Morning Huddle: Chiefs to release WR Byron Pringle

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Chiefs have released WR Pringle. The assumption is that it’s to clear a spot for DAT’s return. But they also gained $10 mil in cap space. What’s that about?

Chiefs news for 11 September 2019

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When asked about the amount of time the defense was on the field, Reid again mentioned that the new-look defense will only get better with time.

“Like I said, I thought for the most part that we got off the field,” Reid said of the defense. “Your third downs become important. I thought we did a good job there. I just liked how aggressive we were. I thought the intensity maintained strong and the tempo was fast throughout the game. I think the guys are in shape. I just think it is becoming even more familiar with the defense. I think that as time goes on here, I think they’ll just keep getting better and better in that way.”

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Rank 3: Kansas City Chiefs

Previous rank:No. 4

Here’s the scary thing about the Chiefs: They went to Jacksonville and dropped a 40-burger on the Jaguars … and it still felt like they left points on the field. Patrick Mahomes looks like the MVP, LeSean McCoy looks like the Shady of old rather than old Shady, and Sammy Watkins looks to, at long last, be on the precipice of his breakthrough season. Watkins torched the Jags to the tune of nine catches for 198 yards and three TDs, and he’ll continue to see plenty of looks with Tyreek Hill on the shelf indefinitely with a shoulder injury. The Hill news is obviously the biggest negative to come out of the opener for Kansas City, but the team’s talent is so overwhelming that you don’t imagine the Chiefs will skip a beat. Jon Gruden thought he had a headache in Antonio Brown — now he has to plan for the Chiefs in Week 2. Knock on wood if you’re terrified.

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Both parties knew why the relationship was ending; Houston was sliding past his prime, and the Chiefs couldn’t absorb his $21 million salary-cap hit. Reid and owner Clark Hunt thanked Houston, both in person and in statements released to the public, for his performance and his leadership. After what he called the most enjoyable season of his career, Houston hugged several members of the organization while collecting his belongings.

Then he asked Allen Wright, 
the Chiefs’ longtime equipment director, if he could get a pair of Reid’s white-and-red-swoosh Air Force 1s as a parting gift. Reid agreed, making Houston the fourth player to possess a pair of Reid’s sneakers.

“That’s mutual with Justin, and I’m a big fan of his,” Reid said. “He dotted me with a pair of Jordans when he left, so I appreciate that, too.”

Time to recalibrate? Checking in with the Chiefs, Pats, Rams, Browns | Yahoo! Sports

I’m more bearish on Watkins than most. He’s been a Top-20 receiver once in five years. He played 15 games with the Sean McVay Rams in 2017 — albeit it was a late arrival — and managed all of 39 catches (we did appreciate the eight touchdowns). Watkins averaged 52 yards a game last year in Kansas City, a modest haul when you’re riding shotgun with a Patrick Mahomes MVP season.

Watkins will get more opportunity forward, but also more defensive attention. Usually, I let opportunity break this tie — especially when we’re tied to an elite offense — but when I hear some outlets and pundits proclaiming Watkins an obvious WR1 the rest of the way, I start thinking about the trade market. Could you get Mike Evans for Watkins? Could you get D.J. Moore and a second player for Watkins?

If you roster Watkins, you probably should at least explore the trade market. Recency bias is a hell of a drug. If you’re unimpressed with the offer, you can always say no. But just see what’s out there.

Chiefs to release WR Byron Pringle | Chiefs Wire

According to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor the Chiefs plan to release second-year WR Byron Pringle. Even though the Chiefs were granted a roster exemption for WR De’Anthony Thomas, who comes off suspension this week, it appears this will be the corresponding move to make room for Thomas on the 53-man roster. Thomas previously wore No. 13 for the Chiefs and Pringle had that jersey number most recently. We can expect to see Thomas back in No. 13 after this move.

The decision to release Pringle over another player is also an interesting one. It leaves the Chiefs with just four healthy receivers while Tyreek Hill deals with his injury. Could this possibly indicate that Hill will be back and ready to play sooner than later?

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If you’re a Chiefs fan, or really just a fan of excellent quarterbacking, there are no five worse words than “Matt Moore is warming up” — and that’s what briefly happened Sunday when Patrick Mahomes, the reigning NFL MVP, got his ankle rolled on and visited the injury tent in Jacksonville to get taped up. Mahomes didn’t miss a snap, and the Chiefs rolled (with 378 passing yards and three touchdowns from Mahomes). Now we wait to see if Mahomes has any lingering effects from that ankle scare. The Chiefs did lose Tyreek Hill to a scary collarbone injury that required an overnight hospital stay (but no surgery) in Jacksonville, but otherwise, it was a great opener.

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5. Kansas City Chiefs: “Don’t buy into their 40-26 win over Jacksonville. The Jaguars are awful and lost their quarterback in the first quarter. That shouldn’t even count as a win. That’s such a false narrative thinking the Chiefs did something special.”

