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21 – Kansas City Chiefs
Alabama WR Junior
PROJECTED TRADE WITH THE PATRIOTS
With Tyreek Hill taking his talents to Miami, the Chiefs could use another quick playmaker. Williams is coming off a torn ACL, but Andy Reid should still have an interest in returning two picks (their third-round pick and assigned fourth-round pick) to the Patriots to lock him up.
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While the Chiefs will score points with a league and Super Bowl MVP in Mahomes, they will need more help from the defense, which helped the team rebound from a 3-4 start last season. . Kansas City has allowed 17 or fewer runs in six consecutive games between Weeks 8 and 14, recording 16 takeaways during that streak.
In 2021, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo fielded a unit that bent but didn’t break, ranking eighth in scoring while giving up the sixth most yards. Now the front office needs to replace Ward on the edge, and it looks like the team has signed safety Justin Reid to fill Mathieu’s spot alongside Juan Thornhill.
As it stands, Kansas City will lose a pair of starting defensive backs who recorded five interceptions and 16 pass breakups combined last season. Reid isn’t a reliable defender in the box or in the slot because he’s missed at least 14.3% of his tackle attempts over the past two seasons – one puff in the open field could cost the Chiefs a ton of yards. Without Mathieu, the defense loses some of its versatility and a leader (team captain for three years):
ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky has a message for skeptical chefs
In Friday’s edition of To get up, Orlovsky dismissed the idea that the Chiefs’ offense can’t be “what it was” when they had Hill. He thinks the Chiefs offense will be different, but not much worse.
“I think it’s kind of silly and ignorant of us to say that this offense can’t be what it was with Tyreek Hill. It’s just going to be different,” Orlovsky said.
Orlovsky explained that the Chiefs clearly built this team to make Patrick Mahomes the focal point. He pointed out that the Chiefs still have plenty of weapons that can fill the void left by Hill.
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The Chiefs’ six-year reign as AFC West champions could be coming to an end due to key losses, other than Hill being dealt to the Dolphins. The secondary will look different in 2022. Cornerback Charvarius Ward signed a three-year, $40.5 million contract with $26.2 million in guarantees with the 49ers. Mathieu will not return. Justin Reid was given a three-year, $31.5 million contract, with $20.485 million fully guaranteed as a replacement.
The wide receiver will likely be a priority for Kansas City in the upcoming NFL Draft. Marquez Valdez-Scantling signed a three-year contract for $30 million to help make up for Hill’s departure. JuJu Smith-Schuster previously signed a one-year, $3.25 million incentive deal worth up to $10.75 million.
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George Karlaftis EDGE
Karlaftis is a player I adored before the 2021 season, but whose stock has slipped a bit in my eyes. He’s still powerful and plays with the kind of ferocity you want to see, but he’s also the same player he was when I saw him in freshman year. This makes me wonder if he’s already a finished product, and while this product is worth having on your team, I don’t think it’s the one you want to take too soon. It’s a good place for him, though, as the Chiefs need to rejuvenate up front.
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1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
Age entering the 2023 season: 26
It’s frankly unbelievable that Jackson is so close to free agency, or at least a franchise tag. He won the NFL MVP award in 2019 and has been eligible for an extension for over a year. Recent comments from Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta suggest Jackson is in no rush, a sensible approach given the trend in high-end quarterback salaries.
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Smith and Mariota were together at Tennessee in 2019, Mariota’s final season with the Titans and his last as a starter. Mariota struggled a lot that year and coach Mike Vrabel – under whom Smith worked as offensive coordinator – had no choice but to bench him for veteran back-up Ryan Tannehill. The rest is history: Tannehill thrived, leading Tennessee to an appearance in the AFC Championship Game, while Mariota had to find work elsewhere.
He found this job in Las Vegas as a stand-in who saw the occasional snap. With this tape in hand and an existing relationship with Smith, Mariota moves to Atlanta to join his old coordinator. But there’s a question we need to answer first: why does Mariota want to play for a coach who was part of a coaching staff that once benched him?
“Well, he was always honest,” Mariota said of Smith on Friday. “Even to the point where in 2019, when things weren’t going well for me, he always shot me. I think, for me as a player, I really appreciate that. He always focused on making sure I can improve; in and out of the pocket, how I digest attack, how I see defenses, he’s always made it a point to find small areas of improvement .
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The 26-year-old was asked how he can convince Browns fans he’s not the person portrayed in the lawsuits.
“I understand that all the circumstances are very difficult,” he said. “Especially to the female side of the fans in this community. I’m not naïve. I know these allegations are very, very serious, but as I said before, I have never assaulted a woman. I don’t I have never disrespected any woman. I was raised by a single mother who has two aunts who is her sister. She is who raised me. I was raised to be authentic and to respect everyone and everything around me. So I’ve always stood for that and will continue to stick to it. I just want the opportunity to be able to show who I really am in the community and be active and help people and to serve others.
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Life after Hill
On Thursday, the Chiefs began to embrace their whole new world.
And here’s the key: as they step into life after Hill, they won’t lean into the energy of replacement – but rather reinvention. Seen from this angle, there is almost something to be a little excited about.
Starting in 2018, the Chiefs relied on Hill to stretch the field, open things up to Kelce in mid and middle and do their best to run enough to keep an opposing defense honest. The system worked – and it worked well until the league as a whole made its adjustment in 2021: heavy doses of double-coverage shells and a firm commitment that Hill, despite being the player the faster than the league can offer, would not get behind the last defender.
Mahomes had to learn to adapt, just like setters. Instead of taking, say, seven to 10 shots from deep per game, he should connect on two or three opportunities. Sometimes that happened, and sometimes it didn’t – but there was enough mid-season adjustment by Mahomes and company to snatch eight straight wins and nine of 10, clinching the No. 2 seed in the league. ‘AFC.
During 10 quarters of the NFL playoffs, the Chiefs seemed destined to win their second Lombardi Trophy in three years. We understand what happened next.