Chiefs news for June 2, 2023
Good morning, AG!
Today in Chiefs’ history, Charcandrick West was born in 1991.
The Marquise de Sade was born in 1740, Grover Cleveland married Frances Folsom, who became the youngest first lady in American history in 1886, Lou Gehrig died in 1941 at the age of 37, Elizabeth II became queen in 1953, Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of murder and conspiracy in 1997, and Bo Diddley died in 2008.
Let’s get to the news.
Trade Proposal Sends Chiefs RB to Former KC Coach for Draft Pick | Heavy
In a May 31 article, Moton lists seven post-June 1 moves that NFL teams should make before training camp. Among those is a scenario in which the Chiefs trade Edwards-Helaire to the New York Giants. Moton thinks CEH could be an insurance policy for running back Saquon Barkley, who is currently in a contract dispute with the Giants.
How Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs learned to beat the two-deep revolution | Yahoo! Sports
Last season, Mahomes faced some kind of two-deep coverage on 261 of his dropbacks, which ranked eighth in the league — Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow had the most two-high dropbacks with 374 — and he beat it better and more often than anybody else. Mahomes completed 165 of 230 passes for 2,155 yards, 1,275 air yards, nine touchdowns, five interceptions, a league-best passer rating of 104.5, and a league-best EPA of 62.82. Mahomes’ EPA against two-deep coverage wasn’t just the NFL’s best; it was the NFL’s best by a huge margin. Buffalo’s Josh Allen ranked second in EPA against two-high coverage at 36.19. so that tells you how far ahead Mahomes is in this particular discussion.
‘It’s taking strategy out’: Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub reacts to new fair catch rule | KSHB
“I just think (the fair-catch rule) will take the strategy out of special teams,” Toub said Thursday as the Chiefs wrapped up the second week of OTAs. “If you’re a team that is trying to get back into the game and you’re on kickoff, trying to pin the team close to their end zone or create a turnover, one big strategy was have the kicker kick the ball high and potentially force the return team to make a mistake. They can just now fair catch it and get the ball at the 25-yard line every time. It was a big strategic thing that was taken away from us as special team coaches.”
From Kansas City to Frankfurt: A Kingdom That Spans 5,000 Miles | Chiefs.com
It’s nearly 5,000 miles from Kansas City, but as I came to quickly understand, these two otherwise completely different places share one somewhat surprising commonality: the presence of the Kansas City Chiefs, and in the case of Frankfurt, an exponentially growing interest in the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo says secondary is ‘light-years ahead’ of last season | ChiefsWire
In 2022, the Chiefs added a number of rookies and new veterans, featuring players like Trent McDuffie, Joshua Williams, Jaylen Watson and Justin Reid. Heading into 2023, it seems that group of players has a much better grasp of the system than they had during their championship season.
Matt Nagy explains why he believes Kadarius Toney can be Chiefs’ No. 1 wide receiverv | ChiefsWire
“Well, I think we all see what he can do when the football is in his hands,” Nagy said of Toney. “Again, the same type of deal. He comes in halfway through the season, it’s a whole new offense that he has to learn the ins and outs (of). So, you have that point, and he was able to do that. It’s exciting now for us to be able to take that to year two and build that relationship with Pat (Mahomes). But he’s super-talented with the football in his hands and he’s been that way his entire life in his football career.”
(Warriors, come out to play-ay.)
Travis Kelce expects to surpass Golden State Warriors, win more than 4 titles with Patrick Mahomes | ChiefsWire
Kansas City Chiefs superstar tight end Travis Kelce will be teaming with his quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, on the golf course when they participate in “The Match” charity golf challenge. They will be up against Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors at the Wynn Las Vegas for a 6:30 p.m. start on June 29 on TNT.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce responds to Shaquille O’Neal’s basketball game challenge | ChiefsWire
Last week Mahomes was a guest on TNT before the network’s NBA playoff coverage. Speaking with Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson, the Chiefs quarterback was challenged along with Kelce by O’Neal to a two on two basketball game. Kelce responded to the challenge while recently appearing as a guest on FanDuel TV’s “Run It Back” show.
Bengals WR Tyler Boyd adds more fuel to rivalry with the Chiefs | ChiefsWire
The rivalry between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals continues to grow stronger with every meeting and classic AFC Championship game. The marquee names are at quarterback with Joe Burrow and Patrick Mahomes as they now enter the 2023 season with another shared bond after Orlando Brown Jr. signed with Cincinnati this off-season.
WATCH: Chiefs show Patrick Mahomes connecting with young receivers during OTAs | ChiefsWire
“I like what I see,” Reid said of his impression of Moore at the Chiefs’ offseason program. “He’s getting strong (and) you can tell that he’s worked this offseason. He was down there with Pat (Mahomes) the whole time and never missed a day with him, so he’s done a good job. (He has a) better understanding.”
Injury, absence updates from Chiefs OTAs on Thursday | ChiefsWire
Andy Reid didn’t speak to the media on Thursday, so no official updates regarding any injuries or absences in practice. Media members were present for practice on Thursday and Arrowhead Pride’s Pete Sweeney noted that the following 10 players were not seen at practice: