Chiefs CB Marcus Peters Embraces Opportunity in Kansas City from The Mothership
Under the guidance of Thomas and Harris, it's no wonder Peters lit up when asked about the opportunity to play in Kansas City.
"It's going to be amazing," he said of his situation. "That's the best opportunity that any rookie can have going into a room like that with a group of excellent coaches. To be coached by a Hall of Famer, there aren't too many who can say they had that their rookie year.
"I'm just going to embrace all opportunities, listen and learn to be a great NFL player. Hopefully, someday I can be an All-Pro and a Hall of Famer."
Over the past two years at Washington, Peters allowed just 38 percent of passing attempts thrown in his direction to be completed, while also intercepting eight passes with 24 defensed.
12 Things We Learned from Chiefs GM John Dorsey's Conference Call from The Mothership
Dorsey said he feels good after the draft
"I do think we're better. I think as we go into St. Joseph now (training camp), I think that we have a team that can compete. We can compete in the AFC West and that's all you can ask for. I think we've created depth. We've created competition at roster spots and in this position now, everybody's going to feel good in the National Football League, but you know what? I feel pretty good too."
Dorsey said the Chiefs' success in free agency allowed their draft plan to take shape
"I think we identified and acquired some players (in free agency) that we feel helped us move forward and that laid some groundwork with regards to the draft, which is basically the second phase of this process."
Chiefs Unveil Their Most Recent Community Report from The Mothership
"I would really like to take this opportunity to share how excited we are to have you here," Hunt told the guests. "Thank you for your willingness to participate in our Community Report. We could not have put this publication together without your support and participation, and we hope that you enjoy receiving your copy of the Community Report.
"The work that you all do throughout our community is truly what makes Chiefs Kingdom such a special place."
10-year-old Vincent Houseman, who attended a training camp practice with a YMCA Challenger football team, participated in a helmet walk with Chiefs quarterback
Alex Smithand is featured on the cover of this year's report.
Will Shields, the newest Chiefs Hall of Famer who will be inducted later this year, spoke about what he liked most about the idea.
"To get [the fans] actually involved and be a part of it, see Arrowhead, but also get a chance for you to sit there and talk to them and be human in a sense," he explained. "I think that's what most people don't realize is that we're guys just like everyone else, so we got a chance to find out about some of our fans close up and personal."
Chiefs Season Ticket Member Leaves Draft Party with Ford Mustang from The Mothership
Kim Nichols was looking forward to the Chiefs Draft Day Party Thursday, but there is no way she could have expected what was to come.
In addition to catered food, music and a stage show hosted by the Voice of the Chiefs, Mitch Holthus, one of the marquee moments of the night was the 2015 Mustang giveaway presented by the Midwest Ford Dealers and Chiefs Kingdom Rewards as part of the program's launch.
To enter the 2015 Ford Mustang giveaway, Chiefs fans could log onto the Chiefs Kingdom Rewards website and use 25 of his or her earned points. Any fan could enter to win up to 10 entries.
From 10,000 submissions, three final contestants—Nichols, Debi Myer and Samantha Medlin—were selected to participate in the Draft Day Party festivities to win the car.
"I was totally freaked out in the very beginning when they called me," Nichols said. "It was really pretty cool."
GM John Dorsey impressed how draft board ‘peeled off' in Chiefs' favor from Chiefs Digest
A little less than 48 hours after the NFL Draft has the Chiefs feeling good about the results.
The Chiefs addressed positions of need with the nine selected players and the draft board fell the way the team hoped it would.
"I know you all don't like to hear this, but the way that board peeled off truly was a credit to the organization, the scouting department for getting that thing right," general manager John Dorsey said during Monday's conference call. "You all think I'm fooling you here, but that thing peeled off the way it was supposed to peel off and that's a tribute to those guys in that room who put in all those hours of hard work and days of hard work."
Dorsey says he and Reid were on same page in draft -- and it showed from FS Kansas City
It's damning on Dorsey that the issues the Chiefs had in April 2015 -- wideout, offensive line, secondary depth -- were largely the same ones they took into April 2014. But it is also to his credit, then, that those holes now appear to have some kind of spackle patched over the top, either by a known quantity or the promise of youth.
In the trenches? We're not sure how the battle will work out at center or guard, now that rookie Mitch Morse, a power-lifting stud who can play anywhere, is thrown into the mix. Yes, the ex-Mizzou star might've been a reach at pick No. 49, but with Morse and veterans Ben Grubb and Paul Fanaika on tap, the options and alternatives are unquestionably better than last fall, barring some doomsday scenario, suspensions, plague, locusts or some combination thereof. Injuries and Donald Stephenson's suspensions wound up completely blowing up whatever the plan was in May 2014 but, on paper, it now at least feels as if Dorsey and Reid have adequate cover.
If Marcus Peters (first round) and Steven Nelson (third) become as good as the Chiefs think they will, Kansas City is well-stocked at cornerback for the foreseeable future. The contracts of Sean Smith and Jamell Fleming expire at the end of this season and both players would become unrestricted free agents. Smith might be prohibitively expensive for the Chiefs to re-sign. By drafting two corners in the first three rounds, the Chiefs apparently agree.
