Chiefs news for 20 November 2020
“Any time you lose to anyone, the next time you play them you want to win the football game,” Mahomes said Wednesday, via ESPN. “We’ll be ready to go, I promise you that. … We don’t like losing to teams twice, so we’ll have the right mindset.”
“If you’re not ready to go in this game, playing a divisional opponent, playing against a good football team and you know it’s going to mean a lot going toward the AFC West standings, then you’re not in the right sport,” Mahomes said. “For me, it’s just as important as any other game in the division, no matter if they took a victory lap or not.”
“They came out and won the football game,” he said. “We’ll have to do a better job of that this time and know that we’re playing against a good opponent and know that we’re going to have to give it our best shot if we’re going to come out with a win.”
The Chiefs practiced without running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on Thursday. Edwards-Helaire was a new addition to the injury report. He missed the session because of an illness. The presence of COVID-19 has led to more players missing practice because of illness even if they test negative. If they’re having symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, they have to pass multiple negative tests before returning to the building. Running back Darrell Williams was also out sick on Thursday. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz came off the reserve/COVID-19 list, but did not practice due to the back injury that’s kept him out of recent games.
While both players return to their active status on the 53-man roster, only one of the two players is tracking to play on “Sunday Night Football” against the Las Vegas Raiders. Fisher was back at practice on Thursday for the Chiefs, but Schwartz remains absent from practice with the same back injury that has caused him to miss three full games this season. This injury is starting to become concerning as he’s now missed four full weeks if you include the bye week.
The Kansas City Chiefs made one long-rumored roster move official on Thursday by signing free agent cornerback Deandre Baker. In order to make room for him on the team’s practice squad, they jettisoned wide receiver Chad Williams.
The Chiefs and several other teams became interested and Baker decided on the Chiefs fairly quickly once he was cleared of all wrongdoing. From the outset, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo! Sports reported that Baker would be a practice squad addition until he was ready both mentally and physically to step back onto the field in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense for the Chiefs.
Mecole Hardman’s status for Week 11 is in question, as he remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That means the Chiefs will likely turn to a new punt returner. When asked about the players he might turn to in Hardman’s absence, Chiefs ST coordinator Dave Toub listed WR Tyreek Hill at the top of the list.
“Tyreek (Hill) is obviously a pretty good option for us,” Toub told reporters. “We would use that option if we needed it. Like I’ve said before, we have other guys. You know Demarcus (Robinson), he can do it. (Rashad) Fenton can play it. We have a number of guys who can do it. Pringle could play. So you never know which way we would go there, but obviously, Tyreek would probably be the No. 1 option.”
“He has been impressive, his work ethic and the way he handles the day-to-day operation. You would not know that this guy is a rookie. You would not know that this guy came from a small school, to be quite honest with you, “said Daly. “He has a professional demeanor and a work ethic and a maturity that’s beyond his years. I’ve been pleased with the way he operates both off the field and on the field—from a practice standpoint, a game standpoint, the effort he puts in has been impressive to me.”
“He went to that game and did some really good things, both in practice and during the game,” said Daly. “He was dynamic in the one-on-one pass rush settings. He was physical in the run drills that they did. You turn on the game tape and his effort in pursuit was fantastic. That kind of sparked interest, if you will.
“He doesn’t meet all the prototype measurables and some of those different things. Coming from a small school, the level of competition when you go to the college game tape, you’ve gotta make some determination as to how that’s going to project to the NFL level when he’s playing against better quality competition. But he’s certainly done a nice job for us, and we’re excited to have him, we’re thankful to have him, and we hope he continues to progress, which he’s showed he’s got the ability to do that.”
“There are a few things working in Kansas City’s favor,” Davenport said. “The first is the bye week—Andy Reid-led teams are 18-3 following a week off. The second is the revenge factor—it’s a safe bet that the Chiefs haven’t forgotten the Raiders dropping a 40-burger on them at Arrowhead. The Raiders are good, but the Chiefs are the best team in the NFL. Visitors by 10 or more in a payback game.”
“The Chiefs could face the Raiders’ second-string defense since the majority of the starting unit has been placed on the COVID-19 list,” Sobleski said. “Good luck trying to stop Patrick Mahomes and Co. while relying primarily on backup players.” Score Prediction: Chiefs 34, Raiders 24