Powell has been a trainer his first two seasons. He got into three games before getting injured last year.
“It was fun. It was a dream come true to put on those pads. Dressing up on Sunday is something I’ve dreamed about since I started playing football,” says Powell, “I believe in my ability. I just have to go out there and show my talent.”
Training camp is almost here. Cornell says he will do whatever it takes to secure his spot with the Chiefs this season.
“Everything counts, everything matters. I’m willing to do anything,” says Cornell, “The game of football is about all three phases. Once you realize you’re doing everything you can to be on the field.”
Kansas City Chiefs: Kadarius Toney
Over the past two seasons, 147 wide receivers have run at least 250 routes. Among that group, only the following five players have been targeted more often on their routes than Toney (27.6%): Cooper Kupp (30.0%), Davante Adams (29.9%), Tyreek Hill (29.5%), Drake London (28.0%) and Chris Olave (27.7%). Now, Toney enters the season as Patrick Mahomes’ No. 1 wide receiver and will have had a full offseason to get the offense going. If he can stay healthy, watch out.
Isiah Pacheco, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Although he selected Isiah Pacheco in the seventh and final round of the draft, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach noted that the kid could rush for 1,000 yards in Andy Reid’s offense.
As the return from Rutgers showed off his power, cutting ability and nonstop motor skills, it became apparent that even with Kansas City using a handful of guys behind Patrick Mahomes, Veach might have been right.
Pacheco looked to return kicks for Kansas City as a rookie. Reid, then-offensive coordinator Bieniemy, and several Chiefs players saw a lot more last summer. Soon enough, Pacheco was the go-to RB, playing a pivotal role in the Chiefs’ roll to the title. He rushed for 830 yards and five touchdowns, added another 197 yards on the ground in the postseason and solidified his place in the offense.
After Rice and the team’s other rookies began practice Wednesday at training camp, Rice told reporters he threw up during the session, but he also made it clear he wasn’t bothered by it: “He expects us to run as long as we can. I told them, to be honest with you, I don’t mind throwing up. It just means I’m working as hard as I can so I don’t throw up anymore and be ready for the games.”
11. What does Travis Kelce do for an encore?
The Chiefs’ second most prominent player is coming off his most productive season – who needs Tyreek Hill? – and will be aiming for his third title and eighth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season (no other tight end has managed more than three in a row). Maybe Kelce could host “Saturday Night Live”? Wait, been there and done that.
About the NFL
Harris, who co-owns several professional sports teams, reached a purchase agreement with Snyders on May 12 for a league-record $6.05 billion.
“Congratulations to Josh Harris and his impressive group of partners,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Thursday. “Josh will be a great addition to the NFL. He has a remarkable record in business, sports and in his community. The diverse group that Josh has assembled is outstanding for its business acumen and strong Washington ties, and we welcome them to the NFL as well.
“I met Josh several years ago, prior to his acquisition of an interest in Steelers and have been lucky enough to get to know him better over the past few months. I know he has a commitment to winning on the field, but also to running an organization that everyone will be proud of – and to make positive contributions in society.”
Minnesota Vikings Rookie receiver Jordan Addison was cited Thursday morning for speeding and reckless driving after an officer clocked him for going 140 mph on a freeway just outside St. Paul, according to a Minnesota State Patrol incident report.
Addison, 21, number 23 in the draft, was not arrested, but the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
In a statement, the Vikings said: “We are aware of yesterday’s traffic incident involving Jordan Addison and are gathering additional information.”
According to the police report, a patrol officer traveling eastbound on Interstate 94 just after 1 p.m. The trooper conducted a traffic stop and identified Addison as the driver.
And with that change, Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson said, comes a different set of expectations — even for a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in 12 seasons or won a championship in more than 50 years.
“Yeah, I’m not going to fake it, we want to win Super Bowl” Wilson said Thursday; the first official day of Jets training camp. “It’s OK to talk about it. If you want to go get that s—, do it.”
A big reason for the newfound optimism clearly has to do with the arrival of Aaron Rodgers. And Rodgers agrees with Wilson’s approach to raising the expectation level.
“We want everybody to jump on the bandwagon now,” Rodgers told reporters Thursday. “… High expectations are a good thing.”
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Felix Anudike-Uzomah says playing for Chiefs is a ‘dream come true’
But now where Kansas City Chiefs‘ rookie defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzoma is a member of his hometown team, it means a little more than that.
“I had to soak it all in at the start because I remember sitting in the stands,” said the 2023 No. 31 pick NFL Draft after Wednesday’s practice at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph. “I think it was 2013, sitting [in] the stands just watch all the guys. And then I actually walk on this pad of grass just to get down to camp? It’s a dream come true.
“But at the same time, even though I’m in this dream, I have to show for it.”
The former Kansas State Star hopes to make the most of his first real training sessions in a Chiefs uniform. During the team’s OTA sessions, he was limited by the right thumb injury he suffered during last year’s Big 12 Championship game. While Anudike-Uzomah says his hand is now 100%, he remembers how difficult it was watching his new team train from the sidelines.
“It was very tough – especially when they drafted me to play straight away,” he recalled. “They drafted me in the first round, so all the coaches expected a lot from me. So it was very hard – very hard – that I [couldn’t] do exactly what they want me to do right away. It was just a lot of mental reps [and] a lot to learn from the playbook.”
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