Fri Jan 31 5:11pm ET
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) talks with quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during practice on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Davie, Fla., for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws during practice for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner stretches during practice for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) talks with head coach Andy Reid during practice on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Davie, Fla., for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) The Chiefs and 49ers went through their final practices Friday in preparation for the Super Bowl, and both coaches said their teams have everyone healthy and available for when they step on the field at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Chiefs have listed four players on the injury report all week in defensive tackle Chris Jones, center Austin Reiter and tight ends Travis Kelce and Deon Yelder. But all of their injuries appear to be minimal, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that Kelce in particular had a solid week of practice and was ''moving around pretty good'' on his sore knee.
Their practice at the Miami Dolphins' training facility lasted about 1 hour, 15 minutes, and began with special teams drills before concluding with red zone work on offense and defense. Players did not wear pads as temperatures hit 80 degrees.
''I thought they had good energy. Flew around,'' Reid said. ''Kind of polished it up. All-in-all another positive day.''
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt and his family, which has owned the franchise since its inception in the days of the old AFL, watched the workout from the sideline. Hunt spoke briefly to the team afterward.
The Chiefs will have a mock game walk-through on Saturday, which gives them one last chance to get substitutions and other details in order. There is also the team picture to take and a few other odds and ends to finish up.
''I don't want to play,'' Reid said, ''but yeah, I'm ready to coach.''
Just to the south in Coral Gables, the 49ers went through a 70-minute workout at the University of Miami practice facility and everyone participated. That included running back Tevin Coleman, who had been limited in practice the previous two days because of a shoulder injury.
''He's worked his tail off to get healthy,'' San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said. ''He's good to go. He's confident.''
The 49ers, who also will hold a final walk-through Saturday, have kept things light in the days before the Super Bowl. Their bus actually arrived at the facility about 45 minutes early Friday, so the players tricked their coaches by swapping jerseys - defensive end Nick Bosa and safety Jimmie Ward switched, and Coleman wore fullback Kyle Juszczyk's No. 44.
''They surprised us with it,'' Shanahan said. ''They are loose and feeling good, and they had fun with it.''
At the conclusion of practice, Shanahan asked left tackle Joe Staley - the team's longest-tenured player - to break down the huddle. Shanahan's 10-year-old son, Carter, also visited practice and watched as they wrapped things up.
''It was neat to bring him here,'' said Shanahan, whose own father, Mike, led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl wins. ''I remember when I used to do it. He doesn't realize how cool it is, but he'll realize it later, just like I did.''
Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said that tight ends coach Pete Hoerner is really excited about tight end Logan Thomas because of his smarts, savvy and athletic ability. Thomas made the switch from quarterback to tight end several years ago, but he's still in the process of learning the position. The 28-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2014 had a career-high 16 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown in 16 games (three starts) for the Lions in 2019. Despite the departure of Jordan Reed, Thomas will likely be behind Jeremy Sprinkle for aerial targets in 2020, putting him off the fantasy radar in this rebuilding offense next season. But he's a name to mark down in dynasty/keeper leagues.
Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera made it sound as though the team is leaning heavily toward selecting Ohio State defensive end Chase Young with the second overall pick in this month's draft. It's been their expected pick all along ever since analysts starting doing mock NFL drafts. Will another team desperate for a quarterback step up and overwhelm the 'Skins with a trade to move back? It's possible, but we'll have to wait until later this month to find out. Washington could certainly use a game-changing pass-rusher off the edge, which is exactly what Young should be at the next level.
