Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.
Four players who missed most or all of the 2011 football season make their daily trek to a side field when the Chiefs begin OTA practices.
Three of these players you've heard plenty about this offseason. The fourth, not as much.
Siler Eager To Show What He Can Do from The Mothership
The Chiefs cast an unusually large net for defensive backs this offseason. They currently have 19, an inordinately large number even for this time of year.
Undrafted rookie Tysyn Hartman is the only one with area ties - he went to high school in Wichita and college at Kansas State. But that won't be any advantage to him this summer when the Chiefs start cutting to a more manageable roster number.
What will help his cause are more plays like the one he made in practice this week.
Ex-Wildcat Hartman Hopes For Chance With Chiefs from KC Star
KC Star Video: The Chiefs Dexter McCluster Is Fine With Undefined Role
KCChiefs.com Video: Top 100 Players Of 2012: Tamba Hali
Partnered with the Chiefs since 1996, the Shadow Buddies Foundation delivers stuffed dolls-called "Buddies"-to sick children. The dolls are usually tailored to each child's specific condition to relate with their recipient, but on Wednesday, Cassel handed out "buddies" wearing red and gold No. 7's and Chiefs apparel.
Ricky Stanzi and Brady Quinn also joined, as did specialists Dustin Colquitt, Ryan Succopand Thomas Gafford. Each joined Cassel in handing out "buddies" and talked with child-patients and their families.
Cassel, Quarterbacks And Specialists Hang With Buddies from The Mothership
We are beginning our NFL Top 100 series, in which NFL Analyst Charlie Bernstein ranks the Top 100 players in the league. There are no backup quarterback media darlings, punters, kickers or long-snappers in this list, just the most elite players for the 2012 season...
...27. Tamba Hali, Defensive End, Kansas City Chiefs
Playing on a defensive line littered with early-round busts, Tamba Hali has been a pass rushing force for the Chiefs despite often facing double teams. Hali is one of the quickest players off the edge in football and earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2011.
NFL's Elite Players - 21-30 from ESPN Florida
The Chiefs are not yet committed to veteran Brady Quinn as their backup. They have rotated Quinn with 2011 fifth-round pick Ricky Stanzi during organized team activities. Still, I think Quinn (who played for Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel in Cleveland) will go to camp as the favorite to be Cassel's backup. Quinn has much more experience than Stanzi. However, Quinn has never shown he can be a capable NFL starter.
AFC West: 2012 Backup Quarterback from ESPN
I don't have much confidence in any of the AFC West backup quarterbacks, who are all new to their teams this season.
The highest rating I gave was to Oakland and Kansas City, with a rating of 35. I gave Denver a 30 and San Diego a 15. All four teams were in the bottom nine of the NFL, and San Diego was the second lowest in the NFL.
AFC West Backup QBs Don't Rate Well from ESPN