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     Jared Allen is not the only big name free agent still available on the market. Chicago Bears Devin Hester services are still available, and unlike Allen, Hester’s market value is not anywhere near his and more than likely find a new team sooner. According to an article by Fansided.com’s Josh Hill Per ESPN.com:

“The Chiefs have indicated some interest in former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant. They have also explored signing former Chicago Bear Devin Hester, though it’s unclear whether he’s more than a kick return specialist at this point of his career.

It remains to be seen what Kansas City will do, but after losing Dexter McCluster to free agency, Hester is an option that the Chiefs are looking at to fill that role.

Kansas City is not the only team that has their eyes on Hester. Hester told Chris Perins of South Florida Sun-Sentinel
that there are 13 teams interested in obtaining his services, including Miami.

“I would love to play for the Dolphins,” Hester said.

It is important to note that Hester went to the University of Miami, so it would only be fitting if he decided to come back to the city and receive a warm (in more ways than one) welcoming reunion if he chooses to sign with the Dolphins.

Mainly noted as a special team returner, Hester has stated he is interested in being used as a wide receiver again after Chicago barely (no pun intended) used him on offense during the 2013 season.

Sources: http://fansided.com/2014/03/16/nfl-free-agency-rumors-kansas-city-chiefs-targeting-devin-hester-jason-avant/

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What is going to happen in the NFL Divisional Playoffs starting this Saturday afternoon?

Seattle VS New Orleans: The Saints proved they can run the ball and play well on the road last Saturday night against the Philadelphia Eagles. They were blown out they last time they were at CenturyLink Field. Seattle has a better defense and the Saints can’t stop Marshawn Lynch.  Seattle

New England VS Indianapolis: The Colts had an amazing comeback versus the Kansas City Chiefs, and Andrew Luck proved that he can win in the playoffs. However, the Colts don’t have a running game to take the pressure of Luck. Tom Brady can take advantage of the Colts secondary. LeGarrette Blount gives the Pats a running game they didn’t have for most of the season, but unlike Stevan Ridley there are no fumbling problem with Blount. Patriots defense have held it together despite numerous injuries. Solid Special Teams, and give credit to Bill Belichick for keep the team together despite injuries and other controversies.  Patriots

Carolina VS San Francisco: The Panthers defeated the 49ers earlier in the season at Candlestick. Cam Newton is coming into his own as quarterback and a leader. Wide receiver Steve Smith is supposed to be healthy and needs to make big plays in the passing game. The Panthers defense has been outstanding all season. Colin Kaepernick had a big game running and throwing the ball. He gave the Packers defense fits last week. Frank Gore needs to have 100 yards or more rushing, and Michael Crabtree needs another big game, but it will be tough against Panthers defense.  49ers

Denver VS San Diego:    The Chargers went up to Invesco Field and defeated the Broncos late in the season   Philip Rivers played a solid game versus the Cincinnati Bengals.    Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown give the Chargers a 1-2 punch in the running game.  Their defense shut down the Bengals running game and sacked Andy Dalton twice and forced 4 turnovers.     Peyton Manning  had an MVP season, but has been haunted by past playoff failures including losing last year’s Divisional Playoff game vs. the Baltimore Ravens.    The Broncos have a good running game lead by Knowshon Moreno and that takes the pressure off of Manning.    Broncos defense has been weaken by the season ending of linebacker Von Miller.    Broncos

As Wild Card weekend approaches you may be thinking to yourself “Who will the Patriots be playing next weekend? Will there be any upsets?” Well think no more, as I have all the answers for you right here.

Chiefs Colts

The Colts faced the Chiefs in week 16 of the regular season, a game in which they won 23-7.

Everyone and there brother are writing the Colts off in this game, and it makes absolutely no sense to me. The Colts have beaten tough teams this season (SEA, DEN, KC, SF,) and have lost games that will leave you scratching your head (STL, MIA). But three of the five Colts loses came after they lost Reggie Wayne for season, which sent the coaching staff back to the drawing board to come up with new ways to move on offense. The Colts may be the most over looked team in the playoffs that could do some very serious damage.

