Nancy Armour USA TODAY Published 6:13 AM EST Jan 14, 2019 KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It wasn’t that long ago the Kansas City Chiefs wondered if Patrick Mahomes were too good to be true. Four touchdowns in the season opener, followed by six the next week and three more the week after that. The physics-warping arm angles and the no-look lasers into impossibly tight spaces. The unbridled joy and complete unaffectedness. No way Mahomes could keep it up, right? “That first couple of games, we thought, `Is this an outlier? Is this something that’s going to last?’” Chiefs CEO and chairman Clark Hunt acknowledged Saturday. “He literally has done it every week.” Just 23, Mahomes has proved to be more than a franchise quarterback in this, his first full season as a starter. He’s been transformational for a team whose postseason miseries are as lengthy as they are well-documented. The 31-13 victory over Indianapolis … [Read more...] about NFL playoffs: Patrick Mahomes the difference for Kansas City Chiefs
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You have one job. And then, suddenly, you don't. The role of kicker is often described as the loneliest occupation in the NFL and after their rapid-fire sackings this week, Daniel Carlson and Zane Gonzalez are unlikely to disagree. Just two weeks into the new season, Carlson and Gonzalez are looking for new employment after being axed by the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns respectively. Both men paid the price for multiple missed field goals during their respective outings last Sunday. Carlson was shown the door by the Vikings after fluffing three crucial field goals in a 29-29 tied game with the Green Bay Packers. The 23-year-old rookie's misses included a straightforward 35-yard attempt with the final play of the game which allowed the Packers to escape with a tie at Lambeau Field. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was in no mood to be persuaded that Carlson was worth persevering with. An arm around the shoulder? A vote of confidence? Zimmer was having none of it. Instead, Zimmer … [Read more...] about Kicking: the loneliest job in the NFL
Buffalo Bills corner back Vontae Davis retired at half-time in Sunday’s defeat to the Los Angeles Chargers before admitting: “Reality hit me hard.”The 30-year-old former Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins player took his pads off in the dressing room at half-time and informed his coaches that he would not be continuing, according to head coach Sean McDermott.McDermott told reporters: “(Davis) pulled himself out of the game. Communicated to us that he was done.”Davis explained his decision: “This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL.In 10 years in the league, Davis played 111 games and had 22 interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown in his debut season as a first-round draft pick with the Dolphins. He made the 2014 and 2015 Pro Bowls with the Colts.Meanwhile, Antonio Brown broke an NFL catching record but could not stop his Pittsburgh Steelers side falling to a 42-37 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field.The wide … [Read more...] about Buffalo Bills corner back Vontae Davis quits at half-time as ‘reality hit me hard’
Sport by Press Association 16/09/2018, 9:58 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Antonio Brown broke an NFL catching record but could not stop his Pittsburgh Steelers side from falling to a 42-37 defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs in an enthralling clash at Heinz Field. The wide receiver produced a nine-reception performance for 67 yards as he became the quickest player to reach 750 catches on his his 117th regular season match. The Chiefs stormed into a 21-0 first-quarter lead but the Steelers hauled themselves level at half time, including James Washington’s score with his first NFL reception. However, the home defence continued to leak points as Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished with six touchdown passes, with tightend Travis Kelce scoring with two receptions. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for a huge 452 yards from 60 attempted passes and dived over for a three-yard rushing score in the final … [Read more...] about Brown breaks NFL catching record but Pittsburgh lose to Kansas City
Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz USA TODAY Published 1:49 p.m. UTC Sep 1, 2018 For hundreds of NFL players, Saturday's roster cutdown deadline (4 p.m. ET) marks the end of the road. With Week 1 closing in, teams must trim their rosters from approximately 90 players to 53. USA TODAY Sports' NFL team will track the releases for all 32 NFL teams, as well as list the notable players being let go (listed below). Cowboys DE Kony Ealy: The 2014 second-round pick didn't stick in Dallas after the Cowboys took a flier on him in April. Colts S T.J. Green: A converted receiver, the 2016 second-round pick played both cornerback and safety but struggled at both spots. Texans P Shane Lechler: A six-time all-pro, Lechler lost out on a competition with rookie Trevor Daniel. ----- Arizona Cardinals: K Matt McCrane Atlanta Falcons: CB Leon McFadden, S Ron Parker, OL Austin Pasztor Baltimore Ravens: CB Robertson Daniel, G/T Andrew Donnal, G Justin Evans, LB Alvin … [Read more...] about NFL roster cut tracker: Which players are being released?