Seven Takeaways from Head Coach Andy Reid's Saturday Conference Call from The Mothership
Reid said that the first-team offensive line played "decently" against the Seahawks.
"With the exception of probably three or four plays there I thought they did a decent job," Reid said. "Again, there's some young-guy mistakes those two probably made that they can make a play. For the most part, they were strong. Donald [Stephenson] got to play the left tackle position, which I thought was good. Grubbs did a nice job at the guard spot.
Reid passed along some individual evaluations.
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif: "It was great to get Larry in there and get some work. I know the screen play kind of looked weird, but the whole thing was kind of weird by the position in the back had to come out on. He did some nice things, and then there are some things he can improve on which he will."
Paul Fanaika: "It was good to see Fanaika at the right tackle spot; I thought he held his own. There were a couple hiccups there, but for just doing it for a couple days I thought he did a nice job."
Head Coach Andy Reid on Dee Ford: "He really did a good job." from The Mothership
"What we're trying to do was we wanted to get Dee a start," head coach Andy Reid said in a conference call on Saturday. "Let's see how he handles that and get him some extended playing time where we're not having to rotate him.
"Tamba (who is entering his 10th NFL season) has been busting his tail all camp and gotten plenty of reps. He's been doing this for a couple of years so I'm not really worried about him. I wanted to see how Dee handled that."
Reid felt Ford, who has yet to start a regular season game in his career, took advantage of the opportunity bestowed upon him.
"I really thought overall he really did a good job," Reid said. "He made plays."
Chiefs DL Mike Catapano: "I felt the pulse of the crowd immediately" from The Mothership
Catapano seemed to have a lot of fun on the field, as he was a part of arguably the biggest play of the game.
The Seahawks were driving deep in Chiefs territory and were facing a third-and-goal from the 2-yard line. The Chiefs were leading 14-10 and trying to preserve that lead.
Off the snap, Catapano shot through the backfield and brought down the running back for a loss of 7 yards on the play, forcing a field goal instead of a touchdown.
"You can't explain it," Catapano said of the feeling he had when he made that play. "That's some of the best parts of football. You can't explain that feeling.
"As soon as I got him, I felt the pulse of the crowd immediately. I don't know if it was a cool-looking celebration or what, I just went wild out there."
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The Lost Chief: Remembering Joe Delaney from Grantland
There at the south end of Chennault Park in Monroe, Louisiana, in the shade of a tree along the bank, sat Joe Delaney, 24-year-old running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, just two days away from moving with his wife and three daughters back up to Missouri for his third NFL season. He heard cries for help and, still wearing his flip-flops, he handed his wallet to the woman next to him, ran into the water ... and disappeared.
Chiefs S Eric Berry cherishes emotional return to Arrowhead Stadium from Chiefs Digest
"I'm happy for the kid," coach Andy Reid said of the moment during a Saturday afternoon media conference call. "I mean, that's where I'm at with him. I'm ecstatic that he can just be out there and play. I'm ecstatic that he's got life, and there's a point there you weren't sure when you initially hear about it. You're not sure is he going to live or die, that's kind of what it is. Now he's back playing, he's beat this thing and that's a beautiful thing anyway you look at it."
While he didn't record a tackle, Berry totaled 21 snaps Friday night, an increase of the eight snaps he played in the preseason opener, and he saw a lot of action in the nickel package with the second-team defense.
The Chiefs have eased in Berry's workload throughout training camp. And Friday night's snap count reflects the focus to closely oversee the former first-team All-Pro as he returns to top conditioning.
"All those emotions and things that come along with the game, you get it just riding through the parking lot. You have to be a Kansas City Chief to understand how that feels. Like I said, everybody is grilling out, having a good time. The kids are out there with jerseys on throwing the football. But every time you come through it's like they know when the players come and they stop and they wave and they just give so many words of encouragement on the way to the stadium, it's almost like a pregame pep talk. So just seeing those guys out there does a lot for me emotionally.''
Chiefs' Eric Berry revels in smells of Arrowhead Stadium from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The simple fact that Berry is healthy makes his story a success. That he is back playing the game he loves eight months after diagnosis makes it downright astonishing.
But he's not just playing, either. Berry is flourishing. He began working with rookies and long shots in training camp, but has slowly moved up the pecking order, spending most of his time lately with the No. 2 defense. But against the Seahawks, he was on the field several snaps with the starters, especially when they used an extra defensive back in nickel packages.
"I think the coaches are doing a great job of easing me back in and just being alert for in-game situations," he said. "It's actually good to get out there during a game, and see everything live, and see everything fast, because there is a difference between practice and a game.
