The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly set to sign offensive lineman Paul Fanaika, who has a connection to Andy Reid as a 2009 seventh round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. Fanaika bounced around in his first few years in the league before ending up in Arizona starting 30 games over the past two seasons at guard.
I haven't watched Fanaika play so I don't have much of an opinion on that. The Pro Football Focus grades weren't very kind to him but they were really, really unkind to Mike McGlynn so perhaps this is still a step in the right direction. The Chiefs have enough needs on the line that they need to continue throwing bodies out there (wait, that sounds wrong) and see what sticks.
Chiefs fans and media reacted to the move as they always do.
I still have a lot of tape to watch on Fanaika (and will today), but the notion he can't play is off-base. Certainly an upgrade #Chiefs— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) March 12, 2015
G Paul Fanaika also has ties to Andy Reid, who used a seventh-round pick in 2009 on Fanaika out of Arizona State while with the Eagles.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) March 11, 2015
Fanaika started 30 games for Arizona in 2013,2014. Seventh Rd pick in 2009 out of Arizona St.— DRMiller (@DRscrilla8) March 11, 2015
Fanaika is a big boy at 6-5, 327. I remember him liking him some on tape when I watched them before they played the #Chiefs last year.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 11, 2015
Fanaika according @pff 71st pass protection, and 66 in run blocking. Hearing someone will make him an offer 3M+. RT @Cards4life26 Fanaika?— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) March 10, 2015
Fanaika > McGlynn That's all that really matters to me right now.— Johnny Coltrane (@Chief_Wildcat) March 12, 2015
He can pickup stunts at an acceptable level. Fanaika has the right attitude and is serviceable.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) March 11, 2015
Fanaika had a -22.8 PFF grade last season. He should fit in well with our o-line.— Chiefs_All_Day (@Chiefs_All_Day) March 11, 2015
None that make him look good. RT @silver5liter: @PFF_Sam any stats on Paul Fanaika?— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) March 11, 2015
Just got done reading some quick snippets from Cardinals fans. They seem to think Fanaika is mediocre, but Arians loved him. #Chiefs— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) March 11, 2015
This guy @PFanaika, in the middle, is your newest @KCChiefs! Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/nifeYlYhZ9— Marc Lillibridge (@NFLBridge) March 12, 2015
"I don't think there's any doubt," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "He flies under the radar. He does his job and then just goes home."— JKuhn (@h8rproof82) March 11, 2015
"You know what you're going to get from Paul every day," "He's tough, he's got highly skilled technique, and he does everything right.— JKuhn (@h8rproof82) March 11, 2015