The Philadelphia Eagles tried to trade wide receiver Alshon Jeffery during the 2019 season, just after the team guaranteed Jeffery's salary for the 2020 season. The Eagles attempted to deal him when his production fell off and his injuries piled up. Jeffery was also the "anonymous player" that later criticized general manager Howie Roseman and the decisions he was and wasn't making. Jeffery is now rehabbing from a serious Lisfranc injury and is a question mark for the start of training camp and the 2020 regular season, so he'll be nearly impossible to trade now. There's no rush on a decision, but the Eagles could eventually release Jeffery, especially if his rehab isn't going well. The 30-year-old wideout caught just 43 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games in 2019. He has played a combined 23 games the last two years due to injuries, and his fantasy and real-life stock is falling quickly.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) says that he'll be 100 percent for the start of his 17th NFL season after playing in just two games in 2019. "I was going to be ready to go for OTAs and the minicamps," Roethlisberger said. "That was going to be the plan. Now I don't know how much I was going to do, I don't know if I was going to be doing team stuff or stuff like that, but I would have been definitely going to be out there ready to go." Big Ben has been throwing pain-free and has no doubts that he'll be able to return and play at a high level. We probably won't be able to see him throw until this summer, at the earliest, due to the coronavirus, though. The veteran will be a risky QB1 selection coming off injury at his age, but he can definitely be a serviceable fantasy backup capable of QB1 outings if he stays healthy.
Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (core), a possible first-round selection in this month's draft, had core muscle surgery on Tuesday, according to sources. Aiyuk has dealt with the issue the last few months and ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February. With organized team activities canceled this spring due to the coronavirus, Aiyuk decided to have the surgery now. It could affect his draft stock negatively, especially since teams won't be able to see him in person for a while, but it remains to be seen.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery was actively shopped after the team guaranteed his 2020 salary last season. Jeffery found out that he was on the market and was troubled by the mixed messages he had received from the team, a source close to the receiver said.
Fantasy Spin: Jeffery is now 30 and has been riddled by injuries his entire career. He hasn't had a 1,000-yard season since 2014, and he has very minimal upside as a WR5.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins averaged 96 yards receiving in three playoff contests in 2019 after averaging 51.8 receiving yards in 13 regular-season outings.
Indianapolis Colts RB Marlon Mack managed only three catches (four targets) for 14 yards in his final six games after producing 11 catches (13 targets) for 68 yards in his first eight outings.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne signed his one-year tender on Monday. Bourne had 30 receptions on 44 targets for 358 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in 16 games (zero starts) for the team in 2019. There is plenty of opportunity for Bourne and others to start in three-receiver sets in 2020 behind Deebo Samuel. With nine touchdowns in his last two seasons with the Niners, the 24-year-old has proven to be a nice red-zone presence for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, but it remains to be seen if he can become a consistent starting option. There will be plenty of competition at the receiver position in San Fran, and they're also likely to address the position in the draft.
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said that the team has "had internal discussions" about an extension for running back Christian McCaffrey. The stud running back is heading into the final year of his rookie deal, but the Panthers may wait and have him play on the fifth-year team option in 2021 before signing him to a long-term extension. Whether or not McCaffrey is playing with a new deal or not, he should be the No. 1 overall fantasy selection this fall. The 23-year-old former eighth overall pick ran the ball 287 times for a career-high 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also catching 116 passes for 1,005 yards and another four scores.
Updating a previous report, free-agent S D.J. Swearinger (Saints) officially signed with the New Orleans Saints Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers) officially signed with the New Orleans Saints Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Sanders is joining one of the top offenses in the NFL and should see a solid amount of targets in 2020. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Updating previous reports, free-agent TE Richard Rodgers (Eagles) and CB Ronald Darby (Eagles) officially signed with the Washington Redskins Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Updating a previous report, free-agent DE Benson Mayowa (Raiders) officially signed with the Seattle Seahawks Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Updating previous reports, free-agent FB Anthony Sherman (Chiefs) and DT Mike Pennel (Chiefs) officially re-signed with the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Updating a previous report, free-agent DT Jordan Phillips (Bills) officially signed with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Geronimo Allison (Packers) officially signed with the Detroit Lions Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Updating a previous report, free-agent RB Todd Gurley (Rams) officially signed with the Atlanta Falcons Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Gurley will be the main running back for the Falcons next season and likely will be a weekly starting option in most fantasy leagues.
Miami Dolphins restricted free-agent LB Vince Biegel signed his one-year tender offer Monday, April 6. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Updating a previous report, free-agent DE Cassius Marsh (Cardinals) officially signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.