Top News 8/8: Kareem Hunt seeks trade but request declined – Arrowhead Pride

Top News 8/8: Kareem Hunt seeks trade but request declined - Arrowhead Pride

The last one

Ranking all 32 NFL teams by their under-25 talent in 2022: The best and worst core young players | ESPN

12. Kansas City Chiefs

2021 Ranking: 29 2020 rank: 10

Blue players: Faith Humphrey, C; Trey Smith, G; Nick Bolton, LB

Notable graduated players: L’Jarius Sneed, CB; JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR; Ronald Jones, RB; Mike Hughes, CB; Rashad Fenton, CB; Justin Reid, S; Tommy Townsend, P

The Chiefs have made two notable efforts to inject some youth into their perennial Final Four roster the past two offseasons. First, they drafted Humphrey and Smith with their second- and sixth-round 2021 draft picks. And it’s hard to imagine that it will go any better. As rookie starters, Humphrey and Smith finished second and 18th among full-season centers and right guards, respectively, with their 0.5% and 3.1% blown pass block percentages. With Humphrey and Smith alongside veterans Orlando Brown Jr. and Joe Thuney, the Chiefs likely won’t see their star quarterback take the amount of hits he did on the 2020 team. Super Bowl loss to the Bucs. Too bad their first-round running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire didn’t take advantage. He averaged the same pedestrian 2.2 yards after contact in 2021 that he did in 2020, barely half the 3.7 yards after contact Edwards-Helaire averaged in his junior season for the national champion. LSU Tigers.

Sources: RB Kareem Hunt requests trade but Cleveland Browns decline | ESPN

The news of Hunt’s trade demand was first reported by Cleveland.com.

Hunt’s situation adds more turmoil for the Browns, who are waiting to see how long quarterback Deshaun Watson will be suspended for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Watson was suspended for six games by disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson on Monday, but the NFL appealed the ruling on Wednesday, seeking a harsher punishment.

Hunt, 27, was productive during his three seasons for Cleveland, but he missed nine games last season with calf and ankle injuries and finished with 386 yards and five touchdowns, finishing third on the team in rushing behind Nick Chubb (1,259 yards ) and D’Ernest Johnson (534). Hunt led the Browns with 11 touchdowns (six rushing, five receiving) in 2020.

Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing as a rookie with the Chiefs in 2017 when he had 1,327 yards, was released by Kansas City a year later after a video surfaced of him shoving and kicking a woman. He signed with the Browns in 2019 and was suspended for the first eight games of that season for violating the personal conduct policy.

Dick Vermeil grateful for Chiefs organization in Hall of Fame speech | Main wire

After going over the many people who influenced his career and life prior to his time with the Chiefs, Vermeil talked about the Hunt family and some visitors he received at the famous Gold Jacket dinner on Friday night.

“Thank you, Lamar Hunt and Norma (Hunt) – the best couple, I think, I’ve ever met in professional football. Unbelievable. Clark Hunt and Tavia (Hunt), son and daughter-in-law, came here to see me last night and this morning.Thanks for that effort.

“With them came Andy Reid and Tammy (Reid). Head coach, in training camp, left training camp and flew here to say congratulations to me personally last night. I’ve never, in my coaching career, had a better show of respect for anyone else in the profession you’re in than what Andy Reid did for me last night. It will always, always touch me. Thank you, Andy and Tammy. That was incredible.”

Potential class of 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame: Darrelle Revis, Joe Thomas headline potential inductees | CBS Sports

Possible contemporary recruits

**CB Darrelle Revis (2007-17): “Revis Island” was anything but a vacation spot for NFL wideouts during his 10-year career. The seven-time Pro Bowler routinely locked down the leagues best receivers while making life miserable for quarterbacks. He helped New England break its 10-year Super Bowl drought in 2014 after leading the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games in 2009-10.

