J.J. Watt has funny message for Deshaun Watson after Mahomes contract
For a handful of quarterbacks still negotiating extensions with their current teams, the news of Patrick Mahomes' extension carries some extra weight. That wasn't lost on J.J. Watt, who sent a funny message to his own quarterback.Deshaun Watson is one of those quarterbacks, and negotiations with the Houston Texans on a long-term contract are likely to come in the relatively near future. Watson knows it and the Texans know it. So does his Houston teammate J.J. Watt, who sent his quarterback a quick message upon learning about the Mahomes deal.
A little over a week after Patrick Mahomes signed his record contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, franchise-tagged defensive lineman Chris Jones also reached a deal with the team. It turns out those things aren’t coincidental. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones credits Patrick Mahomes for helping get his new contract done.
Jones said Monday that Mahomes texted him after the quarterback’s deal was completed and told Jones that he’d left money on the table to get Jones’ deal done. That, apparently, helped lead to Jones concluding his own deal.
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© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones credits Patrick Mahomes for helping get his new contract done.
Mahomes didn’t hide his excitement when Jones’ extension was announced, and it certainly seems he played an indirect role in making it happen. Jones credits him for it, anyway.
Jones had nine sacks last season for the Chiefs after collecting 15.5 in 2018. The 26-year-old is now locked up by Kansas City through 2023.
Andy Reid had hilarious way of celebrating Patrick Mahomes extension
Reid is 62, and Mahomes is now under contract with the Chiefs for 12 more seasons between the new 10-year deal and the two years he had remaining on his rookie contract. That means Reid would have to coach well into his 70s if he plans to be with Kansas City throughout the entirety of Mahomes’ new deal. The longtime coach says that shouldn’t be a problem. Andy Reid on mindset of coaching Mahomes for years to come: “I haven’t gotten to the point mentally where I’m thinking about retirement. I love doing what I’m doing… If it takes me into my 70s, let’s go.” Reid is currently 62.
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The most electric players in the NFL
With offense at an all-time high in the NFL, plenty of electric players have emerged. Of course, "electric" can be tricky to define.It's certainly a subjective term. It's not exactly synonymous with "best," but there aren't any average "electric" players either. For our list, we defined it as players who are toughest to stop when they are at their very best (even if they aren't as consistent as others in the league).To spread the love, we didn't include two players from the same team on our list. Performance from the first five weeks of the 2019 season, and not previous seasons, also carried the most weight.With all of this in mind, here are the NFL's most electric players (in no particularly order):
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
In 22 NFL starts Mahomes has taken the phrase "video game-like" to a new level. The 2018 NFL MVP seems to accomplish something every week that's never been done previously. He's thrown for at least 300 yards in every game this season, and he's yet to throw an interception. Mahomes leads the NFL with 1,831 passing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
If there's another quarterback in the league at the moment who can challenge Mahomes for the MVP Award, it's Wilson. He doesn't have enough attempts to stand a chance against Mahomes in the passing yards category, but Wilson leads the NFL with 12 passing touchdowns and zero picks. Wilson also has 120 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens
He's been a little careless with the ball the last couple of weeks, but Jackson just about defines the term "electric" in today's NFL. The dual-threat quarterback became the fastest signal caller to 1,000 rushing yards in a career this year, and he has 11 passing touchdowns this season. Jackson has displayed strong accuracy with a 65.4 completion percentage and is averaging 7.8 yards per attempt.
Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
Michael Thomas certainly gave Kamara "a run for his money" as the Saints representative on this list, but Kamara is such a special weapon that he had to be the choice. He doesn't have a 100-yard rushing day yet, but he's accumulated 583 yards from scrimmage in five weeks. That puts him on pace for a career-high 1,865 yards from scrimmage in 2019. Kamara has 342 rushing yards, 241 receiving yards and two touchdowns this year.
Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings
Health has always been the biggest concern for the Vikings running back. Well, Cook is healthy early this season and he's been tremendous, rushing for 542 yards and five touchdowns in five games. He's also chipped in 21 receptions and 200 receiving yards. At this rate, Cook will set a new career-high in rushing this Sunday. He's averaging 5.9 yards per carry.
Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns
Chubb could make this list solely off his 88-yard touchdown run against the Ravens. His performance against Baltimore has been his only 100-yard game this season, but Chubb has still been the most steady electric player on the inconsistent Browns offense. The Browns running back has reached at least 75 rushing yards in every game but one, and he's averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He has 485 rushing yards and four touchdowns this season.
Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
Jones has struggled mightily this season, rushing for under 2.0 yards per carry in two games, but when he's on, he's a top five running back. In Week 5 against the Cowboys, Jones rushed for 107 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the league with eight touchdowns, which ties a career high, and despite a couple of poor games, Jones is on track to finish with 966 rushing yards.
Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars
After a little bit of a slow start, Fournette broke out with 225 rushing yards in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos. He followed up that performance with another 100-yard rushing day against the Carolina Panthers this past Sunday. Fournette appears to be back to his 2017 ways. There might not be a back in the league who is a more perfect blend of size and speed. He has 512 rushing yards and a touchdown through five games.
Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers
He's not a household name yet, but Breida has averaged a whopping 10 yards per carry in two different games already this season. Against the Browns on "Monday Night Football," he rushed for an 83-yard touchdown. Breida leads the league with 6.5 yards per carry. He has 340 rushing yards, 46 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Saquon Barkley, New York Giants
The Giants running back is currently dealing with an ankle injury, but he's such a major part of the Giants offense and one of the most exciting young players in the league, I still found him deserving of this list. He is averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 103.7 yards from scrimmage per game in 2019.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evans has certainly been inconsistent this season. In Week 5 against the Saints, he was held without a catch on three targets, which is extremely rare today for a No. 1 receiver. But when he's on, Evans is one of the best wide receivers in the league. He's averaging 20.4 yards per catch, which is a career high, and he's on pace for his sixth straight 1,000-yard season.
Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Similar to Evans, Cooper can be inconsistent, especially with the Cowboys trying to involve all of their weapons early this season. But Cooper can also explode at any time. In Week 5, he did just that, recording 11 receptions for 226 yards and a touchdown against the Packers. Cooper has 32 catches, 512 yards and five touchdowns with a 16.0 yards per reception average this season.
Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams
Everywhere he's played in his six-year career, Cooks has been a terrific deep threat. This season, he's not scoring as many touchdowns, but he has his second-best yards per catch average at 16.3. With Todd Gurley not quite the same explosive player he was, Cooks is the most electric Rams offensive weapon in 2019. He has 20 catches, 325 yards and a touchdown this season.
2020 NFL Preview: Chiefs are confident, but climbing the Super Bowl mountain again is hard .
Yahoo Sports is previewing all 32 teams as we get ready for the NFL season, counting down the teams one per weekday in reverse order of our initial 2020 power rankings. If any team should have been enjoying the offseason and boasting like Muhammad Ali in 1966, it’s the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs hadn’t won a Super Bowl in 50 years before coming back to beat the San Francisco 49ers last February, but now that they got one they plan on being one of the greatest dynasties of all time.Defensive end Chris Jones figured on “five-plus” rings for the Chiefs. Receiver Tyreek Hill topped that, going with seven.“Why say five? Why not go seven rings?” Hill told ESPN’s “First Take.