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Chiefs QB Pat Mahomes Getting No Love in Recent QB Rankings

The Chiefs are going in a different direction at the QB spot this season, giving the ball and the offense for that matter to second-year QB Pat Mahomes.

Website Newarena.com is ranking all 32 starting QB’s around the NFL, and Mahomes isn’t getting much love, as he’s ranked 31st of 32 QB’s in their latest poll.

Mahomes might have a cannon for an arm, but for now he’s not done enough in the sites’ eyes to have a higher ranking. Here’s what they said about the new Chiefs QB.

2017 stats: 22-for-35 (62.9%), 284 passing yards, 0 touchdowns, 1 interception

Apparently, one regular season game was enough for the Chiefs to determine Mahomes was ready to be Kansas City’s starting quarterback. The Chiefs traded away Alex Smith this past offseason, clearing the way for the Texas Tech alum to inject some life in a stagnant Kansas City franchise. A gunslinger in college, Mahomes frequently showed off a ridiculously strong arm and enough mobility to make pass rushers miss. If Mahomes adjusts to the NFL as quickly as Deshaun Watson did, the trade by Kansas City will look brilliant. If he’s turnover-happy and inconsistent as a passer, the seat is going to get awfully hot for Andy Reid.

Chiefs Safety Daniel Sorensen To Miss Start of Season with Knee Injury

The Chiefs, who weren’t deep at safety to begin with, will not have starter Daniel Sorensen when the regular season begins. Sorensen, who injured a knee at training camp, will have surgery and miss the first part of the regular season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Adam Teicher of ESPN.

Sorensen, 28, became a starter last season, his fourth with the Chiefs after being signed as an undrafted rookie from BYU. Sorensen replaced Eric Berry, who missed all but the season opener after tearing his Achilles tendon.

Berry is back, but the Chiefs early in the offseason released another longtime starter, Ron Parker.

The Chiefs gave Berry the day off from practice Tuesday as part of his rehabilitation program.

Without Sorensen and Berry, the starting safeties were Eric Murray and rookie Armani Watts. Murray was the third safety for the Chiefs last season, playing in 14 games. Watts is a fourth-round draft pick from Texas A&M.

Chiefs Meet But Don’t Ink Steelers FA Wide Out Eli Rogers

The Chiefs on Monday met but did not come to terms on a deal with Steelers free agent wide out Eli Rogers.

His next stop will be in Cleveland to meet with former Steelers OC Todd Haley and the Browns.

Rogers is still coming back from a torn ACL that he suffered in January.

The 25-year-old last season had 18 catches in 14 games with 149 yards and one score. The season before he was a lot more productive, pulling in 48 catches for 594 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games.

He signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Louisville back in 2015.

Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt Ready to Follow Up 2017 Looking to Improve This Season

Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt amassed more yards from scrimmage in his professional debut than any player in NFL history, landed on the cover of Sports Illustrated a few weeks later and finished the season as just the sixth rookie in league history to earn the rushing title, Matt McMullen of Chiefs.com reports.

It was a remarkable season for any player – let alone a rookie – and now a year later, Hunt can put aside the worries associated with a young player trying to break into the league and focus on improving his craft.

“You don’t have to stress about what team you’re going to and deal with interviews like 12 times a day (this time around),” said Hunt, recalling the process leading up to the draft last offseason. “Now, you just have to go out there and play football and try to make yourself better than you were last year.”

There’s a certain challenge associated with improving on such a strong initial season in the league, though it’s not uncharted territory. In fact, three of the five previous players to lead the NFL in rushing as rookies – Edgerrin James, Eric Dickerson and Earl Campbell – went on to defend their rushing crown the following year.

But Hunt’s attention wasn’t just on running the ball as Organized Team Activities (OTAs) began last week.

“I’m just working on my game all around,” said Hunt following OTAs on Thursday. “(One thing I’m doing is) I’m catching the ball more and running a lot more routes.”

