KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Ethan Johnson #70 and Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs work with defensive coach Anthony Pleasant during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Good morning! OTAs are dying down and we are about to head into the worst part of the offseason. All that's left is next week's mini-camp, so enjoy days like today while we have them. Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news.
June 18 looms as the important date for running back Jamaal Charles, safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki as they attempt to return to the Chiefs.
Coach Romeo Crennel said that's the date the three players would be examined by doctors. If all goes well that day, Crennel said, they would be cleared to participate in training camp.
As the pass headed in Bellamy's direction, Hartman broke off his backpedal and was on the football almost instantly.
When the play was blown dead, the ball ended up in Hartman's hands. It was difficult to see if he notched an interception, but nevertheless, the play proved that Hartman has been steadily improving each time he takes the practice field.
"When I first got here, it was so fast," said Hartman at Monday's post-practice media session. "It was hard to think straight, but now a few weeks into it, it's starting to slow down and go a little slower pre-snap and everything."
Pro Game Beginning To Slow Down For Chiefs Rookies from The Mothership
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KCChiefs.com Video: From The Field: Brian Daboll
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KCChiefs.com Video: From The Field: Romeo Crennel
Most of full-team drills were spent with the offense working inside the opposing 20-yard line. The Chiefs were last in the NFL in scoring-zone offense last year, getting a touchdown just 33 percent of the time. Each of the three veteran quarterbacks, Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Ricky Stanzi, threw a touchdown pass during the drill.
Big Day Aproaching For Injured Chiefs from KC Star
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Travis Daniels is having a repeat of his 2010 offseason when he seemed to tally an interception during every practice session. The veteran cornerback, who has moved to free safety for OTAs, is wreaking havoc on quarterbacks in practices again this offseason.
After notching a pick-six off
Ricky Stanzion Monday, Daniels was back at it again with a Red Zone interception off Matt Casselon Thursday.
The Chiefs will practice Friday and then conclude their offseason practice schedule with next week's three-day minicamp. Minicamp was once the highlight of the offseason practice schedule because teams could practice twice daily...
...Player participation at minicamp is mandatory for all players under contract. That won't make much of a difference to the Chiefs, who had close to 100 percent attendance at their other offseason practices, which are voluntary.
The minicamp is not mandatory for wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, the Chiefs' franchise player. Bowe doesn't have a contract for the 2012 season.
Chiefs Notebook: 'Trick Shot' Tanney Impresses Zorn from KC Star
If you are a sports fan, about seven or eight months ago, watching Monmouth College football was thought of by many as the best entertainment in town on Saturday afternoons. A sun-filled Bobby Woll Field was always packed with football-hungry fans. The local highlight reel always had No. 11 throwing touchdown pass after touchdown pass to sure-handed targets like Michael Blodgett.
Number 11 (Alex Tanney) is hitting a new stage of his life with a fresh set of goals.
Follow Up -- Alex Tanney Settles In For A Chance With Kansas City Chiefs from The Monmouth Daily Review Atlas
Why hasn't he caught on before now? Obviously such numbers at Monmouth would make anyone's head turn.
That I can't answer for sure. I know Buffalo gave him a try-out but he isn't the overly athletic type, he's a pocket passer, so they elected to sign Vince Young instead. The Chiefs like pocket passers though so he has a shot to be the #3 or #4 QB or stick on the practice squad in my opinion. It also probably doesn't help that he is widely known as a trick shot quarterback more than a NFL caliber pocket passer. But he can play.
Daboll points to Cassel's 11-win season in New England in 2008 (when he spelled an injured Tom Brady) and his 10-win season in 2010 as evidence that Cassel is and can continue be an effective NFL quarterback.
"He's been a winner," Daboll told reporters in Kansas City of Cassel on Thursday. "He's had two 10-plus win seasons. I did a study just this offseason about 10-plus-win quarterbacks, which is what you're defined by, obviously. There's been nine of them in the last four years that have had two or more 10-plus win seasons in the regular season, and Matt is one of them. The other ones being Brady, (Drew) Brees, (Aaron) Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli (Manning), (Joe) Flacco, (Matt) Ryan, so he's been a winner. He works his tail off in the classroom. I think he's done a good job in these OTAs, and I'm looking forward to working with him."
New Coach Thinks Matt Cassel Ia A Winner from ESPN
Daboll finds a creative way to lump Cassel in with a group of the game's best quarterbacks, but he does leave out the big picture. Despite those 10-plus win seasons, Cassel is a pedestrian 28-26 in games he's started overall.
If you really are defined by your record, this seems about right.
Matt Cassel Is A Winner, According To New Chiefs OC from NFL.com
Kansas City Chiefs player and Eureka High School grad Andy Studebaker is hosting the Rising Stars Football Camp June 25-26, 2012 with proceeds benefiting Children's Hospital.
Children in grades 3-8 will learn football fundamentals and skills from the NFL player.
Football Camp Hosted By Andy Studebaker from The Easy Peoria Times-Courier
JUSTIN HOUSTON, OLB, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
A first-round talent who fell to the 70th overall pick of the 2011 draft mainly due to off-field concerns, Houston looked like a possible steal after racking up 5 1/2 sacks over the final five games of his debut season. More familiarity in coach Romeo Crennel's defense and the presence of All-Pro Tamba Hali on the opposite side should have Houston primed to build off last year's furious finish and give the Chiefs one of the league's fiercest duo of pass- rushing linebackers.
Line Of Scrimmage: 12 Possible Breakout Players For '12 from FOX News
Will 2012 be the year of the breakout kings in the AFC West?
Gary Horton of Scouts Inc., thinks so. Horton looks at the top-10 candidates for breakout seasons in the AFC. He has three players from the AFC West on his list.
Who Is Ready To Break Out? from ESPN