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Chiefs Training Camp 2022: Patrick Mahomes expects plenty of offense to follow despite Tyreek Hill loss

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st. JOSEPH, Missouri — A lot has been rightly made about what the Kansas City Chiefs offense will look like this season without Tyreke his Hill. Then consider how the team fooled the Chiefs with their Cover-2 looks last season, at least for a while. Then look at the arms race in the AFC West and how everyone else has packed up this offseason.

Are the Chiefs, and especially the Chiefs’ offense, ready to take a step back?

When I visited their camp last week, I didn’t expect Andy Reid or Patrick Mahomes to lay out their offensive plans for the defense this season. But looking back at our talk, I realized how much they were talking about the running game when I was concentrating on the passing game.

“Yeah, I mean, I think it starts with the offensive line,” Mahomes told me when I asked how the offense would evolve without Hill. “The offensive line that I thought did a great job last year is back and will be even better. But he catches football with speed. It may be a little different than the Kansas City Chiefs offense, but I think he can still achieve a lot of success.

The Chiefs chose the team’s long-term cap health over paying Hill this offseason, acquiring 6.4-foot Marquez Valdez-Scantling and 6.1-foot Juju Smith-Schuster. Mahomes says he will be ready if the team decides to play two high safety against the Chiefs this year.

why? Again… a running game.

“There are some running backs in the running back room who can run football with that offensive line,” says Mahomes. “Then the receivers. These guys are big and fast….As with the tight ends, I think it’s hard to prepare for what the team is going to do.” , because you can also pass the ball. ”

With Jerick McKinnon entering his second year with the team, the Chiefs still have former first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Kansas City acquired Isaiah Pacheco in the 7th round of this year’s draft. Ronald Jones may notice that he is watching from the outside once he reaches the final roster cut. KC also has arguably the best offensive line in football heading into Week 1.

Looking back at last year, the Chiefs averaged 4.54 yards per rush, 7th best in the league. His 4.6 yards per rush on their first down was his sixth best in the NFL. And they averaged 2.29 yards per rush before making contact, leading all teams.

The Chiefs faced eight or more boxes in just 14.2% of the rush. It was the last in the league and a mark of respect the opposing defense had for Mahomes and pass his game. Conventional wisdom dictates a percentage increase in Hill’s absence, and the Chiefs seem ready for it.

“Yeah, Tyreek, listen,” Reed says. Veach brought some people here, young and veteran guys, so we’re excited about that and where the playbook will take you in them. It’s exciting too.

“But we’re excited about what we can do offensively. It’s a matter of doing it. That’s what people are looking for.”

NFL Camp News and Notes

  • The Denver Broncos officially belong to the Walton Penner family following the league’s approval vote on Tuesday. If there is talk of a Russell Wilson contract extension, it can start now. I hear there hasn’t been any talk of an extension yet as the new owner wasn’t in the door. The Broncos plan to keep Wilson for the next few years, with him under contract through the 2023 season.
  • After Saturday’s game against the Chiefs, the trade market will heat up for Teben Jenkins, the Bears’ second-year offensive tackle. Jenkins tallied his 161 snaps in his rookie year last year and returned from a back injury this season. If he can put out a good tape this weekend, the price could go up for Chicago to finally deal with him.
  • Joe Burrow continues to recover and rehab from an appendectomy late last month, so the Bengals haven’t given a timetable for his return. I have a feeling he wouldn’t have made an appearance at the event. Being able to practice with the Rams at a joint practice before the Aug. 27 preseason game would be one of the most positive signs.
  • Carolina’s QB1 job continues to go down to Baker Mayfield. The Panthers traded Mayfield this summer in the hope that he would come to camp and boost their offense. Matt Rhule gave each player a fair starter role by splitting the first team reps and starting camp. But soon he must decide who will take on the full-time role.
  • Carolina has little desire to deal with Sam Darnold right now. First of all, Darnold has no market. The team is poised to bring his $18.86 million cap hit into the season. A capable and healthy quarterback will always be an asset in this league, and Darnold can be insurance for a team with eventual starters for Mayfield, who recently battled injuries. Carolina doesn’t have to let go of Darnold if she calls for him.
  • The decision to hold out during training camp was one that weighed heavily on Browns RB Kareem Hunt. He had fellow backfielder Nick Chubb win an extension last offseason, then Durnest Johnson was bid, then Jerome Ford drafted, and Demetric Felton in a more hybrid role. I saw it move to He also realizes that he’s 27 and needs as many shots as possible for a guaranteed amount. The Browns aren’t mad at him, but the type of extension he wants probably won’t come, and there’s little incentive for Cleveland to trade him now. The Browns are finally able to give him an incentive, but at this point I don’t think much more will happen.
  • A good fight to see at Bills camp is for the second cornerback position. Tredavius ​​White continues testing his surgically repaired ACL and the team hopes to be ready by week one. If not, Dane He will be up against Jackson and the rookie.Kaiir Elam was a first-round pick in the draft, but has struggled with some of Buffalo’s zone strategies. Early in the camp, he was overthinking those struggles. He’s balanced now and when I saw him on Wednesday he had his two good plays in team practice. But the story we’re hearing at camp for sixth-round rookie Christian Benford is more than just a story. He has a legitimately good camp for a rookie, and a particularly good camp for a late-round pick.