3 In The Kee: The Chiefs Who Gained The Most In OTAs from FS Kansas City
First, a caveat. No Alex Smith here, even though he generally looked pretty salty -- and saltier by the day. No Dwayne Bowe, either, even as that new diet had him flashing a little more voom -- and flashing past defenders.
And no Jamaal Charles, because it goes without saying: More days than not, No. 25 was the best player on the field.
But given all that, which Kansas City Chiefs gained the most traction from the middle of May to the middle of June? Kicker Cairo Santos has a mule's leg and could make Ryan Succop's life interesting for a while. Safety Husain Abdullah ran with the first-team defense, and appeared to run well. Ditto tight end Anthony Fasano, and even wideout Donnie Avery. It was hard to whittle the list down to just three, but here were probably your biggest stars in shorts ...
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Rookie Review: LB Dee Ford from ESPN
Expectations: Ford is learning a new position. He was a defensive end in college at Auburn, so it could take him a while to master the nuances of his new position. Even if Houston continues his holdout into the season, it might be much to expect Ford to assume his spot in the regular defense anytime soon. But Zombo can handle that. Ford should be a major component in the rush in passing situations.
Also bowling in the event organized by Edison Jaquez at Bowl Rite Lanes were Marcus Easley of the Buffalo Bills, Mark Harrison of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kendall Gaskin of the New York Giants. Jaquez is a motivational speaker and works with NFL agent Ed Wasielewski.
Bowlers paid $20 to bowl alongside the NFL players Friday night and the money will go to a mentoring program for at risk youths run by the B-men organization in Perth Amboy and Plainfield, Jaquez said.
Top Five NFL Fantasy Options: AFC West from Golden Gate Sports
#4 - Kansas City Chiefs defense
Injuries really did a number on the Kansas City Chiefs defense, especially late in the year. Before that though they were racking up points like a pinball machine. Despite their top two pass rusher missing six games and problems in the secondary, they collected 204 fantasy points off of 47 sacks, 15 fumble recoveries and four return touchdowns. If health stays on their side this year, they should be even better.
Chiefs Blockers Turned To LeCharles Bentley This Offseason from ProFootballTalk
And if Bentley's helps them play more like Schwartz, there's a long-term benefit for them as well.
Ex-49ers QB Alex Smith Parts Ways With Los Gatos Home from The Los Angeles Times
The 5,650-square-foot floor plan includes a gourmet kitchen, a media room with a wet bar, four bedrooms and three full baths. The master suite alone is 1,200 square feet and has a fireplace, a generous walk-in closet and an updated bathroom.
Outdoors, a large entertainer's deck overlooks rolling lawns and a pool with a stone backsplash.
I find it comical that some are making a big deal of the idea that teams get a hold of other teams' playbooks. It happens all the time. You can go online right now and find the playbook the Eagles used in their playoff game a few years ago against the Packers. The coach of the Eagles was Andy Reid, who now coaches in Kansas City. Want to bet a lot of the same stuff from that playbook is still being used now with the Chiefs? It's not hard to get old playbooks. But then again, it wouldn't be hard to get the plays other ways as well. A team could send a relative of an employee or coach to sit at another team's training camp practice and chart the plays. Who would know? Is it illegal to do so? Yes. But how would anybody get caught with all the fans in attendance? There are no secrets anymore. This is an overblown issue.
Duvernay-Tardif Exudes Confidence from Canoe.CA [translated (poorly?) from the original French]
The offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif firmly believes he can earn a spot with the Kansas City Chiefs this year.
"I think my chances are high, he has supported the TVA Sports Monday. I am very confident. But whether it will be on the drive or on the official training team, I do not know. "
Greinke represents that to Kansas City. Not only was he the one who asked out, he was the one who got out, who escaped the melancholy to which those here resign themselves annually. With the Chiefs a playoff team and the Royals maybe, just maybe, the same, the ones who know no better are wondering whether the cloud that chases Kansas City sports as though magnetized to misery may have run into teams reversing the polarity.
They don't forget here, not yet. They won't forget until they have something else to remember.
In October, the National Congress of American Indians accused the Chiefs and the other teams of continuing "to profit from harmful stereotypes originated during a time when white superiority and segregation were common place."
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