Super Bowl 2023: How the Chiefs' key contributors ranked as high school recruits
Here are how the key contributors for the Kansas City Chiefs stacked up as high school recruits according to Rivals. If you want to see how the Eagles' key contributors were ranked out of high school, click here. 1 weakside defensive end (2007)FloridaRound 2, pick 54Dunlap is the only top-25 member of the high school class of 2007 playing in the NFL. 8 OLB (2017)Mississippi StateRound 2, pick 63 (2020)Gay went to high school at Starkville High School in Mississippi and stayed in the town for college. The Wolfpack were one of just four Power Five teams to offer Thuney a scholarship as a 6-5, 250-pound OT out of high school.wftv.com
Chiefs' decision to trade Hill opened future for success
— (AP) — The decision that Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veach faced at the conclusion of last season was shockingly simple yet brutally difficult:Do they sign wide receiver Tyreek Hill to a long-term deal or trade him away? Hill ultimately became the league's highest-paid wide receiver, signing a $120 million, four-year deal with the Dolphins that would have limited what the Chiefs could do in free agency. And the Chiefs used their draft capital and financial freedom to replenish a roster that will face Cincinnati on Sunday night in its fifth consecutive AFC title game. The Chiefs used the first-round pick from Miami — after a trade with New England — on Trent McDuffie, whose metrics are among the best of any rookie cornerback this season. Hill had an incredible season for the Dolphins, catching a career-best 119 passes for 1,710 yards with seven TDs.wftv.com
Mahomes aims to lead Chiefs to 5th straight AFC title game
There is no longer time to think on the field; decisions more often are made by in-the-moment instincts rather than carefully crafted game plans. We have a great team that we're playing this week, that's playing great football, so how can we practice today so that we're better by the end of the week? The Chiefs trailed 29-26 with less than 2 minutes left when he threw since-departed Tyreek Hill a 64-yard touchdown pass to regain the lead. “Pat's a very competitive person,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said, “and on top of that, obviously, he's a great football player. It's a loss that has fueled Mahomes through the offseason, the regular season and right into this year's postseason.wftv.com
NFL injury tracker Week 12: Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and WR Marquise Brown return vs Chargers
Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown expected to return SundayKyler Murray missed the last two weeks with a hamstring injury that he sustained against the Vikings in Week 8 and aggravated the following week against the Seahawks. Wide receiver Marquise Brown is expected to be activated off injured reserve and also play Sunday, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Joe Mixon ruled out against TitansCincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon was listed as out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans in the team's injury report. He was injured Week 10 while taking a hit in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This news coincides with his fellow receiver Kadarius Toney being ruled out with a hamstring injury, putting Smith-Scheuster right back at WR1.wftv.com
NFL injury tracker Week 11: Lamar Jackson expected to play despite illness
Lamar Jackson expected to play SundayDespite missing practice on Friday, Lamar Jackson is expected to start on Sunday for the Baltimore Ravens. Jackson missed Friday’s practice due to an illness. Andrews missed last week’s game with a knee and shoulder injury, and Edwards was out with a hamstring injury. Running back Chris Evans is officially questionable with a knee injury he sustained in their last game against the Panthers. Tight end Armani Rogers is out with a knee injury, too.wftv.com
Chiefs WR Smith-Schuster placed in concussion protocol
— (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was ruled out for the rest of Kansas City's game against the Jaguars on Sunday after a scary hit by Jacksonville safety Andre Cisco left him in the concussion protocol. Smith-Schuster was coming across the middle to catch a pass from Patrick Mahomes when Cisco hit him high, drawing flags from the officials. Smith-Schuster was left motionless on the turf, with his hands momentarily frozen in a scene reminiscent of the concussion sustained by Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa earlier this season. Smith-Schuster was eventually helped to his feet and walked off with help from teammate Travis Kelce. Smith-Schuster had two catches for 33 yards when he left the game.wftv.com
Week 10 Fantasy Football Stats Notebook: When will we see the best version of Kirk Cousins?
