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Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Two long catches in loss
Hardman caught three of four targets, accounting for 40 receiving yards during Saturday's 27-17 preseason loss to San Francisco. He added one kick return of 21 yards, as well as a two-yard punt return.
Against the 49ers in Week 3 of preseason play, Hardman flashed the game-breaking ability that convinced Andy Reid and the Chiefs' brass to invest a second-round draft choice in him during April's draft. Hardman was called for an offensive pass interference penalty on a second-quarter drive with Chad Henne leading the charge, but made up for that misstep with receptions of 15, 18 and seven yards -- all from backup quarterback Kyle Shurmur, within a span of six offensive plays on Kansas City's second drive of the third quarter.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Tyreek Hill: Makes impact in preseason defeat
Hill caught all three of his targets, accumulating 31 receiving yards during Saturday's 27-17 preseason loss to San Francisco.
Hill was effective with a limited workload during Kansas City's dress rehearsal game against San Francisco, commanding a 30 percent target share with Patrick Mahomes in the game, and picking up first downs on all three of his first-half receptions. Hill was somewhat of a volatile fantasy asset in 2018, but finished as the No. 1 receiver in many formats by way of his uncanny playmaking ability. The three-time Pro Bowl wideout had at least 90 receiving yards or multiple receiving scores in seven of 16 regular-season games last season, but also was contained to fewer than 65 receiving yards with zero touchdown catches on five occasions.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Damien Williams: Burns 49ers defense for 62-yard TD
Williams ran for two yards on his one carry, but hauled in all three of his targets for a game-high 74 receiving yards and one touchdown during Saturday's 27-17 preseason loss to San Francisco.
A fantasy revelation over the final quarter of 2018, Williams looked explosive in his second preseason appearance of 2018. Patrick Mahomes flipped the ball out to Williams on a third-down wheel route near midfield, and the 27-year-old back did the rest, scampering 45 yards after the catch and picking up a block from teammate Demarcus Robinson en route route to the first score of the night. Over his past six regular, post and preseason appearances -- excluding last week's brief appearance against the Steelers in which he was targeted once but received zero offensive touches -- Williams has averaged 108 yards from scrimmage per game with nine total touchdowns.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes: Sharp in two drives of work
Mahomes completed eight of 10 pass attempts for 126 yards and one touchdown, absorbing zero sacks and rushing for eight yards on his only carry during Saturday's 27-17 preseason loss to San Francisco.
Mahomes connected with Damien Williams for a 62-yard pitch, catch and run that resulted in a touchdown on Kansas City's third play from scrimmage. Then on his second and final drive of the night, he proceeded to lead the offense on a 12-play, 68-yard march that culminated in a field goal. The reigning MVP seems poised for another statistically prolific campaign, last year having joined Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw 50 touchdown passes in a season. Thus far in the exhibition slate, he's completing 73.7 percent of his passes with 10.7 yards per attempt.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Darron Lee: Dealing with chest injury
Lee exited Saturday's preseason matchup with San Francisco due to a chest injury and is questionable to return.
Lee was originally traded to the Chiefs from the Jets in May for a sixth-round pick in 2020. It's unclear how serious the injury is or how much it could hinder the 24-year-old from trying to earn a rotational role in Kansas City's linebacking corps.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Carlos Hyde: Battling for roster spot
Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star and Nate Taylor of the Athletic both leave Hyde off their projections for the Chiefs' 53-man roster.
With Darwin Thompson earning some first-team practice reps and making a case for the second spot on the depth chart, it isn't clear that there's a role available for Hyde, who has played just 27 snaps on special teams throughout his career. The Chiefs already gave him $1.5 million guaranteed, but they still will save more than $500k in cap space if they cast Hyde aside in favor of young players -- Darrel Williams, Tremon Smith or Marcus Marshall -- to fill out the roster behind Damien Williams and Thompson. The 27-year-old Hyde should see work in Saturday's preseason game against San Francisco, hoping to bounce back from last week's lost fumble against the Steelers.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Darwin Thompson: Threatening Hyde for backup job
Thompson has been getting practice reps with the first-team offense, while Carlos Hyde may be on the roster bubble, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Thompson's increased practice usage with the starters reportedly includes regular goal-line work. He's comfortably outplayed Hyde through two weeks of the preseason, with the veteran losing a fumble and averaging just 3.6 yards on seven carries. Thompson is averaging 5.8 yards on nine totes, along with one catch for a 29-yard touchdown on three targets. The Chiefs did give Hyde a $1.5 million guarantee on his one-year contract, but they still can avoid $700,000 of his base salary and $500,000 in per-game roster bonuses if they release him before Week 1, per overthecap.com. Even if that doesn't happen, Thompson seems to be pushing for the No. 2 job behind starter Damien Williams.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Davon Grayson: Reverts to IR
Grayson (knee) reverted to injured reserve Wednesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Grayson was waived/injured by the Chiefs earlier in the week, but he lands on injured reserve after going unclaimed on waivers. The 23-year-old will miss the 2019 season unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Tyreek Hill: Misses just one day
Hill (personal) returned to practice Wednesday, KCTV 5 News reports.