"I'm glad I get to see that when I come out here on the field."
Notebook: Chiefs offensive line remains fluid after second preseason contest from Chiefs Digest
Reid confirmed rookie wide receiver Chris Conley's punt return 2 yards deep in the end zone late in the fourth quarter was by design. Conley was able to get out the end zone before being brought down at the 3-yard line.
"We wanted him to return it, really, at all costs, even though it was at that period of the game," Reid said. "So he kind of did what he was told to do there."
Conley previously talked to ChiefsDigest.com about that play and why he returned an earlier kickoff 9 yards deep in the end zone.
Quarterback: Alex Smith 39, Chase Daniel 20, Aaron Murray 14. Did not play:Tyler Bray. Smith got more plays than is typical for a starting quarterback in the second quarter, but still played just the first half. He will probably play into the third quarter in next week's game but might not get as many snaps.
Running back: Knile Davis 40, Charcandrick West 21, Spencer Ware 18, Anthony Sherman 8, Jamaal Charles 8, Darrin Reaves 2. Davis played more snaps than any Chiefs player, offense or defense. He didn't get much work in last week's game after leaving early with a sore knee.
Chiefs DE Mike Catapano announces presence in Terminator fashion from Chiefs Digest
"You see me in the backfield because of preparation, that's hard work and determination," Catapano said after the game. "That's the kind of player I am. I'm just going to keep coming. I'm like the Terminator; you're going to have to kill me to stop me."
And very much like a T-800, Catapano was relentless Friday night.
The third-year pro out of Princeton penetrated the pocket, impervious to blockers, and helped stuff running plays en route to three total tackles (one solo) and a team-high 39 snaps on defense in the Chiefs 14-13 win.
Former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber interviewed Peterson on the sideline during Minnesota's 20-12 preseason win against the Oakland Raiders on Saturday night. Leber reminded Peterson about Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles saying he was the LeBron James of the NFL. When Leber asked Peterson who he would be if Charles was the James of the NFL, Peterson didn't miss a beat.
"I'm the LeBron," he said, smiling.
This isn't the first time Peterson has poked fun at another running back who dared to call himself the best.
Chiefs fans' three choices for touchdown songs, analyzed from Sporting News
Hands. Down. Favorite. Why?
1) DJ Kool isn't just a name; it's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
2) Too often, the NFL whitewashes its musical offerings, despite a player demographic that may like some respite from country music icons and white dudes. Yes, the NFL has to remember its fan base — predominately white, male and middle-aged — but this song represents the best of both worlds. No one can hear "Let Me Clear My Throat" and not get at least a little more pep in their step.
3) It's a call to action. Jump! it tells you. And while fans at Arrowhead never need an excuse to get rowdy, a celebration song should inspire. DJ Kool's words and rhythm will make fans jump, dance and act the fool. And what is football fandom without a little foolery?
Free-agent guard Evan Mathis reportedly left Seattle without a contract Saturday.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had confirmed Friday that Mathis would visit Seattle, and FOX Sports reported Saturday night that the Pro Bowl guard had a good visit but left without a deal.
Eric Berry return to Arrowhead Stadium was 'emotionally' charged from CBS Sports
"It's almost like a pre-pep game talk. Just seeing those guys out there, it does a lot for me emotionally."
Berry also got an actual pre-game pep talk from the Chiefs, in video form.
A very cool scene in Kansas City for a guy described as a "superhero" by teammates during the process of battling cancer and getting back to football.
On defense, your job is typically this: go after the guy with the football and tackle him. If you're on offense, you don't typically make a tackle unless your quarterback happens to toss an interception. That didn't stop the Kansas City Chiefs from giving it a try on Friday:
That's running back Jamaal Charles, catching a short pass and turning hopefully upfield, where he was set to attempt a 3rd and long play. Charles is one of the more difficult-to-tackle running backs in the league, and apparently offensive tackle Laurent Duvernay-Tardif really wanted a piece of that tackling action. So he was right in Charles' way and in what seemed like an effort to keep him upright actually sort of tackled him. Hey, at least it's preseason, right?
Duvernay-Tardif passes the test from Le Journal de Montreal [translated from the original French]
Friday night, at the second exhibition game of the Kansas City Chiefs, number 76 is aligned to the right guard position on the first offensive unit.
In a gain from 14 to 13 of his own against the Seattle Seahawks, the sixth-round pick in 2014, however, saw a release in two stages.
During the first series in the attack, the 24-year-old has had trouble with defensive tackle Brandon Mebane on. It has also passed a quarterback sack at his expense.
Subsequently, the medical student got up and showed a lot of character by making a few key games.