Assigning first-quarter letter grades to the Kansas City Chiefs

Some Chiefs are getting off to a hot start and some have plenty of room to grow. Let's divvy out some grades through the first four weeks of the season.
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Grade: C

  • Chiefs offensive linemen, not named Jawaan Taylor

Left tackle Donovan Smith has a 64.7 pass block grade according to PFF. Left guard Joe Thuney has a 73.4, center Creed Humphrey has a 69.7 and right guard Trey Smith has a 59.5. That is not awful as a unit, but this offensive line was being touted as the best Mahomes has ever played with. Everyone except for Trey Smith has a worse run block grade than their pass block as well. Hopefully, the penalties get cleaned up and they can deal with all the stunts the Jets through at them moving forward. 

Grade: D

  • Wide receiver, Skyy Moore
  • Left tackle, Jawaan Taylor

Skyy Moore put up zero yards on four targets in the season opener against the Lions. The following two weeks he rebounded nicely and totaled 112 yards and a touchdown in the two games against the Jaguars and Bears. He was well on his way to receiving a nice grade in the first quarter until he put up another zero against the Jets. A guy with Moore’s skillset cannot put up zeros in any game as someone who is heralded as a slot separator coming out of college. There is reason for worry here and he needs to figure it out in the next four weeks before the trade deadline. 

Jawaan Taylor in some people's minds I’m sure would qualify as an “F” performer so far this season. His 10 penalties lead the NFL and it seems it came to a boiling point against the Jets where he by far had his worst game as a pass blocker with four pressures given up. His confidence looks shot and the $80 million-dollar man needs to get that back. The reason he is not getting an “F” is because he is he has not allowed a single sack this season and has only allowed eight pressures. That rate puts him on pace for 34 pressures. To put that in perspective, Orlando Brown allowed 47 last season.