Kirk Cousins' 4.3 percent touchdown rate and 6.6 adjusted yards per attempt are the lowest of his Vikings career. Given Cousins' history, we can expect the touchdown rate and yards per attempt to regress toward his mean. This is a good week to chase his ceiling. It’s a good offense though, so you can still chase touchdowns and big plays here. The Chargers have some good players, notably Austin Ekeler, so all hope is not lost.wftv.com
Fantasy Football Six Pack: JuJu Smith-Schuster has joined some elite company
It only took us nine weeks, but we're finally beginning to figure out a few things about the NFL in 2022. Fields faces Detroit and Atlanta over the next two weeks, so his fantasy binge isn't about to end. 315 – JuJu Smith-Schuster has gained 315 yards after the catch so far this season, the fourth-highest total in the NFL. So, in case you hadn't noticed, Smith-Schuster has played his way into elite company statistically. Last week, the team gained 121 total yards.wftv.com
JuJu Smith-Schuster credits video game for Chiefs' chemistry vs. 49ers
JuJu Smith-Schuster had his best game with the Chiefs on Sunday as Kansas City rolled past the San Francisco 49ers. "Call of Duty: Warzone" to be specific. "I'm gonna tell you what got us the chemistry where we needed this game ... we were playing Call of Duty together." We were playing "Warzone." And the Chiefs won't care how much time he spends playing video games as long as he keeps playing like he does.wftv.com
Fantasy Football Week 7: FLEX rankings
Fantasy football gonna fantasy football. And yet he finished with 42 rushing yards on 14 carries and two catches on three targets for seven yards, including the touchdown. It marked a return to double-digit fantasy scoring, sure, but the 11.9 half-PPR points he totaled Sunday are just 0.3 better than his previous season best of 11.6. With an overall ADP of 11.3 in Yahoo leagues going into the season, Harris may be nothing more than a FLEX option for many fantasy managers right now. Here's the FLEX position — check out where Harris and the rest of the FLEX options landed in our analysts' rankings for Week 7:powered by FantasyProsECR ™ -wftv.com
Chiefs' new-look offense misses pieces in mandatory minicamp
It didn't take long for them to learn that life with Mahomes at quarterback is just a little bit different. “Today he did the no-look pass and he got me, and I was on the sideline,” Smith-Schuster said with a smile. “I think we're going to be a great offense. He's a good human being and he's a good professional,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said last week. The Chiefs did not say whether any of them were excused from the workout.wftv.com
Chiefs gather with Mahomes in Texas to begin offseason
The new faces of the Kansas City Chiefs offense are getting to know each other in the warm Texas sun, rather than the cold Kansas City rain, after Andy Reid decided to make voluntary offseason workouts a virtual exercise this season. In a departure from his previous three decades of offseason work, Reid said Monday that he's encouraging his players to Zoom into voluntary meetings — rather than attend in person at the Chiefs practice facility — so that they can continue their workouts from anywhere in the country ahead of more formalized team activities next month.news.yahoo.com
Chiefs suddenly among busiest NFL teams during offseason
The Kansas City Chiefs were supposed to be quiet during free agency, given the perennial AFC West champions had most of their big names tied up in long-term contracts and they already were bumping up against the salary cap. Brett Veach had other ideas. The uber-aggressive Chiefs general manager instead made a splash by signing former Texans safety Justin Reid and former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, then turned the NFL on its head by swinging a blockbuster trade that sent three-time All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins for a package of draft picks.news.yahoo.com
Steelers have Harris, Smith-Schuster for playoff game in KC
Steelers Ravens Football Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris, right, runs with the ball as Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith tries to stop him during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Baltimore. — (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers had running back Najee Harris and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster available for their wild-card playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Harris, who ran for a franchise rookie-record 1,200 yards this season, missed two days of practice this week with an elbow injury. Smith-Schuster thought his season was over after a shoulder injury Oct. 10 against Denver that required surgery a few days later. Their inactives were quarterback Dwayne Haskins, wide receiver Cody White, running back Anthony McFarland, linebacker Tegray Scaled and defensive tackle Carlos Davis.wftv.com
The Latest: Herbert, Williams connect for 72-yard TD