On the other hand the Chiefs may be the worst 11-5 team in NFL History. They have lost to every good team they have played this season (Denver twice, San Diego twice, Indy). They only have ONE win against a team that is over 500, and that was against the Philadelphia Eagles, a team that struggled at the start of the season. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Alex Smith does not play to win games, he plays not to lose them. And if you play like that in the NFL Playoffs, you will lose. Indy wins 27-14.

Chargers Bengals

 

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When the Chargers and Bengals met in Week 13, The Bengals came away with a 17-10 win. But The Chargers were able to contain Dalton, holding him under 200 passing yards and forcing a turnover. Philip Rivers threw for over 250 yards in the same game.

Andy Dalton has struggled in the postseason in his career. He is 0-2 with 4 interceptions and a QBR of only 48.5. Dalton threw 4 interceptions last weekend against the Ravens, making his interception total come to 20 for the year. The Bengals escaped last weekend with a win, but that was only because the Ravens offense was terrible all year, and especially in that game. If Andy Dalton turns continues to turn the ball over and give his opponent a short field, they will lose. And I think Andy Dalton will do just that this game. Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers high powered offense will take advantage of these opportunities and win this game. San Diego wins, 23-17.

Saints Eagles

This may be the hardest game to call for me. On one hand, the Saints have struggled on the road this season. They have lost in New York, New England, Seattle, and Carolina. All of those teams have either a cold weather climate, or a hostile playing environment, and in some cases both. The weather on game day in Philadelphia is expected to be clear, and with a high of 31 degrees.

But on the other hand the Saints have the second ranked passing offense behind Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham. The Eagles come in to this game with the worst passing defense in the league. If the Saints were playing in the Super Dome, I would not be questioning the outcome of this game for one second. The Saints would win, because they are the more talented team and they are led by a seasoned veteran and future Hall of Famer, Drew Brees. And for that reason, and that reason alone, I pick the Saints to win this game, even though they struggle on the road. There is just too much talent on this team and I believe that most of these “on the road” problems are in the players heads at this point. Sean Peyton will be able to help rid of some of those problems and coach this team to victory. LeSean McCoy will have a huge game on the ground, but the Saints will still win 28-21.

Packers 49ers

A rejuvenated Packers team will host the 49ers at Lambo field on Sunday. I said it before Aaron Rodgers returned and I will say it again, the Packers could very well be the Super Bowl Representative from the NFC, and I stick by that. Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense will have another week working together under their belt by the time they face San Francisco, so they should look smoother than they did last week against Chicago. The Packers defense should be able to contain Kaepernick and the miserable 49ers passing offense that ranked 30th in the league. The 49ers should, and will hurt the Packers with their run game but that will not be enough to beat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Packers win 27-24.

If this scenario plays out, it would leave the Patriots facing the Colts next weekend in New England.

 

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During the Kansas City Chiefs vs San Diego Chargers game last Sunday there were two calls that bothered me a great deal. The first call was late in the 4th quarter when the Chiefs place kicker Ryan Succop was lining up for a 41 yard field goal, but he missed it. The Chargers had 7 men on the line of scrimmage the new rule that was instituted this season make that illegal. That should have been a 5 yard penalty and Succop should have been allowed to kick a 36 yard field goal.

In the overtime period, the Chargers Eric Weddle tried to get a first down on a fake punt. Weddle made the first down but he fumbled the ball and the Chiefs returned the fumble for the apparent winning touchdown. However, the referee ruled that forward progress was stopped beyond the first down marker, and possession of the ball appeared irrelevant as the play was blown dead. The NFL announced that those mistakes were made, but that was of little concern to the Steelers who would have been in the playoffs if the Chiefs would have won.

The NFL Playoffs are starting this Saturday afternoon,and the officials assigned to the games can’t afford to make any mistakes that could hurt any of the playoff teams who are trying to advance to the Super Bowl.

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Week 17 is only a day away and there are still four playoff spots up for grabs. The Cowboys and Eagles will face off in the NFC East to see who will take home the division crown and will sneak into the Playoffs. But that is not the only NFC division that has playoff berth implications. The Packers and Bears will battle to see will reign supreme in the NFC North and find their way into the Playoffs. In the AFC the Dolphins, Ravens, Chargers, and Steelers all still have a shot at the final wildcard spot. Who will make it? Well here is your answer via game by game breakdown.

