Hello Chiefs fans! Not alot of news today, but we have a couple of good stories on young LBs and some info on the Training Camp send off. Enjoy your Kansas City Chiefs news.
Studebaker is unlikely to steal many snaps from Vrabel once the real season begins, though the Chiefs have looked at him as an outside linebacker in nickel situations, with Vrabel moving to the inside.
If nothing else, Studebaker, 24, appears to be solidifying his place as the eventual replacement for Vrabel, who recently turned 35 and last winter signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs.
"He has to show that he can make plays consistently," defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said of Studebaker. "He’s got a veteran guy in front of him, and he’s going to be hard to unseat. But when he does get into the game, he has to show he can hold up his end, which I think he did the other night, so you feel better about putting him in the game."
Both Studebaker and Belcher come from colleges that don’t produce NFL players.
Studebaker, who signed with Kansas City in 2008 from Philadelphia’s practice squad, played at Division III Wheaton College (Ill.) and became the first player from the college to suit up for an NFL game. Belcher, who signed with the Chiefs last season as an undrafted rookie free agent, played for the University of Maine in the NCAA’s FCS division.
Even though he’s from a small college, Belcher said he doesn’t feel like he has anything extra to prove with the coaching staff.
"I don’t look at it like that," he said. "We’re all here. We’re all playing together."
Both played the defensive end position in a 4-3 defensive scheme in college and primarily rushed the quarterback.
Young LBs learning on the go from News-Press Now
Today: Patchy fog before 7am. Otherwise, cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southeast around 6 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 66. Southeast wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm.
Training Camp Forecast from The National Weather Service
KC Star Video: Chiefs coach discusses new QB
KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs work Tuesday afternoon in St. Joseph
News-Press Now Photo Gallery: Chiefs Training Camp
The Chiefs went through Monday’s practice with only Matt Cassel and Tyler Palko at quarterback. Coach Todd Haley said the Chiefs couldn’t afford to go with two any longer.
But it also speaks to the issue of how long Croyle will be out of action. He was wearing a sleeve on his passing arm, but otherwise the injury doesn’t have the look of one that will cause long-term problems.
"I wouldn’t read too much into that one way or the other just because any practice we go through with two quarterbacks I think has a chance to end with diminishing returns," Haley said. "Whether this is a monthlong, one-week, two-day, one-day, we had to get an arm in here. Part of that is finding someone that knows how we do things and a little bit about the terminology.
Chiefs’ day in camp on Tuesday from KC Star
He’s the first man in NFL history to rush for more than 1,100 yards in fewer than 200 carries and the first Kansas City Chief with four TD runs of 40 yards or more.
Jamaal Charles is also second team.
So do the Chiefs have the deepest stable of quality running backs in the league? Not exactly, although newcomer Thomas Jones does have five straight 1,000-yard seasons and a wonderful gift for leadership.
But the Chiefs’ apparent indecisiveness over how to play their pair of aces probably has more to do with strategy and secrecy than coaches’ confusion.
Chiefs not tipping hand on young RBs from News-Press Now
This will be the season that some clubs determine if they can afford to go any longer with the man they once defined as their "quarterback of the future." They and the players involved understand that the future clearly is now.
Sitting at, or at least very near, the top of the list is Matt Cassel. The Kansas City Chiefs gave up the No. 34 overall pick of the 2009 draft to acquire Cassel and veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel from the New England Patriots. Last summer, they signed Cassel to a six-year contract worth $63 million, including $28 million in guaranteed money and $40.5 million in total compensation through the first three seasons.
In his first year with Kansas City, Cassel was far from impressive, which was consistent with the Chiefs' 4-12 finish. He went 4-11 in 15 starts and threw for 2,924 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. His passer rating was 69.9.
A special Training Camp Sendoff Event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 18th at Missouri Western State University’s Spratt Stadium. The Chiefs will conduct an autograph session before the team takes the field for practice from approximately 7:15-9:15 PM. An exciting selection of prizes will be given away to fans throughout the evening, including tickets to every 2010 Chiefs home game, as well as footballs, mini-helmets and other items autographed by Chiefs players and Coach Haley.
Gates for the event will open at 4:30 PM. Missouri Western State University will charge a $10 admission with free admission for children three and under. Fans can also enjoy performances by the Chiefs Cheerleaders and hear comments from Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt, Missouri Western State University President Dr. Bob Vartabedian and "Voice of the Chiefs" Mitch Holthus.