Chiefs Check-in: Trent McDuffie garnering national recognition

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It’s safe to say that second-year cornerback Trent McDuffie is now among the elite at his position. He has become perhaps the most important player on the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense and will be a vital part of the team’s success for the foreseeable future.

A ranking from Pro Football Focus shows that rookie receiver Rashee Rice needs a big boost in targets, and Patrick Mahomes is still racking up passing yards despite being perceived as having a down year.

Those stories and more on this edition of Chiefs Check-in for the morning of Friday, November 10:

Trent McDuffie is having an All-Pro caliber season

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David Eulitt-Getty Images

McDuffie was selected to PFF’s midseason All-Pro defensive team.

Mahomes still among statistical leaders

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Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the struggles of his wide receivers, Mahomes ranks third in the NFL in passing yards.

Chiefs' defense is keeping the offense in games

Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Chiefs have the fifth-highest score differential in the NFL to this point in the season.

Rashee Rice is having a stellar rookie season

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Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Rice’s 79.4 PFF grade ranks fourth among all rookie wide receivers.

Greatness recognizes greatness

5 Jan 1998: Tight end Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs makes a catch as defensive back Darrien Gordon of the <a class="link " href="" data-i13n="sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link" data-ylk="slk:Denver Broncos;sec:content-canvas;subsec:anchor_text;elm:context_link;itc:0">Denver Broncos</a> covers him during a playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The Broncos won the game, 14-10. Mandatory

Travis Kelce praised Chiefs legend Tony Gonzalez after breaking the Chiefs’ franchise receiving yardage record this past week.

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