"This is why I came here," said Avery, a six-year veteran who caught a career-best 60 passes for 781 yards and three touchdowns last year at Indianapolis. "I love the offense. It's a great opportunity for me to make plays ... you have to take some of that pressure off Dwayne. With my speed and ability, I can do that."
Avery got off to a slow start after signing with the Chiefs after missing most of the offseason program because of a sprained ankle. Then he had to bide his time with the second unit while the club gave Baldwin every chance to justify its investment in him.
Once the Chiefs jettisoned Baldwin, they turned to Avery.
Chiefs WR A.J. Jenkins Embraces "Fresh Start" from The Mothership
"Fresh start, new team," Jenkins said. "I'm feeling good and I'm ready to go out here and play some football."
Despite a very busy day for Jenkins, including a flight into KC, the commute to One Arrowhead Drive, followed by a session with the media and then practice, A.J.'s refreshing attitude remained upbeat.
"I'm grateful for this opportunity," Jenkins said. "I'm very excited to be working with
Alex Smith, a QB who I'm very familiar with. I'm just looking forward to coming out here and being the best Chiefs (player) I can be and I'm ready for the opportunity."
Kicking It With The Chiefs K Ryan Succop from The Mothership
"Before the game, one of the things I always do is pray for peace," Succop said. "Then I go out there and pick a spot and really, all I focus on is everything that I do is going toward that spot; I'm going to keep my head down and I'll look up, hopefully once it's through."
Since Toub and O'Dea joined the Chiefs in January, the fifth-year kicker has flourished under their teaching.
Chiefs Claim Guard Ricky Henry, Cut Brad Madison from KC Star
Running back Jamaal Charles showed no ill effects of his strained right foot, running strong between the tackles and catching swing passes and screens from quarterback Alex Smith.
Offensive tackle Eric Fisher, who has been bothered by thumb and shoulder ailments, returned to practice after missing a day. He alternated with Geoff Schwartz at right tackle early in practice but stayed in the lineup for the second half of the day.
Chiefs Add OG Ricky Henry, Waive Brad Madison from The Mothership
Henry was released by New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 19. The Omaha, Neb., native played collegiately at the University of Nebraska, where he earned first-team All-Big 12 honors. He prepped at Omaha Burke High School in Omaha, Neb.
KCChiefs.com Video: Donnie Avery: 'It's All About Making Plays'
KCChiefs.com Video: Alex Smith: 'A.J. Has A Ton Of Talent & Speed'
KCChiefs.com Video: Jenkins: 'Very Excited' To Work With Alex Smith
KCChiefs.com Video: Andy Reid: 'I Look Forward To Working With A.J.'
Why Your Team Sucks 2013: Kansas City Chiefs from Deadspin
Why your team sucks: It's a measure of how far the Chiefs have fallen that the combination of Reid and Smith represents a COLOSSAL upgrade for the franchise. With Andy Reid as your coach and Alex Smith as your QB, you know damn well that you aren't ever going to win a Super Bowl. But you won't completely suck, and that's about all the Chiefs can ask for at this point. If they win 11 games, get bounced after one round due to a horrendous clock management error and no one dies, they'll have basically had their finest season of the new century.
Jenkins is certainly a known quantity to the Chiefs.
- Reid spent time scouting Jenkins when he was still with the Eagles, and remembers a guy with good hands and an ability to stretch the field, something Baldwin failed to do.
- Jenkins was teammates in San Francisco with quarterback Alex Smith, whom the Chiefs acquired for a pair of draft choices this offseason.
- Allen remembers a guy who brought a spark to the locker room with his engaging and often playful personality at Illinois.
Alex Smith Vouches For A.J. Jenkins from ESPN
While the deal wasn't Smith's decision, the Chiefs brass did consult with Smith about Jenkins.
"We talked to Alex," Kansas City coach Andy Reid said Tuesday. "Alex was very positive about it."
Smith talked glowingly about Jenkins when he spoke to reporters Tuesday. Jenkins did not have a catch as a rookie and he was struggling in camp this year.
Chiefs Fire Andy Reid After 0-2 Preseason Star from Sports Pickle
"This is the nature of the business now," said Reid. "It's a win-now league. The Eagles fired me after one losing season despite all the wins I had there over the years. Why do the Chiefs owe me any more? I don't even have a history of success here to fall back on."
