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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license and released a short time later.

Fournette paid a $1,508 bond and was freed after spending less than 30 minutes in the Duval County Jail, according to jail records.

Fournette was pulled over after a Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputy clocked him driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to the police report. Fournette was cited for speeding and for having illegal tint on his SUV. He was arrested for the suspended license.

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The arresting officer recalled pulling Fournette over last July for driving 80 mph in a 45 mph zone, the report said. The officer issued Fournette a written warning for reckless driving — he was allegedly weaving in and out of traffic — not having his driver’s license and having illegal tint on a different car.

Fournette’s license was suspended last month after he failed to pay or protest a speeding ticket from November 2018, court records show. Fournette was cited in nearby Neptune Beach for driving 37 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The Jaguars said in a statement they “are aware of the situation involving Leonard Fournette and are continuing to gather more information. No further comment will be provided at this time.”

The arrest is the latest issue for Fournette , the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft who was injured, suspended and on the bench in crunch time last season. He also was fined, criticized and admittedly not in ideal shape late in the year.

Most telling, the Jaguars voided the remaining guarantees in Fournette’s four-year rookie contract worth $27.1 million. The team made the move following Fournette’s weeklong suspension in late November for instigating a fight in Buffalo.

Fournette has challenged the decision, which could cost him up to $7.1 million. The one-week suspension already cost him nearly $100,000 in salary.

Fournette also drew the team’s ire when he and fellow running back T.J. Yeldon spent most of the season finale — a 20-3 loss at Houston — on the bench and disengaged from coaches and teammates.

Personnel chief Tom Coughlin ripped both players for being “disrespectful” and “selfish.”

Fournette had a lengthy meeting with Coughlin and coach Doug Marrone after the season in hopes of clearing the air and staring anew.

“I have full confidence in him,” Coughlin said last month. “He does have some things he’s got to prove when he comes back about his preparation, but he’s a young, young player. He loves football, had an outstanding year, had a very disappointing year. We want him to be a great player and I think he’s in the same mindset.”

Fournette has missed 11 games in two seasons because of injuries and suspensions. The former LSU star ran for 439 yards and five touchdowns in eight games last season after running for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie.

Fournette had been working out in Wyoming with LSU’s former LSU strength and conditioning coordinator.

He likely returned to Jacksonville in time for the team’s offseason conditioning program, which begins Monday.

The Jags have revamped their running backs room in hopes of helping Fournette. They fired position coach Tyrone Wheatley , released running back Carlos Hyde and let Yeldon and Corey Grant leave in free agency. They hired 64-year-old Terry Robiskie, who, like Fournette, was born and raised in New Orleans and attended LSU, as running backs coach. They also signed veteran Alfred Blue (another LSU alum) to be Fournette’s backup.

The New York Jets are the latest team to host a visit for former Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware, according to a tweet from Jets beat reporter Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Ware (5-10, 229) is in the process of trying to find his next NFL contract after reaching free agency on March 13. If Ware signed with the Jets, he’d be joining a running back room that includes Le’Veon Bell, De’Angelo Henderson, Trenton Cannon, and Elijah McGuire. The Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions have also reportedly hosted Ware on visits in recent weeks.

Ware, 27, is in his sixth NFL season after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of LSU. He lasted just one season with the Seahawks, in which he had three carries for 10 yards, then eventually caught on with the Chiefs in late 2014. Ware began to see playing time in 2015 and had 72 carries for 403 yards and six touchdowns in 11 games, then he took over the starting spot in 2016, rushing for 921 yards and three touchdowns while catching 33 passes for 447 yards and two touchdowns in 14 games.

Ware headed towards the 2017 season as the expected starter at running back, although Kareem Hunt was looming in the rear view mirror after the Chiefs traded up to select him in Round 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft. But Ware’s path took a significant detour during a preseason game against the Seahawks last August when he suffered a significant knee injury that ended his 2017 season and opened the door for Hunt to establish himself as the starter the Kansas City backfield.

Ware’s knee injury, which included damage to his PCL and LCL, was unusual and required an extensive amount of time for recovery, but he worked his way back to being in a position to play in the 2018 preseason and wound up being the number two back over Damien Williams and Darrel Williams.

“There was a question exactly whether he’d be able to come back from that injury,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said of Ware on November 12. “That was a pretty tough injury to come back from. But you know the kid, you go, ‘Well, if anybody can do it, he can do this.’ He bared down, got after it, and Rick [Chiefs vice president of sports medicine and performance Rick Burkholder] and the trainers worked with him, and he was here every day doing his thing and very diligent with it. So when he goes out and plays, you go ‘whoa’ and he’s able to score a touchdown. That’s a great thing. The last couple weeks, he’s played good football. You see where he’s more confident here each week here that he’s playing.”

