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OPEN CAMP: July 28 ,
Missouri Western, St. Joseph, Missouri

LAST YEAR: Chiefs rolled to 5-0 start, went through midseason swoon, then won
final four games of regular season to defend AFC West title for first time in
franchise history. QB Alex Smith had career season, RB Kareem Hunt led NFL in
rushing, and WR Tyreek Hill evolved from speedy gadget star to playmaking pass
catcher. Defense struggled to absorb season-ending injury to SS Eric Berry,
resulting in unit that routinely allowed big plays. Season ended when Kansas
City blew 21-3 halftime lead in 22-21 loss to Tennessee in wild-card round of

IMPORTANT ADDITIONS: WR Sammy Watkins, LB Anthony Hitchens, CB Kendall
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, TE Tim Wright, CB David Amerson, LB Breeland Speaks,
DT Derrick Nnadi, LB Dorian O’Daniel, SS Armani Watts.

IMPORTANT LOSSES: QB Alex Smith, CB Marcus Peters, LB Derrick Johnson, FS Ron
Parker, LB Tamba Hali, CB Phillip Gaines, WR Albert Wilson, CB Terrance
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, OL Zach Fulton, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Ramik
Wilson, DL Bennie Logan, CB Kenneth Acker.

CAMP NEEDS: Must determine starting CBs after trading Peters and releasing
Mitchell, with Fuller and Amerson front-runners. Berry must prove his health
after tearing Achilles tendon last September. Pass rush must show improvement
with rookies Speaks and O’Daniel complementing OLBs Justin Houston and Dee

EXPECTATIONS: Chiefs’ have overhauled roster under second-year GM Brett
Veach, particularly on defense. Longtime stalwarts Johnson and Hali are gone and
rookies will be expected to contribute from first snap. But if Chiefs are to win
third straight AFC West title, they need second-year QB Patrick Mahomes II to
live up to expectations. Kansas City traded up to select him 10th overall in
2017, and was so confident in his abilities it traded Smith to Redskins after
best season of career.

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore sat on the turf with his
hands on his knees, disconsolate as he watched Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans
coast into the end zone after beating him for a 50-yard touchdown.

It was a stark contrast to last November, when Evans caught one pass for 13
yards and received a one-game suspension after blindsiding Lattimore during a
scuffle in the Saints' 30-10 victory at the Superdome.

This time, the Buccaneers' offense socked the Saints play after play after
play. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a career-high 417 yards and four touchdowns
while compiling a nearly perfect quarterback rating in Tampa Bay's 48-40 victory
in New Orleans on Sunday.

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for 147 yards. DeSean Jackson added five receptions for 145 yards and two

It was a new feeling for Lattimore, the 2017 Defensive Rookie of the

"It isn't going to get me down," he said. "Everybody gets beat. We needed to
get slapped in our face one good time to see we're not on a level we think we're

New Orleans, the defending NFC South champion, looked like the Super Bowl
contender it expected to be on its opening drive, cruising 71 yards in six plays
for a touchdown to go ahead 7-0.

Then, the defense took the field.

Jackson caught an easy 58-yard touchdown pass against a busted coverage on
the Bucs' fourth play, setting the tone.

The Bucs punted only once, and that came because Fitzpatrick overthrew a
wide-open Chris Godwin after cornerback Ken Crawley fell. The only other times
they did not score were on a missed field goal and when Fitzpatrick took a knee
to run out the clock at the end of the first half and the fourth quarter.

"We have to wipe our minds clean of this catastrophe that just happened,"
Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said. "We have to push forward."

The Saints never sacked Fitzpatrick. He threw for scores of 58, 50, 36 and 9
yards, completed five more passes for at least 20 yards and had another one_a
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for the first three games under the NFL's personal conduct clause, had a
quarterback rating of 156.2, just shy of the maximum 158.3.

"We couldn't stop anything," Lattimore said after New Orleans lost its season
opener for the fifth straight season. "That's not going to get it done."

Drew Brees and the Saints offense matched Tampa Bay for a while, going ahead
17-14 on a 28-yard pass to Ted Ginn. But the Bucs kept scoring while New Orleans
committed two costly turnovers.

Evans' long touchdown on Lattimore gave Tampa Bay a 41-24 lead with 2:58 left
in the second quarter. He caught the ball at the 12 as Lattimore dived for him,
but could not catch him.

"I have to be there," Lattimore said. "I'm all on an island by myself with no
help. I'm a shutdown corner. I'm going to be frustrated every time somebody
catches a pass on me."

There was plenty of frustration to go around on a day New Orleans wasted 485
yards of offense. After the Saints scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and a
pair of 2-point conversions to close the gap to 48-40, Fitzpatrick scrambled for
12 yards on third-and-11, allowing the Bucs to run out the clock.

It was Tampa Bay's eighth conversion in 13 third-down opportunities.

"Take your pick," Saints coach Sean Payton said when asked what went wrong
defensively. "We did not hurry the passer. Guys were open. Third downs were
awful. They had over 500 yards. We didn't disrupt the timing to any element of
the passing game and (had) too many penalties.

"I can't think of any positives."

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