Morning Huddle: That’s A Virtual Wrap

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In the morning Chiefs Kingdom! The virtual offseason concludes and questions remain about a season happening. Grab yourself a cup o’ joe and get in the Huddle!

Chiefs news for 19 June 2020

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Chiefs wrap up offseason program, look ahead to challenges of 2020 | PFT

Social distancing, all those things, are important until we know more,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during a recent video call, via Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star. “We know that right now that works, so let’s focus on that.

Fauci says football season will be hard to pull off unless players are in a bubble | PFT

“Unless players are essentially in a bubble – insulated from the community and they are tested nearly every day – it would be very hard to see how football is able to be played this fall,” Fauci said. “If there is a second wave, which is certainly a possibility and which would be complicated by the predictable flu season, football may not happen this year.”

Patrick Mahomes considered best quarterback heading into 2020 | KCKingom

Sure, his numbers in the regular season regressed after his record-setting 2018 season, but keep in mind that from 2018 to 2019, he cut his interception rate in half (from 2.1 percent to 1.0 percent). Including the playoffs, Mahomes now owns a higher winning percentage than Tom Brady.

Ranking top 10 tight ends for 2020 NFL season: Travis Kelce, George Kittle headline this year’s group | CBSSports

1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs – The five-time Pro Bowler “only” scored six TDs during the Chiefs’ Super Bowl run, but let’s not over-complicate this: He’s the best. At 30, he may not be as spry as Kittle, who’s also got three fewer seasons of wear and tear. But the resume speaks for itself. On a Chiefs offense loaded with star power, Kelce still stands out as Patrick Mahomes’ most reliable target. We’re talking four straight years with at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards, not to mention only one missed game over the last six years. You could argue that Kittle, Ertz and maybe even Andrews have a higher ceiling, but no one’s got such a steady floor, and considering his supporting cast, there’s no reason to expect any drop-off from Kelce’s run of gaudy numbers.

Draft Wire says Lucas Niang is Chiefs’ biggest steal from 2020 NFL Draft | ChiefsWire

The big question about Niang in Kansas City is where does he fit in right now. The Chiefs have two bookend offensive tackles in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. Brett Veach has mentioned a switch to guard could be forthcoming in the 2020 NFL season, but to me, that feels like an attempt to fit a square peg into a round hole. His 6-6 315-pound size screams tackle and that’s where all of his experience in college football is at too. He has a really high ceiling assuming he makes a full recovery from that hip injury.

Who will emerge opposite Frank Clark for the Chiefs defensive line? | AA

Alex Okafor is the obvious name to lock in at defensive end. He was signed to play that very role last year in free agency, and was given a contract that reflects those expectations. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to count on a full season’s worth of games given Okafor’s injury history. Last year, he played in 10 games for K.C. before ending the season on IR with a torn pectoral.

NFL rumors: Practice squad size could increase to 16 | AA

For a team like the Chiefs, this would allow coaches and the front office a chance to retain their own developmental players without having to cut a proven performer at the same time. Heading into Week 1, some young players might not be ready given the lack of offseason training activities or minicamps. Yet the team might not want to say goodbye to them just because they aren’t quite game-ready for Week 1 of their first season. Now they don’t have to make that choice—or at least they have a place to put them.

Chiefs depth chart 2020: Kansas City’s projected Week 1 starters and roster heading into training camp | CBSSports

While they definitely got stronger as the 2019 season progressed, the Chiefs’ defense still left some room for improvement after finishing 26th in run defense and 12th in the NFL in third-down efficiency last season. In the draft, the Chiefs selected former Mississippi State linebacker Willie Gay in the second round, Louisiana Tech defensive back L’Jarius Sneed in the fourth round, Michael defensive end Michael Danna in the fifth round and Tulane cornerback Thakarius Keyes in the seventh round.

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Morning Bowl of (T)Weeties:

Arrowhead Guys Twitter:

The players’ side believes the league has no legal position to hold this year’s money in escrow. The NFLPA is adamant about borrowing for future years to offset a potential salary cap drop in 2021. To them, flat caps for a few years > giving back money in 2020.

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Local Chiefs Reporters:

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@RealMNchiefsfan How will pass-happy Chiefs keep multiple RBs involved?

@ByNateTaylor @RealMNchiefsfan @jbbrisco Time's Ours podcast: https://theathletic.com/podcast/57-times-ours/?episode=69

@TheAthleticNFL NFL stadium rankings: https://theathletic.com/1914198/?source=twittered

Given their pass-heavy approach, how will the Chiefs keep...

With backs Damien Williams and rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire both looking to play key roles, keeping them both busy could be a challenge.

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Guess who is the only playoff team to return five WRs who tallied at least 100 yards last season?

@ChiefsReporter and @mrleckey talk receivers on the latest In The Trenches 🎙

Guess who is the only playoff team to return five WRs who tallied at least 100 yards last season?

@ChiefsReporter and @mrleckey talk receivers on the latest In The Trenches 🎙

Awesome experience documenting this piece of history.

@PatrickMahomes is here to stay ⏰ #RunItBack https://twitter.com/chiefs/status/1280975337028009990

Twitter feed video.Awesome experience documenting this piece of history. 

@PatrickMahomes is here to stay ⏰ #RunItBack https://t.co/cfUAvXcjeQ
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Hear from Patrick the day he signed his contract 🖊

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National Talking Heads:

"There's definitely a personal responsibility and a personal accountability to be taken."

@J_ManPrime21, @scottpioli51, Professor David Wall Rice and @PatrickClaybon on education being an essential tool in battling systemic racism.

"It undermines everything Stephen Jackson said so eloquently on behalf of Black Lives Matter."

@realmikewilbon says Stephen Jackson "has no credibility" as a voice for equality after making anti-Semitic statements

.@marlon_humphrey's favorite play of his career so far?
It's a good one.

Happy birthday to the @Ravens CB! 🎂 (via @NFLFilms)

Spoke with @TesslerSports about RB Raheem Mostert and his trade demand from #49ers. His request was simply to bring Mostert in line with the highest paid RBs on the team. Tevin Coleman makes $4.55M in 2020 and that’s where Mostert wants to be. He has two years left on his deal.

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Slayer0810
Slayer0810
06/19/2020 3:16 pm

For those who enjoyed Seth Keysor’s writing, first at AP and now at The Athletic, I recommend checking out https://mnchiefsfan.substack.com/. There is a small subscription fee of $12/year, but it’s another source of Chiefs analysis if you’re like me and just can’t get enough.

kcfreak725
kcfreak725
06/19/2020 9:11 am

Someone on AA suggested that KC trade for Jamal Adams by sending Juan Thornhill and a 2021 1st round pick to the Jets…I don’t like that at all

SCKSChief
SCKSChief
Reply to  kcfreak725
06/19/2020 9:34 am

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probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  kcfreak725
06/19/2020 10:59 am

AA? I’ve been there….
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Slayer0810
Slayer0810
Reply to  kcfreak725
06/19/2020 3:17 pm

Well, as the name suggests, they probably were drinking a little too much at the time.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
06/19/2020 8:24 am

HBO – Hard Knocks will be 8/11: Rams & Chargers

kcfreak725
kcfreak725
Reply to  gonzangkc11
06/19/2020 9:10 am

Well then both teams will suck next season

Warpath
Warpath
06/19/2020 7:49 am

“WORLD CHAMPIONS”

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Warpath
06/19/2020 8:27 am

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