Ranking 32 RB1s ahead of 2022 NFL season: Christian McCaffrey lands at No. 10 | NFL.com
27 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Kansas City Chiefs Year 3
2021 statistics: 10 games | 119 wait | 517 meters race | 4.3ypc | 4 urgent tutorials | 19 rec | 129 rec yards | 2 DT rec
CEH has to show up in 2022. It’s plain and simple. He averaged 113.7 scrimmage yards per game in his first six career games … but only 62.6 scrimmage yards per game in his last 17. The Chiefs need to lean more on the run and get effective carries off their back to add more balance to their pass-happy offense. Edwards-Helaire must take advantage of his opportunities — especially with hungry newcomer Ronald Jones II joining the unit — and stay healthy and available for a full season.
Projecting the NFL’s Best and Worst Offensive Lines: Ranking All 32 Teams’ Passing Success Rates and Run Blocks for 2022 | ESPN
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Projected entries: Orlando Brown Jr., Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith, Andrew Wylie
Expected pass block ranking: No. 1
Planned Execution Block Rank: #5
It’s hard to imagine an investment in the offensive line going much better than what the Chiefs did a year ago. It’s most notable on the inside, where they drafted or signed the No. 1 center in pass block win rate in Humphrey and the No. 1 and 2 guards in Thuney and Smith. They were home runs and especially notable considering Smith was a sixth-round pick.
Chiefs Finalize Pre-Season TV Team, Announce Return of Chiefs Radio Network Team for 2022 | The mother ship
Chiefs pre-season TV
Chiefs Preseason Television will feature NFL Network anchor Ari Wolfe as the play-by-play announcer for the third season in 2022. Former Pro Bowl quarterback and CBS NFL analyst Trent Green , returns to the stand for his 12th season as the pre-season team’s color commentator. . Joining Wolfe and Green for her first year as a sideline reporter for the Chiefs Preseason Television team is Kimmi Chex, a Kansas City, Mo., native and on-air host and NFL Media personality. Chiefs senior reporter Matt McMullen enters his second season by providing reporting and side stories for preseason broadcasts. Produced by 65 Toss Power Trap Productions, the club’s three pre-season games will be broadcast locally on KSHB.
Andy Reid says Josh Gordon is working hard in Chiefs’ WR competition | Chef’s Wire
Gordon has been a prime target for most of his career, but after a lackluster 2021 season, he’ll be forced to push for a roster spot if he wants to extend his Kansas City career. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke about Gordon’s progress in training camp during Wednesday’s post-workout press conference.
“Josh has a great attitude and he works hard,” Reid said. “Yeah, there is competition; I mean, they’re all in competition. One day he works with some; the next day, with the two, the three. Trying to get him to do that many reps a week (and) can still watch the other guys too. It’s a bit of a juggling act, but it does a good job. Work hard.
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Does Aaron Rodgers plan to play until 45 like Tom Brady? ‘No, I don’t’ | NFL.com
However, Rodgers has put an end to any uncertainty over his participation in the 2028 season.
With Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady turning 45 this week, Rodgers was asked if he sees himself playing until he’s 45.
“No, I don’t know,” smiled Rodgers, shaking his head from side to side when he spoke to reporters on Thursday, “but happy birthday, Tom.”
Can New Blood revitalize Brandon Staley’s defense in Los Angeles? | The ring
Star power wasn’t the problem. Defensive end Joey Bosa and safety Derwin James, two of the best players in the NFL at their respective positions, each made the Pro Bowl, but the Chargers struggled to stop just about everyone, finishing 24th in the EPA per play allowed at the end of the season. The problem was a lack of proven NFL talent surrounding Bosa and James, so Staley, in his second offseason, and longtime general manager Tom Telesco prioritized adding not just better players, but also players who would also be better suited to Staley’s defense, which relies heavily on two high safeties and complex pass coverage schemes. It does mean, however, that there is often one less defender in the box devoted to stopping the run. Staley isn’t going to give up his basic defensive principles to load the box, so the answer has to be more talented inside players.
“All of these guys that we acquired through trade or free agency, these guys are proven NFL players,” Staley said last Friday. “As far as what I expect from them, I expect us to play in team defence. Last year that was a weakness in our football team. And I don’t mind. don’t expect it to be [this year]. That’s why all these guys are here.
New York Jets Plan 3 Week Ukraine Tribute to Awareness of Relief Efforts | NFL.com
For the Jets, however, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and the ensuing war since have never been completely forgotten. Suzanne Johnson, the wife of team owner Woody Johnson, is the daughter of a Ukrainian immigrant father and a first-generation Ukrainian-American mother and grew up in the Ukrainian enclave of Greenwich Village in New York City.
Suzanne is spearheading efforts to get help for the millions of refugees who have fled the fighting – the Jets are donating $1 million to Ukraine relief efforts, which is being split into tranches $100,000 to organizations that have an impact in the region. Johnson also worries that Ukraine will take over the headlines as war fatigue sets in and Americans turn their attention to other issues. So the Jets asked permission from the NFL for an unusual tribute.
On September 25, for their Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Jets will wear a Ukrainian flag decal on their helmets and the flag will be painted in the end zones of MetLife Stadium. The Johnson family had the rare idea of honoring another country at an NFL game.
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Imagining what the Chiefs’ pass rush might look like in 2022
Defensive end Frank Clark
Clark is the experienced leader of the defensive end group, which means he’ll likely lead the defensive end position in a pinch. When passing, it will be his ball speed that will be his greatest asset.
When Clark is at his best, it’s because he can explode on the snap and win that step on offensive tackle as he drops in his passing set. The more pressure Clark can put on tackles to get depth in their fall, the more vulnerable they will be to inside countermoves. At this point in his career, Clark must win with finesse; winning with power is only set up by speed.
Frank is the best of #Heads the edge rushers on those Tex stunts, where he loops inside behind the DT’s penetration to the B-gap
When Jones is on the opposite side, he will draw help from the center most of the time, maximizing the seam for Clark to cross pic.twitter.com/iN6DWPAbmo
—Ron Kopp Jr. (@Ron_Kopp) August 4, 2022
One of the best ways to take advantage of Clark’s brilliance and speed – something he has worked to improve this offseason – uses it on Tex stunts, a term for Tackle/End twists.
The inside rusher to Clark’s side would penetrate the guard’s outside shoulder to the offensive tackle’s inside shoulder, giving a seam to his inside for Clark to loop behind him. The faster the end can reach the inside seam, the more likely it is to pass freely.