Mahomes, banged-up Chiefs face Denver on short rest
DENVER (AP) — Patrick Mahomes was without two of his linemen and one of his receiving threats for the banged-up Kansas City Chiefs' game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.
Chiefs missing Watkins, 4 other starters for game in Denver
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins will miss his second consecutive game with a hamstring injury when Kansas City visits the Denver Broncos on Thursday night trying to snap...
Chiefs’ Hill close to returning while other stars remain out
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs could get star wide receiver Tyreek Hill back for Sunday's game against Houston, though that may be just about the end of the positive news on the injury...
Mack and Hilton active, Hill out for Colts-Chiefs matchup
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Colts running back Marlon Mack and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton are active for the Colts' Sunday night trip to Kansas City, while Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is inactive...
Chiefs’ Demarcus Robinson steps up in Tyreek Hill’s absence
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It's easy for Demarcus Robinson to get overlooked in the Kansas City Chiefs' offense.
Patrick Mahomes is the record-setting quarterback and reigning league MVP....
Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes continues to cover shortcomings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes has won games for the Kansas City Chiefs without Sammy Watkins and Tyreek Hill, without a bell-cow running back or a defense capable of stopping just about...
Chiefs wide receiver Watkins looks to build on breakout game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sammy Watkins told anyone who would listen that he was poised for a resurgent season.
The Chiefs wide receiver was healthy for the first time in what seemed like...
Chiefs lose Hill, handle Jags 40-26; Foles breaks clavicle
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes was every bit as good as he was during his MVP campaign. Sammy Watkins was better than ever.
Mahomes and Watkins — along with new teammate LeSean...
Chiefs offense fill of options now that McCoy is in mix
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes arrived to Chiefs training camp six weeks ago with an abundance of playmakers at his disposal, possibly more than he had during his MVP season just one year...
Chiefs eager to see rookies in first preseason game
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — New Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo acknowledged after a spirited practice this week that he generally is reluctant to start rookies until they've...
Chiefs could be even more explosive on offense this season
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes set just about every Kansas City Chiefs passing record last season and earned the league's MVP award along the way, in large part because of his ability to...
Chiefs Training Camp Capsule
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (13-5)
OPEN CAMP: July 27, St. Joseph, Missouri
LAST YEAR: First-year starter Patrick Mahomes shattered nearly every franchise passing record while winning league...
Sorry America, team you love to hate headed to Super Bowl
NOT THEM AGAIN!
Sorry America — at least outside of New England — but the team you love to hate is headed back to the Super Bowl.
Sure, there are negatives to point out with these Patriots. They haven't looked much more than mediocre on the road. Their defense is vulnerable, especially against dynamic passers, and Kansas City certainly has one of those in Patrick Mahomes.
Chiefs activate Duvernay-Tardif ahead of AFC title game
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andy Reid typically begins his postgame news conferences with a rundown of injuries, ranging from the run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises to the more serious stuff that keeps players out awhile.
After Kansas City routed the Indianapolis Colts last weekend to reach its first AFC title game in 25 years, Reid stepped to the podium and said, well, not much of anything.
"We really didn't get anyone injured," he admitted. "Everyone, knock on wood, came out OK."
No. 1 seed Chiefs spending playoff bye week getting healthy
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs went into their regular-season finale with a lot riding on the outcome.
Beat the Raiders and they would have their third consecutive AFC West championship and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, not to mention home-field advantage throughout. Lose to their longtime division rivals and risk falling to the No. 5 seed as a wild-card team with a much more difficult road to Atlanta.
Chiefs down 2 starters in secondary facing Seahawks
SEATTLE (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will be without starting cornerback Kendall Fuller and starting safety Ron Parker for Sunday night's game against Seattle.
Longacre inactive, Watkins active for Rams-Chiefs showdown
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linebacker Matt Longacre is inactive for the Los Angeles Rams' showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Newcomer Dante Fowler started in Longacre's spot Monday night.
Longacre had started the Rams' past seven games, and he wasn't listed on Los Angeles' injury reports during the week.
Former Rams receiver Sammy Watkins is active for the Chiefs after missing last week's game with a foot injury.
Chiefs could get Houston, Sorensen on field vs Cardinals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs could be getting some much-needed help for their ailing, leaky defense when linebacker Justin Houston and safety Daniel Sorensen are expected to play against the Arizona Cardinals.
Houston has missed four straight games after hurting his hamstring, while Sorensen was added to the active roster this week after landing on injured reserve in training camp with a broken leg.
