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Pro Football Focus 2019 fantasy projections are live | Pro Football Focus

There are no surprises at the top. Patrick Mahomes is coming off a historic breakout season and is projected to pace the league’s quarterbacks in fantasy scoring. Our model has Mahomes leading the league in passing yards with nearly 300 more than second place. While we have him regressing dramatically from his 50 passing scores last season, Mahomes is still projected to lead the league with 36.7.

The Most Plausible NFL Draft-Day Trades | Bleacher Report

New York Giants Trade Back in Round 1

Kansas City Chiefs Get: Round 1 pick (No. 17 overall)

New York Giants Get: Round 1 pick (No. 29 overall), Round 2 pick (No. 63 overall), Round 3 pick (No. 92 overall)

Trading up from No. 29 to No. 17 would be an expensive bump—per the trade value chart, such a move would cost the Chiefs a pair of Day 2 picks in addition to that 29th selection.

But the opportunity to snag one of the 2019 draft’s best cover corners—perhaps LSU’s Greedy Williams or Georgia’s Deandre Baker—makes it a sensible move for both sides.

Best running back fits for Chiefs in 2019 NFL Draft | 41 Action News (Nick Jacobs)

After the Chiefs waived Kareem Hunt, the offense’s ability to stay on schedule in terms of down and distance took a dip. Finding a solution is critical for the offense to produce at the same level as last season.

Here are Nick Jacobs’ favorite running backs in terms of the best fits with the Chiefs:

NFL’s Passing Revolution Has Defenses Scared, but Draft Promises Help Aplenty | Bleacher Report

If you don’t have a solution for stopping the New Browns on the Block, good luck with the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams, Saints, etc.

NFL defenses face these mismatch headaches with increasing frequency every year: tight ends who run like receivers, running backs who catch like receivers and smash the line like battering rams, receivers who end up dancing in the end zone before the defense knows what blurred past it.

But this may be the year defenses can finally catch up. The 2019 draft is loaded with defenders who provide solutions to the problems that lead to 54-51 final scores and defensive coordinator migraines.

New Steelers cornerback Steven Nelson is already excited about playing the Chiefs | Kansas City Star

The NFL announced each team’s preseason opponents earlier this week. You may have noticed the Chiefs’ second preseason game is against the Steelers in Pittsburgh (the exact date has yet to be determined).

Nelson took note, and he tweeted “Rise and grind week 2.”

Former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Walter White dies | Kansas City Star

Walter White, the Chiefs 1975 Mack Lee Hill Award winner as the team’s top first-year player, died on Wednesday. He was 67.

In five seasons with the Chiefs, White appeared in 63 games as a tight end, including 37 starts. He started every game of the 1978 season. In his second season, White finished among the top ten in the NFL in receiving yards and touchdowns.

Mock Draft 1.0: Chiefs Could Rebuild Secondary Quickly in This Year’s Draft | Chiefs Digest

First round, No. 29 overall: Byron Murphy, cornerback, Washington

Yet seeing Murphy fall to No. 29, however, appears an ideal match for the Chiefs. Only two corners are off the board – Greedy Williams and DeAndre Baker – so the Chiefs are getting good value.

Around the league

Source: Ravens extend guard Yanda through ‘20 | ESPN

The Baltimore Ravens reached a one-year extension with seven-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Yanda, 34, who was entering the final year of his four-year, $32 million contract, is now tied to the Ravens through the 2020 season.

Versatile RB/WR Ty Montgomery signs with Jets | NFL

The versatile former Packers and Ravens running back/receiver, who also returns kicks, signed with the New York Jets, the team announced Thursday. Terms were not disclosed. ESPN first reported the news.

Kyler Murray will visit Washington next week | NBC Sports

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray will visit Washington next week, Albert Breer of SI.com reports.

Murray visited the Giants today and already has visited the Cardinals, who could make him the No. 1 overall pick.

Foster issues PSA to current, ex-Steelers players | NFL

Steelers guard Ramon Foster has seen all of the comments from inside and outside Pittsburgh’s locker room and has offered a solution to prevent the public airing of grievances.

Foster took to Twitter on Thursday and asked any current or ex-teammate to reach out to him, center Maurkice Pouncey or anyone “you feel comfortable with” instead of taking his gripes to social media and creating yet another media firestorm.

Three of the NFL’s Most Compelling 2019 Draft Prospects Come From the Michigan Defense | The Ringer

Devin Bush, Rashaan Gary, and Chase Winovich all possess first-round talent and the skills to become valuable professional players. But while Bush is almost a sure bet to go in the top 12, Gary’s and Winovich’s futures are less certain.

That’s how you suck up: Dwayne Haskins wears John Elway jersey to interview with Elway | Yahoo! Sports

But Kahler explained that Haskins has been a fan of the history of the NFL and particularly Elway since he was young. He wore No. 7 at Ohio State in part because of his respect for Elway, SI.com reported. Give Haskins credit for digging into the history. He was born in May of 1997, less than two years before Elway’s final game in his legendary career.

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Earl Thomas spoke to Andy Reid on the phone before Ravens contract came through

Thomas joined The Rich Eisen Show on Thursday, and Eisen asked him about the free agency process.

“I really thought I was going to go to Kansas City,” Thomas said. “I had committed there on a one-year deal worth like $12 million, and the next morning I woke up, my agents called me and told me I had a better offer with the Ravens, so I definitely took that offer real quick.”

What the Royals schedule says about the upcoming Chiefs schedule, plus other rumors

NFL Week 1: Royals away

NFL Week 2: Royals home

NFL Week 3: Royals away

NFL Week 4: Royals home

If the Chiefs begin the year with all Sunday games, including Week 1 away, this tells us the Chiefs will be on the road three of the first four games of the season, with the home opener coming Week 3.

25 Days of Draftsmas: Michael Deiter is the type of offensive lineman Andy Reid likes

One-sentence bio: started a school-record 54 consecutive games — over 13 games each at left guard, center, and left tackle — was first-team All-Big Ten in 2017 and 2018 and Big Ten offensive lineman of the year in 2018.

One-sentence scouting report: athletic offensive lineman with a high football IQ that can play multiple positions on the line.

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