Hunt is no stranger to catching the ball, hauling in 53 receptions for 455 yards last season, though it has been a point of emphasis as he looks to become a better comprehensive offensive player heading into his sophomore season.

“I like it. It gives me the opportunity to get the ball in open space and make people miss,” Hunt said. “The toughest part is just making the play – being able to lock in on the ball – and to make something happen after.”

Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif Graduates with a Medical Doctorate

The Chiefs officially have another doctor in the house as starting right offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif graduated Tuesday morning from McGill University in Montreal with a medical doctorate according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com.

“This is it!” Duvernay-Tardif tweeted in excitement. “Today I become a doctor!” The Chiefs selected Duvernay-Tardif in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft with a full understanding he was in his third year of medical school. And with the full backing of the Chiefs’ organization over the years, he mastered the art of multitasking the demands of football and returning to Canada during the offseason months to continue his medical studies.

The now 27-year-old clearly excelled at both as he earned a starting job on the O-line and signed a five-year, $41 million contract extension with the Chiefs in 2017. Eight years after beginning the journey in medical school, the 27-year-old now has life after football secured as a medical doctor.

Raiders Coach Jon Gruden Bragging About Inking Chiefs All-Time Leader in Tackles Derrick Johnson

In a conference call with Raiders season-ticket members, Jon Gruden was asked about the need to improve the middle of the defense.

That’s when Gruden talked about his love of stealing players from the Chiefs, and brought up at least one player whom Kansas City fans still lament getting away, Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star reports.

“Well, we feel like we have solidified the middle of our defense big time,” Gruden said. “We added Derrick Johnson, the all-time leading tackler in Kansas City Chief history. He started every game for them last year, they were the division champions.”

“You throw out all the records whenever these teams play. There’s a lot of bad blood in the AFC West. But all we can control is ourselves. We’re not even going to worry about who are the favorites. We’re going to worry about the Oakland Raiders and bringing it every single week.”

Video: Big Expectations in 2018 for QB Pat Mahomes in KC

On CBS Sports HQ, senior NFL writer Will Brinson joins Casey Keirnan to discuss his expectations for Patrick Mahomes in his second season.

Chiefs Earn an ‘C+’ for Their Draft According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.

The draft grades from ‘Draft Guru’ Mel Kiper Jr. are out, and one team that got an average grade is that of the Chiefs, who according to Kiper got an ‘C+’ for their collection of players over the two days.

Here’s what he had to say:

The job requirement is to give a grade now. What the Chiefs’ 2018 draft grade ultimately becomes is really all about what a guy who has thrown a whopping 35 NFL passes becomes. Then-GM John Dorsey (now in Cleveland) traded up to get Patrick Mahomes. Because of that, Kansas City didn’t have a first-round pick this year. In short: Mahomes now has the starting job with Alex Smith in Washington — it needs to work out.

Beyond that, the Chiefs did find a couple useful pieces. The Chiefs regressed on defense last year — particularly up front — and their Day 2 picks reflected that. Breeland Speaks (pick 46), Derrick Nnadi (75) and Dorian O’Daniel (100) all have ability, and Nnadi and Speaks aren’t far from plenty of snaps based on the current depth chart. Armani Watts (124) and Tremon Smith (196) are potential insurance in the secondary.

The word is sixth-rounder Kahlil McKenzie is going to flip from defensive tackle to guard. Stranger things have happened. The Chiefs are arguably the most unpredictable team of 2018. Your move, Mahomes.

Round/Pick Name Pos College
2/46 Breeland Speaks DE OLE MISS
3/75 Derrick Nnadi DT FLORIDA STATE
3/100 Dorian O’Daniel OLB CLEMSON
4/124 Armani Watts S TEXAS A&M
6/196 Tremon Smith CB CENTRAL ARKANSAS
6/198 Kahlil McKenzie DT TENNESSEE

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