Phase Three OTAs Day Five Recap from The Mothership
Q: What have you seen from
Husain Abdullahso far?
SUTTON: "Well, he's done a good job. He did a really good job for us last year, played a lot of different roles for us. He's a guy that has very good instincts, has really good knowledge of the whole defense so he gives us some great flexibility. He can play back, he can play up and I just think he's going to get better and better. We've got several guys that are working in there,
Sanders Commingsis working in there as well. Right now a lot of it is about competition. We're trying to develop competition. Compete against yourself, compete against the other guys and nobody should be satisfied with whatever level of position you're perceived to be at right now."
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Wednesday OTA Observations, Nuggets For Coordinators from Chiefs Spin
Left tackle Eric Fisher (shoulder) remains limited to mostly individual drills and warm-ups, and isn'tparticipating in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 segments. But as Reid indicated last week, Fisher should be ready for training camp.
As with previous OTA sessions, tight end Travis Kelce (knee) and wide receiver Kyle Williams (knee) are present, but not participating. While Williams wasn't present for the first day of OTAs last week, he's been present since.
During the first 11-on-11 segment, the first-team offensive line offered left tackle Donald Stephenson, left guard Jeff Allen, center Rodney Hudson, rookie right guard Zach Fulton and right tackle J'Marcus Webb. Wednesday was Fulton's first run with the first team.
Chiefs Special Teams Working For More Happy Returns from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle
The punt-return candidates took their turns fielding sky-high kicks on the Chiefs practice field, all under the watchful eye of special teams coordinator Dave Toub.
First one up, rookie Albert Wilson, then Frankie Hammond Jr., followed by Canadian Football League import Weston Dressler and then NFL veteran Joe McKnight.
Toub, who worked magic with the Chiefs' return game last season, has an even more daunting challenge for 2014. How to replace the AFC's leading kickoff returner in Quintin Demps, and the Chiefs' career-leading punt returner in Dexter McCluster, both of whom left in free agency.
WCU Football Family Remembers DiMidio from Daily Local News
Nicknamed "Biggie" by his college coach, Jim Bonder, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound DiMidio was considered a massive player during his playing days in the 1960s. And he wasn't just big, but remarkably strong thanks to lots of work in the weight room.
DiMidio was such a larger than life person, many of his former teammates -- and even a former coach -- were shocked to hear of his death late last month due to heart problems...
...One of only eight former West Chester football players to participate in a regular season NFL game, DiMidio was the first to appear in a Super Bowl, which further elevated his local legend. An offensive tackle for two seasons with the AFL Kansas City Chiefs, DiMidio saw action in Super Bowl I on Jan. 15, 1967.
Defensive Secondary Communication In Good Hands from Chiefs Spin
Kansas City started hot against the pass through Week 10's bye, ranking sixth (208.3 yards allowed per game). And then quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck happened.
The breakdowns in communication on the back end of coverage during the second half of the season were evident, leading to the team going from sixth against the pass to finishing the regular season ranked 25th (247.6 yards allowed).
The playoff loss punctuated the defensive slide, as Luck led a furious comeback win by completing 25-of-49 passes for 443 yards passing and four touchdowns against three interceptions, two recorded by Abdullah.
Nevertheless, with 2013 in the rear view window, the Chiefs expect Berry to become more of a leader, assuming the role of communicating signals.
Dressler Gone, But Not Forgotten from The StarPhoenix
Rob Bagg lost more than a productive teammate when slotback Weston Dressler signed with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.
Dressler's departure after six seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders meant the veterans would be apart during a CFL season for the first time since 2008 when they both attended the team's training camp. Bagg and Dressler became good friends and even lived together during the football seasons. "Weston will be one of my best friends for life,'' Bagg said after Wednesday's walkthrough at the Riders' training camp. "Just missing him day to day is something that we're adjusting to.'' Bagg has moved on from Dressler on the football field. It hasn't been the same since he left the Riders for the Chiefs.
Training Camp Day 4: Where Are You Weston? from The Regina Leader-Post
We often marvelled at how many times the diminutive receiver got open on second-and-long when everyone knew the ball was going to him.
We wondered how he was able to make that diving catch or sliding grab, often with defenders nearly twice his size draped all over him.
I know how because I watched Dressler practice. He epitomized the old saw "You play like you practice...''
...The media and the football operations folks with the Kansas City Chiefs are learning for themselves just how hard Dressler works in practice. It's no surprise to me that they are raving about Dressler's work ethic and glue-like hands. I saw them for myself nearly every day since he joined the Riders in 2008.
$.05 On OTAs from RealGM
For many years, the last team to sign its first-round pick was a lock to miss the playoffs. This year's candidates for that distinction are few: San Diego, Detroit and Kansas City all have cap issues that could cause a delay in signing their picks. Detroit's situation is the most acute; the Lions have just $1.1M in cap room but will have to count a little more than double that when they sign top pick Eric Ebron. Yet even that is expected to be wrapped up before training camp begins in July.
The new CBA has its significant detractions, but getting rookies signed and into camp is one of the more underpublicized positives.