Chiefs using screen plays in creative new ways on offense
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes had been shredding the Patriots defense all night with his incredible arm strength and downfield precision in a back-and-forth shootout last month when it looked as if the Chiefs quarterback might be finally corralled by a well-timed blitz.
With a deft flip of his wrist, Mahomes instead tossed a soft screen pass to Kareem Hunt out of the backfield, and he raced up the field as the Patriots were forced to chase him.
Chiefs GM Brett Veach making all the right moves
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — In a jubilant locker room deep within Arrowhead Stadium, a young man impeccably dressed who looked as if he'd stepped out of a college classroom greeted Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins with a brilliant smile and an enthusiastic high-five.
Watkins had just had another standout performance in another Chiefs win, and Brett Veach no doubt felt a bit of satisfaction that his much-panned free-agent acquisition was paying such dividends.
Chiefs’ Sammy Watkins thriving with team-first attitude
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sammy Watkins was supposed to be a game-changing star when the Buffalo Bills drafted him fourth overall in 2014, the kind of speedy wide receiver that could make plays all over the field.
Chiefs complete season sweep of Broncos with 30-23 victory
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes had another 300-yard passing day with four touchdowns. Kareem Hunt had another hurdling, tackle-breaking touchdown that gave the Chiefs a lead they'd never surrender.
Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins produced huge games, too, as the high-powered Kansas City offense once again made the incredible look downright casual in a 30-23 victory over Denver on Sunday that finished off a season sweep of the Broncos.
Chiefs using motion, unique formations to create nightmares
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs break huddle and line up in a traditional formation: Patrick Mahomes settles under center, Kareem Hunt is in the backfield, tight end Travis Kelce joins wide receiver Sammy Watkins on the right side, and Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson head to the left.
Then, from a defensive perspective, all hell breaks loose.
Chiefs unleash deep, talented arsenal on opposing defenses
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs were desperate for help at cornerback this past season, especially after trading Marcus Peters, yet general manager Brett Veach made what at the time was a curious decision.
He spent what little remained of his salary cap on Sammy Watkins.
The Chiefs were already loaded on offense with a veteran offensive line, a speedster in Tyreek Hill, the reigning rushing champion in Kareem Hunt and one of the league's best tight ends in Travis Kelce.
Chiefs Preview Capsule
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-7)
New faces: WR Sammy Watkins, RB Kerwynn Williams, RB Damien Williams, QB Chad Henne, TE Tim Wright, CB David Amerson, CB Kendall Fuller, CB Orlando Scandrick, DT Xavier Williams, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Breeland Speaks, DT Derrick Nnadi, LB Dorian O'Daniel, SS Armani Watts, CB Tremon Smith.
Rams Preview Capsule
LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-6)
New faces: DT Ndamukong Suh, CB Marcus Peters, CB Aqib Talib, WR Brandin Cooks, CB Sam Shields.
Key losses: LB Robert Quinn, CB Trumaine Johnson, LB Alec Ogletree, WR Sammy Watkins, WR Tavon Austin, LB Connor Barwin, offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur.
Chiefs offensive line has crucial job in protecting Pat
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The talk all offseason surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs has been the way general manager Brett Veach's front office has surrounded young quarterback Patrick Mahomes II with the weapons to succeed.
They already had speedster Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce. They brought in Kareem Hunt in last year's draft and he led the league in rushing. This offseason, they spent lavishly to sign wide receiver Sammy Watkins to a three-year deal to provide another downfield threat.
Sammy Watkins another option for Chiefs offense
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — Sammy Watkins made quite the impression on the first day of Kansas City Chiefs training camp on Thursday.
The veteran wide receiver is one of the newest options for first-year starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
"The guy's an unbelievable talent, he really is," tight end Travis Kelce said of Watkins.
Chiefs Training Camp Capsule
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, Missouri Western, St. Joseph, Missouri
AFC West Training Camp Capsules
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 28, Missouri Western, St. Joseph, Missouri
Rams agree to 5-year extension with Brandin Cooks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a five-year extension with wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
The Rams traded their first- and sixth-round picks in the 2018 draft to the New England Patriots for Cooks and a fourth-round pick earlier this year.
Cooks will replace Sammy Watkins, who left for Kansas City in free agency, and provide a deep threat for quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams, who had the NFL's highest-scoring offense last season.
Rams get busy after slow start, add depth as draft concludes
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams made one pick through the first two days of the NFL draft.
