Q: How is Jamaal [Charles] looking?
CHILDRESS: "He's looking good. He battled through some things yesterday. It's always different when you have people at your feet. All the rehab that you do. Seven on seven is more of an air thing. You saw him running through the line of scrimmage with some contested people. You have to find out some things about what you can do. He's probably working through some natural soreness. He'll spend more time on that leg and do more football-type movements. It's like a quarterback, you're seeing these sore arms showing up around the NFL right now. You never quite get on it in the summertime like you do when there is coaches and real players around. You're not throwing to your wife, neighbor or somebody like that anymore. It's like that with Jamaal when he's in there and needs to do something a little faster."
The offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders, and while defenses it's facing aren't game planning, the Chiefs offense isn't either. The coaches are still holding some of their cards close to the vest, as co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress explained on Wednesday afternoon.
"We're really cognizant of what we put in at training camp and what we're holding on to, and really not putting out there—saving it for the real time," Childress explained of the offense this preseason.
It's a good sign that they're finding success with the plays that they're calling during these games—that's exactly what you want to see—but they still need to mix it up each week to get into the rhythm they'll go through when the regular season arrives in just a couple of weeks.
Five Chiefs struck this comical pose following Tuesday's practice, but the reason behind the photo makes it even more interesting.
Throughout their years of collegiate football, these Chiefs have all played under Butch Jones, the current head coach of the University of Tennessee, at some point throughout their playing careers. They used this photo as a tribute to their former coach.
"We wanted to take a picture for Butch Jones because we all played for him at some point in time," Chiefs offensive lineman Zach Fulton said. "[Frank] Zombo kind of rounded us up and facilitated all of it."
Ron Parker, Marcus Peters step up for Chiefs in meeting room with Eric Berry gone from The Kansas City Star
At safety, Ron Parker and Daniel Sorensen have gotten starts. Earlier in camp, Sorensen pointed the finger at Parker as a source for the younger players.
"He's really stepped into the leadership role as opposed to years past," Sorensen said.
Among defensive backs, only Berry has more NFL years than Parker, who is beginning his sixth. The first two were spent with the Raiders, Panthers and Seahawks. Parker joined the Chiefs for the 2013 season and has been a starter each of the past two seasons at safety and cornerback.
He takes his leadership role seriously.
Notes from Chiefs Wednesday practice from Chiefs Digest
Toub used a Chicago reference earlier in training camp, comparing the speed of Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill to Bears kick returner Devin Hester. Toub said Hill has more speed, but reminded everyone Wednesday that Hester is still the champ.
"I said that, but Tyreek has got a long, long way to go to be in the same category as a Devin Hester," Toub said. "You got to do it on the field. He hasn't broken out yet, it hasn't happened in a game. We've seen some spurts in practices and stuff like that but he's got a long way to go."
Hill in the preseason has returned two punts for four yards and three kickoffs for 74 yards. Those numbers aren't in Hester's league, though it's very early.
Hill admitted to some jitters for the opening preseason game against Seattle.
"On the big stage," he said, "everyone is watching."
But while Davis may only be the Chiefs' fourth-best back, he's one of their 53 best players. He also is a dangerous kickoff returner, as he showed in last season's playoff win over Houston, so Davis still has value. Does he make it to the regular season?Yes, unless the Chiefs can acquire a draft pick from another team in a trade.
Jamaal Charles,Tamba Hali getting acclimated to practice at different speeds from The Kansas City Star
The difference between running back Jamaal Charles and outside linebacker Tamba Hali working their way back to full speed at practice after recovering and rehabbing surgically repaired knees could be the difference between being the hittee and the hitter.
For Charles, operating confidently in traffic is the objective.
Chiefs release veterans Mike Williams and Stevie Brown from The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs have until Tuesday to cut their roster from 90 to 75 men, and the club got a jump start on it by releasing veterans Mike Williams and Stevie Brown on Wednesday night.
Brown, 29, has played in 55 games for the Raiders, Colts and Giants, with 20 career starts. He sat out the 2015 season after being waived by the Texans and Giants within a four-month period, but he has a reputation as a big hitter and was signed by the Chiefs in April.
Chiefs release WR Mike Williams and S Stevie Brown from Chiefs Digest
The Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Mike Williams and safety Steve Brown, the team announced Wednesday evening...
...The transactions leave the Chiefs with 88 players on the roster. Teams must cut down to 75 players before 3 p.m. central time Aug. 30.
For most if not all of his 17 seasons as an NFL head coach, the first 14 with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reid entered the season with a good idea of who his starting quarterback and backup would be.
That's certainly true for his time with the Chiefs. For three seasons, Smith was the No. 1 and Chase Daniel the No. 2. With Daniel now in Philadelphia, it's Smith 1 and Foles 2.
Chiefs release Mike Williams, Stevie Brown from ProFootballTalk
A pair of veterans hoping to revive their careers in Kansas City got word from the Chiefs that it isn't going to happen.
The Chiefs announced Wednesday night that they have released wide receiver Mike Williams and safety Stevie Brown.
Chiefs Hall of Famer reappointed to Sports Complex Authority from The Kansas City Business Journal
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon reappointed Deron Cherry to a five-year term on the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority.
The authority is a five-member panel that oversees maintenance, operation and finance of the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex, which is the home of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.
Spread Awakening from The Ringer
For the past three seasons, longtime NFL coach and current Kansas City co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress had one of the most unusual gigs in the league: His title was "spread game analyst," and his job was to study the trends popping up across all levels of football and keep Chiefs coaches and talent evaluators informed. The former Minnesota Vikings head coach emerged from his stint studying the spread with two seemingly contrary thoughts.
One: The spread poses some problems at the NFL level.
Two: There are a bunch of spread tactics worth stealing.
That dissonance isn't unique to Childress, as offensive minds across the league are warming to certain aspects of the spread even as they remain dubious about whether it can be widely implemented in the pro game.