The Chiefs first signaled their intent to improve at tight end in recent months when they acquired Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce to go along with the injured incumbent starter, Tony Moeaki.
Since then, the Chiefs have revealed plenty of two-tight end formations during their offseason program and spent plenty of time at least trying to throw the ball to both Fasano and Kelce. The signs are everywhere that the tight end as a pass receiver is back in the Chiefs offense under new coach Andy Reid.
Chiefs OL Learning New System Twice As Fast from The Mothership
While ultimately being responsible for protecting Chiefs QB
Alex Smithand paving lanes for Chiefs RB Jamaal Charlesand company, the team's o-line is currently embracing what is for many of them, a new system.
"It's gone well, so far," Chiefs T
Geoff Schwartzsaid. "We've put in a lot of offense; it's new for a lot of guys and our defense definitely flies around a lot, so, we're getting used to communicating, making the right reads and doing the right thing."
Mardy Gilyard: "We Have The Best Job In The World" from The Motherhip
One of coach Culley's wide receivers this season is
Mardy Gilyard, who spent a brief time with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, under then-head coach Andy Reid and coach Culley, primarily as a punt returner.
Fast forward to Feburary of this year, when the Chiefs signed Gilyard, hoping he can help stretch the field with his speed, while also demonstrating his ability to catch the football. Gilyard is off to a great start, for among many reasons, a familiarity with the team's offense.
"I'm the only receiver in this receiving corps that been in this offense for a while," Gilyard said. "So, on my end, I try my hardest to get all of our guys to be on the same page, the little nuances that I know that coach doesn't like or want."
Teams usually don't spend much time on matching up with strengths and weaknesses of specific opponents at least until training camp. But Reid indicated he believed it would help the Chiefs to at least start to get familiar with the Raiders, Broncos, Chargers and some of the early-season opponents.
The Chiefs will see plenty of new early in the season. Their opening-game opponent, Jacksonville, has a new coach in Gus Bradley.
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Malcolm Bronson Signs FA Contract With Kansas City Chiefs from SportsNOLA
Former McNeese football standout Malcolm Bronson has signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs this week making him the third Cowboy player to do so this spring.
In case you're wondering, the tallest player in NFL history is Morris Stroud, a 6-10, 255-pound tight end who played with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1969-74. When opponents would try long field goals, the Chiefs would place Stroud under the goal posts and have him try to block the attempts.
Croyle will always be known as an All-American football player who played defensive end for the University of Alabama and Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.
He's also known as the father of former Alabama and NFL quarterback Brodie Croyle.
But Croyle says his most important role in life has been helping to raise nearly 2,000 kids dropped off at the Big Oak Ranch, many of whom had parents who gave up on them.
Former NFL GM Says Urlacher Is Not A Hall Of Famer from Windy City Gridiron
Now the first player he mentioned, Willie Lanier, played 11 seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1967-77. He was an 8-time Pro-Bowler and 3-time First Team All-Pro. He played before tackles and sacks were stats so all I can say is that he played 149 games, had 27 interceptions and scored two touchdowns.
Urlacher on the other hand, played 13 seasons, 182 games, had 22 interceptions, scored three defensive TDs and was an 8-time Pro-Bowler and a 4-time First Team All-Pro. To me, those are very, very similar careers. Now, I didn't see Lanier play, but from the stats it seems like Accorsi is really splitting hairs to say that Lanier was dominant and Urlacher is merely "borderline."
Cowlishaw: 'A Lot Of Folks' Think Baylor's Terrance Williams Could Push Miles Austin Off Cowboys' Roster In 2014 from The Dallas Morning News
Certainly that run of Chiefs-Rams-Chargers after the Giants opener looks inviting. But do we really know? It might be hot in Kansas City and Andy Reid will have his players drinking pickle juice while the Cowboys sweat it out (remember 2000 opener).
Eight In The Box: RB Status Check from ESPN
Jamaal Charles is a superstar who could even get more productive, especially as a receiver, with Andy Reid as his head coach. As a runner, he is more than just a home run threat, but few are as dangerous as Charles when he gets some daylight. The 26-year-old speedster caught just 35 passes a year ago. That number might double in 2013. Charles is in line for a gigantic season.