After the Chiefs decided to release Hunt due to off-field issues in November of 2018, Ware took over the starting role for a brief time before a hamstring injury sidelined him for the final three games of the regular season. He finished the 2018 season with 51 carries for 246 yards and two touchdowns, along with 224 receiving yards on 20 catches. There hasn’t been much hint of interest publicly on the Chiefs’ end in re-signing Ware, who if he stayed in Kansas City would be competing for a spot with Damien Williams, Darrel Williams and free agent signing Carlos Hyde.

Steven Nelson Jersey

Steven Nelson’s current team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs, may both be AFC squads, but the cornerback wasn’t rooting for his conference in Super Bowl LIII. Not at all.

Nelson made an appearance on Fox Sports 1’s “Fair Game” and discussed his feelings toward the New England Patriots as they headed into the Super Bowl. New England knocked out Kansas City in overtime during the AFC championship — Tom Brady and Phillip Dorsett even connected with Nelson in coverage. That’s probably why Nelson, who joined Pittsburgh this offseason, was not rooting for New England, one of the Steelers’ and Chiefs’ conference rivals.

Steven Nelson’s dream of playing in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, close to where he grew up in Georgia, was destroyed when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

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The veteran cornerback was part of the Chiefs defense that was shredded by the Patriots offense in a 37-31 overtime win for New England. Nelson recently appeared on FOX Sports 1 show “Fair Game” with host Kristine Leahy, and he made it quite clear which team he was rooting for in Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.

“I was like, screw the Patriots, because we should’ve been in the Super Bowl. Kudos to them for making it, but I wanted the Rams to win,” Nelson said.

How long did it take Nelson to move on from that crushing loss to the Patriots?

“I’m moving on, but it kind of hurt me for maybe a week,” Nelson said. “It didn’t help because that was my birthday week. So it was like, ‘Man, come on.’ I wanted to go to the Super Bowl, and I’m from Atlanta and the Super Bowl was in Atlanta. It’s all good, though.”

Nelson didn’t have a particularly good game against the Patriots, and he was beaten by Phillip Dorsett for a touchdown right before halftime, which gave New England a 14-0 lead.

He left the Chiefs in NFL free agency and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers — another one of the New England’s rivals.

The Patriots will host the Steelers at Gillette Stadium during the 2019 regular season, so we’ll have to see if Nelson has more thoughts on the defending champs at that time.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers filled a major gap on defense by signing Steven Nelson this offseason, and Mike Tomlin had nothing but praise for the cornerback.

This was the first time the Pittsburgh Steelers ever signed a player during the legal tampering period. Steven Nelson was on the Steelers’ radar all offseason and amidst the cornerback signing frenzy that occurred early, they decided to throw their hat in the rink.

The former Kansas City Chief played well against Pittsburgh, but head coach Mike Tomlin said the Steelers had their eye on him long before this offseason. Tomlin said the Steelers first liked Nelson when they watched him in the Senior Bowl coming out of Oregon State. The corner played both inside and outside, something that caught Tomlin’s eye early.

But it’s Nelson’s versatility that pushed the Steelers to make a move. Tomlin was quoted by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette saying it’s his inside and outside game that makes him the player they wanted.

Nelson joins Mark Barron as Pittsburgh’s major offseason additions. This defense needed to fill the cornerback and inside linebacker role and while they still might add to the positions in the draft, they certainly landed quality help in the open market.

Nelson is hoping to replace Artie Burns as the Steelers’ long-term solution on the outside. After failing to meet expectations, Burns has become mostly a bench-warmed in Pittsburgh. He may get another try to contribute this season, but it’s hard to imagine his time as a starter will come again.

Pittsburgh fans were thrilled to see a young and talented corner join the mix. It’ll be Joe Haden, Nelson and Mike Hilton running things in the secondary this season. For the Steelers, they’re hoping that combination turns their less than impressive backfield into something offenses need to worry about.

Nobody for the Pittsburgh Steelers recorded more than two interceptions during their—well, let’s just call it what it is—pathetic display of taking the ball out of the air last season. As a team, they managed just eight interceptions.

Steven Nelson, the cornerback that they just gave a three-year, $25.5 million contract, got half of that number all by himself last season. In fact, his four interceptions would be the most by any Steelers player in a season since Troy Polamalu had seven interceptions in 2010.

In fact, in the Mike Tomlin era, Polamalu, who did it twice, is the only player to have had more than three interceptions in a single season. And there have only been 14 three-interception seasons in that same 12-year span. Sean Davis and Ryan Shazier were the most recent to do it in 2017, and Artie Burns and Shazier again did it the year before. Burns had had one since, and Davis had none last year.

