Chiefs headlines for Thursday, April 22
New England Patriots trade J.C. Jackson to the Kansas City Chiefs
It’s not a secret that Kansas City needs to find an upgrade or two at cornerback during the 2021 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, they are now likely to go offensive line in the first round after moving off starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz earlier in the offseason. Yielding a low second-round pick next week and a future third-rounder for Jackson would make the most sense here.
As for the Patriots, this is pretty much the best that they can ask for in return for a still-unproven and oftentimes inconsistent performer. Whether Bill Belichick and Co. trade Jackson to a conference rival that has won two consecutive AFC titles remains to be seen.
Head coach Andy Reid was quick to say his players needed to forget about their Super Bowl loss at the home of the Buccaneers in Florida and concentrate on the upcoming campaign. His experience can help his side get back to winning ways in 2021.
The Chiefs had the best record in the NFL in 2020 as they finished the regular season on 14-2. They remain a very good football team and will be expected to be one of the strong contenders for the Vince Lombardi Trophy once again. The bookmakers agree as they are the +600 favorites in the betting this season.
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Barmore and Chris Jones would give the Chiefs two big, pass-rushing specialists at defensive tackle.
If the Chiefs want to add to their speedy Legion of Zoom, Auburn wide receiver Anthony Schwartz could make sense in the third round. Though raw on the football field, the 2018 Gatorade National Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year set a youth world record by running a 10.15 100-meter dash in the 2017 Florida Relays and also posted a 4.26 40 at his recent Pro Day.
If linebacker Dylan Moses is healthy, selecting the 6-1, 225 pounder with one of their two fifth-round picks could represent an absolute steal for the Chiefs. Nick Saban-coached linebackers always seem to find success in the NFL.
A torn ACL sidelined Moses for the entire 2019 season before he returned to lead Alabama with 80 tackles and earn first-team, All-SEC honors this past season. But after the title-winning season, he required follow-up knee surgery.
“Because even though I’ve got plenty of snaps left in me, after 16 years of giving this game everything I’ve got, I can’t wait to see what else is possible,” Smith said in his retirement video. “But first I’m going to take a little time to enjoy a few of those walks with my wife and those kids have no idea what’s coming for them in the backyard.”
On the potential for coaching in the NFL at any point in his career, Smith has already commented on why it’s not likely to happen. In a fun exercise with GQ Magazine called “Actually Me,” Smith went undercover on the internet to secretly respond to tweets, Reddit posts and more. Toward the end of the video, which you can watch here, Smith answered a question about potentially becoming a QB coach in San Francisco.
“I am planning on moving back to the Bay eventually, but I don’t know, I think my wife would kill me if I decided to coach,” Smith wrote in a tweet. “She sacrificed enough during my playing career, being away. I think if I decided to continue on – even more so as a coach – I don’t think that would be good.”
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“Antonio and Britney have been friends over a decade. Several years ago they almost became business partners. Recently, they were involved in aggressive litigation. Having reflected on their relationship, both feel that the time has come to move on,” Brown’s representative, Alana Burstyn, and Taylor’s attorney, David Haas, said in separate statements. “Antonio is grateful for Britney’s excellent training assistance. They are pleased that Antonio is doing so well with the Bucs and has a ring. Their dispute is resolved and they wish each other great continued success.”
Taylor had alleged in the civil lawsuit that Brown sexually assaulted her on two training trips in June 2017 and then raped her in Miami in May 2018.
“Today, I want to announce my official retirement from professional football,” Ward wrote in a statement. “This period came fast, and yet it felt prolonged. We each have our own journey in this life and in this sport, and I proudly followed mine until my football path was complete. Regardless of the ups and downs, I stayed the course. Football is in my blood. I would play as long as I was able. In the end, I wasn’t allowed to play anymore.
In an interview with “The Cris Collinsworth Podcast featuring Richard Sherman,” Burrow said he is “ahead of schedule” following reconstructive knee surgery to repair injuries that ended his rookie season. He said he should be ready for the team’s season opener.
“I’m expecting to be there on the first snap of 2021,” Burrow said on the podcast, which was released on Tuesday.
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“It’s going to be a tough match no matter when we play them, where we play them, how we play them,” admitted Beane. “You just got to try and — on the defensive side, build as many weapons as you can, whether that’s in the secondary, whether that’s speed linebackers, whether that’s chasing down. Obviously, the front. I mean, you saw what Tampa did (in the Super Bowl) — their front really did a nice job versus Kansas City’s front, which affected him and got him off his spot, but you can see, even with Mahomes, how good he is, some of the throws he made even when they got him off the spot. The play’s not dead, so it’s getting him flushed out, but then still having speed and, can your secondary hold up long enough?”
Mahomes was 29 of 38 for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the AFC title game. Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs with 172 yards and tight end Travis Kelce had 118 yards and two of the scores.
A tweet to make you think
Maybe I’m mistaken, but it feels like they’re already pretty trigger-happy with taunting penalties.. https://t.co/cndsMhpIWp
— Ron Kopp Jr. (@Ron_Kopp) April 21, 2021
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