1) AFC West
This could very well end up being the best division in football history. It’s full of talented quarterbacks (the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, the Broncos’ Russell Wilson, chargers‘ Justin Herbert and Derek Carr of the Raiders). It has two of the most creative offensive coaches in the league (Andy Reid and Josh McDaniels). The rosters have been significantly enhanced by a series of offseason acquisitions, including the arrival of Wilson, Broncos outside linebacker Randy Gregory, Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams and Chargers outside linebacker Khalil Mack. The Chiefs have owned this division, with six straight AFC West titles, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see any of these four teams take this year’s crown.
10 – JuJu Smith-Schuster
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Smith-Schuster was a proven candidate last year, but he struggled to stay healthy in Pittsburgh. Joining Patrick Mahomes and a revamped receiving corps could get JuJu back on track. The Chiefs entered the offseason wanting to win more down the middle to make teams pay to play two against Mahomes. That’s where the 25-year-old can butter his bread. Playing with Mahomes raises the profile of most receivers, and a big season could set Smith-Schuster up for what looks like a bad year for the free-agent market next offseason.
The Dolphins didn’t change everything, but they did give up a lot to land the talented wide receiver. Miami ultimately acquired Hill after sending five draft picks to the Chiefs that included the 29th and 50th overall picks in 2022. nfl draft. The loot paid off for McDaniel, who is eager to launch an offense this season that will feature Hill, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, tight end Mike Gesicki and a group of running backs that includes Chase. Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, Sony Michel, and Myles Gaskin,
“Honestly, I thought he was one of those untouchable guys you couldn’t get,” McDaniel said. “When (Grier) comes in and tells me the Chiefs talked to him, I said, ‘Chris, that’s one of the only non-quarterbacks where you do whatever it takes.'”
Robinson, 27, was part of the Raiders’ roster cuts when teams were cut from 90 players to 95 on Tuesday.
According to silver and black pride Bill Williamson, the Raiders did Robinson a favor by releasing him.
“He was hired in the offseason to be a rotating catcher,” Williamson wrote. “However, the speedster didn’t do much in training camp and got lost in the shuffle in a room of talented receivers. The Raiders did Robinson a favor by releasing him now so he has a chance to catch up elsewhere. The roster is now 85 players. He must have gotten down to 53 players on August 30.”
Robinson enters his sixth season in the NFL after playing for the Kansas City Chiefs the last five. In that time, Robinson totaled 145 receptions for 1,679 yards and 14 touchdowns. In his best season, Robinson produced 466 yards and three touchdowns on 45 receptions.
Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews find ways to give back to Kansas City
Mahomes and Matthews always seek to serve the community from which they have grown. For them, that means donating and helping in every way.
For example, the Chiefs quarterback ran a crowdfunding project with his wife to help women’s soccer. Brittany Matthews is a co-owner of the KC NWSL professional women’s soccer team, and decided to pave a new future for the sport and the Kansas City area. Brittany Matthews has a net worth of $10 millionnorth.
Mahomes and his wife will lead a $70 million effort to build a new stadium for the club. The stadium will be located along the Kansas City riverfront and features the financial banking of Mahomes and Matthews.
Additionally, Mahomes has a charity called 15 and the Mahomies, which he founded in 2019 to help lead “initiatives that focus on health, wellness, communities in need of resources, and other charitable causes.”
That foundation has donated more than $500,000 to various organizations in the Kansas City area, including the renovation of Kansas City’s Martin Luther King Jr. Park to help add an “all-inclusive playground.”
“I think for Brittany and I … we want to invest in this community as much as they have invested in us,” Mahomes revealed.
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“I’ve said this before, you can’t have enough good quarterbacks and good football players,” York told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “I’m not going to get into any arguments about the roster and what (general manager) John (Lynch) and (head coach) Kyle (Shanahan) want to do. But I will support them in everything they want to make this team the best it can be.
“I saw it with Joe (Montana) and Steve (Young) and I realize the salary cap is different today than not having a salary cap. But we’ve said it before: we’re happy to keep Jimmy. We are happy to have you on the list. And if that’s the case, then that’s the case.”
Patriots: After a shaky start with two 3-and-out drives, quarterback Mac Jones (4-of-8 for 61 yards) ended on a high note by leading an 81-yard touchdown drive. It was the kind of confidence boost, albeit against the Panthers’ backups, that Jones & Co. needed after a training camp filled with “growing pains” as they adjusted to a “new offense.” Jones looked awkward at first (his accuracy from him was not good) before settling down on his third and final series. A 7-yard completion to Nelson Agholor was instrumental in converting the first third of the night, and then Jones hit Agholor with a 45-yard bomb down the left sideline. That deep ball is what players say should show up more in the revamped offense. Last season, 41% of Jones’ pass attempts thrown at least 20 yards downfield were deflected or deflected, an off-target mark that ranked 21st in the NFL (league average 36%). Additionally, Patriots receivers ranked 25th with just 1.6 yards apart on deep balls, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. So Jones’s long connection to Agholor creates promise for the team. —Mike Reiss
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2. Rise in pass fever last week
One of the biggest concerns of Chiefs fans this offseason has been pass rush. The unit went to great lengths to make a great first impression in Week 1 of preseason.
Rookie defensive end George Karlaftis led the team in rushing with 4-of-14 rushing attempts, by professional soccer focus. One became a sack and another was recorded as a quarterback hit. Defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton was the only other player with multiple pressures, winning three, one of them being a quarterback hit.
In the fourth quarter, defensive end Malik Herring and defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth combined to take down the quarterback by collapsing the pocket on him.
The best part is that all of those players are either locks or contenders for the 53-man roster. It will be important to see him continue in Week 2 against a more formidable offensive line unit in Washington.