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Chiefs made pair of procedural contract moves to clear cap space | Chiefs Wire

The moves officially came through on the NFL’s transaction report on Friday, September 7, but we didn’t have exact numbers on the restructures until ESPN’s Field Yates shared those today. According to Yates, the Chiefs converted 2019 salary into signing bonuses for both LT Eric Fisher and MLB Anthony Hitchens. This created nearly $10.6 million in cap space for the Chiefs. Per the NFLPA’s public salary cap report, the Chiefs currently stand at just over $19 million in cap space.

These restructured contracts came after Hill had officially signed his contract extension. The moves don’t appear to be in correspondence with Hill’s contract given his low first-year cap number. So if the money isn’t for Hill, then who is it for?

The Chiefs could presumably seek to use this money to extend DT Chris Jones, another player that has been in contract negotiations with the Chiefs this past offseason. If they don’t extend Jones they could also use the franchise tag on him in 2020.

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Reid has always been excellent when he’s coming off a bye, so I guess it makes sense the same should be true when he gets an entire offseason to prepare. The Chiefs didn’t have a single three-and-out all game and were one of three teams (the Cowboys and Raiders were the others) that didn’t give up a sack. Kansas City has the nearly impossible to stop combination of a coach who can scheme guys open, players who can consistently win their one-on-one matchups and a quarterback who knows exactly where to go with the ball. Per 
Next Gen Stats, just 3 percent of Patrick Mahomes’ attempts were into a tight window (defined as throws where a defender is within 1 yard of the receiver). That was the lowest percentage of any quarterback in Week 1.

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Byron Pringle has re-signed with the Chiefs, after clearing waivers. Will be on the practice squad.
4:56 PM · Sep 11, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Dave B.
Dave B.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

I’m trying to figure out what this is supposed to mean lmao

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

“Drew Rosenhaus on @SportsCenter re: Antonio Brown: ‘I wouldn’t be doing this interview if I didn’t believe Antonio. These allegations are false. He denies everyone of them. I’m very confident his legal team has facts that will prove this.’ ”

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ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

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Sudden
Sudden

NFL reportedly seriously considering planning AB on commissioner’s exempt list.

ProfChesterTQ
ProfChesterTQ

Wish somebody would take AB’s “I’m Free” video then still-frame it as he runs outside… add a ‘record-scratch’ noise… followed by the Law & Order ‘Clink-Clink’ sound and jail bars dropping superimposed over.

ie … er… not so fast there, bub.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic
Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

I don’t think we need much help against the Raiders, but here’s some anyway:

Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

yea that’s crazy. He looks like he’s gonna be a hell of a ball player. Tough break for the Raiders.

Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

Regarding Antonio Brown: Let’s all take a step back and remember what things were like in the immediate aftermath of the Tyreek Hill news breaking earlier this year. Allegations might be true, but they might also be false. Ultimately the best course of action is to withhold judgment until all the facts are available. That’s what we wished others would have done with Hill, so it’s what we should do here. Wait and see, and if it turns out these allegations are right, he’s done in the NFL. If they’re false allegations, then even though he’s a massive d-bag and the Patriots suck, the man shouldn’t be punished.

jmgunn0124
jmgunn0124

Ya I don’t want anyone to be falsely accused and I have no idea one way or another, but man some of the comments on the tweet with his texts had me in tears.

“What language is this?”

“CTE”

😂😂😂

Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

Yeah, nobody is going to confuse him for Ernest Hemingway, that’s for sure…

venturachief
venturachief

That was f-ing crazy. Some guy hilariously translated the texts so I could understand.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

I feel like ive seen a lot of comments about taking a step back. What i havent seen is why these comments are being made. I havent seen anybody in the comments calling for his release. AB is a fucking prick regardless if the accusations are true are not. He deserves to get his name dragged through the mud. Thats what happens when you go full wrestler bad guy. NOBODY thinks he was the the victim in Oakland or Pittsburgh. The NFL needs to look at the accusations and determine what if any punishment is necessary, but meanwhile fuck AB and fuck Boston.

Nasrani
Nasrani

Hard to believe that 18 years ago today, our nation – our world – was changed irrevocably.

I hope everyone takes a moment of silence to reflect on this day and keep the families of the victims in your thoughts and prayers.

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CHIEFSandSABRES

Today is the only day of the year I’ll use the stair master at the gym. I’ll do 1,980 steps, same as I have done for many years on this date.

01lowbird

Its chest day but that can wait… Im going to do the same.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Crazy to think those rescue personnel were trying to walk that many steps to get up there and save folks.

Nasrani
Nasrani

And so selflessly, no doubt. Most of them knew they weren’t coming out, but they still went up and did their jobs anyway.

This guy talks about his brother… Such sacrifice.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11

remembering 9/11

Nasrani
Nasrani

The stupid thing about that Fox Sports taek is that they didn’t account for how good that Jags rookie looked. Yeah, the Jags lost Foles (get well soon) but with that new kid in there it’s like they weren’t missing a beat.

Warpath
Warpath

What’s up with the question marks?