Chiefs players also admit they saw the move coming, but wish nothing but the best for their former head coach.
"I wish he had been given at least until the first or second regular season game to see if we could turn this around," said safety Eric Berry. "I'm really going to miss Taco Tuesdays and Fast Food Fridays."
Steelers Halfbacks Keep Running Into Trouble from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers have billed Redman as their starter on their depth chart, but moved Bell up last week to co-starter, and those two remain listed that way in the Tomlin-approved depth chart produced Tuesday.
Redman, who came to training camp about 10 pounds lighter, should get the start Saturday night when the
Kansas City Chiefs are a professional American football team based in Kansas City, Missouri...." data-score="0.5" data-wiki-title="Kansas City Chiefs">Kansas City Chiefsplay at Heinz Fieldand could open the season as their starting halfback. But Dwyer has wedged his way back into the picture after he fell into disfavor when he reported in the spring at 265 pounds.
Offseason Changes can Lead To Fantast Upgrades from USA Today
Alex Smith did an exceptional job managing the San Francisco 49ers' run-heavy attack over the last two seasons. Now with the Kansas City Chiefs, Smith works under new coach Andy Reid, who massaged solid numbers out of Donovan McNabb, Jeff Garcia and Michael Vick in recent years. However, it cannot be overemphasized how much the San Francisco running game protected Smith. Reid has no intentions to alter his pass-heavy approach, but Smith shouldn't be much more than a midlevel fantasy QB2.
I expressed doubts about Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos in a column back in May. I further questioned the squad on "NFL AM." Broncos fans branded me a hater. I choose to think of myself as a realist.
And this was before all of the injuries and off-field issues. Now I'm even more convinced: Denver is not a Super Bowl team.
Former NFL Star Dante Hall Returning To Football, Coaching At St. Anthony from The Los Angeles Daily News
Dante Hall is returning. The great ones always do. And in football, nobody has mastered the art of the return quite like Hall. After five years away from the sport following his retirement from the NFL in 2008, Hall is returning to the game he loves. Only this time around, he's trading in his helmet and No. 82 jersey for a visor and a polo shirt, coaching running backs at St. Anthony High School.
Nomentum In Sports, Part 2 from Grantland
The field goal would put the Chiefs up 6-0 against Peyton Manning with 49 minutes to go. Does it seem likely that a 6-0 lead would hold up against one of the league's best quarterbacks with that much time left on the clock? Does that thought really require hindsight?
Furthermore, is it clear that the Chiefs really have the momentum? The Chiefs were 1-9 heading into the game, in the middle of a season that had been rendered totally irrelevant and suiting up for a lame-duck coach, Romeo Crennel. The Broncos were 7-3 and riding a five-game winning streak into Kansas City. The Chiefs had lost their previous seven games. Up until kickoff, if you believed in momentum, you would have sworn that the Broncos had all the momentum and the Chiefs had absolutely none going for them. Are the events of what happened during those first 10 minutes enough to wipe out the massive momentum gulf between the two teams from before the game?
Second Chance For Jenkins from Warpaint Illustrated
But when pushed a little further on that topic, Jenkins did say, once he heard the news, he was getting out of San Francisco and heading to a new team, one closer to his Illinois roots, he seemed to like the idea very much.
"I was excited. It wasn't really a phone call. It was a face-to-face when I heard the news, and I was like, ‘Ok. I can't control what happens; all I can control is what I do on the football field.' So I'm not going to worry about it," he said.
And worry he won't, he's going to be a Chief the next two years. That's because both his 2013 and 2014 contract years are guaranteed. So in other words, he'll get the exact same time to blossom into a competent playmaking wide receiver as the Chiefs gave Jon Baldwin.
These are two players at different ends of their careers. Houston is establishing himself as one of the better young pass-rushers and Freeney, in his first season in San Diego, is hoping to show his patented pass-rush burst for another year or two.
Avery Can Be A Weapon For The Chiefs -- If Only He Can Hang Onto The Rock from FS Kansas City
"I think he brings a different dimension to us, a guy who can really stretch the field," quarterback Alex Smith told reporters. "Just kind of a different toolset."
To put it another way, Avery is fast and scrappy and veteran, three things Jon Baldwin, the man whose trade Monday to San Francisco pushed Avery into the Chiefs' starting lineup, was (and is) not.