KANSAS CITY Mitchell Schwartz Jersey , Mo. (AP) — KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-7)
New faces: WR Sammy Watkins, RB Kerwynn Williams, RB Damien Williams, QB Chad Henne, TE Tim Wright, CB David Amerson, CB Kendall Fuller, CB Orlando Scandrick, DT Xavier Williams, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Breeland Speaks, DT Derrick Nnadi Anthony Averett Jersey , LB Dorian O’Daniel, SS Armani Watts, CB Tremon Smith.
Key losses: QB Alex Smith, RB Charcandrick West, RB Akeem Hunt, RB C.J. Spiller, WR Albert Wilson, FS Ron Parker, CB Terrance Mitchell, CB Marcus Peters, CB Darrelle Revis, CB Kenneth Acker Jaleel Johnson Jersey , LB Derrick Johnson, LB Tamba Hali, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, DT Bennie Logan.
Strengths: Chiefs averaged 375.4 yards offensively last season, fifth best in NFL. KC had second-best turnover differential (plus-15) in league. WR Tyreek Hill gives Chiefs arguably best return unit in NFL. Hill also provides big-play ability on offense. RB Kareem Hunt led NFL in rushing as rookie. Chiefs return OL almost entirely intact. TE Travis Kelce is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons. PK Harrison Butker was perfect on PATs and 38 of 42 on FGs as rookie. KC has playoff experience having gone four of past five seasons.
Weaknesses: Defensive backfield replacing three starters after trading Peters, releasing Mitchell and injury to FS Dan Sorensen. Chiefs lost leadership of Smith, Johnson and Hali. SS Eric Berry returns from torn Achilles tendon but was sidelined most of camp by heel injury. Watkins has been slow to build chemistry with new QB Patrick Mahomes II throughout camp.
Fantasy Players To Watch: Hill proved last season he is more than special-teams standout, catching 75 passes for 1,183 yards and seven TDs, and now has big-armed QB in Mahomes throwing to him.
Vegas Says: Super Bowl 30-1. Over/under wins 8 ½.
Expectations: Chiefs’ hopes of three straight AFC West titles rest on health, improved defense and Mahomes’ strong right arm. Mahomes has talent to break single-season franchise record for TD passes (Len Dawson Riley Dixon Jersey , 30 in 1964) but must be aware of INTs. If all breaks right, Chiefs have expectations of making it through divisional round of playoffs for first time since 1994.
During the first day of Bengals minicamp, the offense ran through new plays.
A day later, some of them were gone.
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor decided they didn’t look as good on the field as they did in his overhauled play book.
”You keep moving, keep evolving,” Lazor said Wednesday before practice. ”That’s what we’re in the process of doing.”
Cincinnati’s offense is a work in progress, a year after it finished last in the league for the first time in franchise history.
Lazor was elevated to interim coordinator after Ken Zampese was fired two games into the season. He’s been retained and given discretion to redesign the playbook.
Players say the terminology and some of the play designs have changed significantly. Fans and the rest of the league won’t start noticing the differences until the season begins. For now, the staff is trying to get the offense into a final form.
Lazor decided on a major overhaul after the Bengals’ 7-9 finish, their second straight losing season. The offense was bad all-around, with Andy Dalton getting little time to throw and the running backs finding little room to run behind a struggling offense line.
”I don’t know if we have enough time to talk about what didn’t go the way we wanted,” Lazor said. ”We’ve got to focus on the now.”
One emphasis in minicamp is setting a standard for practice and encouraging players to hold each other accountable.
”We just keep putting it in front of them: This is our standard,” Lazor said ”This is what we want to establish and what we expect in practice Cris Carter Jersey , and continue to put it on the players to help hold each other accountable. To me, the greatest thing we’ve done as a group right now is set the standard.”
Lazor has noticed a different atmosphere since the new playbook was installed.
”I think it got a lot of the players’ attention, just got people going,” he said.
SOCCER FEVER: Defensive end Carlos Dunlap was delighted to hear that North America won the bid to host the 2026 World Cup. Dunlap grew up playing soccer and basketball in South Carolina – his mother didn’t allow him to become a football player until eighth grade – and he’s attended FC Cincinnati games.
Dunlap is excited about the possibility of attending a World Cup game.
”I’ve tossed it around many times, going over there to see World Cup because the energy they have at their games and stadiums is second to none – unless it’s us against the Pittsburgh Steelers, or the Florida Gators against Georgia in the Cocktail Party,” said Dunlap, who attended Florida. ”It rivals those.”
STILL NO EIFERT: Tight end Tyler Eifert missed a second straight day of practice because of an undisclosed injury. He wasn’t available in the open locker room period, and coach Marvin Lewis declined to provide any specifics. Eifert was on the field in a jersey, but didn’t have a helmet or participate in drills. Eifert signed an incentive-laden, one-year deal after being limited to two games last season because of chronic back problems.
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