10 – Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City parted ways with veteran Frank Clark, who recently signed with AFC West rival Denver, leaving the Chiefs’ youth on the fringes. Andy Reid’s club is counting on George Karlaftis in 2022 to build on a solid first year when he finished second on the team with six sacks. Free-agent addition Charles Omenihu brings upside in an expanded role after being a rotation player in his first four years, while 2023 first-rounder Felix Anudike-Uzomah should play a lot in his rookie campaign. Last season, the Chiefs were a committee-press force, finishing second in the NFL with 55 sacks, despite DT Chris Jones (15.5) being the only KC player in double figures. They’ll need the same kind of spread production in 2023. Still, it wouldn’t be a surprise if KC brought in a veteran presence to round out the group closer to the season — especially one looking for a ring that might take less money to join to Patrick Mahomes. A solid group of veteran edge rushers is currently available in Ngakoue, Clowney and former Chiefs Melvin Ingram and Justin Houston. The edge depth chart isn’t a fatal flaw for the Chiefs, but it could be solidified sooner Super Bowls champs’ title defense.
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Rookie to watch: WR Rashee Rice
The Chiefs traded up in the second round for the former SMU standout, who put up big numbers in his final season with the Mustangs. Given the Chiefs’ lack of depth at receiver, Rice will get plenty of deep looks.
Over/Under 11.5 Total Win: Over
Despite some of Kansas City’s holes on offense, Patrick Mahomes is the big equalizer. This Chiefs team should remain favorites to win the AFC for the fourth time under this regime.
Against expectations, that season proved to be a breakthrough for the Chiefs. Since then, Mahomes has led the team to three Super Bowl appearances and secured two championship victories. Some Packers fans are now hoping for a similar effect from Aaron Rodgers’ successor, but insider Ian Rapoport set much lower expectations.
This is how he put it:
“It’s not like when Mahomes was going to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback the first time when they were like ‘yo like we got something.’ where they knew [in advance]. It is not like that. It’s more like “we think we have something.” He’s obviously talented.”
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Veach entered the league in 2007 with Philadelphia Eagles as Reid’s assistant. Ten years later, as a fast-rising scout, Veach proved instrumental in persuading Reid and former general manager John Dorsey to pull off a generation-defining trade — a deal with Buffalo Bills to move up 17 spots in the draft to acquire Mahomes, the franchise’s best player, with the 10th overall pick. A few months after that, Veach began the interview to replace Dorsey by handing Hunt a thick binder detailing his vision for how to improve the team’s roster.
“We didn’t spend a lot of time on it, thankfully,” Hunt said. “He had it if I wanted to see it. That included using free agency more than I was used to. He thought it was an important tool. From Day 1, he showed us he was very open to trades .
“We wouldn’t have made it to Super Bowl LIV without some of the moves he made back then. The draft classes he’s put together over the last several years, I think, are our keys to success.”
Bolton was recognized as one of the best linebackers in the league this past week, checking in at No. 10 on Sports Illustrated’s rankings for the position. Here’s what SI’s Gilberto Manzano wrote about Bolton:
“You might not know the name, but you’ve definitely noticed the middle linebacker in the No. 32 jersey flying around playing for the Chiefs during postseason games. Bolton, 23, flashed as a rookie in 2021, but he really took his game to the next level in Year 2 by piling up 180 total tackles, the second most in the league. As a unit, the Chiefs’ defense is often forgotten (like teammates of Patrick Mahomes); Bolton himself said that the defense does not get the respect it deserves. It’s also time to recognize that Bolton is one of the best linebackers in the league.”
About the NFL
The six “key rules” of the playing policy that league officials will emphasize are:
Don’t bet on the NFL;
Do not gamble at your team facility while traveling to a road game or staying at a team hotel;
Don’t let anyone bet for you;
Do not share the team’s “inside information”;
Do not enter one sports book during the NFL season;
Don’t play daily fantasy football.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation by the Miami-Dade Police Department for allegedly hitting a man via Local 10 News and confirmed by the department. Hill allegedly hit a man working at the Haulover Marina in Miami on Sunday.
The alleged Father’s Day incident reportedly took place around The report alleges that Hill hit the person he was arguing with.
It is not known if the apparent victim was injured. It’s also not known if Hill will face criminal charges or repercussions from the Dolphins.
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Chiefs Travis Kelce, Jody Fortson Heading to Tight End University
Kelce, at 33, has truly embraced the mentoring role that comes with being a 10-year NFL veteran — both inside the Chiefs’ building and outside.
“The young guys, the guys that are kind of being molded into this offense that you’re going to see this year — any advice I can give to anybody,” Kelce explained at mandatory minicamp. “It’s kind of across the league — I’ll give nuggets here to Tight End U coming in next week… or what I think are nuggets.
“And it will be — I’m here to try to get everybody to be at their best and still have the confidence that what we do over here will always be number one.”
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