2016 NFL Scouting Combine: Day Two Recap from The Mothership
Here are a few notes from Thursday:
Quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends arrived on Wednesday, and they'll go through their official measurements and meet with the media on Thursday
Offensive linemen, running backs and special teamers will go through their psychological testing and will also perform the bench press
Special teamers will do their on-field workouts on Thursday as well
Defensive linemen and linebackers arrived and will go through their medical checks and orientation
In addition to all of the evaluations taking place, many companies ranging from workout and fitness businesses, to technology and analytics groups have displays and rooms open to explain what they do and how they can help these players
Chiefs GM John Dorsey addressed the media during his 15-minute presser that aired on NFL Network, and then spoke with local reporters for another 15 minutes out in the hallway right after that
Chiefs GM John Dorsey: "We Aren't Going to Let Good Football Players Go" from The Mothership
Two of the players Dorsey was asked about specifically were safety
Eric Berryand linebacker Derrick Johnson, who were both named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.
Dorsey provided an update on their status.
"Eric's agent and I have had really good discussions the last couple weeks," Dorsey explained. "We will continue to build on those discussions as we speak. I'm scheduled to meet with him this weekend in Indianapolis. It's a process.
"It will continually move on, and we'll see what happens when we get to that time."
Chiefs GM John Dorsey Addresses Chase Daniel, Backup QB Situation from The Mothership
Chiefs general manager John Dorsey spoke at the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday afternoon to address the team's backup QB situation.
"We've had Chase here for three years," said Dorsey. "I think Chase is a very competitive player. I think we were very lucky to have him as our number two quarterback. Just a couple hours ago, I've had discussions with his agent. Going to see where they were in the process."
What We Learned From Chiefs GM John Dorsey at the Scouting Combine from The Mothership
Without Andy Reid here, how has that changed the interactions with the players? The formal interviews and the informal interview process?
"We've been in this program now for four years, and we've built this thing. We understand from a personnel staff what the coaches want in specific players, and I think the coaching staff understands what we want from a personnel side, and we mesh together. We understand each other and we trust each other. I don't think the process has changed one bit. I miss having Andy here, and here's why: because what's nice is when we sit down in the 60-player interview room, it's always nice to have him there because he does a nice job of just understanding players of what their worth is."
Is there any consideration to potentially use Skype or even FaceTime?
"Actually what we've done in terms of player interviews, this year what we've done, we've worked out a system where he'll be able to see the interviews. What we could've done - I wanted to see if we could do FaceTime in here, but I don't think he'd like that FaceTime thing."
So heading into the 2016 season, where does Paolantonio believe the Chiefs will finish this year?
"When you look at it, San Diego is kind of rebuilding. Denver, who is playing quarterback? Their defense is still going to be good, although they may be losing Demarcus Ware.
"The Chiefs are going to be right there, man. They'll be right there again."
But who is going to win the division, Sal?
"I'm going to go with the Chiefs," he proclaimed. "I'm going to stick with them. I'll stick with it ‘till I get it right!"
Doug Pederson Says Alex Smith Will Benefit from Co-Offensive Coordinators from The Mothership
Smith had more yards passing (3,486) and yards rushing (498) in 2015 than in any other year of his career. He broke a franchise record with 312 consecutive passes without an interception, which was also the second-longest streak in NFL history (Tom Brady, 358).
Smith's success has in large part been attributed to the continuity of the offensive staff over the past three years - something he hadn't experienced before in his career. He had seven offensive coordinators and six quarterback coaches in the first eight years of his career before joining the Chiefs.
He has now thrived under the same head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach over the past three years, but with Pederson now gone, the best thing moving forward was to try and make things as seamless as possible.
Chiefs GM John Dorsey ‘working like the dickens' to retain key free agents from The Kansas City Star
Dorsey has expressed admiration for all three players - plus outside linebacker Tamba Hali, defensive end Mike DeVito and defensive tackle Jaye Howard - each of whom played a role in a 2015 season that saw them rebound from a 1-5 start to win their last 10 regular-season games and their first playoff game in 22 years.
"I told you ... if I could sign all of them, I would," Dorsey said. "These are really special guys here, now.
"I'm scheduled to meet with him this weekend in Indianapolis and it's a process," Dorsey said. "It will continually move on and we'll see what happens when we get to that time."
Berry comes off an All-Pro season and was recognized as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year after returning to football less than a year removed from being diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
He appeared in all 16 regular-season games with 15 starts, totaling 61 tackles (55 solo), two interceptions and 10 passes defensed.
The Chiefs in all likelihood prefer to have a deal done to prevent Berry from testing the open market, and have a tool to utilize if necessary.
If the Chiefs have their backup on their roster and it's not Daniel, they would go with either Tyler Bray or Aaron Murray. Neither has played in a regular-season game since joining the Chiefs, Bray as an undrafted free agent from Tennessee in 2013 and Murray as a fifth-round draft pick from Georgia in 2014.
Bray missed all of last season after tearing his ACL playing basketball the previous January, but he returned to practice late in the season.
