Combine Perspective: Invited Or No? from The Mothership
Every college football player that is eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft falls into one of two categories, he either received an invite to this weekend's 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, Feb. 22-25, or he did not. Think about that for a minute, asking the question, 'What would I feel like in both situations?'.
I recently sat down with three of our Kansas City Chiefs players, one of whom received a combine invite, while the other two did not.
The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine Schedule from The Mothership
While the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine begins later today, the official on-field workouts won't begin until Saturday, when the offensive linemen, tight ends and special teams position groups perform in front of NFL general managers, coaches and scouts, trying to earn a job on any one of the 32 teams in the league. Just like last year, both Chiefs general manager John Dorsey (Friday) and head coach Andy Reid (later today) will address the combine media.
Employee Spotlight: Community Relations from The Mothership
This week's spotlight is on the Chiefs Community Relations department, led by Chuck Castellano and Jenny Barlow. This department is essential to the organization and the community. Between Chuck and Jenny, they each work to create opportunities for the Chiefs Community Caring Team to serve the Kansas City area.
Chiefs Weekly from The Mothership
And in case you missed it, I started a new series, Employee Spotlight. This past week, I interviewed Chiefs Team Photographer Steve Sanders to hear about his daily responsibilities, shooting the Super Bowl, the Chiefs Cheerleader Calendar and the games at Arrowhead.
Now, let's check out what's happening on social media in this week's edition of Chiefs Weekly.
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Employee Spotlight: Community Relations
Trade down Makes Sense For Chiefs from ESPN
Not having a second-round choice puts a greater premium on finding a solid player with their first-round pick. The Chiefs had the same situation last year, having also sent their No. 2 pick to the 49ers. But the Chiefs at least had two third-round choices then to remove some of that pressure on the first-round pick and they wound up with two promising offensive skill players in tight end Travis Kelce and running back Knile Davis.
That's why a trade down might make sense for the Chiefs in the first round.
The rest of the top 10 most-liked players: Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Interestingly, Smith ranks ahead of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took Smith's job in San Francisco and played in the Super Bowl a year ago but sits only 14th on the most-liked list.
"I remember one (team), just kind of asking how I would handle disciplinary actions on the team -- like with a teammate, say you've got a teammate acting up and not doing what they're supposed to be doing," recalls Jon McGraw, the former Kansas City Chiefs/New York Jets/Detroit Lions and Kansas State safety. "What's the responsibility for the teammates, not necessarily the team or the coaches?
"I thought that was an interesting question -- just kind of getting to learn the culture of the locker room, how they hold each other accountable. At that level, it's more difficult in the NFL than at college; you don't (get to) develop the same chemistry. Their concern will be that locker-room dynamic and kind of how he intends to handle it at the next level. That's probably the biggest concern: What his plans are, going forward. Is it going to continue to be something he wants to bring up, or is it something (where) it's, 'Hey, he's out, and we can move on now?'"
Revisiting The Flowers-Carr Debate from ESPN
You think the Chiefs might be having some regret over choosing Brandon Flowers instead of Carr at that juncture?
Eastman: Coin-Flip Win Maybe Sign Of Flipping the 2013 Script? from DallasCowboys.com
Now, history shows picking 17 is better for the Cowboys, who selected both Mel Renfro and Emmitt Smith at No. 17. They also got Kevin Brooks and Kevin Smith.
The only time they've ever selected No. 16 occurred in 1961, when they picked lineman E.J. Holub, who never played for the Cowboys because he chose to play in the AFL with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs franchise. Holub is now in the Chiefs' Hall of Fame.
CP Exclusive: NFL Player Quintin Demps Creates Faith Based Music Competition For Singers from The Christian Post
The football player, who moonlights as rapper and writer "Q," has opened up a talent competition for singers who are interested in being featured on his upcoming album, which is slated for a Summer 2014 release. Demps is challenging serious singers who are passionate about faith-based music to submit 15-second video clips showcasing their abilities to his Instagram, Facebook or Twitter accounts.