2015 Shrine Game: Top Players to Watch from The Mothership
The game will be played at 3 p.m. CST in St. Petersburg, Florida and will be televised on the NFL Network.
Last year, former Pittsburg State receiver John Brown created a buzz for himself during the Shrine Game week. That buzz followed Brown all the way to the NFL draft last spring, where he was a third-round pick by the Arizona Cardinals and finished his rookie season with 48 catches for 696 yards and five touchdowns.
Kansas City Chiefs 2015 Free Agents from The Mothership
A look at the players not yet under contract for the Chiefs for the 2015 season...
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Players Not Under Contract In 2015
The total could grow depending on what the Chiefs do with players like Tamba Hali, Dwayne Bowe andChase Daniel. For now, the Chiefs are at $7,324,836 in dead money.
Most of their dead money is because of last year's release of cornerback Brandon Flowers.
Q: So what does an offense have to do?
A: You have to run the football and control the line of scrimmage and stay out of third-and-7 and more. Watch the Kansas City game this year when Jamaal Charles went off.
(We didn't watch a replay of the game, but we did look up the final statistics book on the game. The Chiefs won 24-20. Charles gained 159 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns. The Chiefs were effective on third down largely because they avoided the situation. They had just six third downs and converted two. Not counting a kneel-down by quarterback Alex Smith, the Chiefs had 20 first-down plays. They averaged nearly 8 yards on those plays and gained at least 10 yards on six of them. Back to Fitzgerald.)
You can't turn over the ball either because they aren't going to on offense.
All Tyler Lockett does is get open -- and he'll do it at the next level, too from FS Kansas City
"(It's) the same way as everybody else who has a job: You can do the best you can one day and get cut," Lockett said of the NFL transition. "Or you can do the worst you can one day and you (came off) 10 good days and you still get cut. I mean, every day, you're fighting for a job."
It's a business now, and Lockett is conscious of the ups, downs and fickle nature of that side of the game, too. Father Kevin played seven seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Chiefs, from 1997-2003. Uncle Aaron was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2002 and logged practice squad time with the Buccaneers and 49ers over the next two years before getting a foothold with the CFL's BC Lions as a return man.
The Chiefs had been stagnant offensively for most of the afternoon against a stingy defense. They trailed 13-3 and faced a fourth-and-1 from the Buffalo 39...
...Quarterback Alex Smith faked a handoff to fullback Anthony Sherman and then pitched left to running back Jamaal Charles. He went untouched to the end zone and the Chiefs would go on to beat the Bills 17-13.
John Dorsey has his Priorities set for the Chiefs Off-Season from Pro Football Spot
This week marks the beginning of the marathon. The Chiefs will have a presence the next two weeks at the two most important post-season scouting events, the East-west Shrine game and the Senior Bowl. The Shrine game is three days away. For many players whose schools did not qualify for Bowl games, this is the best chance for them to make an impression on scouts, directors and general managers. The scouts will get a final look at players they have graded during the past season.
The Senior Bowl will played the week following. If Dorsey's approach holds true, the entire Chiefs personnel organization will be in attendance. This will be on the first up-close and live scouting opportunity Dorsey has had to see the senior pool of draft prospects. From what we know of Dorsey's approach to selecting prospective draft choices, next week will be paramount to the Chiefs 2015.
To replace Jackson, the Chiefs signed defensive lineman Vance Walker away from the Oakland Raiders for three years and about $10 million. The Chiefs didn't get their money's worth from Walker, who was a part-time player, getting in the lineup for only about 22 percent of the snaps.
That didn't matter much because Allen Bailey was the starter in Jackson's place and a more complete player. Bailey played in both passing and running situations and had five sacks.
Richardson looks to inspire after Alabama Sports Hall of Fame election from The Southeast Sun
Honors keep coming in for former Daleville standout and NFL fullback Tony Richardson, but the message of his story is what he's trying to get out.
"I try to share it not to bring light to myself, but really to let young people know anything in life you put your mind to you can accomplish it," Richardson said. "I'm a living example of that. (I was on) a small, (Class) 4A team in Daleville. I was fortunate enough to get a college scholarship to Auburn, go into the NFL as an undrafted player coming out of Auburn, but yet still work really hard. I kept busting my butt and believing in myself."
The latest honor set to be bestowed upon the former Warhawk is enshrinement in the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.