The Los Angeles Chargers lead Cleveland 13-10 in the second quarter thanks to the longest reception of Mike Williams' career. Justin Herbert threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to Williams early in the second. The Texans caught a break in the second quarter when New England's Damien Harris fumbled near the goal line, taking a scoring chance away from the Patriots. Hill, the quarterback the Saints use in different roles, had one catch before being injured early in the second quarter. Cook didn’t play two weeks ago in a win over Seattle, after getting hurt in the team’s second game at Arizona.wftv.com
The Latest: Brady, Bucs roll to big lead against Miami
Brady has thrown for 411 yards and five TDs, and Tampa Bay leads Miami 45-17 in the fourth quarter. The Texans caught a break in the second quarter when New England's Damien Harris fumbled near the goal line, taking a scoring chance away from the Patriots. Nick Folk also missed the extra point on a touchdown by New England in the second quarter. Hill, the quarterback the Saints use in different roles, had one catch before being injured early in the second quarter. Cook didn’t play two weeks ago in a win over Seattle, after getting hurt in the team’s second game at Arizona.wftv.com
The Latest: Bengals pull even with Packers at 22-all
Joe Burrow has thrown for 230 yards and two touchdowns, enabling Cincinnati to stay right with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Nick Folk also missed the extra point on a touchdown by New England in the second quarter. Matthew Wright hit the right upright for a miss in the first quarter for the Jaguars against the Titans and Mason Crosby’s attempt in the second quarter for the Packers against the Bengals clanged off the left upright. Hill, the quarterback the Saints use in different roles, had one catch before being injured early in the second quarter. Cook didn’t play two weeks ago in a win over Seattle, after getting hurt in the team’s second game at Arizona.wftv.com
The Latest: Texans still lead despite 0-yard punt
Patriots Texans Football Houston Texans wide receiver Chris Conley (18) makes a touchdown catch against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Houston. —Steve Reed reporting from Charlotte___2:50 p.m.Davis Mills has thrown three touchdown passes, and the Houston Texans lead New England 22-9 in the third quarter. The Texans caught a break in the second quarter when New England's Damien Harris fumbled near the goal line, taking a scoring chance away from the Patriots. Nick Folk also missed the extra point on a touchdown by New England in the second quarter. Hill, the quarterback the Saints use in different roles, had one catch before being injured early in the second quarter.wftv.com
Nobody comes for free in NFL free agency that begins Monday
Regardless, on Monday, two days before the NFL's 2021 business year begins, the 32 teams and agents for the players will be making deals. “Legal tampering, and tampering is illegal? AdOf course, free agency always is a buyer-beware situation. AdVoila: Lavonte David, a key linebacker, was re-signed, and several other key guys in the title run could be back. “We do have some money from a cap standpoint that we can spend; but again, it’s an interesting year.
Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to new deal for 2021 season
FILE - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger celebrates a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans during the first half of an NFL football game in Nashville, in this Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, file photo. Ben Roethlisberger is returning for an 18th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is taking a pay cut to do it. The team and the two-time Super Bowl winner announced on Thursday, March 4, 2021, they have agreed on a new contract that assures the 39-year-old will be back in 2021. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen, File)PITTSBURGH – Ben Roethlisberger is returning for an 18th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is taking a pay cut to do it. NFL Network, citing anonymous sources, said Roethlisberger's new deal will essentially pay him $14 million this season and adds four voidable years to spread out the dead money.
Steelers planning on Roethlisberger's return in 2021
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Cleveland Browns in Pittsburgh, late Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers plan on having quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back for an 18th season. Team president Art Rooney II released a statement Wednesday saying he and Roethlisberger have met to figure out a way to ease the financial pressure caused by Roethlisberger's contract. The Steelers are facing a serious cap crunch and have already started to overhaul the coaching staff and the roster. AdStill, Rooney expressed optimism the door for the Steelers to remain competitive during Roethlisberger's long tenure remains open.