Packers Bears

With the return of Aaron Rodgers, I believe the Packers will roll over the Bears. The Bears were just blown out by the Eagles 54-11. And it is hard to pick which was worse for the Bears, their offense or defense. The Bears only gained 257 total yards against a poor Eagles defense. They also surrendered 514 yards to the Eagles offense. The Bears turned the ball over twice, once on a Jay Cutler interception and once on a lost fumble. I do not see the Bears Swiss cheese stopping Aaron Rodgers enough to hold the Packers under 30 points and I do not see Cutler leading the Bears offense down the field enough to contend with that. Packers win 31-20. It will be interesting to see how Bears fans and management react to Mark Trestmen’s decision of not leaving Josh McCown at Quarterback after Cutler returned.

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Cowboys Eagles

As you may know Tony Romo has been placed on IR with a Herniated Disk in his back. The Dallas defense cannot stop a nosebleed. They have the 27th worst rush defense in the league, and the 31st ranked pass defense in the league. The Eagles have the 1st ranked rushing offense, which is led by All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy. The Eagles also have the 9th ranked passing attack led by the emerging Nick Foles. Every single thing points to picking the Eagles to win this game, but for some reason I feel like they choke this one away and King Neck Beard (Kyle Orton) leads the Cowboys to a miracle win. Cowboys win 27-24.

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Jets Dolphins

Sources are saying that Rex Ryan will likely be back as coach of the New York Jets, and I think that will fire up this Jets team. Tannehill is not good when he is under pressure, the Bills showed us that last weekend. The Dolphins allowed a season high 7 sacks to the Bills last week. And now the Dolphins have to work on stopping a very good Jets front 4 led by Mo Wilkerson? That will not happen. The Jets are playing with nothing to lose, and the Dolphins are playing with everything to lose, and I think that will be too much for this Dolphins team. Jets win 17-13, crushing Miami’s playoff chances.

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Ravens Bengals

Joe Flacco is not listed on the Ravens injury report with his knee injury, an injury that hobbled him against the Patriots last week, but that does not mean he is still not feeling it. The Bengals are a under the radar team that is still playing for the 2nd seed in the AFC. They have two talented outside wide receivers in A.J Green and Muhammad Sanu and Andy Dalton has been playing well as of late. And to put the icing on the cake, the Bengals are playing at home, where they are 7-0 this season. Patriots fans will not have to worry about playing the Ravens in the playoffs this year, as the Bengals will knock the Ravens out of playoff contention with a final score of 21-17 Bengals.

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Chiefs Chargers

This game means absolutely nothing for the Kansas City Chiefs. They have locked in the 5th seed in the AFC, and are no longer in contention for the AFC West, as the Broncos have already sealed it up. The Chargers have already beaten the Chiefs at Arrowhead this season, and now the Chiefs have nothing to really play for. Chargers win 28-21.

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Steelers Browns

As promising as the Browns season has started equals how bad it has ended. The Browns have no fight left in them and at this point could be playing for a higher pick in the upcoming draft. Steelers win 31-14.

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So that puts the San Diego Chargers, The Green Bay Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys all in the playoffs. Lock all these picks in with anyone who will bet with you, and you will come away from Sunday like a bandit.

*A few other interesting match ups to watch this Sunday are the Arizona Cardinals vs the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cardinals are the hottest team in football, going 8-1 over their past 9 games, and I bet they go 9-1 over their past ten games with a win over San Francisco this weekend. Now that leaves us with the New Orleans Saints vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to decide the fate of the Cardinals. If the Saints win, they are in, if they lose they are out. Luckily the Saints are at the Superdome where they are 7-0 on the season. The Saints will beat the Buccaneers which will leave the 11-5 Cardinals (if they beat San Francisco) on the outside looking in while the 8-7-1 Packers (if they beat the Bears) will be in the playoffs. Interesting how that works, huh?

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On December 1st of 2012 Arrowhead Stadium bore witness to the suicide death of their safety Jovan Belcher after he murdered his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins.  One year to the day another tragedy strikes Arrowhead.

A scuffle broke out after the Chiefs loss to the Broncos in the Arrowhead parking lot, leaving one man dead.  Kansas City police chief Darryl Forte is calling it a homicide.

Police sources tell KCTV5 that a man and his son had gone to their Jeep during the game. When they arrived, they found a man that they say they didn’t know sitting inside the SUV. Detectives are working to determine whether the man had broken into the vehicle or was mistakenly in the wrong vehicle.

