Chiefs news for 25 June 2020
1. Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs
There’s no honey in this badger, folks.
Winning his first-ever Super Bowl in 2019 was the culmination of a career’s worth of stellar work, even though it also involved teams recently making the ill-advised decision to let him walk. All Mathieu does is change games and, like Fitzpatrick, he does it in a variety of ways. What sets Mathieu apart, however, is just how long he’s been stellar at his craft — since entering the NFL as a member of the Arizona Cardinals in 2013. And for all he excels at, what’s often lost is that he’s a former third-round pick, and not someone who was selected with a premium pick and expected to take over the league. And yet, here we are seven years later, with Mathieu being a key reason the Chiefs ended a half-century long championship drought, his four interceptions, 75 combined tackles and 12 pass break ups in the regular season helping them to secure home field advantage.
Those numbers were good enough to see him awarded another First-Team All-Pro honor to go along with his shiny new ring, and he earned both as much as he earned the right to top this list. For whether you need a free safety, strong safety or nickel corner — this former Tiger is … well … great.
“When the NFL announced a new policy requiring all training camps to be held at team facilities, we looked at every avenue to return to Missouri Western State University, including making a detailed appeal to the League. We were looking forward to returning to St. Joseph as we prepare to defend our Super Bowl title, but unfortunately, as conditions have evolved nationally, we have decided that our best option is to conduct training camp at The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex this season. We appreciate the overwhelming support of Chiefs Kingdom and the St. Joseph community and look forward to returning to Missouri Western State University in preparation for the 2021 season.”
To be honest, I’ve always thought it was going to be hard for Jones to be back with the Chiefs. He was underpaid last season, and I don’t see him even being swayed by the $16.1 million being offered for one year of work. He’s turning 26 on July 3. He’s in the prime of his career. He’d also be the most attractive free agent on the market if the Chiefs pulled the franchise tag off him tomorrow. What we do know is that July 15 is coming fast, and no long-term deal can be negotiated after that point this year. Unless Jones and the Chiefs start talking soon, this will be one of the more interesting standoffs of the summer. This franchise has been making a lot of noise about “running it back” and becoming the first repeat Super Bowl champs since the New England Patriots achieved that feat in 2003 and 2004. That’s going to be a far more difficult task if Jones isn’t part of the equation.
Chiefs: 3 early goals for tight end Travis Kelce in 2020 | NFLAnalysis
Managing to finish the 2020 season with close to 10 touchdowns is a goal Kelce should have. He has proven to be more than capable of achieving lofty single-season totals in this area and the circumstances suggest he could do it again.
First and foremost, Ogletree is a great tackler and that’s something the Chiefs defense has been lacking in recent years. Having a linebacker who isn’t afraid to make a real tackle and bring the opponent down is a player the Chiefs could really use, especially in their defending Super Bowl season.
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The Kansas City Chiefs have assigned jersey numbers to the 19 undrafted free agents that they added following the 2020 NFL Draft. While the team hasn’t yet updated the roster on their official webpage, they’ve replaced placeholders on their media portal with the jersey numbers. That’s definitely a good sign as we inch closer towards a return to normalcy with training camp.
Derrick Nnadi’s season was very interesting. The first five weeks of the season, Nnadi was rough. And by rough, I mean bad. I remember in week 5, I seriously contemplated saying we need to trade for a defensive tackle and bench Nnadi. He was absolutely getting mauled by everybody and brought no presence to the middle. Teams were just gashing us right up the middle, going for 8-10 yard chunks continuously. While part of that is also due to poor linebacker play, the defensive tackles were doing them no favors.
Then around week 6-7, Nnadi suddenly flipped a switch. Every time I went back and watched his film, I came away more and more impressed. He was blowing my mind with some of the stuff he did against the run. Now that we’re in the offseason, I decided to sit down and just watch Nnadi, to see what I saw out of him from last year. And I came away super impressed. Why? Come read about it!