Held out Tuesday for personal reasons, Hill was quick to rejoin his teammates in preparation for Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers. He could see a decent chunk of playing time, as coach Andy Reid usually gives his best players some run in exhibition contests, bucking the recent trend league-wide.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Jalen Tolliver: Joins Chiefs
Tolliver signed a contract with Kansas City on Tuesday.
Tolliver entered training camp with the Titans but was waived by the team earlier in August. The 23-year-old played in three games with the Cardinals in 2018, catching three of six targets for 37 yards.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Michael Hunter: Nursing groin injury
Hunter was sidelined from Tuesday's practice due to a groin injury, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
The severity of Hunter's injury unknown at this time, but it was enough to make him a nonparticipant Tuesday. The 26-year-old has spent time with the Giants and Broncos during his first two seasons and is now looking to make an impression at the Chiefs' camp. It will be advantageous for him to return sooner rather than later, as he is presumably on the outside looking in at a final roster spot.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' De'Anthony Thomas: Re-signs with Chiefs
Thomas agreed to a deal with the Chiefs on Tuesday.
Thomas spent his first five years with the Chiefs. He only played five games in 2018 before a knee injury sent him to injured reserve. He was then arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession in January ahead of restricted free agency and has been looking for a landing spot since. Kansas City made the most sense for a second chance, but should he ultimately make the 53-man roster a suspension could certainly follow.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu: Limited at practice
Mathieu (shouler) was a partial-participant at Tuesday's practice, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Mathieu hurt his shoulder in the Chiefs' second preseason game, but the issue was not considered serious. It looks like the Chiefs are going to ease him back into the swing of things at practice in order to ensure he does not aggravate the injury. The 27-year-old is entering his seventh season and first with the Chiefs. He is expected to start at strong safety.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Gehrig Dieter: Remains sidelined
Dieter (undisclosed) remained sidelined at Tuesday's practice, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Dieter has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury since the start of camp. He was originally expected to have a good chance at making the final 53-man roster due to his special team skills and close friendship with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. However, there are a plethora of other receivers competing for a depth role at the position, so a return to the field would certainly be advantageous for his chances at securing a spot.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Marcus Kemp: Placed on IR
The Chiefs officially placed Kemp (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
Kemp suffered a torn ACL and MCL at practice over the weekend, so this move was just a matter of time. The 24-year-old pass catcher suited up for all 16 games in Kansas City last year but was considered a fringe-roster player heading into 2019. He will now be forced to focus on his recovery.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Tyreek Hill: Expected back Wednesday
Coach Andy Reid expects Hill (personal) to return to practice Wednesday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Hill was absent from practice Tuesday for personal reasons, but he'll apparently back with the Chiefs in short order, as the team continues its preparation for Saturday's preseason game against the 49ers.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Tyreek Hill: Absent Tuesday
Hill did not practice Tuesday due to personal reasons, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.
It remains to be seen how long Hill will be away from the team, but it's good news for Kansas City that the wideout's absence is not due to injury. Hill played eight offensive snaps during last Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers and caught one of three targets for six yards. Assuming he resumes practicing without missing much time, Hill could be in line for increased work during Saturday's exhibition game against the 49ers.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Marcus Kemp: Out with torn ACL and MCL
Kemp will miss the 2019 season after tests showed he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in his knee during Saturday's preseason game, the Kansas City Star reports.
Kemp was having a strong preseason and looked like he'd win a spot on the active roster.... See More ... See Less
Chiefs' Sammy Watkins: No impact against Steelers
Watkins was not targeted in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers.
Watkins missed a practice during the week due to illness, but he returned a day later and logged nine offensive snaps Saturday. He should slot in as the team's second receiver behind Tyreek Hill and will aim to play all 16 games for the first time since his rookie campaign in 2014.... See More ... See Less
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