Spider
Spider

Yeah, those are messed up.

paulkcc
paulkcc

Any thoughts on Aaron Colvin? I am unfamiliar with him, but I figured some of you might have a better idea on his talent and if he might be a fit for the Chiefs. Also, would he have to clear waivers?

CHIEFSandSABRES

He was cut to make room for Phillip Gaines. Pass.

Mink Farmer
Mink Farmer

At this point my default starting point is that if the Texans made a personnel move, it was probably the wrong move, so I’d definitely check the guy out. He got a pretty big contract this offseason and they cut him after one game. Why? I guess because he played the off ball coverage their D Coordinator dialed up on the last play before the Saints game winning field goal? Doesn’t seem like a cut-worthy offense to me.

Side note, when that Saints receiver caught the ball and went down there were only about 3 seconds on the clock. He was in the middle of the field and hadn’t been touched. The Texans should have just stood there and looked at him until time expired and then touched him. Probably unreasonable to expect that but if I’m a D Coordinator that talking point goes into my situational football repertoire immediately.

tsv0728
tsv0728

You can give yourself up to end the play, like QBs do when they slide.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

At this point my default starting point is that if the Texans made a personnel move, it was probably the wrong move

Exactly this. It’s my new barometer in life. Would Bill O’brien do it? Yes? I’ll pass. Would Bill O’Brien NOT do it? Ok, I’ll do it.

slackator
slackator

Its to the point we should bring in everybody because one is bound to stick, that said he isnt the answer and getting cut for Gaines is more than enough for me to prove that

smafret77
smafret77

“It leaves the Chiefs with just four healthy receivers while Tyreek Hill deals with his injury.”

1. Watkins
2. Hardman
3. D-Rob
4. DAT

4a Kelce
4b McCoy
4c Damien Williams
4d Darwin Thompson
4e Sherman

We’ll be ok.

zulu trader
zulu trader

kind of a new guy — welcome

Brylowman
Brylowman

Don’t forget Blake Bell.

ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

I’m glad Hill is only gone for 4 weeks (what? I’m being optimistic) and that we are now in my favorite two weeks of the season. I get to walk around knowing that every a raiders fan I see knows they’re about to get their ass handed to them.

There are far fewer Raiders fans here in El Paso than there were in Albuquerque but the feeling is the same! Let’s get it boys!

And what the hell is the cap space for? Could it be for CJ extension AND something else? What kind of numbers do we expect on the CJ deal?

CHIEFSandSABRES

You join the Facebook group?

NM_ChiefsFan
NM_ChiefsFan

What is this ‘Facebook’ thing?

CHIEFSandSABRES

Chiefs fans of ABQ on Facebook.

KCinCali
KCinCali

Oh boy. the Raiders fans are drinking the kool-aid again this year. Not many think they’re losing to the Chiefs on Sunday, at least not that I have talked to.

Plenty of them out and about here in So Cal. I think hard knocks and the Monday night game has them hyped up. Here’s to our boys going in there and dashing their hopes as usual this Sunday!

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Fuck AB. I could care less if the accusations are true. The guy seems like a giant bag of dicks.

legal_kush
legal_kush

Well,
Pound (#) metoo.

zulu trader
zulu trader

I am soooooooo over antonio brown. If I never hear ( or see ) his name, picture, tweet or lawsuit again, it will be too soon!!!

irafreak
irafreak

I am so over “burger”…40 burger, nothing burger. Who came up with such a goofy term anyway?

Team Player
Team Player

Burgermeister Roethlisberger the furburger?

Warpath
Warpath

Whataburger?

CHIEFSandSABRES

Always loved Whataburger in Oklahoma. Fast, fresh, had a good vibe. Went to the one here in Albuquerque a couple times and you are likely to work on your receding hair line because the wait is so long, food has come out cold. Been bad experiences here.

Leaf
Leaf

Whataburger had gone down hill here in OK. Not nearly what it was even a few years ago.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Don’t you tell me this Leaf! Don’t do this to me!

slackator
slackator

I dont know about others but the one in Mustang used to be quick and perfect no matter the time of day or night, now you can be the only one in line and its going to take awhile and its hit or miss on quality. It really seemed to start around the time they were selling to the Chicago firm. Theres been many a times, Ive pulled up, seen it was a line decided to go the extra 10 mile round trip to Burger King and on my way back the vehicle that was ordering still wont have gotten its food in that time

kcfreak725
kcfreak725

According to Giants Wire, a Giants fan was arrested in Rhode Island and accused of making a terroristic threat on Facebook, saying that, because of the Patriots signing AB, he was gonna shoot up Gillette Stadium

KCinCali
KCinCali

Smart guy…

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Thats huge news about the Raiders rookie safety. That kid looked nasty (and good) on Monday. Sucks for the Raiders. Glad he wont be laying the wood on our receivers this Sunday.

Dave B.
Dave B.

He was eventually going to hurt someone with the way he plays. I hate to say it but better him than someone on the Chiefs.

Brylowman
Brylowman

He hurt two players in his first game, his teammate and himself.