7/30 Camp Recap: Chiefs Back After Day Off from The Mothership
Another padded practice is in the books for the Kansas City Chiefs and for the fourth consecutive day of practice, the Chiefs held a full live period where players were tackled and taken to the ground. They were obviously off on Tuesday, but they got right back into it Wednesday morning.
With the first preseason game coming on Thursday, August 7, offensive coordinator Doug Pederson spoke about how the team will prepare for that first game.
"We just keep going with our training camp schedule," Pederson said. "We don't deviate from that and we're going to prepare just like a regular game and get the guys ready, but these first couple of games, we're still evaluating our guys. We just want to see them play and it's good for the young guys these first couple of preseason games to get them out there and on the field."
Chiefs In Focus: Spotlight On Wide Receivers from The Mothership
One of the biggest storylines throughout training camp for the Chiefs is the wide receiver position. This has been a top story since all of the players arrived at camp on July 23. There's a nice mix of veterans and young talent on the roster, which makes the position intriguing to watch.
The obvious leader of this group is seven-year veteran
Dwayne Bowe, who's already the Chiefs all-time leader in receptions (472) at receiver. He's also just 906 yards away from passing Otis Taylor (7,306) as the Chiefs all-time leader in receiving yards at receiver (TE Tony Gonzalez holds both overall records).
Chiefs Fresh Takes: 7/30 Training Camp Day Six from The Mothership
On what he has seen so far from WR
Albert Wilson: "We've had him all the way back to rookie camp so he's been in our system now for a few months and he's a smart kid so he picks up the terminology really well and he understands how to play the game. And with being smart and understanding how to play, you could see he's been making plays on the field and it's been a good addition."
A Month For Memories from The Mothership
We saw genius for ourselves in 1993 in the person of Joe Montana, he of the supposedly aging skills who had been sent to the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade that established Steve Young as the new leader once and for all for the San Francisco 49ers. The great Montana was yesterday's news, but then again, maybe not. Still, there was a lot of "if" and no small share of "but" in his sudden arrival in Kansas City. Age was catching up, perhaps had caught up.
In coming to a team seemingly engaged in a never-ending search for a messiah at quarterback, he would have his chance to prove that he still had it, the "it" being the ability to lead his new team to a place it had not been in too many years to recall.
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Undrafted rookie wide receiver Albert Wilson is making a strong bid for a roster spot. Wilson received several snaps with the first team, a sign the Chiefs are encouraged about what they have in him. Wilson has been utilized both in the slot and as an outside receiver and is not only fast but has shown the ability to elude coverage.
Chiefs QB Smith Focusing On Football, Not Contract from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
"You're getting to the point where either way, you want it to stop being a distraction," Smith said after practice Wednesday. "You guys know how I feel about this and it's the truth, yeah, you get to the point -- and I'm there -- where you finally cross the line and it's just football from here on out. I'm done talking about it, behind the scenes as well."
Asked whether he has a specific deadline for breaking off talks, Smith replied: "No hard line, yeah, but at some point mentally it'll come to me: 'It's over. Let's just focus on the season.'"
Chiefs' Sanders Commings Suffers Another Injury from Chiefs Spin
Commings lay on the ground and slammed his right fist into the ground. He was slow to get up, prompting two trainers to sprint to his position and to help him to the medical tent, as Commings couldn't put pressure on his right leg.
The trainers removed his right cleat and taped the ankle area before loading Commings on a cart to remove him from the practice field area.
The Chiefs officially announced following practice Commings suffered an ankle injury.
You get yanked around the way Parker has in a short, winding NFL career, you learn to embrace the little things. Things such as not waking up at 5:45 a.m. in a cold sweat, wondering if the footsteps outside will lead to a man asking for your playbook. Things such as not going to bed wracked with pain.
"The one thing that (held) me back a little bit was injuries; I wasn't able to stay healthy at the beginning of training camp (in the past)," Parker said. "So that's the biggest key for me, just being healthy."
Second-Year Pro Frankie Hammond Coming On from Chiefs Spin
Some players fade as training camp progresses, while others consistently command attention.
Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond belongs in the latter group, and it's not just media or fans in attendance taking notice.
"When we watch film as quarterbacks," rookie signal caller Aaron Murray said Wednesday, "we look at the receivers, and he is definitely one of the guys every day that stands out to us."
The priorities for the Chiefs at quarterback have been preparing starter Alex Smith and backup Chase Daniel for the regular season. Another developmental quarterback, Tyler Bray, is ahead of Murray in the quarterback rotation at practice.
That was the Chief's plan for Murray from the beginning. Murray doesn't have a big arm, particularly when compared to that of Bray. When he makes plays, they generally come because of good decision-making rather than raw ability.
But Murray has shown enough that the Chiefs should keep him around.
Although the Murrays themselves have known the final outcome for a while. Aaron said the finale was taped in the spring, and that Josh actually revealed Dorfman's decision to the family during the NFL Draft in early May. The Chiefs wound up selecting Murray in the fifth round that weekend.
"We knew that Friday of the draft (May 9)," the younger Murray said today. "We (got) a call from them like, 'Hey, she picked me, and I proposed, and we're engaged.'
"So that was definitely an exciting weekend. He gets engaged and the next day, I get drafted. So just a lot of excitement going on in the Murray household."
Chiefs Running Back Jamaal Charles On This Week's Sports Illustrated Cover from Sports Illustrated
It's simple to see why Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is featured on one of three regional fantasy football-themed Sports Illustrated covers this week (there are four regional covers in total) and is ranked as the No. 1 running back in SI's fantasy rankings.
He is simply a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Chiefs' Jamaal Charles Wants To Age Gracefully In Kansas City from KC Star via The State
Charles has rushed for at least 1,120 yards in each of the last four years he's been healthy and, with 5,823 career yards, he's just 248 shy of breaking Holmes' franchise record of 6,070.
"I looked up to Priest," said Charles, considered a change-of-pace back when taken in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. "I saw him combine with Larry Johnson as the best two backs in the league when I was coming up ... Priest having the (NFL) touchdown records and catching the ball out of the backfield like everything I do now. Following his footsteps is a great honor.
"I'll try to break not just his record, but everybody else's records. If I continue to put the numbers up I have been doing my whole career ... it's definitely possible I put up 10,000 yards rushing. It definitely can happen, I can see it."
Changes Good For Chiefs' D from Lindy's Sports
The page has been turned, and training camp brings the heavy work of trying to stabilize and improve the defense. That's the task that's fallen to coordinator Bob Sutton and the rest of the defensive coaching staff...
"...I have been pleased," Sutton said of his defensive backs. "We haven't had many mistakes. At this time of the year you develop your technique. That is really what's important now, building the base of the correct hand placement, footwork and all those things."
Sadly I haven't been to a KC Royals game recently, but I did attend the Kansas City Chiefs game at FedEx Field last year when they thrashed the Washington Redskins. If you saw the game, you will recall that the weather was so wet and cold that by the time the Chiefs had run up the score at halftime, most Redskins' fans had left. And many of the fans who stayed retreated to the concourses.
Why mention this? Well, when the victorious Chiefs finally left the field, several of them stopped to throw wristbands and other pieces of their uniforms to fans in the first rows of the stands as a kind of thank you to the diehards who stayed until the bitterly cold end and out-cheered the home team's own crowd. That is the kind of generous, sportsmanlike gesture that the law should reward, not discourage.
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True Camp, Real Competition from RDS.ca [translated from the original French]
Duvernay-Tardif is currently employed as a guard on the offensive line for the Chiefs, who will be one of the youngest in the NFL due to the departure of three veterans via the free agent market. It operates on the left on the second offensive unit.
Although there is an opening as starting right guard, number 76 keeps the same goal which is to improve every day.
Attorney: Ex-NFL Player's Domestic Case Closed from The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
An attorney for former NFL running back Larry Johnson says the player's Las Vegas domestic violence case is now closed after a judge determined he successfully completed community service and counseling requirements.