Chiefs News 8/15: Andy Reid unimpressed by conditions at Soldier Field – Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs News 8/15: Andy Reid unimpressed by conditions at Soldier Field - Arrowhead Pride

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NFLPA president criticizes Soldier Field for rough conditions, tweets league ‘can and should do better’ | CBS Sports

Bears quarterback Justin Fields, however, admitted the field could use some improvements. He noted that the field for the game, despite being visibly damaged, was better than it was on Tuesday.

“I mean it’s always been that way. It was definitely better than the family party earlier this week,” Fields said. “I’m just glad it was better than it was earlier this week because it wasn’t the best. The weed definitely could have been better.”

Head coach Andy Reid wasn’t too impressed either.

“Much better than my high school field,” Reid said, before pausing and adding, “Not much.”

The turf being different from other fields means that kicker Cairo Santos has had to change his off-season training, going to fields that mimic Solider Field rather than choosing “perfect” turf fields.

He said the field is “exactly what we have to deal with.”

2022 NFL preseason, Week 1: What We Learned from Saturday’s games | NFL.com

Senior rookie George Karlaftis brings the heat. With Patrick Mahomes and the first-team offense off to a smooth start, our attention is on the first-round edge rusher. Karlaftis sported a V-8 engine and was a constant presence in the Bears backfield. The rookie never seems to give up on a play, shows great pursuit and provides good power and quickness off the edge. The Purdue product netted a sack, two QB hits, and a tackle for loss in the first half. Yes, it came against a questionable Bears O-line, but Karlaftis dominating second-team blockers is what you want to see in the preseason. The Chiefs are counting on the rookie to help jumpstart the pass rush group in 2022. His first preseason action showed significant promise.

Patrick Mahomes’ wife sends warning to NFL teams after Chiefs QB’s first TD for 2022 | Clutch Points

Patrick Mahomes’ wife recently reminded everyone that the touchdown the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback threw on Saturday in their preseason game against the Chicago Bears was just the first of many more to come.

On their opening possession, Mahomes made scoring a touchdown look easy with a sharp pass to tight end Blake Bell. He saw Bell at the five-yard line and delivered the sharp throw for the touchdown drive.

Of course, Brittany Mahomes was ecstatic to see her husband perform well on the field again. She then went on to warn the rest of the NFL that they better be prepared for an improved Patrick Mahomes in the 2022 regular season.

“I hope you’re all ready for this season,” Brittany wrote on Twitter along with a smiley face emoji.

Ranking the NFL’s Top 5 Coaching Staffs Entering the 2022 Season | Bleacher Report

1. Kansas City Chiefs

Head Coach: Andy Reid

Coordinators: Eric Bieniemy (offense), Steve Spagnuolo (defense)

Having Patrick Mahomes certainly helps, but no coaching staff has proven to be more consistent over the last four years than the Kansas City Chiefs.

Andy Reid and Co. went 50-15 in the regular season since 2018 and reached the least AFC Championship in the finals.

It’s not just Reid who makes the coaching staff great, either. Eric Bienemy has served as the offensive coordinator since 2018, leading the unit to top-six finishes in both points and yards in each season he’s been at the helm.

Spagnuolo has been the defensive coordinator since 2019, and while his defenses haven’t dominated, his style and philosophy mesh perfectly with the high-octane offense that drives the Chiefs.

For example, last season the defense was 27th in yards allowed, but finished eighth in points allowed while finishing fifth in pressure percentage.

Reid and Bieniemy’s offense is capable of scoring quickly while Spagnuolo’s defense creates chaos and makes it difficult to keep up. It’s a training gig that has proven to be elite time and time again.

Tips and strategy to win your 12-team PPR fantasy football league | DraftKings Nation

When to draft a QB?

While running backs and wide receivers will dominate the first round of your draft, your roster starts with the quarterback. The icon is sitting there staring you in the face, so when should you fill the position?

