Earlier this offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs signed a receiver, Weston Dressler, who was a star receiver in the CFL. Right after the Chiefs signed him, I went on a few sports talk radio shows in Canada and it was clear that he had a lot of fans in Saskatchewan.
Dressler told the KC media on Monday that he had interest from other NFL teams before agreeing to a deal in Kansas City but chose the Chiefs because of how they presented themselves.
"I really liked the way they presented themselves to me throughout the whole process," Dressler said of the Chiefs. "They seemed like an organization that was run in a respectful way, something that I'm excited to be apart of."
Dressler, who played college football at the University of North Dakota, figures to compete at slot receiver and possibly kick or punt returner. Here are a few things he had to say today:
- On his role in Kansas City: "As far I know, I'm coming into compete for a spot on the roster. From my experience in the CFL, I've played some receiver and a little as a returner as well. To be able to compete in those spots and try to come in camp and earn my way onto the roster."
- On wanting to play in the NFL: "I really felt like coming out of college it was a big goal of mine to get an opportunity in the NFL. That didn't happen for me at that time, but once I moved up into the CFL I improved my skills and learned what it meant to play professional football at a high level. I've always been very confident in my ability to play the game at a high level. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be here and have a chance at it."
- Dressler said that the NFL is more of a passing league now than even a few years ago so it allows for more opportunities for a player like him.
- The difference between NFL and CFL: "For me it will be a little different. Playing college football, I know the differences between the American football game and the Canadian football game. It's going to take some time to re-adjust to it and become comfortable again with the way the game is played down here versus playing up there."
- Dressler knows Chiefs free agent signing Joe Mays, who played at North Dakota State.
- Dressler said that making plays after the catch is important. "Having a good awareness of what's around you and taking advantage of what's going on," he said.
- On why now for the NFL: "Just talking with some of the guys in the Chiefs organization, they believe I have the skills and ability to play in the NFL. I've believed that in myself for years now."
- He's been working out in Canada the last few months and is getting ready for the transition down to Kansas City.