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Yeah, it’s not prime-time this time, but they “flexed” the game from its original 12 pm start CST to 3:25, good enough to be prime-time on the east coast and the featured game of the week. It is Thanksgiving, which means wall-to-wall football from Thursday to Sunday, and it’ll all be capped by this one. Oh sure there is some pointless Sunday night game, but who cares.This one’s for supremacy in the AFC.I just had to write here about this week’s

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The power company sent us a notice earlier in the week. Our power would be out at any time from 8:00 to 4:30 for maintenance. I’m thinking, of course, GREAT, that’ll be right when the Chiefs game is on. Just great.The phenomenally stupid irony of this is the we were playing the Chargers today.Now, let’s get this out of the way right now. That catch by Dwayne Bowe, the one that should’ve been the game-winner — sensational. There he’s doing

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A date: November 17.That was the day in 1998 that I started my “sports celibacy” as I call it. I just don’t pay any attention to any sports stuff, even Chiefs stuff, outside of those three hours on Sunday when the Chiefs are playing. I must say that my radar picks up a lot, from news reports and friends and family telling me things about the Chiefs, but I don’t as an ironclad rule go out of my way to find

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There is no question this Sunday night’s game is the game everyone will be talking about. It looks as if this is a contest between the explosive Broncos offense and the smothering Chiefs defense. While that is still a pretty accurate assessment of the most anticipated aspect of this game, I’d like to go over what it’ll take for the Chiefs to win.I thought I’d combine my mid-season preview analyzing our players with the impact they’ll need to have on this

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We find ways to get it done.That’s really the story of this Chiefs team. I know I know we’re at the top of all the power rankings and I know I know the nicest things are being said about us. But I also know that a whole lot of people think we’re really actually truly not for real, and yes, there is that part deep in my gut that believes they have a point. I know.But we still find ways to

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Do any Chiefs fans sense how much we’re living on the edge? I mean we are on the sharpest razor’s edge of play this season. Yes we have a good team with a good coach and a good quarterback and a good defense and a good closing game and a good Arrowhead crowd and all the rest of it. But I hate to tell you, but these scores just tell me that we’re flipping the coin and getting heads every

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The beat goes on.Close hard-fought game. Chiefs giving up big plays but still containing. Offensive specialists coming through at the right times. Exceptionally solid special teams play.And the 4th quarter D getting it done.I can’t help but think about how mind-bogglingly a stretch of difference there is between this team and last year’s team. Everyone knows the talent was there, but last year we just slogged through the game until in the 4th quarter it was just accepted by all that we

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1. Denver Broncos (6-0): Unsurprisingly, the Denver Broncos beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 6.  Not very impressive. Now, the league’s highest scoring offense will play one of the hardest schedules in all of football. As of right now, however, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos are the best team in the NFL.2. Seattle Seahawks (5-1): The Seahawks offense, consisting of stars like Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, may be even more talented than Seattle’s infamous defense. Seattle’s running game, Read Full Story at NFL Report

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Throughout the first half all I could think was, yep, they’re going to do it to us again. The Raiders are going to beat us again at Arrowhead. It’ll soon be seven straight home losses to these guys in as many years. We let Tyrell Pryor get untracked too often to make the plays he needed to make.But then…This is Arrowhead.And we did have a packed house. And the Seattle fans went and showed us up a short while ago setting the

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Offense

QB: Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray, Ricky Stanzi

RB: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Shaun Draughn, Cyrus Gray, Jordan Roberts

FB: Anthony Sherman, Braden Wilson, Toben Opurum

WR: Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Junior Hemingway, Terrance Copper, Tyler Shoemaker, Jamar Newsome, Rico Richardson

WR: Jonathan Baldwin, Donnie Avery, Devon Wylie, Josh Bellamy, Frankie Hammond Jr.

