Last August, before the Chiefs' season opener against Atlanta, one remorseful NFL player knew he had to make two calls. Tamba Boimah Hali wanted his family to hear it from him first, instead of the from media.
One call was to his Mama, the woman who gave him life and kept him alive in just about the most dangerous place on Earth for a child.
The other was to his Mom, the woman who helped a skinny, frightened African boy navigate a new culture and new dreams.
Rookie Minicamp Wrap-Up: Day 2 from The Mothership
"It's like a whirlwind," Chiefs RB
Knile Davissaid. "Everything, protections, run schemes, everything is thrown at us in a book about this big. We have to get in it, get through it and try to get it as fast as we can.... Just taking it in slow, at night and in the morning, just trying to keep going over it (with) repetition. It's a lot similar to what I did in college, the terminology is just a little different but I'm getting it, it's coming along."
For Chiefs rookie LB
Mike Catapano, he has the extra challenge of learning a new position.
"The adjustment from defensive line to outside linebacker is going to be the task for me,"Catapano said. "So, really just learning the coverages....it's another element to the game that's behind you that you don't see when you're a defensive lineman."
The Chiefs seem to think they got a bargain in Bray by signing him after the draft. He is clearly the most gifted of the three quarterbacks participating in rookie camp, Dayne Crist of Kansas and Alex Gillett of Eastern Michigan being the others.
Bray is the only one among the group under contract to the Chiefs. Crist and Gillett are at camp on a trial basis and the Chiefs, who also have Alex Smith, Chase Daniel and Ricky Stanzi on their roster, appear to have no room for another quarterback.
Bray would appear to have an excellent chance to make the regular-season roster. Smith and Daniel are the top two quarterbacks with Bray and Stanzi having a shot at the third spot.
Coach Reid: "Branden Will Play The Left Side" from The Mothership
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Reid have always said that the talks with Albert have been continual and as for the most-recent phone conversation between coach Reid and BA, the motive was the same.
"I just wanted to communicate," coach Reid said. "I felt that was important. We weren't able to do that before the draft, and I wanted to make sure that we touched base and talked after the draft."
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Branden Albert Is Doing The Right Thing from ESPN
Albert previously said he would stay away from the team until the mandatory session begin, Yet, Albert will join voluntary session. New Kansas City coach Andy Reid called Albert, and the two have come to an accord.
Expect both sides to continue to talk about coming to terms on a long-term deal.
Eckel: Reid's Having Deja Vu from NJ.com
There aren't many head coaches who get a second chance that eerily resembles their first chance 14 years earlier.
Count Andy Reid among the rarities.
When Reid looks over his first Kansas City Chiefs team as mini-camps and organized team activities get underway all around the league, there has to be some sense of déjà vu from the Eagles team he took over way back in 1999.
If you wanted some size 5XL Eagles gear, you may have missed out.
Andy Reid sold off some his old Philly memorabilia as he starts anew with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bears Announce Front Office Moves from Bear Report
The Bears hired Ryan Kessenich (Scout/Player Personnel), Jay Muraco (East Coast Scout) and Andre Odom (Scouting Assistant). Kessenich spent the last four seasons as an area scout with the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to his time with Kanas City, the Madison, Wisconsin native spent three seasons as Northwestern's Coordinator of Player Development and Player Personnel. In 2005, he served as a Pro Personnel Assistant with the Washington Redskins.
Cleveland Browns Should Take Notice Of Bumper Crop Of College QBs in 2014 from The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Those 29 quarterbacks have been taken by 23 different teams. So in the last 14 years, only nine NFL teams haven't taken a real shot at a QB in the draft? Why? Seven of the nine managed to find quarterbacks through other avenues...
...The other two are the Kansas City Chiefs and the Browns. Those two are a combined 48-112 over the last five years.
The Chiefs had the No. 1 pick this year and certainly would have taken a quarterback if there was one worth taking. It was their bad luck to hit rock bottom going into the worst QB draft since Chad Pennington was the first one taken at No. 18 in 2000. So Kansas City traded for former 49ers starter and overall No. 1 pick Alex Smith instead.