So the notion of asking a player what his favorite interception was might be a little foreign for Steelers players right now, since it’s been rare for anybody to even have more than one. Nelson had one in mind from last season, however, and it came against an AFC North opponent: Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns.

Mitch Morse Jersey

With all the room in mind, the Bills used a few of those roster moves to address a big need: their offensive line. Anchored in the middle of the team’s 2019 O-line in front of Josh Allen will be former Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse, after he reportedly agreed to a deal with the Bills on Monday.

As the saying goes, money talks. Perhaps the rest of the NFL is right when they laugh and call Buffalo things like “Siberia.” When you’re paid enough, Siberia can sound like South Beach. That was the case for Morse, that’s for sure.

According to reports on his contract, Morse will be the NFL’s high-paid center upon signing it. Or least for the time being. In total, it’s a four-year, $44.5 million deal with $26.5 million guaranteed via NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Prior to the Bills-Morse deal, Maurkice Pouncey on the Steelers had the prior high at $11 million per year, only for a few days.

New Bills center is in the process of moving his stuff and family from Kansas City to Buffalo but still had the time to call into One Bills Live on Tuesday to discuss why he chose Buffalo and moving on from the situation he was in with the Chiefs. Morse chose Buffalo early on in the free agent process and is excited to get to the city and experience the atmosphere in Orchard Park on gamedays.

“The fans are such an integral part of me choosing Buffalo,” Morse said. “The fact that they’re so passionate about the team, blue-collared folk, totally down to earth. I feel like it’s a Midwest feel like Kansas City in that department … I’m looking forward to seeing that culture and those are my kind of people.”

Josh Allen has drawn some comparisons to Morse’s former QB Patrick Mahomes due to his arm strength. Allen even challenged Mahomes to see who can throw farther but Allen was one of the reasons Morse was able to leave Kansas City.

“I think for me my job is to make life for Josh [Allen] as easy as possible,” Morse said. “Being kind of a liaison between the offensive line and Josh. Pat [Mahomes] and I learned a lot from each other this year and he helped me out more than I probably helped him out. It’s good to have a kind of continuous line of communication and having the same verbiage and seeing the same thing. I’m really excited, Josh is a really big reason why I came to Buffalo. Your team has to be revolved around a talented quarterback to make the playoffs and I think Josh has the ability to do that.”

Morse has only been in Buffalo a couple of days and has liked the people the most out of everything he has seen. Besides that, the wings are “crazy good” and he’s looking forward to eating his way through the city.

Bleacher Report went through each of the deals made throughout the first week of free agency and identified which free agent additions qualify as significant the upgrade for each team’s roster. The list was put together on a combination of production, upside for transcendent performances and consistency between the prior starter and new signee. For the Bills, John Brown ranked fourth on the list.

The acquisition of Brown is especially notable as a significant upgrade for this offense. Foster emerged as a downfield threat, but Brown’s much more reliable and dynamic adjusting to the ball in the air. That’s a must with Allen at quarterback.

Brown has a blend of downfield speed, sharp cuts and play strength that re-established Brown as a starter in the NFL after injuries led to his departure from Arizona. The quarterback change to Lamar Jackson limited Brown towards the end of the season but offensive coordinator Brian Daboll should treat him as the primary receiver in Josh Allen’s progressions.

If given an opportunity, they believe that Brown could set career highs in receptions and yards.

ESPN polled its analysts on which team is the most improved after the first wave of free agency, other than Cleveland. Some teams went and grabbed superstar players with a few trades that shook up the league while others relied on their ability to recruit players to their teams. The most popular answer was the Jets and Bills for grabbing the star power to put into their team but one NFL analyst chose the Bills.

Field Yates, NFL analyst: Buffalo Bills. I love the approach the Bills have taken this offseason with a blend of significant investments (center Mitch Morse for four years, for example) and one-year fliers to patch up roster holes and evaluate whether a player fits in long term (offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, for example). General manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott have preached patience and process, and we’re seeing the team make major strides.

Buffalo has gained new talent at each offensive position except for quarterback and surrounded Josh Allen with the pieces needed for success in 2019. The Bills still have cap space remaining so there might be some more moves to come in the next wave of free agency.

The Buffalo Bills continue to rumble through free agency picking up pieces to build the roster and take that next step. These moves also allow the Bills to narrow down their needs in the draft and find cornerstones for the next four to five years.

One deal that is not cheap but could work out nicely for the Bills is the recent signing of Mitch Morse. The steady center has been an anchor on the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line the past four seasons, helping protect Alex Smith and later their prized quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, and priming the motor that was the very efficient and high-powered Chiefs offense. However, despite all that Morse had done for Kansas City, they still let him walk due to injury concerns, most notably concussions.

