Chiefs’ Lucas Niang has no regrets about opting out of 2020 season

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Last year the Chiefs used a third-round draft pick on offensive tackle Lucas Niang, who opted out of the 2020 season. As it turned out, the Chiefs could have used him, as they were devastated by injuries on the offensive line and quarterback Patrick Mahomes was running for his life in the Super Bowl. But Niang has no regrets about opting out.

I don’t regret my decision,” he said, via the Kansas City Star. “At the time, I thought it was the best decision to make for me. I was thinking long-term, and that’s what I decided. . . . I just didn’t feel comfortable. Not knowing enough about the [virus], it felt like a logical thing to do.”

The line Niang will join in 2021 looks a whole lot different than the one he decided not to be a part of last year. The Chiefs signed offensive linemen Joe Thuney, Kyle Long and Austin Blythe, traded for Orlando Brown Jr., drafted Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith, and got back two opt-outs in Niang and Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who opted out of the 2020 season so that he could work in a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says it’s easy to see the talent that the Chiefs liked about him in last year’s draft.

“He’s a big man — a really big man,” Reid said. “And he has these beautiful feet. I look forward to getting him back in the pads at training camp and moving around and doing what offensive linemen do, the real football part of it. But until then, this gives him a chance to get acclimated mentally and physically as he goes forward. I think that’s a good lead-up for him.”

The Chiefs’ offensive line depth chart now looks so crowded that Niang is not a lock to make the roster. But the Chiefs are optimistic that he’s going to contribute, and that Mahomes will never again have to run for his life like he did in the Super Bowl.

16 responses to “Chiefs’ Lucas Niang has no regrets about opting out of 2020 season

  1. Really, no regrets? Like not being able to step in and help win a super bowl? Surely if he knew then, what we all know now, he and all the other players would’ve played.

  2. Of course he has no regrets because he was a 3rd round pick so 1 lost season that early in his career didnt end his career like it very well may some of the others who opted out.

  3. Saying that he is not a lock to make the roster is foolish. He might not start right away, but he will make the team.

  4. Springfield is spot on about the Super Bowl loss. Also, the only way a 3rd rounder makes lifetime money is the second contract. He just delayed that for a year, maybe it never happens. Good bye $25,000,000.

  5. So you make a decision about something you don’t know anything about…huh? Makes sense…

  6. “Really, no regrets? Like not being able to step in and help win a super bowl? Surely if he knew then, what we all know now, he and all the other players would’ve played.”

    What exactly do you think we all know now. Your belief that covid19 was a hoax? That over a half million Americans really didn’t die from the virus? That people aren’t having effects like loss of taste and smell over six months after contracting the virus?

    You should be applauding those who took steps to keep others and themselves safe, instead of ridiculing them.

  7. curtis20 says:

    “Cut this guy today if im the GM”

    Why, for wanting to keep his loved ones and others around him safe?

  8. “He’s a big man — a really big man,” Reid said. “And he has these beautiful feet.

    ——

    Andy is sounding Rex Ryan.

  9. I mean more the absolute fact that 99% of people under the age of 60 weren’t bothered by this. And ZERO nfl players had issues. But those are just facts…

  10. “I mean more the absolute fact that 99% of people under the age of 60 weren’t bothered by this. And ZERO nfl players had issues. But those are just facts…”

    Those are not facts, they are flat out untruths. You need to improve your information sources if you believe that 99% of covid19 sufferers were age 60 and over.

    You also need to go back and search this site for the many stories about NFL players contracting the virus. Or maybe you think all of those schedule adjustments last season were part of the hoax.

  11. I must’ve missed the nfl players who died or had any lasting effects. Please share. Less than 8k people died of the 568k total. 98.6% of the deaths were people over the age of 60. Simple fact.

  12. springfield says:
    May 18, 2021 at 2:27 pm
    I must’ve missed the nfl players who died or had any lasting effects. Please share. Less than 8k people died of the 568k total. 98.6% of the deaths were people over the age of 60. Simple fact.
    ______________________

    What happened to the other 560,000 people if they didn’t die?

    You originally said that ZERO players had any issues. That was quickly and easily proven incorrect. You then changed your position, claiming that no players have died or had any lasting effects. You continue to be incorrect.

  13. springfield says:
    May 18, 2021 at 12:59 pm
    I mean more the absolute fact that 99% of people under the age of 60 weren’t bothered by this. And ZERO nfl players had issues. But those are just facts…

    —In 2019 the Jaguars chose Armstead in the fifth round of the NFL draft, and he showed some promise, playing every game as a rookie and making contributions as a receiver and runner. But in 2020 he tested positive for COVID-19 in August, got very sick and missed the whole season.

  14. So all those players that had to miss games because of covid and proceeded to play like hot garbage for about 1 to 2 weeks after where what exactly? My son had bouts of not being able to catch his breath for months after having it. Not one of those players has to explain themselves to you. I’m sure the 870 or so people aged 15 to 24 that have died to it and their families are happy for you to reduce their lives and deaths to numbers and percentages. Every one that opted out did it for their own safety and the safety of their families and again owe no explanation to you.

    Now the real reason he has no regrets is because it gave him time to get over his hip issue.

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