Chiefs' GM says Jamaal Charles ‘important piece' moving forward from The Kansas City Star
"Before I left to come here to Indianapolis, I saw Jamaal down there diligently working in the training room, and all of a sudden I come back down stairs and he's in the weight room," Dorsey said. "I think he's far enough ahead in the process here which is good, it's good for everybody."
Still, Dorsey praised the work of young backs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, who combined to rush for 10 touchdowns and a 4.5 yards-per-carry average last season.
The Chiefs don't necessarily need Charles' eventual replacement on the roster this season, but their draft habit has been to prepare for potential position shortages a year ahead of time. That's why they drafted left tackle Eric Fisher in the first round in 2013 when they had a Pro Bowl left tackle in Brandon Albert, and linebacker Dee Ford in the first round the next year when they had two Pro Bowl pass rushers in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.
The Chiefs probably won't make running back a priority in this draft, but possibly in a later round. ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said this draft contains a few running back prospects who would fit well in Andy Reid's offense.
Chiefs express interest in bringing back S Tyvon Branch from Chiefs Digest
The Kansas City Chiefs have three safeties scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the league's new calendar year begins on March 9.
And at least one of the three players is confirmed to be on the radar while the Chiefs are at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The Chiefs have expressed interest in bringing back Tyvon Branch, a source on Thursday told ChiefsDigest.com and The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Chiefs' GM says Justin Houston, Tamba Hali recently had injury ‘procedures' from The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs said trainer Rick Burkholder will elaborate on those procedures some point this offseason, but what is currently known is that Houston - who finished the 2015 season with 7 1/2 sacks - missed the last five games of the regular season, and re-injured the knee in the Chiefs' 30-0 Wild Card Game win over the Houston Texans.
"He got re-injured on that one play, and he wasn't the same the rest of that game and that next game," said David Chao, a former NFL team physician. "That wasn't him."
However, Chao said Houston's hyperextended knee is something that allows for full recovery.
"Yeah, (it just takes) time, and that's without surgery," Chao said. "He just didn't have enough time."
Andy Reid didn't come to the NFL's annual scouting combine this year because of knee replacement surgery. The Kansas City Chiefs are trying to still make him a part of one of most important parts of the process, the 60 interviews they are allowed to conduct with combine prospects.
"We've worked out a system where he'll be able to see the interviews," said general manager John Dorsey, who then waved his cell phone. "I wanted to see if we could FaceTime him here but I don't think he'd like that FaceTime."
Justin Houston had a knee scope from ProFootballTalk
There's no word on whether Houston will miss any of the team's offseason schedule, although that's probably less of a concern for the Chiefs than having Houston feeling 100 percent when it comes time for training camp this summer.
These NFL fan bases know their why (they want RGIII) from The Washington Post
Kansas City, San Francisco, Denver and Dallas are among the teams most often mentioned as possible landing spots for Griffin, but fans of more than half the teams in the NFL have showered Griffin with love on Twitter since Valentine's Day, practically begging him to sign with their favorite franchise. Based on a completely unscientific study of the replies to Griffin's tweets over the past 10 days - i.e., counting the replies that mentioned a specific team - Cowboys fans are the most thirsty for Griffin's services, followed by Texans fans, Redskins fans who hope he never leaves, Broncos fans, Rams fans and Eagles fans.
NFL Rumors: Could Eagles sign Eric Berry? from NJ.com
Another reason the Eagles could go after Berry is new head coach Doug Pederson.
Pederson comes from the Kansas City Chiefs, so he saw first hand the impact Berry had on the defense, both on-and-off the field. Berry was known as one of the top leaders on the Chiefs' defense, and could be a complete game changer for the Eagles.
Whether the Eagles get a chance to offer Berry a deal remains to be seen.
KC Wolf makes special trip to St. Joseph from The St. Joseph News-Press
Part of the Diversicare of St. Joseph meeting room was decked out in Kansas City Chiefs red and yellow balloons. The white sheet cake had "Go Chiefs" in red icing letters. Many of the residents were in Chiefs shirts and caps waiting for the special guest.
At 2 p.m. sharp, KC Wolf burst into the room to the crowd's cheers. He came by special request of Miles, who is a Diversicare resident and also a Crossroads Hospice patient.
Pamela Thompson, provider relations for Crossroads Hospice, said granting such requests is part of their Gift Of A Day program.
Jim Marsalis of Pascagoula played cornerback for Tennessee State and went on to play for the Kansas City Chiefs (1969-76) and the New Orleans Saints (1977). He was selected as 1969 AFL Defensive Rookie of the Year by "Pro Football Weekly" and helped defeat the Minnesota Vikings in the last World Championship game played between the AFL Champions and those of the National Football League.
Former member of Chiefs talks at church on Sunday from The Daily Star-Journal
Born in Chillicothe, Colin Brown, 30, 6-7, played ball for the Missouri University Tigers, turned pro and played in 2009 for the Chiefs. In 2010, he played for the Hartford Colonials, on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad and for the Buffalo Bills, where he finished a four-year stint in 2013.
Brown then turned his focus on church work.
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