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Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback

In Marcus Peters, the Kansas City Chiefs had the NFL’s preeminent ball hawk at the cornerback position. Since he entered the NFL in 2015, no player has more interceptions than Peters’ 19.

But Peters isn’t in Kansas City anymore. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams after the Chiefs tired of his antics between interceptions.nike nfl cheap jerseys

It was a surprising move—one that leaves Kansas City’s secondary very much in flux.

The trade that sent Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins gave the Chiefs Kendall Fuller, who is one of the league’s better young slot corners.

But without Peters, the outside might be a problem. In five years, free-agent addition David Amerson has less than half the interceptions that Peters piled up in just three seasons. Steven Nelson, like Peters, entered the pros in 2015.nfl nike jerseys for cheap

His next NFL interception will be his first.

The Chiefs added some corner help on Day 3 of the draft and afterward in rookie free agency, but anything the team gets from that group is going to be found money.

Kansas City’s pass defense was already a mess. The Chiefs allowed 247 yards a game through the air last year. Only three teams gave up more.

Don’t expect that to improve in 2018.nike nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

The Los Angeles Chargers have the makings of a sneaky-good contender in 2018. The team rebounded from an awful start last season to narrowly miss the playoffs, and problem areas like the offensive line and interior defense were bolstered in free agency and/or the NFL draft.

Third-round defensive tackle Justin Jones was brought in in the hopes of fortifying a run defense that was terrible last year, surrendering 131.1 yards per game on the ground—most in the AFC.

There’s still an issue in the middle of the defense, however.nike cheap nfl jerseys

The Chargers drafted a potential starter on the outside of Gus Bradley’s 4-3 in USC’s Uchenna Nwosu, but the “Mike” linebacker spot is still up in the air.

That’s the middle, in case your vernacular needs work.

Jatavis Brown, who logged 76 stops for a second straight year in 2017, was in and out of the lineup last season. That was partly due to nagging injuries, but he also appeared to lose favor with the coaching staff.

When on the field, Denzel Perryman’s been a more consistent performer than Brown. But there’s a big caveat—Perryman has missed 15 games in three years (including over half of last season).

It’s not hard to imagine another carousel where Perryman gets hurt, Brown bounces in and out of the starting lineup, and Hayes Pullard plays like the seventh-round pick he is.

In other words, an unwanted repeat of last season.

Feeling the Need for Speed (and Size) at Running Back

Moneyball principles may not recommend drafting a running back early, but the analytics love big, fast running backs just as much as scouts do.best nfl jerseys

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell developed Speed Score for Football Outsiders in 2008. It’s a deceptively simple way to combine a running back’s weight and 40 time into one easy-to-understand number. That way, no mental arithmetic must be done to compare a 233-pound back with 4.40 speed (Saquon Barkley) to a 198-pounder with 4.38 speed (NC State’s Nyheim Hines) or a 250-pounder with 4.69 speed (Texas’ Chris Warren).45b55945a7c07c3a3870ad73e9f83dbb_crop_exact

Barkley blew this year’s crop of running backs away with a 124.3 Speed Score. Hines and Warren also posted very good results for projected mid-rounders.nfl jersey for cheap  You can find the full list here, which has its share of surprises, like Nick Chubb beating Georgia teammate Sony Michel.

Speed Score is far from foolproof. After all, it’s just a blend of two combine results. But it’s a handy item to keep in the toolkit nfl jerseys cheap authentic  for informing the scouting process. A 1,000-yarder from a powerhouse program with a low Speed Score could be a product of his system. On the other hand, an unheralded rusher with a great Speed Score could be a diamond in the rough.

For example, Arizona State’s Kalen Ballage finished second to Barkley in Speed Score despite low production totals as part custom nfl jerseys cheap of a committee backfield in college. The measurables indicate that he deserves a closer look. You may want to keep an eye on him when it’s time to draft your fantasy team as well.customized nfl jerseys

Mark Sanchez Reportedly Suspended 4 Games for NFL PED Violation

The NFL suspended free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez for the first four games of the 2018 season on Friday for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer. best nfl jerseys

“The NFL has informed me that I have tested positive for a substance on the banned substance list,” Sanchez wrote on Instagram. “I was blind-sided by the news and I want to say unequivocally that I have never cheated or attempted to gain a competitive advantage by using a banned performance enhancing substance.

“…My test history and pharmacological science confirm I was not cheating and the positive test was the result of incidental and isolated exposure to a banned substance. I was tested by the NFL 30 days before and 12 days after my one positive test. Both tests bracketing the one positive test were clean.”hi-res-49cf775d42b5e38775d62bef33ee1746_crop_northnfl jersey for cheap

Sanchez added that while he did not knowingly take any substances, the league’s rules are clear regarding any sort of consumption:

“Nevertheless, the NFL has an extremely comprehensive performance enhancing drug policy. Because of the policy’s comprehensive and self-described ‘strict liability’ nature, players know that inadvertent exposure to a banned substance may lead to a positive test. The policy makes it each player’s responsibility to avoid even the unwitting ingestion of a banned substance. I accept responsibility as a professional and will move forward with greater caution in the future. I look forward to getting back on the field this season.” nfl jerseys cheap authentic

Sanchez, 31, hasn’t taken a regular-season snap since 2016 when he was a member of the Dallas Cowboys. He spent last season buried on the Chicago Bears’ depth chart behind Mitchell Trubisky and Mike Glennon.
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Sanchez’s last start came on Thanksgiving in 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles—a 45-14 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Over the course of seven seasons, the 2009 first-round pick has completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 15,219 yards, 86 touchdowns and 86 interceptions.

Is Saquon Barkley Really a Generational RB Talent?

The 2018 draft class is fascinating for a number of reasons. As many as five quarterbacks could go in the first round, and there’s a surplus of talent at other positions. With question marks attached to all those quarterbacks, there’s a race for the title of “best player in the draft” outside the game’s most important position.
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Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is one of those players thought by many to be the best pure football talent in this class. In three years as a starter for the Nittany Lions, he gained 3,843 rushing yards and scored 43 touchdowns on 671 carries. He also caught 102 passes for 1,195 yards and eight touchdowns, and added 18 kickoff returns for 500 yards and two touchdowns.
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Barkley’s positional versatility is singularly impressive among the running backs in this class, and it would be the same in most draft classes. He can run inside and outside with tremendous speed, lateral agility and acceleration. As a receiver, he can line up anywhere from offset in a Pistol formation to the slot to outside—he has the potential to be the NFL’s best receiving back since Le’Veon Bell rounded out his skill set. As a direct-snap running quarterback who finds himself behind the center from pre-snap movement, Barkley can also create explosive plays. It’s easy to see why some would tout him as a truly great back, and in many aspects of his play, he is just that.
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Bert Whigham, who has been training Barkley this year at Tom Shaw Performance in Florida, set the bar fairly high regarding his client’s professional prospects, comparing him to another player Whigham has trained.nfl jerseys cheap authentic

“The only person I can think of that’s comparable physically is [Oakland Raiders linebacker] Khalil Mack,” Whigham told Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “Khalil and Saquon are my 1a. and 1b. These two guys are outliers. They’re freaks. It’s those two and then probably [Tennessee Titans running back] Derrick Henry, another freak. But with Khalil, we knew he was the No. 1 overall pick. We knew he was going to be special. And it’s the same with Saquon. You’ve got a generational talent.”