Kansas City Chiefs future is in the hands of Patrick Mahomes

Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman //@DaynaOG

The Kansas City Chiefs took center stage last January when they traded quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins. Many thought it was a bad idea to get rid of a QB that had just had the best year of his career, while others thought it was a perfect time. Either way, the trade was the start of a whole new Chiefs team. A Patrick Mahomes lead team.

We all knew it would happen at some point. I mean a team doesn’t take a QB 10thoverall and plan to let him sit for years. However, the Chiefs didn’t rush Patrick Mahomes into the starting role. After sitting behind Smith for a year, it was time to let the kid, just 22 years old, shine.

Although he had a few missteps in training camp and the Chiefs first preseason game, Mahomes is getting lots of praise. Those of us who have been around football for a long time know that an Andy Reid offense isn’t an easy one to learn. Mahomes seems to be doing well with it.

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The Lions in Oakland

Official Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield//@Mom23RN

The much anticipated Matt Patricia era mostly officially begins tonight!  The Lions have made their way out to Oakland to take on the Raiders in their first preseason matchup under new head coach Patricia.   We all know that these are mostly scrimmages, but here are some things that I’ll be watching out for tonight.

Kerryon Johnson  Johnson was the 2nd round pick of the Lions in this past draft.  He’s a running back out of Auburn, and man, have the reports been good on him coming out of camp.  Anyone who’s watched a Lions broadcast in the past year or two knows that the Lions haven’t had a 100 yard rusher in a trillion years.

Could Kerryon be the one to break that?  As of now, it looks pretty good.  He’s been hardworking, playing different roles, such as pass catching, and pass protection.  He’s also gotten tips from former Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount.   Hoping we get to see some of that tonight.

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In Telesco we trust

By Cindy Davis //@XO_CindyDavis

 

 

Say hello to the newest Los Angeles Charger!

Excitement is high today as the Chargers got what some are calling the biggest steal of round one, selecting FSU Safety Derwin James at the number 17 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.  Many are surprised that he was still on the board when the Chargers were on the clock, so it was an obvious choice for the Bolts to make the call.

After not resigning free safety Tre Boston, the Chargers had an obvious need at this position. James told the Chargers in his interview with head coach Anthony Lynn, that he is willing to play any position they need, further adding to his value.

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Philip Rivers – That’s our quarterback

Official LA Chargers Reporter

By Cindy Davis // @XO_CindyDavis

Quarterback Philip Rivers became the official starter for the Chargers in 2006. Since that time, he has started every game and has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in 9 of his 12 seasons as the Chargers quarterback.  He has led his team to the playoffs 5 times and has been selected as a pro-bowler six times over his career.

Perhaps his most impressive feat though is the fact that he led the Chargers to win the AFC West division title four years in a row from 2006-2009. Sadly, all of their playoff appearances have ended in heartbreak and Rivers has never reached the SuperBowl.  Because of this, Rivers accomplishments thus far seem to be downplayed and his numbers overlooked.

With his contract set to expire in 2019 and Rivers turning 37 this year, it has been speculated that he will continue to play for several more years. As of right now, Rivers future at quarterback is unknown, but he deserves to end his career with the ultimate football accomplishment: a Lombardi.

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In LA, Stars Shine Bright On the Rams Upcoming Season

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan Official Reporter, LA Rams

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

There is a flurry of activity surrounding the LA Rams upcoming season! Rivaling any Hollywood blockbuster, they now have a star-studded roster – and the season hasn’t even begun.

Not only are they making history by adding Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies, who are joining the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading squad, but they’re also a top contender for landing Odell Beckham Jr.

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Our Turf Football 2018 NFL Mock Draft 16-32

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

 

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Earlier we had listed the first 15 draft picks with a trade. Let’s see what happens with the rest of the teams and who will get drafted from 16-32. So here is the final attempt in Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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OurTurf’s Mock NFL Draft Part 1

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman//@WandaW63

Free agency is pretty much on the quiet front with some players still trickling on to teams, such as quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the Tennessee Titans, and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the Los Angeles Rams.  But now it’s all about the draft and filling the holes that will make or break a team. So here is my attempt at Round 1 of the NFL Draft.

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Is it weekend at Bernie’s for Broncos or does Elway have a plan?

OTFB Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

If you like short pieces to read, this is one. If you left the country for a month-long walkabout, don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. The 2018 Broncos look exactly like the 2017 Broncos except they released a starting cornerback and signed a third string one.  They also signed an expensive quarterback, who has to prove himself.

That’s it, kiddies. Seriously.

Well, I lied. They also allowed free agent wide receiver Bennie Fowler and their former second-round pick WR Cody Latimer to walk. Either Elway believes this team only needed quarterback Case Keenum, or he has a ton of transactions up his sleeve.

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AFC East / AFC West – Roster Updates

Meaningful player additions, releases, and re-signings – Last update:  April 19, 2018

 

 

Buffalo Bills

Signings: CB Vontae Davis, RB Chris Ivory, DT Star Lotulelei, TE Logan Thomas, DE Eddie Yarbrough, CB Lafayette Pitts, DT Kyle Williams, S Rafael Bush, OLB Trent Murphy, LB Julian Stanford, QB A.J. McCarron, RB Taiwan Jones, C Russell Bodine, RT Marshall Newhouse, OLB Ramon Humber, WR Kaelin Clay, CB Phillip Gaines, DE Terrence Fede, LB Eddie Yarbrough, TE Logan Thomas, CB Lafayette Pitts, DE Tenny Palepol, TE Nick O’Leary, WR Jeremy Kerley

Released: QB Tyrod Taylor (traded to Cleveland), OT Cordy Glenn (traded to Cincinnati), DE Ryan Davis, DE Nordly Capi

Retired: S Aaron Williams, S James Ihedigbo

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Broncos / John Elway starts making moves

OTFB Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

 

After being very quiet since the season ended, the Denver Broncos have made a few moves. They picked up Chris Harris, Jr’s option of $1.1 million. This makes his contract for the year guaranteed.

They traded Aqib Talib to the Los Angeles Rams where he will be reunited with Wade Phillips, Denver’s former super bowl winning defensive coordinator. He’ll also be teaming up with another former player, Kayvon Webster.

In the trade, Denver received a fifth round draft pick, and many believe this was a low ball move. However, a source said that he wasn’t happy with Vance Joseph or the way the defense was being run. Publicly, he said everything was swell.

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