Same old Browns? Hardly. Cleveland drills Steelers 48-37
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrates as he walks off the field following a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it. The Browns dismantled the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 in the wild-card round Sunday night, picking up the franchise’s first postseason victory in more than a quarter-century and earning a trip to Kansas City next Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs. The kick bounced into the end zone for a touchback and Mayfield calmly took Cleveland 80 yards in six plays. So much for the Browns being the Browns, a winking assessment Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster made about Cleveland in the middle of the week.
Browns end long playoff drought, survive late Steelers rally
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates after the Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Cleveland. The Browns, winless just three seasons ago and so bad for so long, are in the playoffs. The Browns and their passionate fan base endured 197 losses, 14 double-digit-loss seasons and seven coaches since the last playoff appearance. For the moment he got to Cleveland in 2018, Landry's goal was to get the Browns back to the postseason. Steelers: Will be back at full strength for their first playoff appearance since the 2017 season.
Steelers rally past Colts to end skid, lock up AFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson (18) makes a catch past Indianapolis Colts cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (26) for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, in Pittsburgh. And even as the Steelers spent the first half against Indianapolis seemingly in a full-out sprint to get to the offseason as quickly as possible. It revived Pittsburgh's floundering season and delivered the Steelers the AFC North title. The defense kept Philip Rivers, rookie running back Jonathan Taylor and Indianapolis out of the end zone in the second half. “When we had everything to play for, we just didn’t have all the answers in the second half of a game we had to have.
Bills improve to 10-3 with 26-15 win over sloppy Steelers
His 28 TDs passing rank second most on the team list, and five behind the single-season record set by Kelly in ’91. Acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March, Diggs now has 100 catches to match the Bills’ single-season record set by Eric Moulds in 2002. The Steelers continue to resemble nothing of the team that set a franchise record by winning its first 11 games. The game was decided midway through the fourth quarter after Buffalo’s Tyler Bass hit a 23-yard field goal to put the Bills up 26-15. SACK STREAKThe Steelers extended their sack streak to a 70th consecutive game to break the NFL record set by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1999 to 2003.
Unbeaten Steelers focusing on Washington, not perfection
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) tries to fend off Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tramon Williams after making a catch during the second half of an NFL football game Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Pittsburgh. So forgive the Pittsburgh Steelers if they're not exactly caught up in the hype — or maybe lack of hype — surrounding their perfect start. Yes, the Steelers are unbeaten. “Every week is a test,” Rivera said. “It really is about feel and opportunity as far as those things are concerned," Rivera said.
Steelers overcome rust, short-handed Ravens to move to 11-0
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Benny Snell (24) runs away from Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker L.J. So while the Steelers stayed perfect with a disjointed 19-14 win over the undermanned Ravens in the first NFL game on a Wednesday in eight years, their play was anything but. “To be bluntly honest, I’m really disappointed in our performance tonight,” he said after Pittsburgh improved to 11-0. But the Steelers were able to drain the clock behind a third-down grab by James Washington, eliminating the Ravens from repeating as AFC North champions. “The way the game went, obviously we wanted to win,” Griffin said.
Steelers stay perfect, keep Texans winless in 28-21 victory
Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron (85) celebrates on the sideline with teammate cornerback Joe Haden (23) after making a touchdown catch against the Houston Texans in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Steelers stay perfect, keep Texans winless in 28-21 victory
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers spent two quarters trying to hem in Deshaun Watson. Slicing into the backfield relentlessly, the Steelers put the clamps on the Texans in the second half to rally for a 28-21 victory that pushed them to 3-0 for the first time in a decade. Houston managed just 51 yards and two first downs over in the final 30 minutes to fall to 0-3. After opening the season with two relatively drama-free wins, the Steelers needed to overcome an early 11-point deficit to stay perfect. Steelers: Johnson exited in the second quarter due to a concussion on the play where Roethlisberger helped pave the way for a short gain.
