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“I think the Colts are going to provide the greatest challenge to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC because they have a lot of things going for them right now as far as culture and personnel in Indianapolis,” he answered. “Now the question is whether or not (Colts coach) Frank Reich and one person in particular, that being Carson Wentz, can be the cherry on top of this great program they’re putting together.”
12. OT Eric Fisher
While he has only one Pro Bowl nods to his credit, Fisher has been one of the better offensive tackles in football after joining the Chiefs in 2013. The Chiefs’ starting left tackle since 2014, Fisher has started in 113 in 117 of his career games. A starter on Kansas City’s 2019 championship team, Fisher has helped provide sturdy protection for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has blossomed into arguably the NFL’s best player.
A first-time Pro Bowler in 2016, Fisher earned Pro Bowl honors again last season before suffering a torn Achilles injury during last year’s AFC title game. Without Fisher, the Chiefs failed to properly protect Mahomes during the Chiefs’ 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
Left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz were both released early in the offseason as the Chiefs created salary cap space ahead of free agency. On Monday, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that the financial situation dictated those moves and that the team isn’t slamming the door on a possible reunion with either player.
“You run into these cap situations,” Reid said, via Nate Taylor of TheAthletic.com. “Some of these things had to be done. They go out as champs. The door always remains open.”
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Appearing on Brother From Another this past week, Pitts described his ideal role as a “hybrid-type” receiver who can be deployed just about anywhere. Pitts credited his father for encouraging him to move to tight end from quarterback and become a player like Kansas City’s Travis Kelce or San Francisco’s George Kittle.
“I would just say probably a hybrid-type thing,” Pitts said, via NBC Sports. “You know, being able to do everything on the field, being able to be in-line, hipped off, backside, playing receiver, in the bunch, outside. So just hybrid means just everybody, everywhere.”
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At the time, Lynch didn’t name the team he had been talking with, but he finally decided to reveal that information during an interview on ESPN’s SportsNation this week. Apparently, Tom Brady was trying to woo Beast Mode to Tampa Bay so the two could make a run at the Super Bowl together.
“I was specifically speaking to Tom Brady and the Bucs,” Lynch said. “That’s who I was talking to.”
Lynch didn’t say if he reached out to Brady or if Brady reached out to him, but the fact that they talked is definitely interesting. For one, it’s completely believable that Brady might have reached out and that’s because the Buccaneers season started to fall apart near the end of November. After losing a Week 12 game to the Chiefs, the Buccaneers fell to 7-5 heading into their Week 13 bye. With the season slipping away, it’s not too crazy to think that Brady might have reached out to Lynch at some point during the bye.
“I’m aware that there’s some fan discontent with our wide receivers and our drafting and all that,” DeCosta said. “We’ve got some really good young receivers. It’s insulting to these guys when they hear that we don’t have any receivers. It’s quite insulting. I’m insulted by it too, to be honest. I think we’ve got some guys that want to show everybody what they can do.”
Since the Ravens’ first draft in 1996, Baltimore and Washington are the only teams not to draft a Pro Bowl wide receiver. In each of the past two seasons, Baltimore’s wide receivers have ranked last in the league in catches and receiving yards in the team’s run-oriented offense.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that former Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva is set to visit Baltimore this week, per a source informed of the situation.
The former Army Ranger signed in Pittsburgh in 2014 after getting cut by the Eagles. After spending a year on the practice squad, Villanueva became the Steelers’ starting left tackle in 2015. He patrolled the left side of Pittsburgh’s line and had started every game for the past five years before hitting free agency this offseason.
The Ravens are in the market for potential veteran help at tackle, with Brown requesting a trade. After replacing an injured Ronnie Stanley at left tackle last year, Brown wants to be a full-time LT, not shift back to the right side, which he manned during his first two seasons. Any trade for Brown would likely come before or during the draft.
In 2004, the Bengals made their first major uniform change in over two decades. The franchise’s new digs were part of a successful era in Cincinnati that included three division titles and seven playoff appearances from 2005-15. Cincinnati is surely hoping that their new uniforms — which were unveiled on Monday — will usher in a similar run of success.
And from the looks of it, they’re off to a good start.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) April 19, 2021
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Linebacker Isaiah McDuffie, Boston College
Smart, versatile, high football character players are good investments for the bottom of any roster. McDuffie isn’t the biggest linebacker — and doesn’t have the ability to fill out his frame much more — but he’s a cerebral player who could fit a specific need as a dime linebacker in Steve Spagnuolo’s defense: potentially replacing Ben Niemann. He’s smart enough to earn the trust of the coaching staff and has more athleticism and coverage ability than a player like Niemann.
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Comeback Player of the Year.
Comeback Player of a LIFETIME.
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 19, 2021
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