The honest answer is that it depends on how the draft board falls. If you start your draft by looking at the average draft position (ADP) of quarterbacks, you will see that Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is selected at the end of the second round, and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is selected about halfway through the third round. If you can get one of those quarterbacks a little past their ADP, take them because then they are values.

With 12 teams in your league, there will be 12 starting quarterbacks each week. The first 12 quarterbacks are taken by the halfway point of the eighth round. The flow of the draft will be unique to your league and format but in one quarterback leagues, keep an eye on your starting quarterback before the eighth round. The longer you wait for a quarterback, the more you hope they will far exceed their projections.

NFL preseason Week 1 winners and losers: Rookie quarterbacks impress, Deshaun Watson struggles in Browns debut | CBS Sports

Loser: Bruins O-line

One of the bigger concerns with the Chicago Bears is the offensive line’s ability to keep second-year quarterback Justin Fields upright. In the preseason opener against the Chiefs, the lineup that got the start didn’t do much to alleviate those concerns. In the early stages of the game, Chicago’s O-line did seem to let Chiefs defenders find their way into the backfield and disrupt plays quite a bit. Fields was also sacked twice and the offense punted on all three of his drives to open the game in part because of that poor play before.

Around the NFL

Top 100 Players of 2022, Nos. 70-61: QB Derek Carr returns to list after three-year absence | NFL.com

70 – Tyrann Mathieu

New Orleans Saints · FS

Although the Honey Badger continues his slide from 39 two years ago and 58 in last year’s iteration of the Top 100, his versatility to make a difference both in the box and at free safety remains enviable around the league. Mathieu cashed in on his reputation this offseason with a three-year deal to join his hometown Saints. New Orleans will hope Mathieu can replicate his recent three-year run with Kansas City that netted him 13 interceptions, four fumble recoveries and two All-Pro nods.

Joe Burrow makes training camp debut for Cincinnati Bengals, participates in several exercises | ESPN

All of his work in team drills came in a 7-on-7 period that was tighter than coach Zac Taylor anticipated.

“We talked about taking two reps in 7-on-7,” Taylor said after practice. “And then he took 10. That’s how it happens sometimes.”

Previously, Burrow’s most notable work during practice came last Monday when he made some light throws during an impromptu walk.

On Sunday, Burrow decided to stretch his limits.

Burrow took the entirety of the reps during that 7-on-7 drill. That also reduced the workload of the rest of the quarterbacks of the team after Brandon Allen’s concussion in last Friday’s preseason game against the. Arizona Cardinals.

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5 things we learned in the Chiefs loss to the Bears

2. The Chiefs’ talented young players lived up to their billing

Early in the season, the Chiefs’ rookies will take some lumps.

This is to be expected as they acclimate to the NFL – and so it was on Saturday afternoon. But despite making some mental mistakes, Kansas City’s rookies showed why many draft experts labeled them the best draft class of general manager Brett Veach’s tenure.

Early on, first-round defensive end George Karlaftis struggled a bit with mental mistakes before coming alive and beating Chicago right tackle (and Topeka native) Tevin Jenkins with a nice inside rib move to sack Bears quarterback Justin Fields for a 10-yard loss. .

After that, Karlaftis consistently applied pressure in Chicago’s backfield. For a team that struggled to land a quarterback in 2021, it was an encouraging debut for the rookie pass rusher.

Another rookie who showed glimpses of brilliance was wide receiver Skyy Moore, who caught all three of his targets — including a hard snap over the middle in which Bears rookie safety Jaquan Brisker hit him pretty hard. While it’s a small sample size, it certainly seems like the Chiefs may have a legitimate offensive weapon on their hands.

Other rookies who had some nice moments on Saturday included linebacker Leo Chenal — who led the team with seven tackles — and cornerback Jaylen Watson, who struggled in run defense but still played pretty good coverage, making the most of the opportunity given to he.

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