Chiefs news for 6 August 2020
Five Takeaways From Training Camp on Tuesday | Chiefs.com
“We’ve now had a chance for the rookies to go through this first phase of this Training Camp, and that’s lifting and conditioning with a walkthrough,” Reid said. “Then, they were able to start today with their padded shirt and helmet practice, and that went well…we were able to get some work done with them, which is great. If we’re not having the time that we [usually have with rookies] before, to have it now is perfect.”
“The veterans continue to lift. They have four more days of that program and conditioning, and then they’ll be back up and going through this same process that the rookies are with the padded shirts and we’ll kind of mesh them together at that point and everybody will work together,” Reid explained. “So, the rookies went this morning separate from the veterans, so they had a little bit earlier practice than what the veterans do. All has gone well.”
“[It’s] a pretty similar experience,” Washington began. “Both – I feel like they’re both great backs, great strengths to their game. My experience with Josh (Jacobs) last year and like the same thing I told Clyde (Edwards-Helaire), it’s a long season, just take care of your body. Guys are going roll, guys are going to get reps and he doesn’t have to feel like he takes every rep or be the guy right now.”
In K.C., Mathieu and Spags bonded immediately. Perhaps that started with flattery. The coach told his new safety that he evoked Brian Dawkins, the Hall of Famer he oversaw in Philadelphia. He said, “You’re the guy I always wanted to coach,” and promised he wouldn’t move Mathieu all over the field, like others had. He wanted Mathieu to play free safety—to roam on instinct, blitzing regularly.
His coordinator’s belief meant everything to Mathieu. His belief in himself meant even more. He fit well in Kansas City—a homebody who loved football and barbecue and carried an ethos of everyman toughness, having lived a full life over 28 years and yet continuing to move forward. City, team and fanbase loved him back; they’d seen elite defenders in recent seasons, but never one like Mathieu, who claims, “I do things no other safety does.” He would tip the Chiefs over the edge, one way or another.
For a while, though, the franchise’s 2019 season took a turn toward mediocrity. Injuries piled up, with Mahomes playing through a bum ankle early and later missing two games after dislocating his kneecap. When slot corner Kendall Fuller joined the QB in the training room, with a busted thumb in Week 6, Spags had to undo his promise, moving Mathieu all over the field, like the queen on a defensive chessboard.
Matt Judon was a fifth round pick by the Ravens in the 2016 NFL Draft and hailed from Grand Valley State, a Division II school. He’s risen to the top of Baltimore’s defense and notched nine and a half sacks for the 14-2 Ravens a season ago. Not bad for a Division II linebacker, huh?
NFL Network’s James Palmer reports that Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark and defensive tackle Chris Jones are aiming to cement a legacy as one of the best pass-rush duos in NFL history.
Super Bowl Odds: 4-1 – While the Chiefs are going to get everyone’s best shot in 2020, they have the talent on both sides of the ball to overcome it. If the Chiefs aren’t legitimate Super Bowl contenders again, it would be one of the biggest surprises of the season. – Prediction: 12-4
For the past 18 months, there’s been a lot of debate about who has the strongest arm in the NFL, and most of that debate has revolved around Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. If you ask the game-makers at EA Sports, they believe the answer to that question is Allen, and we know that because the Bills quarterback was the only player given a throwing power of 99 in the latest Madden game (Mahomes was given a 97 while one other QB had a score above 95).
The good news is that it sounds like this competition is actually going to happen at some point. On the other hand, it probably won’t be happening until next offseason at the earliest due to the pandemic. When it does eventually happen, Allen said he’s hoping that the two quarterbacks can end up raising a lot of money for charity.
“Pat has one of the strongest arms in the league, he’s — if not the best quarterback in the league right now, just the things that he can do on the football field, it’s pretty unbelievable to watch,” Allen said. “I’m a big fan of his game and his playing style. I’d love to finally settle this and figure it out, but we’ll have to make sure that whatever the case may be, it’s going to a good cause and there’s some charity involved with it.”