Mitch Morse was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs out of Missouri in the second round in 2015. He was immediately inserted into the lineup and proved to play well, making the PFWA All-Rookie Team. Overall, Morse has had several concussions and a foot injury over his four-year career, which causes concern going into this contract.

Though Morse came into 2018 healthy, he sustained another concussion. According to pro-football-reference.com, this was his third concussion in the NFL. As previously stated in my Kevin Johnson article, individuals that have had three or more concussions are three times more likely to sustain a future concussion and, as a result, have slower healing times. This was clearly evident with Morse taking five weeks to return from his concussion midway through the season in 2018 compared to concussions in 2015.

In addition to having slower healing times and a greater likelihood for a repeat concussion, the threshold to have another concussion goes down compared to healthy subjects. So this means while a player may get rocked and suffer a concussion the first time around, a simple bang-bang play or inadvertent hit could bring on a concussion the next time around. Considering Morse is in the trenches, suffering sub-concussive hits nearly every play, this is cause for concern. If Morse does suffer another concussion, he could have more problems with visual memory and processing speeds. Considering Morse was brought in to assist Josh Allen with play calling, identifying coverages, and provide protection for the quarterback, it is vital that Morse stay healthy.

While there is still much we don’t know about concussions, we know that rest and proper recovery are key to reducing the incidence of recurrence. Morse has taken his time to come back from each concussion, which is by design due to the NFL concussion protocol. While steps have been taken to reduce concussion severity including improved helmets, protocols, and concussion spotters to identify questionable hits, we cannot eliminate the injury all together. While it is not a foregone conclusion that Morse will suffer any future concussions, the concern is certainly there. As a result, the Bills better have a backup center who can step in at a moment’s notice. Right now, the Bills have Spencer Long and Russell Bodine under contract and they have the ability to re-sign Ryan Groy, though the latter move may not occur.

In addition, the Bills made Morse the NFL’s highest paid center for the moment at $11 million/year despite all these risks. The second-best center in free agency was Denver’s Matt Paradis. A quick search on pro-football-reference.com identified his injury history. Outside of arthroscopic surgery on both hips in 2017 and a broken fibula in 2018, Paradis has a shorter list of significant injuries. His injury history along with the price that the Carolina Panthers paid to sign him appear to be the better deal at the moment. However, he is approaching his age-30 season and concerns for further decline are very real. Paradis would have been a better signing if the Bills had someone waiting in the wings or if he was younger.

The Bills will need a smart, young, effective center helping to run the offense to assist Josh Allen in taking the next step forward. I expect the Bills to have a strong contingency plan in place in the event that Morse goes down just as they had when Eric Wood went down and Ryan Groy was able to step in. Without an effective backup, this would be a very risky signing. If the Bills didn’t pony up the money, someone else would have. I’d rather have Mitch Morse on my team as the Bills march towards greatness.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have undergone some major changes on defense this offseason. First of all, they fired former defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and replaced him with Steve Spagnuolo, the former Giants and Rams coach. They’ll be transitioning to a 4-3 defense, and they cut ties with their two premier edge rushers in Justin Houston (waived) and Dee Ford (traded to the 49ers), while they brought in Alex Okafor to play off the edge. The Chiefs also cast aside Eric Berry and replaced him with Tyrann Mathieu, and let Steven Nelson leave for the Steelers, replacing him with Bashaud Breeland.

It does look like at least one player will be sticking around for a while longer, though, and that’s Chris Jones. The team’s second-round pick back in 2016, Jones is coming off the best season of his career. He racked up 15.5 sacks, 29 quarterback hits, and 19 tackles for loss last season and was the best player on the Kansas City defense.

“I’ve made myself at home, the fans have bought into me, the community has accepted me for who I am and I appreciate that,” Jones said this week, per the Kansas City Star. “I want to spend the rest of my career here, if that’s possible.”

The Chiefs feel the same way.

“There’s a lot of time to go before the season starts, and he’s certainly a guy that we’ve targeted and would love to get done,” Chiefs GM Brett Veach said, per the Star. “The conversations have started. I wouldn’t say they are heating up at a rapid pace, but you’ve got to start somewhere. We’ve had two to three of these conversations and they’re getting better.”

Jones will presumably get a sizable raise from the approximately $1.1 million in base salary he’s set to collect next season, but he seems unlikely to break through the top of the market set by Aaron Donald last year. Donald is the best defender in football, while Jones is “merely” a Pro Bowl-caliber talent. He’ll get a nice payday, though, and the Chiefs should be grateful he wants to stick around.