They made 10 picks on Day 3, continuing their active offseason by making five trades Saturday, including sending wide receiver Tavon Austin to Dallas.
The Rams used those picks to address immediate needs at linebacker and improve their depth on the offensive and defensive lines for the future.
Chiefs load up on defense on final day of NFL draft
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brett Veach thought he was in good shape offensively after adding wide receiver Sammy Watkins in free agency, and that the Kansas City Chiefs' most pressing needs were entirely on defense.
So, he used the entire draft to address them.
After using their first three picks on that side of the ball, Veach used the final day of the draft to select three more on Saturday.
Rams have a wait ahead of them on Day 2 of NFL draft
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams enter the second day of the NFL draft expecting to wait some more.
Barring a trade Friday, the Rams' first pick will not come until the 23rd selection in the third round, the 87th overall pick. The Rams traded their first-round pick, the 23rd overall selection, to New England for wide receiver Brandin Cooks earlier this month. The Rams included their second-round pick as part of a trade with Buffalo for wide receiver Sammy Watkins in August.
Rams happy to sit out first round after trading for Cooks
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams will continue to wait on Day 2 of the NFL draft before making their first selection.
NFL draft preview: Can a rookie receiver fill Packers’ Jordy Nelson void? The odds are against it
GREEN BAY — The Green Bay Packers’ decision to sever ties with popular wide receiver Jordy Nelson last month didn’t just tick off their quarterback or sadden a legion of fans who so loved the veteran pass-catcher that they named their dogs after him.
It also created — or, based on their interest in pricey free agents Alan Robinson and Sammy Watkins — or exacerbated, a need at the position.
Browns sign cornerback E.J. Gaines, played for Bills in ’17
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns signed free agent cornerback E.J. Gaines, the latest addition to a revamped secondary.
Gaines played last season for the Buffalo Bills. The 26-year-old will be reunited in Cleveland with Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as the two previously worked together with the Los Angeles Rams.
The 26-year-old Gaines, who also met with the New York Jets, will bring speed and depth to the Browns.
AFC West champion Chiefs in midst of roster overhaul
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — They have a new quarterback and a new middle linebacker. They've released veterans, traded away one of the top cornerbacks in the league, signed wisely in free agency and loaded up on draft picks.
Sounds like a losing franchise trying to turn things around.
Try the two-time and defending AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs’ overhaul focused on youth, speed
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With the departures of longtime veterans and fan favorites, the Kansas City Chiefs have tried to make their offseason roster turnover about youth, speed and aggressive play — an approach coach Andy Reid underscored Thursday with the official introduction of new arrivals Sammy Watkins and Anthony Hitchens.
"We're so excited about the future, man, it's the energy level," Reid said. "We've got a great nucleus coming back, we've added some players that are top notch."
Los Angeles Rams free agency capsule
LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-6)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Lamarcus Joyner (franchise tag; CBs Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman; WR Sammy Watkins; C John Sullivan; LB Connor Barwin; DTs Dominique Easley and Tyrunn Walker; LS Jake McQuaide; S Cody Davis; RB Lance Dunbar; TE Derek Carrier; OL Cornelius Lucas.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Matt Longacre; CB Troy Hill; RB Malcolm Brown; LBs Cameron Lynch and Garrett Sickels.
NFL Free Agency 2018: 5 interesting wideouts not named Landry, Robinson or Watkins
By the time the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams likely apply their franchise tags to Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins, respectively, they'll join the Miami Dolphins, who already hitched their one-year tender to Jarvis Landry, in effectively removing the top three wideouts from the market.
Rams GM Snead has tough offseason puzzle for NFC West champs
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead has to put together a complicated puzzle this offseason.
And he still isn't sure whether All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald's contract extension will be the first or last piece to fall into place for the surprising NFC West champions.
Bills place WR Matthews, DE Lawson on injured reserve
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have placed wide receiver Jordan Matthews and defensive end Shaq Lawson on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
Both starters had difficult seasons for Buffalo, dealing with injuries and inconsistent play.
Matthews was acquired in a preseason trade with Philadelphia and was expected to become one of Buffalo's top options in the passing game following the trade of Sammy Watkins.
Jared Goff, stingy defense lead LA Rams past Saints, 26-20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams methodically drove downfield on their opening possession, and Sammy Watkins caught a precise slant from Jared Goff for a touchdown.
Drew Brees then got the ball for New Orleans' first drive, and the Rams sacked him on back-to-back plays.