Falcons won't have star WR Julio Jones for Bears game
The winless Atlanta Falcons will be playing without star wide receiver Julio Jones for Sunday’s game with the unbeaten Chicago Bears. ___CHICAGO AT ATLANTABears: CB Duke Shelley, OG Arlington Hambright, NT Daniel McCullers, WR RIley Ridley, OLB Trevis GipsonFalcons: WR Julio Jones, CB A.J. Eagles: WR Jalen Reagor, LG Isaac Seumalo, WR Alshon Jeffery, RB Jason Huntley, QB Nate Sudfeld, S Rudy Ford, G Jamon Brown, DE Casey Toohill. Browns: WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, CB Greedy Williams, LB Jacob Phillips, Olivier Vernon, Evan Brown and WR Rashard Higgins. Brown, CB Chris Jackson OLB Derick Roberson, C Aaron Brewer, TE Geoff Swaim, DT Matt DickersonVikings: WR Tajaé Sharpe, WR K.J.
Defense, Snell, Big Ben carry Pittsburgh over Giants 26-16
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) comes down with a touchdown pass against New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (24) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Defense, Snell, Big Ben carry Pittsburgh over Giants 26-16
Roethlisberger, who missed the final 14 games last season after elbow surgery, threw for three scores in a 26-16 win over the New York Giants at an empty and eerie MetLife Stadium on Monday night. The defense, while not quite on the level of the famed Steel Curtain, was plenty stingy and physical. It not only held Saquon Barkley to 6 yards on 15 carries, it also swarmed him in the backfield nearly all night. Even though the Pittsburgh defense broke down as the Giants marched 87 yards on 19 plays in just under nine minutes in the third quarter, it still came up with a major stop. Roethlisberger then took Pittsburgh 62 yards for the field goal and a 19-10 lead.
Elbow room: Roethlisberger confident in return from surgery
PITTSBURGH Ben Roethlisberger is pretty sure there isn't a technical term for what doctors did to his shredded right elbow last fall. The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is pretty sure about one thing though: no one who has ever played his position has ever recovered from it well enough to continue throwing a football for a living. Roethlisberger admitted he'd been dealing what he described as minor elbow discomfort for a while heading into Week 2 against Seattle. The two-time Super Bowl winner underwent surgery shortly thereafter that anchored the torn tendons to his elbow. I still want to win Lombardys," Roethlisberger said, referencing the trophy that goes to the Super Bowl champions.
Steelers' Heyward: team will be united if it opts to protest
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) plays against the Cincinnati Bengals in an NFL football gamein Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)PITTSBURGH Cam Heyward is well-versed in the sometimes messy optics associated with taking a stand against social injustice. I think we want to stay united in what we do and what we want to accomplish, Heyward said. For a team that's missed the playoffs each of the last two seasons, Heyward has become acutely aware of a window potentially closing. I know the NFLPA and the NFL have been working on this for a while," Heyward said.
Steelers overcome slow start, drop winless Dolphins 27-14
Associated PressPITTSBURGH - PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers stopped beating themselves long enough to keep the Miami Dolphins winless. Rudolph completed 20 of 36 passes, including a 45-yard touchdown to rookie Diontae Johnson late in the second quarter and a 26-yard strike to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the third quarter that put the Steelers in control. The Steelers pulled within 14-10 at the break thanks to the first of Minkah Fitzpatrick's two interceptions and some curious defensive play-calling by the Dolphins. Fitzpatrick's second pick - basically an arm punt by Ryan Fitzpatrick - gave the Steelers the ball at Pittsburgh 3. Steelers: Conner left in the fourth quarter with an upper-body injury.
Miami Dolphins vs. Steelers: How to watch, stream, listen
Associated PressPITTSBURGH - The Miami Dolphins are still looking for their first win of the season and they will have another chance at 8:15 p.m. in Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dolphins are 0-6 on the year and the Steelers are 2-4 on the season. Miami and the Cincinnati Bengals are the only teams in the league that haven't won a game this year. Running back Mark Walton and receiver Preston Williams lead the way on offense for Miami. Conner has 466 yards of total offense and five touchdowns.