The Broncos have traded QB Case Keenum and a 2020 7th-round pick to the Redskins in exchange for a 2020 6th-rounder. Denver will also pay half of Keenum's $7 million 2019 salary. It's a cheap acquisition for Washington but doesn't solve the team's QB problem. Keenum's impressive 2016 campaign with the Vikings looks like a major outlier. He completed 58.4% of his passes and averaged 6.7 yards per attempt over the 5 prior seasons. Then he completed 62.3% with a 6.6-yard average and 15 INTs as the Broncos' starter last year. With QB Alex Smith (leg) unlikely to play in 2019, Keenum is the favorite to start for Washington for now. We'll see if the 'Skins add anything else to the QB room.
The Redskins are planning as if QB Alex Smith (leg) will not be able to play at all in 2019, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Smith suffered a compound leg fracture in November and has dealt with infections after surgery that have lengthened his recovery time. He was recently spotted with an external fixator on the injured leg that's helping to hold his bones in place. Turning 35 in May, Smith's football future is probably in doubt. The Redskins figure to add a QB this offseason, with only Colt McCoy behind Smith on the depth chart now.
Redskins QB Alex Smith and WR Jamison Crowder have been "on the same page" in spring workouts, according to insider Rich Tandler. "Smith fired several darts in to Crowder for touchdowns, both in seven-on-seven work and in full team drills," Tandler reported from Wednesday's minicamp session. It's obviously very early, but it sounds like Crowder is emerging as Smith's top target. After a slightly disappointing 2017 as a popular breakout pick, Crowder could be a post-hype value in 2018 fantasy drafts. He's going 36th among WRs in early June best-ball drafts.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs have reached an agreement to trade QB Alex Smith to Washington for a 2018 third-round pick and CB Kendall Fuller. Washington reportedly also plans to sign Smith to a 4-year, $94 million extension that will include $71 million in guarantees. The move can't become official until the new league year begins in March. Everyone expected Smith to move on from Kansas City this offseason, but this is a surprising development given Washington's reluctance to invest long-term in Kirk Cousins. In addition to setting off the Patrick Mahomes era in Kansas City, the deal obviously also signals Cousins' entry into free agency. We'll see how all of these offenses -- which also include various impending free agencies at other positions -- settle out before projecting too much. Smith should be landing in a nice spot, though, with a HC who helped turn Cousins into a big-time fantasy factor over the past 3 years and emerging young talents Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson at WR. Smith will turn 34 in May.
The Chiefs made a big move up in the 1st round from pick #27 to #10 to select Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes. He put up video-game numbers over the past 2 seasons, compiling 9,705 passing yards and 77 TDs. That, of course, came in Texas Tech’s Air Raid offense — a system that hasn’t produced NFL QBs. Mahomes might be the exception, though. He has a cannon for an arm and a true gunslinger’s mentality. Think Brett Favre or Jay Cutler. Mahomes is also a plus athlete, registering a SPARQ score in the 70th percentile at his position. He figures to spend 2017 holding a clipboard for QB Alex Smith. But Smith will be 34 years old and owed $17 million when 2018 rolls around, so bet on Mahomes taking over then.
The NFL has moved kickoff of the Steelers-Chiefs game to 8:20 pm ET on Sunday. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1:05 ET, but Kansas City is expected to get slammed by an ice storm this weekend. The current forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain and 32-degree temperatures for Sunday night, so we're not sure what the new kickoff time is accomplishing. Wind isn't expected to be an issue, but the conditions will obviously be less than ideal for the passing games.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith played a nearly flawless 1st half against the Raiders on Thursday night, completing 11 of 16 passes for 203 yards. The highlight was a perfectly thrown deep ball to WR Tyreek Hill for a 36-yard TD. It was a different story in the 2nd half. He was picked off on his 2nd pass after the break and was strip-sacked on his very next snap. Smith connected on just 6 of 10 attempts for 61 scoreless yards in the 2nd half, but Kansas City's defense did enough to hold on for the win. Smith has posted 220+ yards in 4 straight games. That's the good news. The bad news is that he's gone 6 straight games without tossing more than 1 TD. Even in a plus matchup against the Titans next week, he won't be more than a mid-range QB2.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith (head, ear) put in a full week of practice and will start Sunday’s game against the Panthers. That’s a plus matchup — Carolina has allowed the 6th most fantasy points to QBs — but Smith will be without WR Jeremy Maclin. He’s more QB2 than QB1 spot starter.
