Chiefs news for 16 August 2019
Chiefs Reporter BJ Kissel breaks down five players to keep an eye on during Saturday’s matchup against the Steelers. Mentions that Andy said Mahomes may play the whole first half Saturday.
Of all the things the Kansas City Chiefs wanted to accomplish during their three-week getaway to training camp at Missouri Western, returning home with everyone healthy probably topped the list. Not only did they accomplish that, they actually improved their roster depth. WRs Gehrig Dieter (back) and Davon Grayson, DE Michael Hunter (groin) and TE John Lovett (shoulder) will not play at Pittsburgh. DE Frank Clark and WR Sammy Watkins returned to practice Thursday after illnesses.
“We’re together here so much. We’re here, and that’s part of it,” head coach Andy Reid said. “A lot of teams don’t do this anymore. The fact that you’re meeting together, you’re eating together and you’re working hard together — it develops a certain camaraderie there that I appreciate. You find out a lot about people, each team member. You can’t hide a lot when you’re doing that. That helps bond you as a team.”
Under Bob Sutton’s 3-4 defense, Speaks was a square peg forced into a round hole. He played outside linebacker, and it was fairly clear that the responsibilities of that position didn’t match up entirely with his natural abilities. As the Chiefs’ top draft choice in 2018, he wasn’t being set up for success. It didn’t allow him to do what he was best at, which was playing with his hand in the dirt as a defensive lineman a 4-3 scheme. Saturday he got back to his roots, playing defensive end as a member of the Chiefs for the first time. He even notched a sack in his debut.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes had one of the best seasons in 2018 for any quarterback, ever. Given that his season was such a historical outlier, he must be due for regression, right? That seems to be the cycle with quarterbacks: that a great year usually precedes a season of regression. With Mahomes, however, that may not be the case. While most of the work falls on the shoulders of Mahomes, Reid and the electrifying young gunslinger will be able to prove to doubters why he should not fall into the stigma of a ‘sophomore slump. It is almost impossible to draw comparisons to Mahomes as a player and any idea of regression simply because the league has quite literally never seen a player with his skill set and unique play style. Simply put, if history truly does repeat itself, Mahomes will not show signs of regression or experience a slump throughout the 2019 campaign. The only reason for a potential drop in numbers is the defense and its potential, leading to lesser-scoring games.
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