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WR Skyy Moore, Chiefs
The 111 receptions for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021 lost by Tyreek Hill’s departure will be hard to replace. It’s unrealistic to expect Moore to match those numbers, but he can lower them significantly. Speed and passing ability are the characteristics that stand out when talking about the West Michigan wide receiver. Being in the right place at the right time should endear rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes. With so many new faces in this Kansas City reception hall, Moore can part ways during training camp.
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Tight wings: Travis Kelce (Chiefs) and Cole Kmet (Bears)
2021 (not eligible): George Kittle (49ers) and TJ Hockenson (Lions)
2020 (not eligible): Zach Ertz (Eagles) and Darren Waller (Raiders)
Kelce is still the best tight end in the league. It had a slight midseason dip last year, but so did the Chiefs’ entire offense, and then it exploded in the streak and in the playoffs. (He was also dealing with a stinger at the time of this dive. It probably wasn’t a coincidence.) Playing with Allen also shouldn’t be too much of an adjustment after working with Patrick Mahomes for the past few years. Kmet is our rep for the Bears, mainly because he fits the roster better than guys like Jaylon Johnson and Eddie Jackson. He showed some ability to move the chain last year and he’s a huge target, so he can help in the red zone.
2022 NFL Draft re-drafted after early training camp action | Launderer’s report
30. Kansas City Chiefs
Original choice: George Karlaftis, Edge, Purdue
New choice: Devin Lloyd, LB, Utah
The Chiefs are also missing out on getting a first-round defender as Karlaftis is already out of the picture. Instead, they’re looking to bolster a run defense that ranked 21st last season and 31st in yards per dropped attempt.
The Jaguars originally picked linebacker Devin Lloyd after taking over the first round. With him available here in the redraft, Kansas City leaps.
Lloyd, who had 110 tackles at Utah last season, could help bolster the Chiefs’ run defense. However, he is versatile and fluid enough to help the 27th-ranked pass defense as well.
“Overall, Lloyd’s top-notch space game and ability to cover all kinds of missions will make him a good ‘Will’ in the NFL,” Klassen wrote. “He’s got Pro Bowl potential that could go up a notch if he learns to play harder downhill.”
Lloyd, who had eight sacks and 22 tackles for loss last season, could also contribute to the passing rush.
The New Orleans Saints are working on several veteran linebackers, including Anthony Hitchens, Jon Bostic and Kiko Alonso, the sources say. Those three combine for more than 250 NFL starts. Alonso played for the Saints in 2019.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 4, 2022
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3) Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs
A second-half slump in the AFC Championship game cost the Chiefs a chance to claim a second title last season. Now there’s a new look in Kansas City: Tyreek Hill and Tyrann Mathieu, mainstays of the team’s recent success, are out. Hill was a once-in-a-lifetime field switcher who made life easier for his quarterback and the pass catchers beside him. He imbued the entire offense with the feeling that there was no insurmountable deficit.
Mahomes will need to make an instant connection with his new supporting cast to lead another playoff push. He lived a blessed life early in his career – the ideal coach, franchise and supporting cast. The Chiefs’ roster remains one of the most talented in the league, but now it’s up to Mahomes to raise the standard of those around him.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s Fantasy Football prospects for the 2022 NFL season | Clutch points
Clyde Edwards-Helaire 2022 Fantasy Football Outlook
Edwards-Helaire was selected with the 27th overall running back ranking at the start of the NFFC draft season with an ADP of 78. This is primarily due to Ronald Jones’s rise to the running back depth chart of the Chiefs and Edwards-Helaire’s injury history.
This season, Kansas City will certainly alternate at least those two running backs in their backfield. Clyde Edwards-Helaire isn’t a runaway superstar, but he tends to do well when healthy with the ability to score a lot of points. The Chiefs should give him at least 15 touches a week, which would translate to 1,300 combined yards, 6-8 touchdowns and about three receptions per game. However, in order to achieve these lofty goals, Edwards-Helaire must stay healthy.
Fans and pundits have pinned high hopes for Edwards-Helaire over the past two seasons. Unfortunately, they were also disappointed each time. Some are hoping this is the year he has a fantastic fantasy campaign.
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2022 Hall of Fame game: What we learned from the Raiders’ win over the Jaguars | NFL.com
The Josh McDaniels era began with an interesting approach. Top running back Josh Jacobs received 11 touches, but what was most shocking was how McDaniels opted to use Jacobs in a game that doesn’t count towards Las Vegas’ final record. The Raiders hammered him to the ground with Jacobs and called him a first screen pass, exposing him to the kind of contact a regular starter avoids by staying on the sidelines. Instead, Jacobs was on course to hit a full game’s worth of touches early before exiting quickly. Las Vegas ended up deploying a good chunk of its starters — four of five starting offensive linemen, Jacobs, Keelan Cole as one of its top four regular-season receivers, and No. 2 tight end Foster Moreau — and gained an advantage in production. McDaniels also got a good look at some of his best players. Naturally, Twitterers made a lot of noise about this (mostly Jacobs-centric) approach online, but our own Gregg Rosenthal assessed the situation accurately: “Josh McDaniels comes from the Bill Belichick school of pre-rotations. goofy seasons in which people will read too much.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appoints former NJ Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension appeal | NFL.com
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday nominated former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the league’s appeal of the six-game suspension of Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson , for violating the league’s personal conduct policy, reported NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo.
“Mr. Harvey served as New Jersey’s attorney general and is now a partner at Paterson Belknap in New York City,” the league said in a statement Thursday. including domestic violence and sexual assault, and has advised the NFL and other professional leagues on the development and implementation of workplace policies, including the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. Harvey has also been appointed by the commissioner in other arbitrations.
Harvey served as New Jersey’s attorney general from 2003 to 2006.
Steelers sign WR Diontae Johnson to two-year, $36.71 million extension | NFL.com
The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Diontae Johnson have reached an agreement on a two-year extension worth $36.71 million, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported Thursday.
Garafolo added that the extension includes $27 million guaranteed and that Johnson will earn $19 million in the first year of the deal. The team then announced Thursday that Johnson had signed a new three-year contract.
Johnson’s new deal earns him top 20 WR money on an average annual basis and still allows him to hit the free agent market again in 2025. A slew of recent high-end receiver extensions have been around for three years or more. .
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Skyy Moore says he’s one of the Minions who catches Patrick Mahomes’ passes
After Thursday’s practice, he discussed some of the talk that swirled around him – starting with the hip injury he suffered during a one-on-one against rookie safety Nazeeh Johnson on Tuesday. While some blamed Johnson for hitting a teammate too hard in practice, Moore said it was none of that.
“I just tweaked it a bit,” he told reporters. “[I] fell in an awkward way. I’m cool now. It was a minor adjustment.
The injury was still enough for the Chiefs to pull him out of practice that day – which caused a scare, as “hip injury” sounds pretty bad – but Moore was back on the field the next day, not showing no signs of physical limitation.
Much was also made of Moore’s shots in the backfield during camp, including some jet sweeps. Le large said he was used to it.
“I’ve always been that type of player,” he noted. “At the start of my arrival, I felt like I was always being swept away by the jets. So that’s nothing new.”
But this should in no way be taken to mean that Moore has a problem with their operation. In fact, quite the opposite is true.
“I just like to get the ball fast,” he said. “The faster you can get the ball, the faster you can get things moving with it. So that’s what I like about these plays.
A tweet to make you think
Mecole Hardman spends a day. He caught it all today, including a deep TD to start the team’s final period.
— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) August 4, 2022