In some ways, Chris Jones finds himself in new surroundings. The Chiefs defensive lineman will work with a new coordinator, have several new teammates around him and line up in a new scheme.

What won’t change is the drive that has kept Jones on an upward trajectory through his three seasons in the NFL, from a spot on the league’s All-Rookie team to last season, when he finished third in the NFL with 15½ sacks and was a second team All-Pro selection.

Jones and the Chiefs are talking toward a contract extension and Jones likes the idea of planting roots in Kansas City.

“I’ve made myself at home, the fans have bought into me, the community has accepted me for who I am and I appreciate that,” Jones said. “I want to spend the rest of my career here, if that’s possible.

Jones said he feels fortunate to be where “they love you enough to ask to stay even longer.” That love was on full display Friday when Jones was introduced as the first Champion for KC Metro Special Olympics, which serves 4,000 athletes in Missouri and Kansas.

The announcement occurred in a conference room with a podium, and Jones’ formal acceptance lasted about a minute. Not because Jones didn’t have much to say — he simply wanted to spend more time with the half-dozen Special Olympians on hand.

They shared their sports of choice with Jones, who had a response for all of them.

He then counted down a lineup of basketball, football and track.

“So let me tell you about me,” Jones said. “I played basketball. I dunked on everybody. They used to call me ‘LeBron-do,” because I was LeBron James and (Rajon) Rondo in one person.”

Youth baseball? Jones said he couldn’t hit the ball off the tee. But he responded to every question or comment with a tale or quip. His personality filled the room.

A football clinic and bowling fundraiser are planned and Jones will attend at least one area Special Olympics event.

Jones said he sought a connection to a local cause and, like former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles before him, Special Olympics was the right fit.

“It was pivotal for me to join something that makes me happy,” Jones said. “This makes me smile. And interacting with people, they’re no different than me. They just have a disability.”

Jones said he has kept up with the recent funding discussion involving Special Olympics. Earlier in the week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended a proposal to eliminate some $18 million in federal funding, saying Special Olympics is best supported by philanthropy.

As backlash mounted, President Trump told reporters that he had “overridden” DeVos and the cuts would be rolled back.

Special Olympics Kansas CEO John Lair said the budget cuts would have had minimum impact, about 1% of the budget. But cuts would have affected the organization’s Unified Champion Schools program, which increases opportunities for students with and without intellectual disabilities to work together on sports teams and student clubs. Some 35 schools in Kansas participate in the program.

Lair said he received nearly 50 media calls this week when the cuts were announced, and it gave him an opportunity to speak about the organization.

“It’s been a crazy week,” Lair said. “But we looked at is as a positive, a way to tell people about the Champion Schools.”

Special Olympics leaders also heard from potential sponsors and people who simply wanted to help the organization.

Like Jones.

“I’m honored to be part of great organization, and I’m even more so honored to bring awareness to the Special Olympics,” Jones said. “It’s a pleasure; let’s work, guys.”

With that, Jones stepped from behind the podium and got to know the Special Olympians.

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If you watched Texas Tech’s win over Michigan State to book their trip to the national championship game, you probably saw Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes supporting his alma mater from the bleachers. What you didn’t see was the speech Mahomes apparently gave before the game.

As ESPN’s Courtney Cronin chronicled, Mahomes met with the Texas Tech basketball team after their Saturday film session and gave a speech that was described as “turnt.”

“It was great,” redshirt senior Norense Odiase said, per ESPN. “He was excited. You could see his blood rushing, veins popping. He was turnt. Travis Kelce was there as well. It was a blessing to have those guys come.”

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So what was Mahomes’ message?

“He came in our film session, and he said he’s proud of us,” sophomore Davide Moretti said. “We did something that nobody [at Texas Tech] has done before. He was cheering for us, and he said that we’ve got this because he knows how hard we play and how hard we’ve worked for it. He’ll cheer his butt off for us.”

Mahomes played quarterback at Texas Tech from 2014-16, during which he threw for 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns. After his college career, he was drafted in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent his rookie year on the bench behind Alex Smith, but took over as the team’s starter this past season. He wound up becoming the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards in a single season, capturing MVP honors, and nearly leading the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.

“Big time. He’s going to be a future Hall of Famer,” senior Brandone Francis said. “To me, maybe, one of the best quarterbacks out there. Him and Tom Brady, those are the top ones. It just feels amazing for him to take his time and come here and show love and support — we all appreciate him. Shout out to you, Pat.”

Mahomes appeared to enjoy his school’s win on Saturday:

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, on the other hand, likely did not enjoy watching his alma mater fall short in a big moment.

