Chiefs news for 9 January 2020
Kelce was one of just two unanimous selections to the First Team, joining Los Angeles Rams’ defensive tackle Aaron Donald, after completing perhaps the best season at the position in NFL history.
Hill earned the third First-Team nod of his career on Friday following a stellar campaign that included touchdowns in 12 of his 15 games played. His 15 receiving scores ranked second in the NFL and matched a single-season franchise record while his 17 overall scores made him just the 11th non-running back since 1950 to score that many times in a single season.
Mathieu, meanwhile, earned First Team honors for the second-consecutive season (and third time overall in his career) after ranking third in the NFL with six interceptions. Mathieu recorded nine passes defensed, three tackles-for-loss, a fumble recovery and a touchdown as the leader of the 10th-ranked scoring defense in the league.
“This season has been far from ordinary,” Mahomes says in the video. “But then again, when has ordinary become the expected. Ordinary isn’t supposed to look like 100-catch seasons or rewriting the league’s record books. Ordinary doesn’t even come close to setting franchise records or hitting 1,000 yards receiving for five consecutive years. I’m no expert, but this is far from ordinary.”
5 Chiefs players selected to 2020 AP All-Pro teams | ChiefsWire
Last season, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was snubbed entirely from the All-Pro list and went on to win the Super Bowl. This year, he’s tied with Bills QB Josh Allen with a split number of votes for Second-Team All-Pro honors. In 15 games played, Mahomes amassed 390 completions for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He was just 260 yards shy of a second 5,000-yard passing season and had he played in the final week, he probably would have exceeded 5,000 yards.
Chiefs DT Chris Jones was the second defender in Kansas City selected as an All-Pro this season. He finished the year with 36 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, 28 QB hits, four passes batted and two fumbles forced. He joins Steelers DT Cam Heyward as Second-Team All-Pro selections, with Aaron Donald and DeForest Buckner earning the First-Team nod.
That’s what makes this a bit tough to read. Is Brett Veach extending an olive branch to Colquitt right now? Remember a couple key things here: practice squads are huge at 16 players. That’s another near-third of a roster. Are the Chiefs using one spot to say “climb on board for another Super Bowl run”? If so, that’s pretty generous knowing that Colquitt could earn another ring with the team in return for his long tenure, particularly through some tough years.
Is punter a problem area? Remember this: the Chiefs kept Johnny Townsend, also a punter and Tommy’s brother, on the practice squad before the Baltimore Ravens recently signed him away. Are the Chiefs concerned about a rookie performing in the playoffs for the first time?
[Rank 24] CEH Edwards-Helaire missed a handful of games, but he made a big impact when he was on the field. A weapon in the run and pass games, CEH is a perfect match in Andy Reid’s offense.
Blair: I’m aware Mahomes had a so-so final three regular-season games (four picks, 87.6 passer rating). I realize he likely fell behind Aaron Rodgers in the MVP race. I suppose he’ll even probably lose again in the playoffs at some point in his life. But I know there are few things more trustworthy in this universe right now than Patrick Mahomes on a football field. The fact that we can slot him on top of this list, without blinking, when he’s 25 years old — an age when Rodgers went 6-10 in his first season as a full-time starter and Tom Brady barely won more games than he lost (going 9-7 in 2002) — speaks to just how special Mahomes is. Putting anyone else here would be silly.