4. Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs
But what about 15.5 sacks this past season for an interior defensive lineman? Most defenses are designed to free up edge rushers and linebackers, so getting so many sacks from the interior makes Jones an absolute brute.
One thing that stood out to me was the speed and violence Seahawks interior defensive lineman Michael Bennett played with. Since then, I’ve watched the NFL’s top defensive lineman with that in mind.
Jones and Bennett are different players, but Jones plays with the same speed and violence on the interior. That’s a good thing to be reminded of when thinking about intimidating players. — Burmeister
Kansas City Chiefs
Signing of WR Richie James isn’t nearly the headline-grabber paying $80 million for former Jaguars OT Jawaan Taylor, but he’s quietly emerged as a reliable scoring machine for Daniel Jones during the Giants’ playoff push in 2022. Much cheaper than the late JuJu Smith-Schuster , he adds solid depth behind Kadarius Toney and Marquez Valdes-Scantling out wide.
WR Tyreek Hill
In today’s pass-driven NFL, it has become easier for wide receivers to put up flashy numbers and harder for them to make Hall of Fame cases. There’s no shortage of playmaking receivers, which is why even a player like Davante Adams — who has six Pro Bowl nods, three first-team All-Pro selections and has twice led the league in receiving touchdowns — may struggle to stand out.
Miami Dolphins However, receiver Tyreek Hill is not just another great receiver. With a Super Bowl ring already in his pocket, the 29-year-old is on the verge of entering the Hall of Fame.
Hill has been to seven Pro Bowls, made four first-team All-Pro lists and won Super Bowl LIV. He is 1,660 receiving yards away from the 10,000-yard mark and looks to reach that milestone this season.
In fact, Hill is hoping to set a new single-season record.
“Oh yeah, for sure,” Hill said when asked if the 2,000 yards was realistic, according to Joe Morgan of Fox News. “I think the added game gives me a big advantage, so yeah.”
Hill may not need to set a record to bolster his Hall of Fame case. Another strong campaign and another Super Bowl win would be enough.
Kansas City Chiefs: Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon
Pacheco and McKinnon have clearly defined roles, which is nice. Pacheco was the primary runner last season, while McKinnon was an excellent third-down back and receiving option. The overall production wasn’t quite there, and it’s hard to separate their success from the ideal situation.
1. Patrick Mahomes (2017 to present)
There can be no doubt who tops this list, and that’s because Patrick Mahomes would top every list for every NFL team except the New England Patriots. Ever since Mahomes entered the league in 2017, but especially after taking over the starting quarterback role in 2018, he’s been absolutely unstoppable — an instant legend who breaks waves of new records every year.
It is very likely that we will all see the best quarterback to ever play in a Chiefs uniform, no matter how much longer the NFL continues as a sport or KC exists as a franchise. That makes this era — one filled with Most Valuable Player Awards, Super Bowl appearances and winning 4 out of every 5 games — a golden one for the Chiefs Kingdom.
About the NFL
With Aaron Rodgers headed to New York, Love heads into the 2023 season with just one official NFL start. Love told reporters this week that he believes the minicamp sessions have benefited him and the team heading into the season.
“I think we have a great team,” Love said, via the Wisconsin State Journal . “I think we have a good offense, a young offense. We have a lot of work to keep putting in, keep building together. And I think we have a really good defense. When we get everyone back and healthy, we’re going to feel really good.
“I think we have playmakers on offense. I think all the weapons we have at receiver, tight end and running back, we have guys that can make plays. … I think that when everyone gets rolling, gets comfortable with the offense and being where they need to be every time, the sky’s the limit for us.”
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Chiefs Depth Chart: 2 cornerbacks to help transform defense
Week to week, some opposing offenses have one, two — or maybe even three — really good wide receivers to contend with. From there, perhaps the best receiver on that team spends most of their snaps at a specific spot. Others often move around from game to game. At times, the best wide receiver is primarily positioned in castle position closer to the center of the field. No matter what, it pays for the defense to have more suitable options to combat what is presented to them. Enter Trent McDuffie and L’Jarius Sneed.
In 2022, Trent McDuffie started 14 games (including three playoff games), where he lined up on 38% of his defensive snaps and 57% along the perimeter. Third-year veteran L’Jarius Sneed oriented wide on 51% of his snaps, while 41% came from the slot. McDuffie took more and more of the slots as the season went on, including 46% during Kansas City’s playoff run.
Percentages aside, the point is this: The Chiefs have two guys capable of excelling as all-around capable defensive backs regardless where they line up – while most teams struggle to find a player who can bring this inside-out skill to the table – the Chiefs had a hard time finding such a coveted type of player like this for several years since the departure of Brandon Blomster back in 2014. This creates a rather unique element of unpredictability for their defense.
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