"To have Justin back, man, it’s a good move for us. We can keep pushing, keep doing what we’re doing as a team, keep building, keep grinding, and get going — and try and get this ring." To Hemingway, Houston is not just the best defensive player on the Chiefs, but the best in the league.
It’d be easy to expect the play to be one of the 22 sacks he accumulated, which was a record for the franchise, but that’s not the case. "My favorite play was against the Denver Broncos at home (Week 13)," Houston recalled. "When [Emmanuel Sanders] ran into the backfield and then started back towards the flat. I've seen that play before, coach Reid runs plays like that all the time in camp."
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite, who played at Washburn, were among the hundreds of people on hand for the World Horseshoe Tournament on Saturday at the Expocentre. And after watching the junior and cadet divisions compete on national TV, they decided to get a few throws in themselves. They’d both be the first to tell you they made the right choice in playing football. "I’m a pretty serious competitor," Kelce said. "So I’d grade my performance as terrible. This definitely isn’t my sport."
Time will tell on Gregory, but Houston serves as a reminder that these draft picks not just evolve physically during their pro careers, but also from a maturation perspective. Houston has not only developed into arguably Kansas City’s best player, but also has proven to have the kind of character a team wants to build around. There’s a natural temptation to want to assess a team’s draft pick-by-pick immediately after it takes place, but players are dynamic and can change over time. Houston is an example of that.
The first-ever Justin March-Lillard football camp presented by the Danville YMCA was held at the Wayland-Young Athletic Complex on a very hot and humid day. But nearly 100 children took part in football drills and playing flag-football games during the camp. "This meant everything to me,’’ March-Lillard said. "This is the first time that I’ve really been back in my hometown since joining the Kansas City Chiefs.
The AFC West is one of the top divisions in terms of the outside linebacker position. In Kansas City you have two of the NFL’s top pass-rushers in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. The Denver Broncos have two household names in Von Miller and veteran DeMarcus Ware. The Oakland Raiders’ outlook at the outside linebacker position is the best it’s been in years with Khalil Mack. Then you have the San Diego Chargers … and let’s just say they’re looking for answers. So who are the best and the worst of these destroyers of offense? Bear in mind this is based off of last year.