to guess than one would imagine. After ruling the AFC West for three consecutive seasons, the Chiefs may struggle to reign supreme once again. While the Kansas City Chiefs are one of the favorites to come out of the AFC this season, it won’t be handed to them. These teams will be Kansas City’s toughest competition and I didn’t even mention the Steelers, who seem to have been forgotten in all of the Cleveland Browns hype. That’s probably just what the Steelers want and they’re still a dangerous team.
The Chiefs’ star quarterback will have his face on the hood of NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Gray Gaulding’s car. The 21-year-old driver will race the No. 8 Chevrolet on Friday night in the Food City 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway. “If You Ain’t First You’re Last,” Mahomes tweeted Tuesday night with a video of Gaulding’s team Panini America wrapping the design on the car. Mahomes said in a tweet that they ‘ll be auctioning off the hood for his charity “15 and Mahomies,” which is dedicated to improving the lives of children by supporting initiatives that focus on health, wellness and communities in need of resources.
Nike is releasing new versions of its Air Zoom Pegasus 36 running shoes with NFL team logos and colors, including Kansas City’s beloved red and gold. The new sneakers have “more perforations and engineered mesh in the upper for targeted breathability across high-heat areas,” according to a press release. “A slimmer heel collar and tongue with your team’s logo reduce bulk without compromising comfort, while exposed Flywire cables give you a snug fit at higher speeds.” The shoes cost $130 for men or women. You’ll find them at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores and online starting Thursday, Aug. 15, or at Nike.com, where they’re listed as “coming soon.”
“Anything we want to do,” Kelce said when asked what the speedsters allow the offense accomplish, per ESPN. “You name it. We’ve got 4.2, 4.3, maybe 4.1. I don’t know what Tyreek runs now. Who knows? We’ve got guys that can absolutely fly all over the field. Speed kills in this game. If you’ve got it, you’re in the advantage. We’re taking it up a level (from) years past. You can just tell from the coaches’ excitement to their attention to detail to how guys are reacting to their coaching. This team is going to be awesome. We’re going to have a lot of fun on the offensive side of the ball.”
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Dorian O’Daniel was a player many were anticipating taking a step forward when the 2018 season concluded. Despite limited playing time on defense, he had moments of hope and there was optimism that more was to come for the Clemson product. Now, O’Daniel finds himself on the field in the waning moments of the first preseason game. When a vast majority of the players on the field likely are not going to find themselves on the final roster, there was O’Daniel, looking longingly at a Bengals running back scampering wide open into the end zone. Maybe that wasn’t O’Daniel’s job to cover that guy, maybe it was.
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