2015 NFL Draft rewind: Overview of the Chiefs' selections from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs were previously known to interact with five of the nine draft selections, either at the NFL Scouting Combine, Pro Day workouts or a pre-draft visit. Those players are cornerback Marcus Peters, offensive lineman Mitch Morse, inside linebacker Ramik Wilson, defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches and wide receiver Da'Ron Brown.
Three draft selections flew under the media radar.
Wide receiver Chris Conley said during his post-selection media conference call he and the Chiefs interacted before the draft. Inside linebacker D.J. Alexander and tight end James O'Shaughnessy revealed they had pre-draft visits.
Cornerback Steven Nelson was the lone player to say he had no pre-draft interactions with the Chiefs.
Updated Chiefs depth chart: offense from ESPN
Did they get better? Did the Chiefs close the gap with the four-time defending AFC West champion Denver Broncos?
"I do think we're better," general manager John Dorsey said. "As we go into (training camp) now, I think we have a team we can compete (with). We can compete in the AFC West..."
...Let's take a look at the Chiefs' depth chart, going two- or three-deep as appropriate, as it stands. We'll start with the offense here and continue with the defense in a subsequent post.
Kiper gave a B-minus to six other teams as well. Seventeen teams received a better grade, so while B-minus might sound like a decent grade, only eight teams fared worse, in Kiper's opinion. His worst grade was a C-minus and that was just for one team, the Buffalo Bills.
Kiper's grade should be viewed in that light. But he looks favorably on several of the Chiefs' picks, including first-round cornerback Marcus Peters.
Kansas City lists just one kicker, 2014 undrafted free agent and Tulane grad Cairo Santos, on its current roster. He connected on 25 of 30 kicks in 2014 in 16 games, included a career-long 53-yard boot. The second-year pro also is listed as the kickoff specialist for the franchise, which is one area Ficken has been knocked.
The former Lions' leg, and accuracy, were rarely cause for complaint during a 2014 senior season that saw him connect on 24 of 29 field goals. Four of his five misses were blocked.
Track where former Rebels sign as undrafted free agents from The Clarion-Ledger
Bo Wallace believed Kansas City offered the best chance to make an NFL roster, so the former Ole Miss quarterback signed with the Chiefs minutes after the NFL Draft's seven rounds concluded on Saturday.
Kansas City currently has five quarterbacks on roster, including proven starter Alex Smith, former Georgia great Aaron Murray, Tyler Bray, Chase Daniel and Terrelle Pyror.
"Just from the things the team told us, we think it's the best situation to make a roster," Wallace wrote in a text. "That's all I can ask for."
Hampton Roads players get their shot at NFL from HamptonRoads.com
Their names weren't called by the time the NFL draft ended Saturday, but several players from South Hampton Roads will be headed to pro camps over the next week.
Linebacker Sage Harold (Ocean Lakes) signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker Travis Hughes (Kempsville) is headed to the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Phillip Sims (Oscar Smith) is headed to the Arizona Cardinals, and Norfolk State defensive tackle George Riddick (King's Fork) signed with Green Bay.
Long Beach Poly's Kaelin Clay, Earnest Pettway Land in NFL Camps from Gazette Newspapers
There are as many ways to make it to the NFL as there are roster spots, and two Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits took two very different routes to make it over the weekend, part of a group of four Moore League players to sign on draft weekend.
For Kaelin Clay and Earnest Pettway, the journey started at the same high school, and then took very different turns. Clay was drafted in the 6th round on Saturday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Pettway signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Roundup: Blessing in disguise for Brett Hundley from PAC-12.com
Undrafted, former Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson signed a free agent rookie deal with San Francisco, while Brian Blechen landed with the Panthers, Westlee Tonga to the Chiefs, Jacoby Hale to the Raiders and Greg Reese to Seahawks minicamp.
As for other teams in the Broncos' AFC West Division, the Kansas City Chiefs are second with 8.5 wins followed by the San Diego Chargers at 8.0 and the Oakland Raiders with new coach Jack Del Rio at 5.5.
Bates accepts minicamp invites from Texans, Redskins from The Shreveport Times
Bates is one of five former Tech players to receive minicamp invites. Linebacker Tony Johnson and cornerback Le'Vander Liggins will tryout for the Texans, offensive lineman Mitchell Bell will tryout for the Oakland Raiders and potentially the Redskins and quarterback Cody Sokol will tryout for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jayhawks Who Went on to Shine in the NFL from Rock Chalk Talk
Curtis McClinton - 1960 NFL Draft 10th Round selection of the Los Angeles Rams, and 1961 AFL Draft 14th Round selection of the Dallas Texans.
McClinton was a three time All Big Eight selection at Kansas, his star power so impressive that the Los Angeles Rams saw fit to draft him after only his junior season, a fact nearly unheard of in those days. The move was due to the rivalry the NFL found itself in with the fledgling AFL, which began play in 1960. This rivalry gave rise to a mad dash for the best players. McClinton chose to return to Kansas for his senior season though, and helped the Jayhawks win the first bowl game in the program's history - the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl. Following that game, McClinton was drafted by the Dallas Texans of the AFL where he would play running back and tight end. Added to a backfield with the AFL's best running back, Abner Haynes, and newly acquired quarterback, Len Dawson, McClinton helped the Texans become the most explosive offense in the league.
