Chiefs Positional Preview: Examining the Receivers, Tight Ends from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs made a concerted effort to add new pieces to the receiver and tight end positions this offseason.
Altogether, there are eight new faces currently on the roster at these two respective positions.
After several veteran departures over the past few months, the opportunity for any of these new players to step up and contribute is right there for the taking.
The departed veterans combined for 1,958 offensive snaps last season, which means training camp is going to be crucial in the development of the new faces that will be taking over these snaps in 2015.
Here are a few storylines to follow throughout training camp:
Behind the Lens: The Best of Chiefs Cheer from The Mothership
Gameday at Arrowhead
Chiefs 24, Jets 10
Date: November 2, 2014
Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 400
Exposure Time: 1/2,000
Taken By: Jason Bradwell
Sanders' comments: "My favorite thing about this photo is the selective focus. That flag that we use to celebrate after touchdowns is right in between the cheerleaders. You have the spirit that the girls are showing and if I see that, I can really feel the excitement in the crowd and it's one of those things that really gets me excited about this picture. It's a small detail like that. It makes you just want to hear the crowd roar. I always tell my photographers to look for the picture behind the picture. They might have been shooting a picture of the cheerleaders, but that flag came across and it really framed up quite nicely."
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston's return carries plenty of positives from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs entered Wednesday with $536,899 in remaining cap space, according to the NFLPA Salary Cap Report.
Houston's deal, however, now gives the Chiefs "$8.63M of salary cap room" in 2015, according to Joel Corry, a contract and salary cap expert for CBS Sports.
That is obviously good money to have heading into the season with a total of 29 players in the final year of their respective contracts.
"I feel that we have enough flexibility to where we'll be able to do more deals," Dorsey said during Wednesday's media conference call. "That's what you do."
NFL rumors roundup from ESPN
Mathis was released at a poor time to cash in with another team, as most teams had already used most of their cap space, but the Pro Bowler will certainly have suitors. A month ago, ESPN's John Clayton mentioned the Colts, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers as the "main teams looking at Mathis."
Adam Teicher, Kansas City Chiefs: It's time to look to someone other than Manning, who looked old and tired and every bit the broken-down quarterback at the end of last season. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is another obvious candidate, but I'm not sure the team around him is good enough to win the AFC West. I've boiled my options down to two pass-rushers: Denver's Von Miller and Kansas City's Justin Houston. I'll give it to Miller just because the Broncos are the four-time defending division champions and I'm not certain the Chiefs are good enough to catch them.
Morgan State grad Greg Barnett helped negotiate Justin Houston's record $101 million deal from The Baltimore Sun
An NFL agent since 2004 who also represents St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) and Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount Saint Joseph), Barnett recruited Houston out of the University of Georgia. He negotiated this blockbuster deal in tandem with powerful NFL agent Joel Segal and edged out Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt's six-year, $100 million deal that included $30.9 million guaranteed.
"It was nerve-wracking, a long day of negotiating and we've been working on this since the scouting combine," Barnett told The Baltimore Sun. "We finalized the deal Tuesday night. I was actually in the emergency room until I got my blood pressure down and had to jump on a plane to Kansas City with Justin to come out there and take a physical and go over to the facility and go over the final language and sign his contract. It was a long process, a lot of final numbers, a lot of offset language and roster bonuses, lots of details, but it's very rewarding to see this happen for Justin."
The Georgia product was in the news yesterday for signing a long-term contract and the two were in headlines together recently as John Clayton's No. 1 pass rushing duo, as you can see above.
"Proud of these guys. @tambahali @jhouston50 ESPN ranks them #1 pass rush duo in NFL. My next goal? Get some HTTR on that list!!!!" Kim captioned the photo.
Natchitoches to host early ‘Delaney' screening from The Monroe News Star
A Tuesday evening, Aug. 4 screening will be held on the Northwestern State campus of the eagerly anticipated film "Delaney," part of ESPN Films' 30 for 30 Shorts series, telling the remarkable story of the late, heroic two-sport All-American Demons' star athlete Joe Delaney.
Tickets priced at $10 will be on sale at the NSUDemons.com website for a 6:30 p.m. reception and the 7 p.m. screening hosted by the film's producer/director Grant Curtis, along with the Demons Unlimited Foundation, at NSU's Magale Recital Hall.
NFL assisted living facility in Ocoee a tribute to a widow's love from The Orlando Sentinel
"We know a lot of families of NFL players with dementia who have struggled to find appropriate long-term care, who have been turned away," said Christopher Nowinski, one of the leading advocates for studying the long-term effects of head trauma among athletes. "They develop dementia at a younger age, and are large and physically fit. Some places don't want to take on the risk of violence."
There's another sad twist in these stories. Players are reluctant to reach out. "Pride," said former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski, one of the guys holding shovels on Thursday.
Jaworski saw the combustible clash of pride and pain with his former Kansas City Chiefs roommate Mike Webster, who died in 2002 at age 50 after developing CTE. He ended up broke, sleeping in bus terminals or in cars and gulping down painkillers.
Former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver is listed as the 7-2 favorite for this year's tournament, which tees off Friday at Edgewood Tahoe South. Rypien, the defending champion, is next at 5-1, followed by a pair of retired baseball pitchers in John Smoltz (6-1) and Rick Rhoden (8-1).
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is 40-1, along with actor Justin Timberlake. Blake Bortles (50-1) of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs (100-1) round out the active starting quarterbacks in the field.