Chiefs news for July 5.
Good morning, AG!
Today in Chiefs history, John Hancock, president of the Continental Congress, dispatches the first of Dunlap’s broadsides of the Declaration of Independence to the legislatures of New Jersey and Delaware.
I hope everyone can still count to approximately 20 when counting your fingers and toes after yesterday’s celebrations. There are actually a few articles on today’s menu.
‘Most Underrated’ Chiefs Player Emerging as New Team Leader | Heavy
This stellar campaign flew a bit under the radar with the national media though, which is why Football Outsiders labeled Bolton their “most underrated” Chief heading into 2022.
Chiefs Urged to Draft ‘One of Highest-Rated TE Recruits Ever’ in 2023 | Heavy
The defending AFC West champions already have young talent on the roster in second-year tight end Noah Gray and Jody Fortson. But if they want more of a surefire option to replace Kelce once he retires, PFF’s Mike Renner has a player in mind that the Chiefs can draft in 2023:
Georgia’s Arik Gilbert.
Chiefs ‘Greatest Strength’ Ranks Second in Key Area Since 2018 | Heavy
Written by Pro Football Focus analyst Ben Linsey, the article broke down each NFL roster’s largest strengths and weaknesses heading into 2022, as well as an “X-factor” that could either propel or hinder them. On Mahomes, the columnist detailed:
Trio of Chiefs’ 2021 NFL draft picks selected in first round of PFF redraft | Chiefswire
At least that’s the case in PFF’s recent 2021 NFL redraft scenario. The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft after trading it away to acquire Orlando Brown Jr. from the Baltimore Ravens. The team still masterfully managed to grab some key pieces during the course of the draft — pieces that would now be selected much higher than they were.
PFF’s Sam Monson believes that a trio of Chiefs players taken would now have landed in the first round. Those three players were selected by Kansas City between the second round and the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft.
Creed Humphrey says Chiefs embrace competitive AFC West division | Chiefswire
The Chiefs aren’t shying away from the potential increase in competitiveness in the division. Second-year center Creed Humphrey detailed the team mindset surrounding the AFC West in a recent radio interview.
Predicting Chiefs’ most explosive offensive skill players of 2022 | Chiefswire
The hype for Justin Watson has gone national in recent weeks, with Network’s Peter Schrager naming him as a receiver to watch in Kansas City. A standout for the University of Pennsylvania, Watson had a 13.3 yards per reception average over the course of his record-setting career. In the NFL with the Buccaneers, he played offense sparingly, with just 23 career catches for 258 yards and two touchdowns over four career seasons. After watching him at early offseason workouts in Texas with Patrick Mahomes, APEC’s Bobby Stroupe said, “This dude can flat out fly.” Mahomes himself called Watson a “pleasant surprise” during OTAs, citing his speed as something he didn’t quite expect.
Counting down Chiefs’ single-season passing touchdowns leaders | Chiefswire
TIE: Patrick Mahomes (2019) / Alex Smith (2017) / Trent Green (2002) / Len Dawson (1963,1966)