TE: Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce, Tony Moeaki, Kevin Brock, Demetrius Harris

LT: Branden Albert, Donald Stephenson, Dustin Waldron

LG: Jeff Allen, Matt Reynolds

C: Rodney Hudson, Eric Kush, A.J. Hawkins

RG: Jon Asamoah, Ryan Durand, Rokevious Watkins, Tommie Draheim

RT: Eric Fisher, Geoff Schwartz, Steven Baker

Defense

LDE: Tyson Jackson, Allen Bailey, Austen Lane, Mike Catapano

NT: Dontari Poe, Jerrell Powe, Miguel Chavis

RDE: Mike DeVito, Anthony Toribio, Marcus Dixon, Rob Lohr

LOLB: Justin Houston, Frank Zombo, Josh Martin

LILB: Akeem Jordan, Nico Johnson, Orie Lemon

RILB: Derrick Johnson, Zac Diles, Darin Drakeford, Chad Kilgore

ROLB: Tamba Hali, Edgar Jones, Ridge Wilson

LCB: Brandon Flowers, Jalil Brown, Vince Agnew, Greg Castillo, Conroy Black

RCB: Sean Smith, Dunta Robinson, Neiko Thorpe, Kamaal McIlwain

SS: Eric Berry, Quinten Demps, Bradley McDougald, Otha Foster III

FS: Kendrick Lewis, Husain Abdullah, Tysyn Hartman, Malcolm Bronson, Sanders Commings

Specialists

K: Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt

P: Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succop

KOS: Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt

LS: Thomas Gafford, Brad Madison

H: Dustin Colquitt, Chase Daniel

PR: Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie

KR: Dexter McCluster, Devon Wylie

There you have it. The first released depth chart of the 2013 season. Of course, not much is put into early preseason depth charts when the team hasn’t even played a game yet, but there still are some things to take note of as of now.

What catches my eye off this depth chart is the tight end position battle as rookie Travis Kelce is ranked ahead of Tony Moeaki. I think the position on the depth chart for the ht ends this year will vary from week-to-week. I have a feeling with the various formations that the Chiefs offense will be lining up in this season, that we will see all 3(Fasano, Kelce, and Moeaki) on the field at the same time, especially in goal line situations.

Some other things to note are:

  • Akeem Jordan slotted as starter beside DJ ahead of Nico Johnson
  • Tyler Bray ahead of Ricky Stanzi for 3rd string quarterback
  • Junior Hemingway and Devon Wylie as the 5th and 6th receivers
  • Geoff Schwartz listed as a RT even though he filled in at LG in practices
  • Allen Bailey’s ahead of Austen Lane at defensive end

These aren’t big things, especially Lane being behind Bailey, as it is still way too early to really judge how much playing time these guys will receive and where exactly they will be on the depth chart. This Friday the Chiefs travel to New Orleans to face the Saints in their first preseason game so after that game, I’m sure we will be able to better judge the roster as a whole.

 

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Sorry that I haven’t fulfilled my promises of daily reports on training camp as I have gotten too busy preparing for college over the past week or so. But here I am now to recap the biggest news from the first week of camp.

Change of Pace

So far training camp has gone pretty smoothly. With Andy Reid running his first Chiefs camp, from what I heard, it has been a fun one to watch. Owner Clark Hunt even said himself that it doesn’t feel to him like he’s watching practice as it feels more game like. That’s good to hear. The team has been doing a lot more team drills early on in camp than they have in years past. 

Injuries

Luckily, the injury bug hasn’t been too bad in St. Joseph. The only real serious injury has been to rookie defensive back Sanders Commings who broke his collarbone. The other injuries that have occurred in the first week has been to Dwayne Bowe(cramps), Jeff Allen(shoulder), Cyrus Gray(foot), Colin Kelly(knee), Mike Catapano(calf), Eric Berry(hamstring), and Dunta Robinson(hamstring). Some of these players are key players on this team so as long as these injuries don’t affect them for too much longer, everything will be good.  Robinson has probably been the most concerning as he has missed the most practices of any of the players on this list so will be needing to keep an eye on him when practice resumes tomorrow. 

Position Battles

The main position battles that most people were interested in watching were the insider linebacker, #2 wide receiver, left guard, #2 cornerback, safety, #2 runningback, #3 quarterback, and the one that most intrigues me, the tight end. 

For the second insider linebacker spot on the defense, Akeem Jordan has been getting the first team reps ahead of rookie Nico Johnson. At this point, it looks like Akeem will be the week 1 starter, but you never know what could happen in the NFL.

ImageAt left guard, Jeff Allen was lining up with the first team ahead of Geoff Schwartz, but after Allen’s injury Schwartz has filled in nicely at the guard position. I am sure glad for the depth we seem to have on this line. 

