Poe's workload has steadily increased since the beginning of the season, thanks to injuries to Jaye Howard and Allen Bailey — two thirds of the "Three Amigos." Jones must continue to master the defense, but the increased workload over the last few weeks will only help him. Nunez-Roches got the start — and played with a ton of energy — but Reyes actually outsnapped him. King made his first appearance as a Chief.
He provides experienced depth along the line while Jaye Howard recuperates from a hip flexor injury. Howard missed Sunday's game at Carolina.
"I know he's looking forward to getting back in," Reid said. "We upped the workload last week, and he felt pretty good."
The Broncos will now play four out of their six division games in primetime. The AFC West is currently a three-team race that could go a number of different ways, so these games will be ultra important to these teams and will help decide who wins the division and who and who does not advance to the postseason.
"He has a lot of tools,’’ quarterback Alex Smith said. "This isn’t a guy that I think you can box in as a speed guy, a quickness guy, an inside guy, a bubble guy. He can do a lot and I think he showed a lot of that today, (with) route-running, yards after the catch. He’s made plays with the ball down the field.’’
Those words confirm what David Culley, Reid’s longtime receivers coach, said about Hill during the bye week. Culley said Hill has the potential to be a starting outside receiver in this offense, either at the "X" or "Z" spots, with the latter being the premier position. "We’d been increasing it every week," Reid said. "It’s kind of according to the game plan. But I would tell you this; we’re not hesitant to put him in there and play him." Indeed. Since week two, Hill’s snaps have risen steadily every week, cresting in his season-high workload Sunday.
After four straight games in which he was inactive, Travis not only logged 17 snaps — a season-high for him — it was also the most of any third Chiefs tight end all season. My hunch? The Chiefs dialed up more three-tight end sets to counter a fast and physical front seven that posed a threat to Alex Smith.
But Reid’s offense is not why Kansas City has a league-best 17 wins in its last 19 regular-season outings. Kansas City’s playmaking defense is. Since Week 7 of 2015, the Chiefs have an NFL-high 45 takeaways. Their offense has scored more than 90 points off turnovers (second only to Carolina). More than 50 of those points have come on possessions that began in opponent’s territory.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been fined $24,309 by the NFL after he protested a non-call by mockingly chucking his towel toward an official and being ejected.
In the third quarter of the Broncos’ win at New Orleans, Sambrailo replaced Stephenson. The move was made in large part because Stephenson has not played well upon his return. The Broncos signed Stephenson off the free-agent market with a three-year, $14 million contract that pays him $6 million this season, although his final two years are not guaranteed. "All I can say is it looked like Donald struggled at times, but we went into the game saying Ty was going to play some,’’ Kubiak said. "That’s nothing against Donald, it’s probably more Ty working his tail off and getting himself in position to contribute to the team.’’
"We’ll just pick up where we left off last week and see how he’s doing," Reid explained of Houston, who was taken off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Wednesday and was a limited participant in practice all last week. "If he can get in there and roll, then he’ll get in there and roll. If he can’t, then he can’t."