Friday, October 6, 2017, 6:42pm
Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6:29pm
Wednesday, October 4, 2017, 6:08pm
At least this year.
“It’s Alex Smith’s job. That’s what it is. There’s no gray area with that,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said when asked about the chances of Mahomes taking over this year, via Terez Paylor of he Kansas City Star.
Reid attempted to temporarily block out the light emanating from his bright young quarterback, saying there’s not a competition for starting quarterback role. The Chiefs traded a future first to get Mahomes with the 10th overall pick.
What caught the Chiefs' attention from Kareem Hunt was his blocking. In particular, it was the block he threw that took out two Bengals at once and allowed Alex Smith the time to complete a pass to Anthony Sherman on a fourth-down play. The Chiefs scored the first touchdown of their 30-12 win two plays later.
It takes game action to be sure of a running back's ability to pass block.
Hunt also looked good running the ball but if the rookie can pick up pass protection it could increase his time on the field this season. Ware owners may want to try and grab Hunt later in drafts as a potential handcuff.
Hill averaged 71 total yards and 0.64 TD in his final 10 regular season games (15.3 PPG). We know he’s going to start at Jeremy Maclin’s old “Z” position, the featured receiving position in Reid’s offense. Per 4for4's Player Snap App, among players who played at least 40% of their team's snaps, Hill ranked first in fantasy points per snap in both standard and PPR formats. He was the #11 fantasy receiver (PPR) after his team's Week 5 bye. The Chiefs’ decision to cut Maclin certainly raises Hill’s floor. In the four games that Maclin missed last season, Hill averaged 7.0 receptions (on 8.5 targets) for 63 yards and 0.25 TD. Throw in his role in the rushing game and he’s suddenly looking like a strong fantasy WR2.
Part of me wants to believe in Cody Kessler.
When it comes to Kessler, I have significant doubts. In minicamps, he had too many passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. He seldom completed deep balls. He was accurate on short throws.
He is an inexperienced quarterback who will be throwing to mostly inexperienced receivers. He should have more time, thanks to a revamped offensive line.
This may be the longest story you ever read on Kessler and the Cleveland QBs. Basically, this writer is higher on Osweiler than most others and not quite as high on Kizer ... and perhaps somewhere in the middle with Kessler. He seems to think Kizer has a lot to learn before he takes the field. There don't seem to be a lot of writers who are even considering Osweiler for the job so it very well may be Kessler's to win. He will have an improved O-line but also a lot seemingly working against him, according to this piece anyway.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:36pm
The Kansas City Chiefs headed into this season thinking it would be the best yet for quarterback Alex Smith, but it isn’t turning out that way. Many of Smith’s key statistics are down from last season, including yards per attempt (7.4 last year to 6.9), touchdown percentage (4.3 to 3), passer rating (95.4 to 91.2) and rushing (31 yards per game to 6).
Throw in the Chiefs’ scoring struggles -- they have two or fewer offensive touchdowns in six of the eight full games in which Smith has played this season -- and it’s easy to conclude Smith’s game has regressed this season.
Coach Andy Reid isn’t concluding that, at least not publicly.
Smith’s struggles have showed up most noticeably when they hurt the most: on third down and inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Smith is the NFL’s 26th-rated passer on third down. The Chiefs are 31st at scoring touchdowns from the red zone. They’ve had three games where they’ve kicked four field goals, including the one against the Jaguars in which Foles played.
Instead, their leading pass-catcher in Sunday’s 20-17 win over the Carolina Panthers was a rookie -- and a fifth-round draft choice at that. The Chiefs didn’t accomplish a lot when they passed the ball against the Panthers but when they did, inevitably the receiver was Tyreek Hill.
“He has a lot of tools,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said. “This isn’t a guy that I think you can box in as a speed guy, a quickness guy, an inside guy, a bubble guy. He can do a lot and I think he showed a lot of that today, (with) route-running, yards after the catch. He’s made plays with the ball down the field.’’
The Chiefs didn’t intend for him to be such a major factor in their offense. They thought he could help as a deep threat but mainly as a complement to Maclin, Chris Conley and Albert Wilson and also as a kick returner. Hill has become more than just a complementary player. Some of that is because the Chiefs have been unable to get more from Maclin and their other leading wide receivers. But Hill also has shown the ability to handle all of the various tasks the Chiefs ask of him, including sweeps and reverses in the running game and a lot of the receiving routes they have in their playbook.
Friday, November 11, 2016, 7:00pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:38pm
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 6:38pm
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