The number 2 cornerback position seems to be locked up by Sean Smith. He is in this battle with Dunta Robinson and Jalil Brown has been in the mix some. There has been a lot of interesting defense formations we up to 7 defensive backs on the field at one time so this defense should be fun to watch with the all the possibilities in the defensive back corp. 

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The receiver position is a very unsolved one. Dwayne Bowe has been the number one guy on this team since he was drafted, but there has always been a question at who do the Chiefs have after him. I think at this point, the Chiefs really want Jon Baldwin to finally play up to the expectations that have been made for him. After having a great camp last year, Baldwin is off to a slow start this year, so he’ll be a guy to keep an eye on. Dexter McCluster has been having a good camp early on, making a couple of deep catches for touchdowns from Alex Smith. He’ll be in the mix for this offense a lot this year. After McCluster, it looks like Donnie Avery will be the number four guy on the depth chart as he has been receiving mainly 2nd team reps. After Avery, it becomes a bit shady. 5’9″ Devon Wylie has been seen getting reps on the outside and not the slot as most people perceived him to line up in the offense. Other guys that have looked good early on have been Junior Hemingway, Frankie Hammond Jr., and Josh Bellamy. I’ll be watching this position battle the most as camp progresses.

Safety is a toss up at this point in time. My money on the week 1 starter is on Kendrick Lewis. I think Lewis holds the advantage over Hussain Abdullah, who was out a year of football for religious reasons. Lewis has shown some skill at the free safety position in the past and if he can stay healthy, I can see the Chiefs having a great safety duo with him and Eric Berry.

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The number two runningback was basically Knile Davis’ job when he was drafted, but Davis has struggled early on in the receiving department and in Reid’s offense, the runningbacks need to be able to catch the ball. A couple drops in the first week of practices is not good for Davis’ fight for the number two spot on the depth chart. Other guys fighting for the job are Cyrus Gray and Shaun Draughn.

The number three slot in the depth chart at quarterback may not be the highest priorities, but it’s still necessary for a position battle. Rookie Tyler Bray has been going ahead of Ricky Stanzi for the third team reps, but they have been taking equal reps. The preseason will ultimately decide who wins this job.

At the tight end position, the Chiefs have three guys that could probably start on half the teams in the league. Anthony Fasano has been listed as first team, but Tony Moeaki and Travis Kelce have really impressed in the first week. Kelce has really shown his athleticism and length that he possesses which is a different aspect to the game that Fasano and Moeaki don’t really have. I see a lot of three tight end formations in the Chiefs future.

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With a little over a week away until the first preseason game, the Chiefs have a lot of work to do before they are game ready. A lot has to be decided by the coaching staff before the team travels to New Orleans, but honestly I have never been this excited for a preseason game. I even postponed a camping trip with my parents a day just to watch the game on Friday night. I am just ready for some Kansas City Chiefs football!!!

 



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As you know the past two days the rookies an quarterbacks have been practicing and going through drills. Coming in to training camp there has been two big questions on this team. Who will step up and be WR2 and who will fill the hole next to DJ at the second ILB spot?

Well after the first day of practice, the wide receivers were looking good. Of course the wide receivers that are at camp now will be nothing compared to the guys that will be reporting Thursday. Wide receivers Tyler Shoemaker and Rico Richardson apparently made some impressive grabs and most of the other balls thrown to the receivers were caught.

According to Andy Reid, rookie linebacker Nico Johnson will “absolutely” be in the running for a starting spot on the defensive side of the ball. That excites me. I am really high on Johnson out of Alabama and really think that he will complete the “Fearsome Foursome” at linebacker that the Chiefs seem to be going for.

Other big news coming out of the first day of practice is that WR Donnie Avery, TE Tony Moeaki, and RB Shaun Draughn, who were all injured earlier this summer during OTAs, were on the practice field and all looked good. However, the injury bug continues to nip at the Chiefs as rookie defensive-back Sanders Commings went out of practice with a shoulder injury. Commings went up to deflect a pass and when he came down, he fell on his left shoulder. After getting x-rays done on the injured shoulder, it was now known that Commings fractured his collarbone and could be out anywhere from 2-12 weeks is what I’m getting since collarbone injuries can vary from one another.

