Chiefs news for 16 September 2020
According to the NFL’s transaction report on Tuesday, the Chiefs have protected practice squad DT Braxton Hoyett. A new feature of NFL practice squads this season allows for teams to protect up to four players from poaching each week. Teams can choose four new players to be protected every Tuesday.
It makes sense for the team to protect Hoyett from poaching this week. Rotational DT Khalen Saunders suffered a dislocated elbow in Week 1 against the Houston Texans. This certainly signals that Saunders could miss the Week 2 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers and that Hoyett could be elevated to provide depth at the position. Either way, the Chiefs want to ensure they have a suitable replacement available for Sunday.
“Yeah, Larry (Laurent Duvernay-Tardif) was a little bit that way too and (Andrew) Wylie’s got some of that in him too but it’s good to add it,” Reid told reporters. “It’s good to be able to put another guy in there with his experience I think and his attitude about playing. I mean he plays, and he plays aggressive and you have to love that. I’m not saying we haven’t had it before, but what an addition to be able to put it in there, and I think his thing that’s followed him throughout his career has been, you play against him, you better strap it on because he’s going to bring it to you every down and it’s going to be aggressive and he’s going to do it to the whistle and that whole thing. So, I appreciate that. I think you’ve got to have that upfront and it’s a good tempo setter.”
BetMGM has updated its odds for the winner of the 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award following the conclusion of Week 1. Edwards-Helaire originally had the fifth-best odds to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year following his selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. When Damien Williams opted out, Edwards-Helaire’s odds increased to the second-best. Now, after an incredible debut in Week 1, Edwards-Helaire is favored to win the annual award.
After a dazzling display of agility, vision, and balance in his debut with the Kansas City Chiefs, rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been nominated as a finalist for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for Week 1 in the NFL.
Edwards-Helaire helped lead the Chiefs to a dominant victory over the Houston Texans in primetime on Thursday Night Football with 138 rushing yards and 1 touchdown on 25 carries. Expectations were high for the Louisiana State product but few would have anticipated the sort of overall impact (and workload) in his first game with the Chiefs.
As mentioned earlier, the Broncos are without Miller all year. In addition, Courtland Sutton was questionable heading into the game and was listed as officially inactive thanks to an AC joint sprain. Running back Phillip Lindsay left the game with turf toe and cornerback A.J. Bouye left the game with a shoulder injury. All are injuries to watch if the Broncos want to have a chance to win the AFC West.
Additionally, the Raiders lost right tackles Trent Brown and Sam Young to injuries. No word on the severity of those yet, but also something to keep an eye on. We know Derek Carr gets rattled easily, so if he doesn’t have good protection, it doesn’t bode will for this season.
Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor of the Chargers was anything but remarkable. Given how much talent there is on the Chargers team, it never ceases to amaze me that they cannot seem to put it all together. Taylor was a pedestrian 16 of 30 for just over 200 yards and no one else really shined on offense.
“Honestly, I might have kept the Chiefs in the No. 1 spot even if they’d lost to Houston. They are that good. Of course, they didn’t put me in a position to have to do that—reminding everyone exactly how good they are with a win on the season’s opening night.”
Any possible adjustments for the Kansas City Chiefs will feel like nitpicking. Andy Reid’s offense made a mockery of the Houston Texans in their 34-20 blowout on Thursday Night Football.
Better blocking up front and more Edwards-Helaire through the air can keep defenses guessing.