Chiefs news for 30 July 2020
“As an organization, we certainly understand and respect Damien’s choice, knowing it was made in the best interest of his family,” general manager Brett Veach said in a statement. “He means a lot to our football team as a player and a person, and we’re going to miss having him around this season.”
This shift caused a huge spike in my anticipated touches (and points) for Edwards-Helaire. He moved from a projected 142 carries to 197, and a projected 42 receptions to a projected 55. The total yardage I have him projected for increased from 1,130 to almost 1,500, and his touchdowns increased from 8 to 11.
Star safety Tyrann Mathieu was the first Chiefs player to be disclosed on the night when he came in at No. 39 overall. It wasn’t long before he was joined by Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill at No. 22. Then shortly thereafter, the duo was joined by record-setting tight end Travis Kelce.
Seattle released Thompson [Safety] in March to save his $2.1 million base salary. The Seahawks made Thompson a fourth-round choice in 2017. He played 29 games with 16 starts in his three seasons in Seattle. But Thompson missed 19 games, including 10 last season. He ended up with 19 tackles, two picks and two interceptions in 2019.
He earned the third-highest overall grade among all guards according to Pro Football Focus in 2016 while tallying his first-career Pro Bowl nod and a First-Team All-Pro selection, establishing himself as one of the top offensive linemen in the league. Osemele then followed that up with another Pro Bowl season in 2017, earning PFF’s 12th-best grade among all guards.
The veteran safety makes it onto the “Top 100” after his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs. His last “Top 100” appearance came in 2016.