To start Week One of the 2019 NFL season, some NFL Regional Combine pioneers will be featured and spotlighted for a Super Bowl run.
REITER SNAPS AND DIRECT THE MVP
Being the eyes and ears of a NFL quarterback is quite a challenge. Being the eyes and ears of a reigning MVP signal caller is quite an adventure. In Week One, RC veteran and Kansas City Chiefs center Austin Reiter will be in position to assist quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the team’s quest of reach Super Bowl LIV.
Reiter will fill the role as starting center for the Chiefs after signing a two-year, $4.5 million contract extension late last season. The 27-year-old offensive lineman started four games last season after former Chiefs, now Buffalo Bills, center Mitch Morse sustained a concussion.
Reiter played well and the Chiefs did not miss a beat in Morse’s absence. The RC participant from the 2015 trials helped make the transition on the offensive line smooth and, eventually, Reiter will take some responsibility in signaling calls and translating defensive schemes to allow Mahomes to pick up from where he and the Chiefs left off.
Reiter will line up against a solid Jacksonville Jaguars defensive front, which is loaded with league-recognized studs in defensive ends Yannick Ngakoue and Calais Campbell and linebacker Myles Jack.
THIELEN READY TO GO DEEP
Thielen tied for fourth in the NFL with 113 receptions and had a career-high in receiving yards (1,373) last season. He joined wideout greats Rod Smith and Wes Welker as the only undrafted players since 1967 to record 100-plus catches and 1,300-plus receiving yards in single season.
The NFL Regional Combine legend set a franchise record of nine games with 100 or more receiving yards in 2018.
“It takes a long time (developing chemistry). I talk about it a lot,” voiced Thielen. “It takes a long time to get on the same page as the quarterback (Kirk Cousins) because there are so many different situations. There’s so many things that come up throughout practice, games and all that. You really have to be on the same page as far as the leverage that DB’s are giving you or how they play a certain route, and what you are going to do as a receiver and getting on the same page.
“It usually takes a couple, I guess, incomplete passes to really get on the same page. You are always still working on it, but it is definitely better to be in a second year with a quarterback than a first year, obviously.”
Thielen should not have any issues against the Atlanta falcons, a team that struggles against the pass, ranking 27th last season.
- Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Mike Thomas has been missing in action for the last two seasons due to a suspension and injuries. Thomas has been on a resurgence this offseason and throughout the preseason. His reward, a roster spot. Against the Carolina Panthers, Thomas will look to show that he can contribute to a Super Bowl run.
- Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown is back and ready to lead the defense deep into the postseason, and beyond. The team’s top tackler will look to bring down as many Indianapolis Colts as he can for a win – even without a helmet.