Chiefs News 8/16: Patrick Mahomes Named Third Best NFL Player
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3 – Patrick Mahomes
KANSAS CITY QB CHIEF
He wasn’t as good last season as he was in the past, but he’s still one of the best in the league. Even a slight drop for him is better than most. It will be interesting to see what he does without Tyreek Hill this season.
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Kansas City Chiefs: Edge Mike Danna
The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t exactly loaded to the brim, but the presence of three-time Pro Bowler Frank Clark and first-round rookie George Karlaftis has the position in decent shape heading into the new season.
With those entries, Kansas City could put backup defensive lineman Mike Danna on the block and try to get a mid-round pick for his serves.
Danna was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft. He’s been a decent depth option in his first two NFL seasons, recording 51 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 30 games.
The 24-year-old has some intriguing upside and could potentially play a bigger role, one he’s unlikely to get the chance to fill with the talent that awaits him in Kansas City. Danna has seen just 868 defensive snaps in his first two seasons and could see his playing time shrink with Karlaftis now in the fold.
If the Chiefs get a solid offer for Danna — and there are plenty of teams desperate for rushing help — they could benefit more than keeping a rotating rusher on their roster.
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15) Kansas City used rookie running back Isiah Pacheco with Patrick Mahomes near the goal line in the Chiefs’ first preseason practice. Pacheco already appears to be the team‘s No. 2 running back, which might not leave room on the roster for Ronald Jones. Pacheco’s burst – and the violence with which he runs – flies off the screen.
Patrick Mahomes prepares for another jump | MMQB SI
The truth was important for Mahomes to confront. Because there was actually a plan being hatched to fight the bosses. In fact, a league-wide trend of playing with two safeties high, in order to slow down offenses increasingly built on the big hit, had Kansas City as a primary target and, as the numbers showed in the bowels of last fall was work for a while.
“A lot of unique security environment his first two years, area and mainly man [coverage]— different kinds of men, but men,” Reid said. “And then the last two years, it’s this shell coverage. So variations of this, and he just went about it and tried to dissect everything. There’s probably not much he’ll see that he hasn’t already seen a combination. And when you show him something, he’ll study it and look at it and look at it and look at it.
“And that’s how it’s wired.” So I think the last two years have been great for him.
But it hasn’t always been great.
Frank Boal shares a beautiful message about former Chiefs star Len Dawson, who is in hospice | Kansas City Star
Dawson, who was the Super Bowl IV MVP, played for the Chiefs organization from 1962 to 1975 and later worked as an analyst for the team’s radio broadcasts. He also appeared on HBO’s “Inside the NFL” and worked as a longtime sports anchor on KMBC-TV.
Those in the NFL and the media who know Dawson shared messages of support for the former Chiefs star, who is now 87.
That includes Frank Boal, whose three-decade work with WDAF-TV (Ch. 4) and KSHB-TV (Ch. 41) earned him a spot in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
It breaks my heart to hear that Len Dawson is going to hospice. We spent a lot of time together traveling with the chefs and covering them. He’s one of the nicest guys ever. No pretense and has never been without that smile.
He was always, “Lenny the Cool!!” pic.twitter.com/Ji17ZAwzwq
— frank boal (@realfrankboal) August 12, 2022
Around the NFL
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NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero reported Monday that the Eagles traded receiver to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for nickel corner Ugo Amadi, according to people briefed on the situation. The Eagles have since announced the trade.
Stanford’s 2019 second-round pick, Arcega-Whiteside struggled to gain ground for three seasons in Philadelphia. As a rookie, he caught 10 passes for 169 yards and a score in 16 games. In 2020, he had four passes in eight games for 85 yards. And in 2021, he has scored just two receptions for 36 yards in 16 games played.
Tennessee Titans LB Bud Dupree pleads guilty to lesser assault charge, gets probation | ESPN
Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree pleaded guilty to a charge of minor assault in Nashville on Monday and was sentenced to six months probation, according to online court records.
Dupree had been cited for assault (fear of bodily harm) after an altercation with an employee of a Walgreens in Nashville in January and turned himself in to authorities in February. After the plea deal on Monday, Dupree pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault (offensive or provocative).
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Alchemy between quarterback and receiver
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed six of the seven passes on the drive, hitting six different pass catchers.
The first completion from a wide receiver was a nine-yard gain for Mecole Hardman who set up second and the short – but the reception alone should moved the sticks.
It’s the little things with 17
The curl route at the 1st down marker should turn into a 1st down. Yes, you want to get back on the ball and not wait for him to get there, but you would like to see him feel his position on the pitch and sit on the ball to move the sticks #Heads pic.twitter.com/SXPpe1Qy8S
— Ron Kopp Jr. (@Ron_Kopp) August 15, 2022
The depth of this route is designed to adjust based on the position of the first down marker. Thus, the receiver must do what it takes to position themselves to win a first down with the hold. Hardman runs the road at the sticks and comes back for the ball, but the depth of his road causes the catch to go past the sticks.
A tweet to make you think
This kid was holding a sign saying he’s the biggest Mike Rose fan in the world and now he’s having a long chat with him. He even has the jersey pic.twitter.com/BxICGc3IJo
— Cody Tapp (@codybtapp) August 15, 2022