Jared Allen Connected With New (Vikings) Regime | Zone Coverage

But the Vikings were more interesting. They had Adrian Peterson in the backfield and Pat Williams, Ray Edwards, and Kevin Williams on the defensive line. Ben Leber and Chad Greenway stood behind them, and Antoine Winfield continued to occupy opposing receivers.

“This is where I wanted to be,” Allen said at the Vikings practice facility last weekend. “First of all, I never had plans to leave Kansas City, did I? When you come into the league, you’re naive to what the league is actually about on the business side.”

The ’08 Chiefs weren’t quite the Chiefs of today. They had Tyler Thigpen under center; Dwayne Bowe was their leading receiver. In 2006, the Indianapolis Colts beat them in the wild card round, 23-8. They won four games in ’07 and would win two in ’08.

The Vikings traded first- and two third-round picks, plus a pick-swap in 2008, for Allen. They immediately signed him to a six-year, $73,260,069 contract. At the time, it was the richest in NFL history for a defensive player. Allen handed it over. He made 96 starts and recorded 85.5 sacks in six seasons, and his calf sack dance and cowboy persona endeared him to the Purple faithful.

“I remember, like any business, there’s nerves and anxiety,” Vikings owner Mark Wilf said after practice at U.S. Bank Stadium two weeks ago.

Time for Butker?

Ranking the secondaries of the NFL | YardBarker

18. Kansas City Chiefs

The last time the Chiefs didn’t have Tyrann Mathieu, QBs regularly torched their secondary. That prevented Patrick Mahomes’ historic run from ending in a Super Bowl. The team did not make an offer to Mathieu this year and will go with the younger and more expensive Justin Reid. The Chiefs also let top outside corner Charvarius Ward walk, which will send first-rounder Trent McDuffie — the top corner Kansas City will add since it took Marcus Peters from Washington in 2015 — into the fray early. Rashad Fenton is a nice slot option, and the Chiefs generally coax decent CB play. But Mathieu no longer being there to clean up messes is concerning.

Around the NFL

Report: NFL Changes Helmet Lowering Rule After Having Problems Fining Players | Bleacher Report

Like Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted, the 2022 rulebook states: “It is a foul if a player lowers his head and makes violent contact with his helmet against an opponent.”

It’s a change from previous years, which said a player had to initiate contact for it to be a violation, while the new version also added the word “violent.”

According to Florio, the change came after there was a “slump” in disputes over fines from the league. A player could argue that they did not initiate the contact on a certain play, therefore negating any penalty.

The new wording could become even more subjective, with players arguing what constitutes “compulsory”. The league may still be able to use discretion when it comes to helmet-to-helmet contact.

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Andy Reid: Isiah Pacheco runs hard every time he touches the ball

Part of Pacheco’s impatience when carrying the ball may stem from playing behind a terrible offensive line in college.

In his senior season at Rutgers, Pacheco averaged a meager 3.9 yards per carry – mainly due to the poor play of the offensive line. In 2021 Football Outsiders ranked the Scarlet Knights 103rd in rushing yards per carry at 2.43.

That means that on his own, Pacheco averaged an extra 1.5 yards per attempt.

But on the other hand, one area where it can be to a player’s advantage to immediately run as hard as possible is in the return game. This is probably why special teams coordinator Dave Toub revealed last week that the rookie gets the first shot at returning kicks in 2022.

“We’re going to start him as the guy and see if he can handle it,” Toub said. “See how he does in the pre-season. In some games, we will be able to tell right away. He promises. He’s a big guy — 215 plus. ran [a] 4:37 [40-yard dash]. That’s a little scary back there if we can get that thing going. We used Pringle like this. We think we can do that with Pacheco.”

If Pacheco can win the starting job at kicker, that will guarantee him a roster spot — and could also lead to increased offensive opportunities.

Like most late-round picks, Pacheco is still a work in progress. But Reid said he likes the package the team received when drafting him in April.

“He’s a good catcher,” noted the head coach, “so he can catch the football. The rest of everything we can work with — and he’s doing it now. He’s learning the feel of it.”

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