8/1 Camp Recap: Chiefs Offense Comes Up Big On Friday from The Mothership
It was running back
Cyrus Gray's open-field move in a live period that got the crowd at Missouri Western State University hooting and hollering Friday morning at Chiefs training camp.
Taking the handoff and running through the right side of the offensive line, Gray put a double-move on the defender and accelerated on his left foot for a few extra yards down the field.
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Steve Gregory: "We got a veteran player, an experienced guy that has been in a lot of different systems, most recently New England. So, his biggest transition will be terminology. What he might have been used to calling apples, we call oranges. So, that's going to be his first transition. He's played in varied systems. Like I said, he's familiar probably with everything that we've done, and it's just terminology [and] getting his feet back underneath him. He's got to get back into pads and understand all that stuff, which we're going to give him the time to do that. But I think we got us a good football player, a guy that can take command back there-he's done that in the past in his career. He's played some different positions. He was a good football player at Syracuse and we're excited to have him."
Chiefs In Focus: Spotlight On The Offensive Line from The Mothership
The success of an offense is largely determined by what happens in the trenches. Quarterbacks and skill position players often get the headlines, but what the big guys are doing up front is critical for what happens down the field.
Boasting the NFL's youngest offensive line last season, the Kansas City Chiefs head into 2014 with a potentially even younger offensive line.
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Chiefs Juggle Injuries At Safety from Chiefs Spin
Injuries to safeties Eric Berry and Sanders Commings have juggled the Chiefs defensive backfield, with a new face joining the team and young players seeing increased time on the field.
Second-year safety Malcolm Bronson took Berry's place at strong safety with the first team alongside starting free safety Hussain Abdullah.
Jenkins, Williams Could Provide Boost For Chiefs from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The Kansas City Chiefs entered training camp with 13 wide receivers after not addressing the position through in the draft.
While Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery remain the starters, the Chiefs are looking to get contributions from A.J. Jenkins and Kyle Williams.
"I like what I see," coach Andy Reid said. "A.J.'s been doing a consistent job, which is good. He's catching the ball well. I like what I've seen from both of them."
DB Steve Gregory Jumps Right Into Practice from Chiefs Spin
The ninth-year pro, who spent the past two seasons with the New England Patriots, was set to sign with another team when the Chiefs called.
"I've been trying to stay in shape all summer just waiting for my number to be called," Gregory said after Friday's practice. "I was happy that the Chiefs did call me, really excited to be here, be a part of this organization. They have a lot of great things going on here and I am just really pumped to be here."
Youth Is Served (In Big Helpings): '14 Chiefs Could Feature NFL's Youngest OL from FS Kansas City
If this doesn't blow your mind at first, let it sink in for a few seconds. Assuming the depth chart falls the way it's projected to fall -- and we've got a month of preseason banging to go, so no promises -- the oldest starting offensive lineman on the Kansas City Chiefs will be ... Donald Stephenson.
It's true. The Andy Gang's presumed starting right tackle will be 25 when the regular season opens and turn 26 on Sept. 30.
And if that makes you feel ancient, hell, imagine how it makes him feel.
Chiefs Camp Report: Day 9 from ESPN
The Chiefs are giving starting left guard Jeff Allen a significant amount of snaps at left tackle and right tackle with the starters. Tackle isn't foreign to Allen. He was a tackle in college at Illinois. The Chiefs are having trouble finding a suitable reserve at tackle, so Allen's work at the position could be more than just for emergency situations. The Chiefs may eventually shift Allen to tackle during the regular season if either of the starters, Eric Fisher and Donald Stephenson, has to leave the lineup.
Gresh & Zo's 2014 NFL Summer School: Kansas City Chiefs from CBS Boston
Last year the Chiefs went 11-5. The year before they went 2-14. The Vegas over/under has them at 8.5 wins. Where do they finish and do they make the playoffs?
Gresh: "I'm going to make them a 9-win team and I don't think they make the playoffs."
Zolak: "They go 9-7 and they don't make the playoffs."
Chargers' Schedule Breakdown: Chiefs from ESPN
Four of Kansas City's first six games are on the road, including stops in Denver, Miami, San Francisco and San Diego on Oct. 19. The Chiefs will be fortunate to be at the .500 mark after that treacherous stretch.
Q And A: Would Chiefs Cut Donnie Avery? from ESPN
At this point, I think the Chiefs will keep starting wide receiver Donnie Avery. He's fast and while he didn't have a big first season for the Chiefs in 2013, his production was more or less in line with what he'd done earlier in the season. Keep in mind that as far as proven players at wide receiver, the Chiefs have Avery and Dwayne Bowe and that's it.
That doesn't change the fact that Santos is a rookie, which is a factor in the team's decision over which kicker to keep when the regular season begins. The Chiefs already know how Succop will respond to a slump. He missed what would have been the game-winning field goal attempt in last year's final regular-season game against San Diego, but bounced back the next week to go 3-for-3 in the playoff game against Indianapolis.
In that regard, Santos is a great unknown. But the Chiefs don't appear afraid to venture into that territory if it comes to that.
Preseason Opener A Big Test For Fisher from ESPN
That would indicate the Chiefs are still a little skittish about exposing Fisher's shoulder to the stress that pass-blocking puts on it. The Bengals game would be a good test for Fisher, his first real test since last season.
That's assuming Fisher plays against Cincinnati. The Chiefs might eventually decide to hold him out.