DJ Talks New Coaches, Alex Smith And More from The Mothership
The frustrating 2012 season is in the rearview mirror, but it does have many fans wondering if the Chiefs are in a rebuilding mode; not as far as DJ's concerned.
"It's definitely a reloading year; college is always for rebuilding," Johnson said.
"This is a league (with) a sense of urgency to win every year, regardless of what your record is; everybody's pro, so you never know what can happen. It's one of those things where, we're all pros and as long as we get everybody on the same page, with all the new things we have going on, we'll be a pretty good team."
Draft Spotlight - Day 19: Sharrif Floyd from The Mothership
Sharrif Floyd entered "The Swamp" with the Florida Gators as a successful football player and left even better. His success on the field likely felt easy, after enduring a rough childhood that included bouncing between multiple homes.
Perseverance paid off for Floyd, who as a Gator continued to get better, later named to the Coaches' Freshman All-SEC squad in 2010, playing in all 13 games.
Fast forward to 2011, Floyd started the final 11 games at defensive end and tied for the team lead with four QB hurries, culminating with a 1.5-sack performance in the team's 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl.
Old Dominion Defensive Lineman, Gilman Grad Chris Burnette Making NFL Bid from The Baltimore Sun
Old Dominion defensive lineman Chris Burnette recently took part in the Ravens' local prospects day.
Burnette was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Conference selection and a third-team All-American pick last season. He recorded 73 tackles and four sacks with seven tackles for losses and one interception.
Jaguars Want Substantial Return For No. 2 Pick from GantDaily.com
There are two players the Jaguars like, and they are assured of getting the one that the Kansas City Chiefs does not select with the first overall pick.
But since the Jaguars don't have a sure thing at quarterback, they are open to wait until the later rounds to beef up the position currently headed by Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne.
But it would have to be the right situation for the team to trade down and bypass the player they could draft for the no. 2 overall pick.
Top 10 NFL Quarterback Questions Heading Into 2013 from The Pigskin Report
4- Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs- First-year coach Andy Reid wasted little time in upgrading the quarterback position for the Chiefs. Faced with drafting first overall for the first time in franchise history, Reid went with a proven commodity while trading for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. Was Smith's solid play a result of the Niners system or has his career turned the corner? If Smith can continue to limit the turnovers, the Chiefs could be the most improved team in the NFL during the 2013 season.
Six Former Wildcats Chase NFL Dreams from The Baker Orange
Stewart attended the combine with Chumley in Florida, but also attended one much closer to home.
The Olathe native attended the Kansas City Chiefs Local Pro Day on April 5.
"It was a really good experience getting to be around a bunch of local guys who are trying to make it (into the NFL,)" Stewart said. "It was awesome because John Dorsey, the (Kansas City Chiefs) general manager, he was there talking and watching everyone do all of their drills."
Stewart realizes that is rare for a placekicker to latch on with an NFL team shortly after graduating from college, especially since his first year playing was last fall with BU.
Thursday's Moves: Tackle Lane Johnson Visiting Jets from USA Today
Johnson is in New Jersey to pay a pre-draft visit to the New York Jets, a person informed of the meeting told USA TODAY Sports. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team doesn't comment on player visits, confirmed previous reports Johnson has visited the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars and has worked out for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.
Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter has conducted private workouts for the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons, according to league sources with knowledge of the situation.
Source: Veteran Safety Sherrod Martin Visiting Chiefs Today And Friday from Packer Report
Veteran free agent safety Sherrod Martin is visiting the Kansas City Chiefs today and Friday according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
Martin, 28, is a former Carolina Panthers second-round draft pick from Troy who ended last season on injured reserve with torn right anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments that limited him to a dozen games.
1. Kansas City - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. The Chiefs resigned Brandon Albert, but could shop him or shift him to the right side. They've made the investment in a new quarterback (Alex Smith); now they can take the best tackle in the draft -- I'm giving Joeckel a slight edge over Eric Fisher here -- to help protect him.
Lions Sign Norwegian Kicker, YouTube Sensation Havard Rugland from CBS Sports
In the storied history of the NFL, the list of Norwegian-born players is short. Former Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud is easily the most recognizable of the group. One of the first-ever kickers to employ a soccer-style technique, Stenerud hit 373 field goals during his 19-year career (1967-1985). Stenerud currently ranks 10th in NFL history field goals made. In 1991, he joined George Blanda and Lou Groza as one of only three kickers to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The last player from Norway to appear in an NFL game is former Bills defensive tackle Leif Larsen. Buffalo selected Larsen with the No. 194 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.