SAINT JOSEPH, MO - JULY 31: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 practices during Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp on July 31, 2011 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Sirius NFL Radio hosted a Wednesday evening show from St. Joseph, Mo. site of Kansas City Chiefs training camp and, as with most Sirius NFL shows, there were a ton of interesting football nuggets.
[Editor's note: I had to scramble to be able to listen to parts of this Chiefs segment on Sirius. A few years ago I got a Sirius account as an add-on to Old Man Thorman's account -- it was several dollars per month cheaper to do that rather than create an entirely new account -- and he just ended his account. Thus, my free Sirius was out the window and I had to make other plans.]
One of those came from QB Matt Cassel, who was interviewed on the show. He was asked about the Chiefs offensive line getting into regular season form and Cassel said:
"If you think about it, we have three returning guys that started all last year and also Jon Asamoah, a kid who started last year in place of an injured Ryan Lilja and did really good. We call him "game ball" because he actually got a game ball for it so everyone calls him game ball for it."
That performance last year was likely one of the factors that made the Chiefs comfortable in releasing G Brian Waters. It was pretty obvious last year that Asamoah was ready to play pretty quickly.
Also, we probably shouldn't read too much into this but notice that Cassel said there are "three returning guys that started" to the Chiefs offensive line. Actually, there are four -- LT Branden Albert, LG Ryan Lilja, C Casey Wiegmann and RT Barry Richardson. That right tackle spot is generally viewed as the least secure spot on the line right now.
[Another Editor's Note: AP user Tarkus noted that Cassel may have meant three starters returning to their original positions -- Albert at LT, Wiegmann at C and Richardson at RT. That's a possibility as well.]