Sankey was signed off New England’s practice squad to bolster a backfield that saw lead runner Spencer Ware leave Sunday’s win over the Colts with a concussion. While Charcandrick West is the obvious next man up, Sankey serves as insurance after Charles suffered a setback with his knee in Week 7.
Sankey notched 762 yards rushing at 3.8 yards per carry over two seasons in Tennessee before the Titans released the former second-round pick prior to the opener.
Still, the 2018 draft location isn’t quite up for grabs. The league is expected to discuss in May whether to hold the draft in Philadelphia for a second straight year, as it did in Chicago, or open the bidding to other NFL cities, like Kansas City.
While Donovan admits that a potential Super Bowl at Arrowhead Stadium is still many years away, he said, when it comes to preparation to host the draft, the Chiefs have “checked every box.” Stay tuned, Kansas City.
General manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid moved up 17 spots to select Mahomes 10th overall because they saw a rare talent with a skill set that reminded them of Brett Favre. They also gave up two picks (a first-rounder next April and a third-rounder last Friday) because they believe in the environment they are plopping him into for the next couple of years. Dorsey and Reid understand that talent isn’t the only thing that makes quarterbacks succeed in the NFL. The right fit has plenty to do with that happening, as well.
This is why we’ve heard so much about Dorsey being a part of the Green Bay front office when the Packers selected Aaron Rodgers in the first round of the 2005 draft, despite having Favre still in his prime. It’s why Reid’s well-documented history of developing quarterbacks is so noteworthy, as is the way current starter Alex Smith goes about his business. Yes, Mahomes has the type of cannon that is best described as a gift from the heavens. More importantly, he has three men around him who understand that arm strength won’t be the biggest reason why he becomes an effective signal-caller at the next level.
“I’d like to thank Jeremy for his effort and dedication the past two seasons,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said in a statement released by the team. “I have great respect for all players, which makes decisions like these very difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our club moving forward to part ways at this time. We wish Jeremy the best as he continues his career.”
The move, a post-June 1 release, will immediately free up $10 million in salary cap space for the Chiefs, who will split his $7.2 million dead cap money over the next two seasons ($2.4 million in 2017 and $4.8 million in 2018), according to OverTheCap.com.
Skeptics have spent the past couple of years bemoaning Kansas City’s dearth of playmakers. That’s now an outdated complaint with dynamic rookie sensation Tyreek Hill and All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce adding a big-play element to Alex Smith’s offense. The defense is chock-full of stars with ball-hawking cornerback Marcus Peters, All-Pro safety Eric Berry and the disruptive edge-rushing trio of Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dee Ford.
The Steelers haven’t lost since a 35-30 thriller versus the Cowboys two weeks before Thanksgiving. While the Killer Bees on offense draw the hype, the swarming defense leads the NFL with 30 sacks since Week 11. The ageless James Harrison is coming off one of the finest performances by any defensive star all season, while Ryan Shazier, Lawrence Timmons and Bud Dupree round out the league’s most active linebacker corps.
The Chiefs’ 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders will be remembered as the game that put Kansas City in the driver’s seat to win the AFC West. Both teams now hold 10-3 records but the Chiefs own all tiebreakers after having beaten the Raiders twice this season. What the contest also did was serve as a national coming-out party for one of the most dynamic rookies in the league. If Hill hadn’t been playing, the Chiefs probably don’t win this game.
Hill scored the game’s first touchdown by catching a 36-yard pass from quarterback Alex Smith in the second quarter. He also gave the Chiefs a 21-3 lead a few minutes later with a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown. None of this, by the way, is anything new to people who’ve followed this team or even a surprise to Hill. As he said after Thursdays game, “I put the work in during the offseason. I guess it’s all falling into place.”