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Chiefs Re-Sign Kick Returner De’Anthony Thomas

The Chiefs have re-signed kick returner De’Anthony Thomas according to the team’s official website.

Thomas’s 2018 season was limited to five games due to a broken leg but he is healthy now and has a legitimate shot to make the final 53-man roster.

Originally a fourth-round pick out of Oregon in 2014, the 26-year-old Thomas is a player Andy Reid trusts. Reid appreciates his ability in the return game and also sprinkles him in on offense.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Chiefs Fall?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC West.

The longtime company picks the Chiefs to runaway with the division, going 14-2 and taking home the AFC Title, though they have them losing to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

The Chargers are next in the West at 11-5, and then the Raiders and Broncos are both tied for 3rd and 4th at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Video: Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce Excited About the Chiefs’ Offense

Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce discuss the Chiefs’ offense and how they can get a big play at any time. They also talk about the teams comradery and how that translates to the field.

Chiefs Shift Second-Year CB Tremon Smith to Running Back

The Chiefs have moved second-year cornerback Tremon Smith to running back according to BJ Kissel of kcchiefs.com.

A sixth-round pick out of Central Arkansas in 2018, Smith played 82 snaps on defense as a rookie but was an FCS All-American in college with 15 career interceptions.

He is also fast, having run 4.32 on his Pro Day last spring. He adds a speed element to the Chiefs’ backfield where Smith will compete with Darrel Williams and rookie Darwin Thompson behind Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde.

Video – Three in a Row – AFC West Champs: The Story of the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs

The 2018 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise’s 49th season in the National Football League, their 59th overall, their sixth under head coach Andy Reid, and their second under general manager Brett Veach.

Chiefs DE Chris Jones Shows Up to Camp Despite Not Getting a New Deal

Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones has decided to not hold out of training camp in the midst of contract negotiations according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Jones skipped the offseason program and June minicamp lobbying for a new deal and there was some uncertainty about training camp when it appeared that Jones did not arrive Friday morning with his teammates. He did, however, report for the first scheduled team meeting at 2pm.

“He knows his value and if he has to play out his deal in order to reach free agency, then that’s what he will do,” agents Jason and Michael Katz told Schefter. “For now, he’s focused on winning a Super Bowl for Kansas City.”

A second-round pick out of Mississippi State in 2016, the 25-year-old Jones is scheduled to make just under $1.2 million in the last year of his rookie deal and there is not doubt he has massively outplayed that contract.

Jones has started every game in his first three seasons in the NFL and had a tremendous year in 2018 with 40 tackles, 15.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception-numbers topped only by 2019 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald and former DPOY J.J. Watt.

Getting a longterm deal done with Jones is the Chiefs’ No.1 priority.

Three Questions About the Chiefs as Training Camp Gets Started

An amazing season that ended just short.

That’s probably the best way to sum up the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs, who won their division, were the top seed in all the AFC, and took the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots to overtime of the AFC Championship Game.

They had the best player in the league in Pat Mahomes, and while they had their own in-season issues to deal with like the release of Kareem Hunt, the team rallied and played as well as any team in the NFL.

Now it’s time for 2019, and as camp gets going, let’s look at a couple quick questions about this team.

1. It’s Damien Williams’ Time to Prove His Worth

Last season the team had to shift midseason from Kareem Hunt being the lead running back to Damien Williams, and needless to say the former special team’s ace delivered.

Williams ended the season with 256 yards, a 5.1 yards per carry average. He ran for four scores and also caught 23 passes out of the backfield.

He is going to get competition from Carlos Hyde and Darrel Williams, but it’s Damien’s job to lose as camp opens, and he needs to bust down the door.

2. A Mahomes Repeat?

No one could have possibly seen coming the breakout MVP season from Pat Mahomes, who finished the campaign with 50 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and a league MVP award to boot.

He’s going to be pressed to put up monster numbers again in 2019, and that’s probably unrealistic, but he may end up actually having a better season with worse numbers.

Mahomes is going to have to continue to mature into the leader of the team, as despite being the MVP there were times he needed in 2018 to have a bigger voice in the huddle.

Let’s see if this camp plays out with a more vocal Mahomes.

3. Steve Spagnuolo Needs to Light a Fire Under the D

Last season the Chiefs allowed 425.6 yards per game, a number that has to improve if this team is going to reach the Super Bowl.

It will be up to Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo to turn last seasons bad numbers on D around, and that has to start day one of camp.

Spagnuolo knows Chiefs coach Andy Reid he was a member of his defensive staff in Philadelphia, and also has time as a head coach in the league.

The Chiefs have a different scheme than what Spagnuolo is use to running, but that can’t be the reason this D doesn’t get on track in 2019.

If not, it could be another season of games with scores like 54-51 – with the Chiefs on the short end of the stick.

Are the Chiefs Interested in Trading Wide Out Tyreek Hill?

While longterm contract talks are expected to resume now that the NFL has announced they will not suspend Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, it is also possible that the Chiefs that the team may look to trade Hill according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com.

The two sides were reportedly far apart when talks broke off in the wake of child abuse allegations against the wideout.

It is rumored that Hill is seeking $20 million annually-a figure that is not unreasonable given his phenomenal production since the Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round out of West Alabama in 2016.

That monetary figure could price him out of Kansas City considering the Chiefs will have to pony up what may be the most lucrative contract ever to quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the near future. And the Chiefs might hesitate to commit that kind of money to a player with Hill’s off-the-field history.

The wildcard in all of this is rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

It was assumed the Chiefs traded up in the second round to draft the speedy Georgia wideout as a short-term replacement for Hill, who at the time was widely expect to face a lengthy suspension and even possible banishment from the NFL. Hardman has much the same skillset as Hill so it is possible the short-term substitute could become the longterm solution in Kansas City.

And Hardman is under contract for the next four years at a total payout of less than $5 million.

All that being said, it is impossible to imagine the Chiefs trading Hill in 2019, although he could be a hot name at the trade deadline in late October. But the team could decide to let Hill play out his contract this season, apply the franchise tag in 2020, and then trade him like they did defensive end Dee Ford this offseason.

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