The Chiefs confirmed Monday that QB Alex Smith will start the Week 10 game at Carolina. ESPN reports that the team put him into the league concussion protocol and that HC Andy Reid decided to sit Smith against the Jaguars on Sunday despite the team and player both saying he didn't suffer a concussion. The move was reportedly precautionary after Smith left the Week 8 game twice with concussion-like symptoms. Independent doctors cleared him before the Jags game.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith is expected back for Week 10 against the Panthers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Smith is sitting out today's game against the Jaguars after taking a couple of big shots last week, although he reportedly didn't suffer a concussion. He'll be a spot-start option next week vs. a Carolina defense that's much better against the run than the pass.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid announced Wednesday that QB Nick Foles will start this weekend's game against the Jaguars. The team claims that QB Alex Smith didn't sustain a concussion last Sunday, but Reid said that he's in the "return-to-play" protocol. It's a confusing situation. Foles was surprisingly solid in relief of Smith last week, completing 16 of 22 passes for 223 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. He's on the 2-QB radar for Week 9, and we wouldn't consider him a significant downgrade for WR Jeremy Maclin or TE Travis Kelce.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith did NOT suffer a concussion in Sunday’s game, per team trainer Rick Burkholder. He said Smith is “asymptomatic right now” but will see an independent neurologist this week to be safe. Barring an unexpected turn, Smith will be ready for Sunday’s meeting with Jacksonville.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith exited again in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Colts to get checked for a concussion. He had his head slammed against the turf for the 2nd time. Smith was cleared the 1st time, but we'd be surprised to see him return again.
Update: Smith has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith is being evaluated for a concussion. He took a big shot and had his head slammed against the turf. We'll update Smith's status when we learn more. QB Nick Foles replaced him.
Update: Smith returned in the 2nd quarter.
The forecast for today's Chiefs-Raiders game calls for a 60% chance of rain with winds of 15-19 mph. "Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph," according to The Weather Channel. That wind is a much bigger concern than the rain. It'll impact both passing games, especially deeps balls. That's a bigger issue for Derek Carr than Alex Smith, who rarely goes deep anyway. We're nudging Carr and his WRs down the Week 6 Rankings.
ESPN's Adam Teicher reports that Chiefs coaches believe QB Alex Smith is "having the best training camp" in his 4 years with the team. Co-OC Matt Nagy said Smith is "really playing fast" and showing strong decision-making. That's nice to hear, and Smith's play can only help the fantasy outlooks of the skill players around him. We know what we have in the low-ceiling QB, however. He's fine as a late QB2. Just don't expect a big fantasy breakthrough in his age-32 campaign.
The Chiefs have signed QB Nick Foles. He's reuniting with HC Andy Reid, who was with the Eagles when they drafted Foles back in 2012. Foles' big 2013 season, of course, came under HC Chip Kelly. Alex Smith remains locked in as Kansas City's starting QB. Foles should at least be able to beat out Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray and Kevin Hogan for the backup job.
Winds of 23-28 mph are expected for today's Browns-Chiefs game. That's certainly enough to impact the passing games, although neither team has much of a downfield attack. Kansas City figures to go even more run-heavy than usual. Downgrade WR Jeremy Maclin and TE Travis Kelce a tad, but both are still fine fantasy starters. Browns TE Gary Barnidge remains a solid play.
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