Texas Tech went on to defeat Michigan State, 61-51, setting up a title game matchup with Virginia. You can watch the championship game on CBS at 9:20 p.m. ET on Monday.
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Every year, the NFL world judges quarterback prospects based on all kinds of traits. There’s accuracy, pocket presence, ability to read defenses, touch, velocity, how they navigate blitzes and pressure, and of course, arm strength. Over the past several years, two quarterbacks lauded for the latter trait are Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, whose scouting reports each contained phrases along the lines of “best arm strength of any prospect in years.”

Mahomes had more success during his first season as a starter than Allen, but both players certainly showed off their arm strength during the 2018 campaign. In fact, Allen actually completed the longest pass of the season, per NFL.com’s NextGen Stats.

Earlier this offseason, Allen floated the idea that he and Mahomes should engage in a longest throw competition to determine who really has the stronger arm. Mahomes seemingly accepted on Twitter, but not officially. Until this week.

“Josh is a great dude, but no one that I’ve known has been able to throw a ball farther than me,” Mahomes said, via Alex Brasky of the Batavia Daily News. “I’ve never seen Josh throw in person but maybe next offseason we can set something up. Hopefully I can get him to come down to Kansas City, and we can do something for charity. It’s going to take at least 85 yards to win (the throw-off).”

So … this would be pretty cool! If either Mahomes or Allen can really throw the ball 85 damn yards, that would be pretty ridiculous. I want to see this happen. Let’s make it happen.
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The country can’t get enough of Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The third-year signal caller and reigning NFL MVP has deservingly garnered his fair share of attention this offseason, and that continued on Monday night as Mahomes joined Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show.

Mahomes talked about a variety of topics with Fallon, from his remarkable first season as Kansas City’s starter to Texas Tech’s appearance in the Final Four. Fallon even thanked Mahomes for winning his fantasy football championship.

As always, Mahomes downplayed his incredible campaign – which included 50 passing touchdowns and 5,097 yards – by giving credit to others, but Fallon summed up Mahomes’ year in one word as he broke down the 23-year-old’s first real season under center: “Wow.”

But it wasn’t all banter, as Mahomes had an announcement to make.

“I’m lucky enough to have a platform to start a great foundation called ’15 and the Mahomies,'” Mahomes said. “It’s a foundation that’s designed all around kids – those from either underserved communities that don’t get the same opportunities that I had when I was young or those that are in the hospital that have chronic illnesses or have suffered major injuries. Those kids train harder than me by 100 times every single day. I want to make sure that I can give back to them in any shape or way to get them the resources that they need to have an amazing life.”

Watch the interview by clicking here, and check out Mahomes’ foundation at 15andthemahomies.org.

Travis Kelce Jersey

Travis Kelce has a chance to enter the conversation of all-time great tight ends now that Rob Gronkowski has retired. Will he make it count?

Rob Gronkowski is five months older than Travis Kelce.

That’s an odd fact that seems to run counter to the idea that Kelce has a truly golden opportunity ahead of him for the next few years, but alas it is true. Despite turning 30-years-old this coming season, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end has a real opportunity to achieve immortality—at least in a football sense.

Two days ago, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski decided to hang up his cleats. It’s a fitting time to walk away, in this same calendar year in which the greatest tight end of all time, Tony Gonzalez, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Five years from now, when Gronk is eligible for the same honor, he will likely be given the same treatment. In every way, Gronk was (and could still be) the ultimate force at his position and a nightmare for opposing defensive coordinators.

For a while, Gronk’s exit will be a talking point as the Patriots take the field in the preseason and into September. Announcers and analysts will take note of how the Patriots look similar or different and Gronk will be properly remembered in those moments. However, football life will move on as the season wears, which means the spotlight reserved for Rob Gronkowski will find a new place to shine.

At that point, Travis Kelce will begin to realize his opportunity. There are others, to be sure, ready to also enter the conversation that has already included Kelce for the last few years. George Kittle is the rising star. Zach Ertz deserves more credit than he gets. Jared Cook has impressed as he’s aged. David Njoku or O.J. Howard are ready to make the leap. And few rookies have been as heralded as Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson. The tight end position has plenty of talent to talk about.

For years, Kelce has been the 1A (or lower) to Gronkowski. Given that both the Chiefs and Pats occupy the same conference, Kelce hasn’t had to contend for best tight end in the AFC despite being the best or second-best at his position in the league. Gronk was an incredible performer, and it helped tremendously that he earned a few rings before deciding to hang it up.

This is now Travis Kelce’s chance to shine. Others will move up a notch, occupy another tier, and enjoy a bigger part of the spotlight, but there is now unquestionably a new No. 1 tight end in the NFL. It’s a bright light, one that demands greatness and competes for championships. It’s also one that leads to Canton.