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Out of the second day of practices, the rave was not about the players, as it was about head coach Andy Reid and his impact in St. Joseph at Chiefs training camp. From what I read in http://www.kcchiefs.com/news/article-2/The-Andy-Reid-Influence-at-Chiefs-Camp/d9e5cb46-2bab-42d5-995f-d19c4a7a0d58, was that players love his style. Andy Reid seems to always be moving from one end of the field to the other to watch the different position groups take reps in drills. His attention to detail is great as he has shown that when helping out WR Junior Hemingway.

“It means a lot,” Hemingway said. “It shows that he wants everything done in a precise way. He wants us to be on the same page with him, with everything. Everybody wants to get better. Everybody wants to do everything right because of his involvement of what we want to do. He’s looking for our best interest. He wants us to have the same success every time we step on the field.”

However, Reid has received some criticism from Chiefs fans and reporters as he has not run a single run play in the first two practices at camp. Personally, I don’t think it’s a big deal at all. As I’ve expressed in this blog before, the Chiefs passing game was horrendous. That being said, with a new offense being employed and three new quarterbacks being brought in, I think that working on refining the skills of these quarterbacks and the young receivers is ideal in this situation. Once all the veterans start practicing I believe more run plays will be ran, but in my mind our running game is pretty good already so I’m perfectly okay with Reid working on the passing game so much.

Today, the veterans will be reporting to camp and the team’s first official full-team practice will be Friday. The whole off-season has built up to this moment, the start of the football season. Sure it is just practices, but having the Kansas City Chiefs back on the field is getting me more and more excited.



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ImageYesterday was the day Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks had to report to camp. It was nice to see some of the players arriving and hearing their comments before training camp actually start.

One of the big stories of the Chiefs right now is when will the Chiefs first round draft pick, offensive tackle Eric Fisher be signed. Head coach Andy Reid was quoted saying,

“Eric Fisher is not here. John Dorsey and Trip (MacCracken) and Joel Segal, his agent, are working through some things. I’d expect that to progress here and we’ll see how it works out. I can’t give you a time and I’m really not going to talk to you about contracts; that’s not what we do. They are working towards it and that’s important. There is communication. I’ve been through enough of these for a number of years and the most important thing is that there is talking that takes place and they are doing that.”

I am fully confident that we will see Eric Fisher arrive to St. Joe’s Missouri Western State University, where Chiefs training camp is held, in due time. On another note, all the quarterbacks reported along with the rest of the rookies. The QBs seemed happy to get back to camp as both Alex Smith and Chase Daniel were showing their excitement to get back to football where they can get an early start. While addressing the media, Chase Daniel said:

“I like that quarterbacks come back with the rookies, so we can get our heads back in the playbook, not like they haven’t been before. We can knock a little rust off before the veterans get in, so we can get it going at 3:30 p.m. on Friday when everyone is with us.”

I am in the same boat as Daniel and the rest of the signal callers. This gives the QB group plenty of time to get back into the routine a little bit before the rest of the team arrives. But as for the the other team members that arrived with the quarterbacks, the rookies and some injured players. 

I was real surprised by some of the rookies and what they said. Rookie linebacker out of Alabama, Nico Johnson, told the media of what he expects out of his rookie campaign. 

“Letting everybody know that this is a new season,” Johnson said. “It’s up for grabs. The Super Bowl is up for grabs, and if we want to go after it, then we have a chance to do that. Taking advantage of the opportunity and everybody being held accountable to do their job, I think that’s what I can help bring. I’ve been through it, been through the downs, been through the ups, so that’s what I can bring.”

Some more rookies offering their expectations of camp and the regular season were Eric Kush and Sanders Commings. 

“A lot more learning, before we jump into full pads,” Kush said. “We’re going to practice and we’re probably going to pound in a bunch of the plays, so we get a little head start for us new guys; that way, when the vets come here, we’re already rolling.”

Sanders Commings said, “It’s my first NFL camp, and I’m excited about it. It’s a dream come true to be here. I’m looking forward to working hard and getting ready with the team.”

My favorite quotes, like many others are saying, is what seventh round pickMike Catapano had to say. The Princeton product was asked if graduating from Princeton University and having his education “to fall back on” would alter his focus and determination towards football. 

