From Philly to Kansas City, One Chiefs Scout Shares His Journey from The Mothership
Everything came together nicely for Kansas City Chiefs pro and college personnel analyst Brett Veach two years ago.
After spending the two previous seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles Southeast region college scout (2011-12), Veach was given an opportunity to reunite with Andy Reid in Kansas City.
Veach, who had worked as a summer intern with the Eagles after his playing career at the University of Delaware had ended, developed a love for scouting and the personnel side of football operations while working under Reid in Philadelphia.
Merger Migraine from The Mothership
Late in life, Winston Churchill wrote that "no part of the Great War [World War I] compares with its opening." To Churchill, an historian of the first order, the early days of the conflict were the most compelling and interesting.
On a less important front, the start of a new professional football league still engages thousands of players and fans who recall with delight the old American Football League, more than anything they have enjoyed since the AFL merged with the older and more established NFL following the 1969 season.
The events of those early days of the American Football League, with the whole enterprise operating on life-support at times and with more characters than a Dickens novel, exercise a fascination for posterity that must be indulged by any fan with an appreciation of sports history.
Linebacker Matthew Wells, at 222 pounds, ran impressive 40-yard dash times of 4.44 and 4.46 seconds, along with a 4.26 20-yard shuttle time. The two big names, McKinney and Smith, both stood on their times from combine testing, but both also looked sharp in positional drills. Defensive backJustin Cox, who ran an impressive 4.36 40-yard dash at the combine, did not participate due to a suspension that finished his senior season (he will have his pro day March 12 at a high school).Cornerback Jamerson Love was clocked at 4.41 in the 40, and running back Josh Robinson turned in 40 times of 4.65 and 4.66. Center Dillon Day put up 23 reps on the bench press, as witnessed by a Kansas City Chiefs scout.
The 2014 NFL draft included 33 wide receivers. And, the class set enough records in their rookie season to warrant documentary talk from at least one GM.
"Last year's class was probably really, really good," St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead said. "They'll probably do a 30-for-30 on those guys."
The good news for teams like the Kansas City Chiefs who are looking for receiving help is that it might take all of a year for a group as good or better to come along.
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Services of center Rodney Hudson in line with Denver's needs from The Denver Post
With or without much payroll relief from quarterback Peyton Manning, the Broncos are not expected to have the wherewithal to sign more than one free agent at top market price.
Will Kansas City Chiefs center Rodney Hudson become the Broncos' top prize from this year's free-agent market? Hudson, New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, Green Bay Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga and Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay are the top players at the Broncos' most pressing need positions.
What should happen with McKnight: He has enough ability that the Chiefs should bring him back on a minimum salary if he's going to be ready physically to participate when training camp begins.
Former Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn has been invited to and will attend the inaugural NFL Veteran Combine, he said in a text message Wednesday afternoon. The event will be held on March 22 at the Arizona Cardinals practice facility.
"I had a workout with the Chiefs three weeks ago, but this is better," Lyn said. "I'll be in front of all scouts (at once) instead of individually."
Lyn, who was a three-year starter for the Orange, went unselected in the 2014 NFL Draft before signing as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. With his left knee still healing after fracturing it five games into his senior season, Lyn was released by the Colts on June 3.
Bankrupt Caesars unit gets court's OK to use cash, for now from The State
The company was also seeking to get out from under several contracts that would save it $675,000 a month.
Among the contracts is a suite for Kansas City Chiefs football games, a sponsorship with the New York Mets, an advertising agreement with The Forum in Los Angeles, and deals with a tour bus operator to support its Horseshoe Bossier City casino in Louisiana and a nearby Springhill Suites hotel operator where the company regularly reserved a block of rooms.
Paul Dehner Jr. Bengals Mock Draft 1.0 from Cincinnati.com
18. Kansas City — WR Jaelen Strong (Arizona State). The Chiefs were the only team without a touchdown for a receiver last year. Strong fits with his ability to make tough catches fending off defenders.
Finding the best free-agent signings for all 32 NFL teams from CBS Sports
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C Rodney Hudson: He is young, athletic and perfect for their offense. Why risk letting him leave? You don't let good, young players out the door.
Will Andy Reid Ever Stop Passing the Ball? from Football.com
I've argued that Charles needs the ball more, but it's not only about getting it in to his hands, but getting it out of Smith's. In his two years with the Chiefs, Smith has had his top-two passing attempt seasons. While it has resulted in a 18-12 record with him behind center, it could have been much better.
In a crucial, Week 16 loss to Pittsburgh, Reid called for Smith to pass 47 times (he ran on two of those calls), despite the game being within one touchdown for more than quarters. It typified the fact that throwing for a lot of yards does not equal wins. The 311 yards Smith passed for was the only time in the regular season he eclipsed 300 yards as a Chief -- and they lost.
Bad weather postpones WR's trip to meet with 49ers from CSN Bay Area
The 49ers will have to re-schedule a visit from free-agent wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, whose travel plans to the Bay Area on Tuesday were canceled due to bad weather on the East Coast.
Dorsey, whom the Green Bay Packers released last week, is traveling to meet with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday.
Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb parting ways? from NFL.com
Two of the teams with the most salary-cap space to spend, the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars, are expected to be in on the bidding, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, ex-Packers personnel director, is also prepared to create cap room for a run at Cobb, per McGinn.
Former Green Bay Packers LB Tom Bettis dies at 83 from Dairyland Express
Bettis got into coaching after his playing career ended and spent 12 seasons as a defensive coach, eventually defensive coordinator, of the Kansas City Chiefs. He was with the Chiefs squad that lost to the Packers in the first Super Bowl as well as for the Chiefs' Super Bowl championship club in 1969.
He left Kansas City after a seven-game stint as interim head coach in 1977, during which Kansas City was 1-6 on its way to a 2-12 finish.