*1. ESPN's Todd McShay predicts Chiefs will take a center in first round *
By Terez Paylor - Kansas City Star
"With the Chiefs addressing needs at wide receiver and guard in free agency and through trade, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay predicts the Chiefs will address another need — center — in his latest mock draft.
You can read the article here (subscription link), but in his mock draft 4.0, McShay predicted the Chiefs will select Florida State center Cameron Erving with the 18th pick in the first round." READ MORE…
Hali and Maclin Exchange Jerseys with Mexican National Team
Chiefs Tamba Hali and Jeremy Maclin visit the Mexico National Soccer Team after their practice at Arrowhead Stadium. Hali and Maclin exchanged jerseys with members of the soccer team.
2. Kansas City Chiefs offseason scorecard
By Adam Teicher - ESPN
"Here is an update on what the Kansas City Chiefs have done in free agency.
S Tyvon Branch: He signed a one-year contract worth $2.1 million after being released by the Oakland Raiders. He should compete for a starting spot, and at a minimum play in one or more of the Chiefs' substitute defensive packages.
G Paul Fanaika: He signed a three-year contract worth $6.15 million as an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals. He should compete for a starting spot at right guard.
G Ben Grubbs: He was acquired from the New Orleans Saints for a fifth-round draft pick and should start at left guard. Follow link for complete list of additions, subtractions and more." READ MORE…
3. League execs focus presentations on young fans
By Daniel Kaplan - Sports Business Journal
"Millennials and Gen Z were a subject of extensive discussion at this year's annual league meeting.
Brian Rolapp, the NFL's head of media, discussed how to reach the younger generations in his opening remarks at the start of the meeting on Monday. Later in the week, Dawn Hudson, the league's Chief marketing officer, talked about them as well. The league even had a special session set aside for youth sports.
And clearly, the league's first planned over-the-top streamed game in October (Buffalo vs. Jacksonville, from London) is being done in part as a way to reach a generation that doesn't watch TV in the same way that older generations have done.
Mark Donovan, president of the Kansas City Chiefs, said Hudson during her presentation noted that while millennials operate on two screens, Gen Z works on five." READ MORE…
4. Heupel gave Sam Bradford pep talk
By ESPN News Services - ESPN
"A trusted voice from Sam Bradford's past helped the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback resist quitting football last year after he suffered a second devastating injury to his left knee in a span of nine months.
Josh Heupel, who was Bradford's quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he reached out to his former pupil to give him a pep talk last year and try to convince him not to give in to the doubts that came with torn anterior cruciate ligaments in the same knee in less than a year.
"I just tried to reach out to him and say: 'Hey, I still see this in you as a person and a player. I think the best is yet to come for you. You've got to get yourself healthy and get yourself back on the field and get yourself in the right environment with the right people and the right supporting cast around you, and there's no doubt in my mind you'll achieve the things you're capable of achieving and want to achieve,'" Heupel, who is now the offensive coordinator at Utah State, told the newspaper in a telephone interview." READ MORE…
5. Why expanded playoffs are on hold
By John Clayton - ESPN
"Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners wrapped up their annual meetings quickly Wednesday morning, but they left plenty of decisions to be made at the spring meeting in San Francisco in May.
It was widely expected going into the meetings that the number of playoff teams wouldn't be expanded for 2015. Goodell offered an interesting observation on why nothing happened this year.
"Several factors went into the decision to at least postpone the expanded playoffs," Goodell said. "Some of them would be on the competitive side. The last two years, interestingly enough, it's been inconsistent with our experience in [previous seasons] that the last two weeks, we actually would have had five less teams that would have [still had to compete for playoff spots] under the 14-team format than the 12. And that's a little bit counterintuitive due to the experience we had."" READ MORE…
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