If it seems a bit early to project Kelce for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you should know that he’s already well on his way with or without Gronk around. Consider that only two tight ends in NFL history have more yards than Kelce through his first six seasons in the league (5,236 yards): Gronk and Jimmy Graham. That stat is even more ridiculous when you remember that Kelce missed his entire first season due to injury.

Given that Patrick Mahomes is now his quarterback, Kelce should expect to mirror his most recent performance in seasons ahead, assuming he can stay healthy and interested. Last year, he set career high marks in targets (150), receptions (103), receiving yards (1,336), and touchdowns (10). With more experience and greater chemistry, it’s reasonable to expect Kelce to continue to put up eye-popping numbers and cement his place on the national stage.

It will take at least two more seasons and likely three or four more from Kelce if he wants to ensure his place among the greats in Canton. Kelce will need to be known as the best tight end in the NFL for more than a single year to develop the legacy needed for enshrinement. That means staying healthy into his thirties and thriving at the same rate he is now. However, the most recent season proved that Kelce is as great a mismatch as ever. There’s simply no reason to stop believing now.

If Kelce is able to duplicate this last season’s totals across the next four seasons, it will put him over the 10,000-yard mark for his career. Even two more seasons like this one will catapult him into the top five all time and the top four are either already in the Hall (Tony Gonzalez, Shannon Sharpe) or will be soon (Jason Witten, Antonio Gates). In addition to the numbers, the very idea that he was known as “the best at his position” for a nice stretch of time will ring true in the ears of voters.

Travis Kelce is already immortalized in the hearts of Chiefs fans, and there’s little doubt that he will one day be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. But NFL greatness is now his for the taking, the rarest of opportunities for any player in any sport. It will be exciting to see if Kelce grabs the brass ring and shines in a spotlight reserved for the best.

Business decisions have to be made, but here’s why it’s hard for fans to see longtime veterans of the Kansas City Chiefs leave.

I have been a diehard Kansas City Chiefs‘ fan for almost 20 years now. Like every longtime fan, I have been through a lot of ups and downs and, in that time, the Chiefs’ organization has seen many, many players come and go. Given how poor the team was for such a long time, turnover from year to year was usually high.

A few gifted players remained in place, however, throughout a great majority of the team’s down years—names like Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Jamaal Charles, and Dwayne Bowe, just to name a few. This is a reflection on those players, who didn’t always win but came out to play every game for the fans.

It was those players that gave the fans something to watch. The team as a whole was terrible, with multiple 2-14 and 4-12 seasons in a six-year span. The organization was still struggling to get back on its feet after the death of an aging owner. This is actually relatively common in sports, for teams to struggle when an owner passes. We’re lucky that Clark Hunt has finally figured it out. For a long time, though, he didn’t.

The diehard fans stuck around. We did so to watch jaw-dropping, 90-yard sprints through a gauntlet of flying defenders by Jamaal Charles. Even during 2012’s abysmal campaign, Charles gave Chiefs’ fans something to marvel at. It seemed like every time he touched the ball we might see something extraordinary. Often times, he delivered.

We witnessed epic tackles, interceptions, and pass breakups by Eric Berry. While he became the face of our defense during the Andy Reid era, his leadership was apparent long before Big Red came to town. Iron is sharpened in the fire, and you could argue Berry’s leadership came to define him through those tough seasons, where he lost far more than he won.

We were front and center for bone-shattering sacks by Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. Hali had many great games for the Chiefs, but one of my favorite memories is his three-sack performance against the Green Bay Packers in 2011, which helped lead our team to victory against a then undefeated team. While this wasn’t even close to a playoff team, Hali’s passion was always evident right up to the final whistle.

Houston was a player who began to come into his own during the last years prior to the Andy Reid era. While he didn’t experience quite the hardships on the field of the other three players mentioned, he came to embody the hard work and determination of the new look franchise under Reid. While he was never able to lead the team to the ultimate prize, his heart will never be forgotten.

It’s actually not all about wins and losses. Even though a lot of the veterans that have been jettisoned in the last couple years weren’t always winners, they were all we had. They gave us little flashes of joy when there was not much to be had elsewhere. It’s for this that they’ll always have a special place in Chiefs’ fans’ hearts. It’s for this that they’ll be remembered.

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill remains under investigation by the Overland Park Police Department and the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office for an incident reported last Thursday in a home shared by the 25-year-old star and his fiancée, Crystal Espinal.

A police incident report from March 14, reveals very few details. The victim is a juvenile and the listed injury is ambiguously termed “apparent minor injury.” With respect to possible use of a weapon or tool, an item is indicated, but it is undisclosed and listed only as “other.”

The incident report omits a key finding by The Kansas City Star, KCTV5 and other media. They have learned that police are investigating the circumstances that led Hill and Espinal’s three-year-old son to recently suffer a broken arm. It is unclear if the injury stems from the March 14 incident or from a prior one.

