KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 26: Ricky Stanzi #13 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams during a preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Rams beat the Chiefs 14-10. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Good morning! A surprisingly full day of Kansas City Chiefs news considering we're in the offseason. We have stories on Stanzi, Routt, and lots of post-practice quotes. Enjoy.
Quinn and Stanzi are rotating by practice session as the No. 2 quarterback. Monday was Quinn's turn, with Stanzi finishing each drill as the No. 3 passer.
Their battle won't become intense until training camp begins next month in St. Joseph.
Stanzi, Quinn Vie For Job As Chiefs' No. 2 QB from KC Star
Though Elam received his initial snaps working with the starting defensive unit, he spent the majority of his first practice observing coverage calls and alignments with defensive assistant Otis Smith.
"It was cool getting a chance to get out there and run around and be with the guys," Elam said following his first on-field workout in Kansas City. "The communication is new, but all in all, it felt like it was a good day."
OTA Notebook: Elam Gets Quickly To Work from The Mothership
The Chiefs signed veteran safety Abram Elam Monday morning. Details of the contract were not released.
The unrestricted free agent started 16 games for the Cowboys last season and has made 64 career starts over his six-year NFL career.
Elam visited the Chiefs as a free agent on May 24th. He is one of several free agent safeties the Chiefs have hosted this offseason.
Chiefs Sign Veteran Safety Abram Elam from The Mothership
Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin was back at practice for the Chiefs on Monday after missing the previous session last week because of migraine headaches.
"I'm fine," Baldwin said. "It's just a one-time thing. I'm doing fine now and I'm just out here trying to get better. That's over and done with."
Chiefs Notebook: Baldwin Returns Following Migraines from KC Star
McCluster on transitioning back to slot receiver during OTAs:
"I've been doing a lot of changes throughout my career, but I love it. It keeps me on my ‘A' game. It keeps me always thinking, never knowing what to expect and just being ready for whatever situation is to come. It would be a waste of time for me to get down. I'm going to focus on what they want me to do, whenever they want me to do it. If they stop calling my name, then something is wrong."
Overheard: Chiefs Pass Midpoint Of OTAs from The Mothership
"It's been great,'' he said after practice Monday. "This was exactly what I was looking for. I spent my whole career in Oakland, and it's nice to get a fresh start.''
Routt isn't alone in growing accustomed to the Chiefs.
Then there's the fact that Routt has played against the Chiefs twice a year for his entire career. He came into the new organization with some friendships already established, and that's allowed him to quickly become part of the culture in Kansas City.
Stanford Routt Settling Into Life In Kansas City from The Associated Press via Sports Illustrated
You brace for the usual jive. Some line about arm strength. Or poise. Or command of the playbook. How Ricky Stanzi is growing up, becoming a man before their very eyes.
Instead, Dexter McCluster considers the question for a second, repeating it out loud.
"The difference between Ricky now and then?" the Kansas City Chiefs' tailback/receiver asks.
"Yep," you say.
"He dances a lot. He likes to have fun."
"As in, dance in the pocket? That kind of thing?"
"No," McCluster continues, laughing. "Off-the-field, getting-your-groove-on type of dancing."
Underdog Stanzi Winning Over Fans In KC from FS Kansas City
The third year player has a gift of speed and to date in the teams OTA sessions McCluster has a big fan in new Offensive Coordinator, Brian Daboll. But no matter how much he's beloved by the man calling the plays for the Chiefs this year - McCluster is still an enigma. And that has motivated McCluster to take the teachings of his new offensive coordinator and identify his new role.
The Dexter Factor? from Warpaint Illustrated
Even if you took Boss' best numbers from his five seasons in the NFL and added it to Moeaki's numbers from his rookie season, you get about half the receptions and yardage totals and less than 40 percent of the touchdowns. That said, not being able to duplicate that other worldly production does not mean Boss and Moeaki won't significantly upgrade the Chiefs' offense.
Kevin Boss Has High Hopes For Chiefs' Offense from NFL.com
Don't expect to see head trauma controversy disappear any time soon. The issue is gaining steam in the media and we're hearing more people say they don't want their kids playing football due to concerns over concussions. Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Eric Hicks doesn't regret playing football in hindsight - his kids even play the sport - but he does admit that he's more cautious now about the dangers of the game.
Like Elam, Hillis and Boss will be complementary players if the starters stay healthy. Overall, I like the Elam signing. He is a serviceable veteran with experience and those types of players always help rosters.
Abram Elam Gives Chiefs Insurance from ESPN
We are continuing our divisional position ranking with the offensive linemen. Overall, it is a young group with many players who have potential to move up in future years.
1. Eric Winston, T, Kansas City: Arguably the best right tackle in the NFL. The Chiefs scored major with this free-agent signing.
Ranking The AFC West O-Linemen from ESPN
LB DERRICK JOHNSON
NICK JACOBS (METRO SPORTS): How do you feel in the third week of OTAs?
JOHNSON: "OTAs are always a little bit of a grind when you get to the third week just because you're starting to get into the playbook a lot more, things are coming together for everybody. The offense is getting better, the defense is getting better, so it's becoming more competitive out there. It's kind of hard when there aren't any pads on, but we're getting in as much work as possible right now."
Chiefs Locker Room Quotes From Monday from WIBW