“Not at all,” Catapano said. ”This has been the plan since before Princeton came into the question. I was lucky to be able to go to Princeton. I had the grades in high school, but the goal ever since I stepped on the field when I was eight years old was to stand here before you guys today and play as long as I can. I’ve had one love of my life so far and that’s been football.”

That last line gives me a little chills. I love seeing the dedication to this sport that these guys have and really want this 2013 class to succeed, especially Catapano. 

Another good note out of camp was that Tony Moeaki, Donnie Avery, and Shaun Draughn were all cleared from their nagging injuries that happened in the spring so will be interesting to see if they can stay healthy throughout camp.

Only 18 days away from the preseason opener in New Orleans against the Saints, the Chiefs have a lot to cover. I’m already ready for the rest of the team to arrive and start practices on Thursday and Friday. 

 

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ImageYesterday was the day Chiefs rookies and quarterbacks had to report to camp. It was nice to see some of the players arriving and hearing their comments before training camp actually start.

One of the big stories of the Chiefs right now is when will the Chiefs first round draft pick, offensive tackle Eric Fisher be signed. Head coach Andy Reid was quoted saying,

“Eric Fisher is not here. John Dorsey and Trip (MacCracken) and Joel Segal, his agent, are working through some things. I’d expect that to progress here and we’ll see how it works out. I can’t give you a time and I’m really not going to talk to you about contracts; that’s not what we do. They are working towards it and that’s important. There is communication. I’ve been through enough of these for a number of years and the most important thing is that there is talking that takes place and they are doing that.”

I am fully confident that we will see Eric Fisher arrive to St. Joe’s Missouri Western State University, where Chiefs training camp is held, in due time. On another note, all the quarterbacks reported along with the rest of the rookies. The QBs seemed happy to get back to camp as both Alex Smith and Chase Daniel were showing their excitement to get back to football where they can get an early start. While addressing the media, Chase Daniel said:

“I like that quarterbacks come back with the rookies, so we can get our heads back in the playbook, not like they haven’t been before. We can knock a little rust off before the veterans get in, so we can get it going at 3:30 p.m. on Friday when everyone is with us.”

I am in the same boat as Daniel and the rest of the signal callers. This gives the QB group plenty of time to get back into the routine a little bit before the rest of the team arrives. But as for the the other team members that arrived with the quarterbacks, the rookies and some injured players. 

I was real surprised by some of the rookies and what they said. Rookie linebacker out of Alabama, Nico Johnson, told the media of what he expects out of his rookie campaign. 

“Letting everybody know that this is a new season,” Johnson said. “It’s up for grabs. The Super Bowl is up for grabs, and if we want to go after it, then we have a chance to do that. Taking advantage of the opportunity and everybody being held accountable to do their job, I think that’s what I can help bring. I’ve been through it, been through the downs, been through the ups, so that’s what I can bring.”

Some more rookies offering their expectations of camp and the regular season were Eric Kush and Sanders Commings. 

“A lot more learning, before we jump into full pads,” Kush said. “We’re going to practice and we’re probably going to pound in a bunch of the plays, so we get a little head start for us new guys; that way, when the vets come here, we’re already rolling.”

Sanders Commings said, “It’s my first NFL camp, and I’m excited about it. It’s a dream come true to be here. I’m looking forward to working hard and getting ready with the team.”

My favorite quotes, like many others are saying, is what seventh round pickMike Catapano had to say. The Princeton product was asked if graduating from Princeton University and having his education “to fall back on” would alter his focus and determination towards football. 

“Not at all,” Catapano said. ”This has been the plan since before Princeton came into the question. I was lucky to be able to go to Princeton. I had the grades in high school, but the goal ever since I stepped on the field when I was eight years old was to stand here before you guys today and play as long as I can. I’ve had one love of my life so far and that’s been football.”

That last line gives me a little chills. I love seeing the dedication to this sport that these guys have and really want this 2013 class to succeed, especially Catapano. 

Another good note out of camp was that Tony Moeaki, Donnie Avery, and Shaun Draughn were all cleared from their nagging injuries that happened in the spring so will be interesting to see if they can stay healthy throughout camp.

Only 18 days away from the preseason opener in New Orleans against the Saints, the Chiefs have a lot to cover. I’m already ready for the rest of the team to arrive and start practices on Thursday and Friday. 

 

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