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While the police’s incident report mentions little about what may have happened, it does contain important details about the possible crime. Battery, as classified under Kansas Statute 21-5413, is the crime in question. Under Kansas law, battery is defined as knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person. Depending on, among other factors, whether the victim suffered a severe or disfiguring injury and whether the victim’s occupation falls within a protected category (e.g., police officer, school employee), battery can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. If a misdemeanor, battery is punishable by up to one year in jail; if a felony, battery is punishable by up to several years in prison depending on a range of factors. In the context of an injury that threatens the well-being of a child, battery can also lead to loss of child custody rights.

The March 14 incident report does not state or imply that Hill—or any other specific person—is responsible for his son’s injury. In fact, Hill’s name does not appear anywhere on the report. However, Espinal, who is 24 years old, is listed under “others involved.” As of this writing, no one has been charged with a crime.

The March 14 incident is not the first family-related occurrence in the home of Hill and Espinal to draw the attention of law enforcement. Police also investigated an incident on March 5 in which both Hill and Espinal are classified as “others involved.” According to the accompanying incident report, police investigated possible child abuse or neglect.

Under Kansas law, abuse of a child becomes a felony-level offense when the adult “cruelly beats” or “tortures” a child. Abuse of a child is also a felony when a parent or guardian engages in “inhumane corporal punishment” or shakes a child in such a violent way so as to cause him or her great bodily harm. Upon a determination that criminal charges were not warranted, law enforcement closed the child abuse investigation on March 8. The investigation can be reopened should evidence or testimony warrant.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families (Kansas DCF)—the state’s child welfare agency—is conducting its own investigation into activities occurring in Hill and Espinal’s home.

Hill and Espinal have been a couple for at least five years. In January, Hill publicly stated that Espinal was pregnant with twins.

Hill’s past legal issues

Hill, who is a three-time Pro Bowler, has a disturbing legal history. As detailed by SI’s Jonathan Jones, Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery in 2015. The plea reflected a gruesome incident that occurred in December 2014, while Hill was a star running back at Oklahoma State University. Espinal was Hill’s girlfriend at the time. She was also eight weeks pregnant. Hill attacked Espinal in a Stillwater apartment that they shared. Specifically, he hit her in both the face and stomach, and strangled her.

Through a plea deal, Hill avoided jail but received a three-year deferred sentence, probation and required completion of anger management coursework. The charges were technically dismissed and expunged last year upon Hill completing the requirements of his sentence. Hill’s football career at OSU ended with the school dismissing him. He then transferred to the University of West Alabama and from there the Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Many, if not most, NFL teams had removed Hill entirely from their draft board on account of his misconduct.

Expect the Chiefs to wait until the police or child protection services take any action

As mentioned above, neither Hill nor anyone else has been charged with a crime stemming from incidents that allegedly occurred in his and Espinal’s home or while children were under the care of either Hill or Espinal.

The absence of charges does not mean that someone or multiple persons won’t be charged. In fact, under Kansas law, there is a five-year statute of limitations for battery and other crimes. Still, it would be speculative to assume that Hill will be charged, just as it would be speculative to assume that he’ll be cleared. The truthful answer is we don’t know what happened and we don’t know what will happen going forward.

Law enforcement need not rush to charge Hill or anyone else, particularly if they have encountered any conflicting evidence or other uncertainties about the case. Kansas DCF will act with haste, though, if children under Hill and Espinal’s care are in danger.

Both police and child protective services will try to determine where and when the injury occurred, who was around the three-year old boy at the time of his injury (or injuries) and whether Hill or Espinal sought medical services for their injured son—and if not, why didn’t they. The investigation will include witness interviews and requests, if not warrants, for physical evidence, including emails and texts. It’s also not clear, at least based on the wording of the incident reports, which person or persons called the police.

In addition, the NFL’s stated protocol for acts that involve a first-time offense of “domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse and other forms of family violence,” calls for “a baseline suspension without pay of six games, with consideration given to any aggravating or mitigating factors.” Although this language expressly doesn’t preclude Goodell from imposing a suspension in excess of six games, it suggests that six games is generally the appropriate amount.

On the other hand, Goodell would face intense pressure to impose a much longer suspension than six games should Hill admit to breaking, or be found to have broken, the arm of his three-year old son.

First, while it’s true that Hill would be a first-time offender of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, it would also be true that the legal system would have found Hill a two-time offender of “family violence.” In that respect, he would be a repeat offender. Under the aforementioned NFL protocol, Hill would face “permanent banishment from the NFL” with an opportunity to petition for reinstatement after one year.