Former Falcons going pro from The Sentinel-Tribune
Gabe Martin, a linebacker, is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, while DJ Lynch, a linebacker, is expected to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. Defensive end Kendall Montgomery is expected to sign with the Miami Dophins.
Former Spiders' blocker Ruby hitting NFL/CFL fork in the road from The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Former UR QB Michael Strauss will attend the Kansas City Chiefs' minicamp.
Former UR outside linebacker Aaron Roane (West Point High) will attend the Pittsburgh Steelers' minicamp and former UR center Austin Gund will attend the Detroit Lions' minicamp.
Former James River High and William and Mary defensive tackle Jasper Coleman was invited to minicamps of the Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens.
NFL: Ex-Montgomery standout Reed signs with Packers from The Courier
"I talked to a lot of scouts before the draft, and I had a little hope that I might get drafted," Reed said. "When it came down to signing as a free agent, Green Bay called first."
Shane Fogarty Named Assistant Football Coach at Fordham from FordhamSports.com
In 2012 with the Rams, Fogarty coached tight end Dan Light at Fordham, who was named First Team All-Patriot League, as he hauled in 45 passes for 388 yards, the most for any Patriot League tight end and the most receptions for a tight end in Fordham history...
...Light recently signed a free agent contract with the Kansas City Chiefs while Murray served as the placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.
If trading down was the call, seldom had a message rung so loudly and clearly in real time. About five seconds after the Rams were on the clock for the 41st overall selection, the Kansas City Chiefs called with an offer -- and five other teams followed suit shortly thereafter. After a furious, five-and-a-half minute stretch of constant communication, Fisher, Snead and Demoff finalized a deal with the Carolina Panthers, moving down 16 spots in the second round while snagging extra picks in the third and sixth rounds.
Three Skyhawks heading to NFL from WBBJtv
Bell will showcase his talents with the Cincinnati Bengals. Sweeton signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Toure joined the Indianapolis Colts organization.
Local trio receive invites to NFL rookie minicamps from The Beaumont Enterprise
Roberts, a 6-foot-3-inch, 187 pound receiver who was considered to be a late round draft pick, accepted an invite to the Kansas City Chiefs minicamp.
THE NFL DRAFT: AMERICAN HUSTLE from Sports On Earth
The celebration doesn't last long, though. Leslie refuses to sign with Minnesota, putting the agents in a precarious position. They've already told the Vikings that Leslie will do the deal, and they risk their reputation by reneging. Smith gets on the phone with Leslie, who wants to play for Kansas City instead. Brennan calls up his Chiefs contact to see if they're still interested, but another player has filled the spot. Smith tries to explain the situation to Leslie during a tense 10-minute phone call. Finally, the wideout agrees to sign with the Vikings.
You probably never even realized Star Wars took place at Sanford Stadium, or that Georgia coach Mark Richt was such an amazing actor, but now you do thanks to Chris Conley.
Conley is also exceedingly intelligent. He understands the importance of education and wrote a personal letter to Bulldogs fans after his career was over.
"I would like to set an example that we as people should have a goal to unite families, neighborhoods, and cities for the well-being of our state and then our country. Call me an idealist but I believe that all it takes for change to take root is a willing participant and the faith that it will happen. That same willingness and faith is what allowed a 2-3 star recruit to defy the odds and contribute at the greatest school in the country. Let us be the change we want to see in our homes, cities, and state. I am standing with you all."
Is he making any other movies?
Several undrafted rookie free agents to sign with Cleveland Browns from The Norwalk Reflector
Kent State tight end Casey Pierce is heading to the Detroit Lions, he announced on Twitter. Akron linebacker Justin March struck a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, his agent tweeted. And Akron running back Jawon Chisholm has reportedly been invited to the Pittsburgh Steelers' rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
Saints come marching in for former Marble Falls lineman from The River Cities Sunday Tribune
But then Lemon, who was a four-year starter at right guard for the University of North Texas, was flooded with calls from front offices around the league asking him if he'd like to sign a free agent contract and head to their camp. Among the callers were the Dallas Cowboys, the Chicago Bears, the Atlanta Falcons, the Miami Dolphins, the Kansas City Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints.
In the end, Lemon chose New Orleans, the city he left as an eighth-grader to escape Hurricane Katrina, though returning to Louisiana wasn't really a factor in his decisions, he said.
KAZ'S KORNER from The RecordLive
Former West Orange-Stark and Lamar standout wide receiver Mark Roberts accepted an invitation to the Kansas City Chiefs' upcoming mini-camp after not getting drafted in the late rounds as expected. However, he's going to a team that was very short on talented wide receivers last season and should get a long, hard look by the Chiefs' coaching staff.
Boyko hopes to fly with NFL's Eagles from The Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Boyko isn't the only St. Joseph alumnus trying his hand at the NFL this coming season. Jorgen Hus, a longsnapper, recently signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.