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The Kansas City Chiefs revamped their wide receiver corps by trading Tyreek Hill, signing JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, drafting Skyy Moore in the second round and adding Justyn Ross as an undrafted free agent.
The main holdover from last year’s group, Mecole Hardman, told NFL Network’s Good Morning Football on Friday that he expects Patrick Mahomes to give every receiver a chance to shine.
“Definitely opportunity, for sure,” he said. “A guy like Tyreek with a lot of targets, I think it’s a lot of targets to go around. Obviously, we’ve got a good group of guys, receivers-wise, so it’s definitely going to be a good year to come up a little bit and just have fun with it and just take advantage of the opportunity.”
Earlier this offseason, Hardman noted that he doesn’t feel “pressure” to fill the void left by Hill. But a Year 4 breakout from the wideout would go a long way in the Chiefs remaining a big-play force. For Hardman, it all starts with the QB and TE.
“The offense, they’re gonna be explosive,” he said. “You got Patrick Mahomes at the helm; he’s got the keys to the car. Then you’ve got the best tight end in the league in Travis Kelce. When you’ve got those two guys and our offensive line that’s revamped that’s going to be pretty good again this year, I think you can lean on those guys to have a successful offense. I think, just with Pat and Trav alone, the offense is going to be great regardless.
“With the pieces of me, JuJu, Marquez, I think we’re gonna have a significant role in the offense to boost it up a bit. I think you’re gonna see a more overall play of the offense.”
It was evident from their moves this offseason that the Chiefs want to get better over the middle to help bust two-high schemes that have given them trouble in the past. Expect the Chiefs to spread the ball around a lot in 2022.
With Andy Reid and Mahomes running the offense, K.C. remains a potent force even without the fastest receiver in the NFL.
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray became the second-highest paid player in the NFL on Thursday. On Friday, he discussed his new contract and his hopes for his future in Arizona.
Six Ravens – left tackle Ronnie Stanley, running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, cornerback Marcus Peters, outside linebacker Tyus Bowser and safety Ar’Darius Washington — were placed on the physically unable to perform list Friday ahead of the start of training camp on Wednesday.
Kansas City head coach Andy Reid said Friday he wasn’t sure if left tackle Orlando Brown would report to training camp.
Former Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, looking back on his career, believes the game changed from team-first to me-first, that it was “mostly” general manager Kevin Colbert who wanted to move on at QB, and that he’s done enough to head to the Hall of Fame.
The Philadelphia Eagles are the latest team to unveil an alternate helmet for the 2022 NFL season. Philly showed off their new black helmets on Friday.
The Browns announced they’ve placed third-round pick WR David Bell on the active/PUP list, but also assigned fourth-round pick DT Perrion Winfrey to his rookie deal.
The Bengals officially revealed their new alternate white helmet on Friday via their Twitter account.
The New York Jets joined the alternate helmets party this offseason. Gang Green owner Woody Johnson announced Friday the Jets would wear a “Stealth Black Helmet” for three games in 2022.
The Jets spent the offseason upgrading the CB room, adding free agent D.J. Reed and drafting Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner at No. 4. The moves thrust incumbent Bryce Hall into a spot to battle for a starting job this training camp.
Joining the Rich Eisen Show earlier this week, Steelers running back Najee Harris made it clear he’s open to whatever workload the team needs to win.
The Rams were bestowed their Super Bowl LVI championship rings on Thursday night at a ceremony in L.A. with players, coaches and staff.
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