Among them: Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II, Miami’s Brad Kaaya and Pittsburgh’s Nathan Peterman, who all mentioned during their media sessions Friday that they had formal interviews scheduled with the Chiefs.
The 5-foot-11, 197-pounder joins Wyoming’s Brian Hill, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elijah McGuire and North Carolina State’s Matt Dayes as speedy, dynamic backs who had formal interviews scheduled with the Chiefs following the recent release of the club’s all-time leading rusher, Jamaal Charles.
However, Dorsey and Reid also trust their ability to ferret out phonies from the bunch, and they won’t take gambles unless they’re absolutely certain the benefits outweigh the risks. Manziel would need to prove to both of them, though his actions, that he’s cleaned up his act and would be worth the distraction that would inevitably come to Kansas City (via the national media).
As things stand, the most significant free agents the Chiefs will have next year are defensive lineman Jaye Howard, guard Zach Fulton, cornerback Phillip Gaines and punter Dustin Colquitt. Howard and Gaines have played well at times for the Chiefs, though both dealt with significant injuries last year.
NFL teams are aware of what McGuire can do, and he said he had formal interviews lined up with the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs.
Today he can admit "people die from this" was one of the thoughts that crossed his mind -- like the father of his college coach, Pat Narduzzi -- but that idea was only a brief flash, because the lasting image was of others like Eric Berry, All-Pro safety for the Kansas City Chiefs who beat lymphoma before returning to the field.
How do you ever go back to watching a guy getting paid $76 million to throw 3-yard hitch routes after you’ve seen that? Sure, Watson does throw a lot of picks, but you’re not moving back to the comfort of short yardage on the family farm once you’ve had a taste of the Hollywood life. But again, that’s the catch 22 that is Alex Smith ... he’s good enough to get the Chiefs into the playoffs, just far enough to make sure they won’t have a chance to draft someone better.
"I think there’s a chance if Howie Roseman doesn’t get it done in terms of the draft — and I think Joe Douglas is going to do a lot — I think there’s a chance that Andy Reid could be the next president, president under Don Smolenski, of football operations."
"I think [reading is] a lost art today, sometimes with the youth with so many electronics and so many different ways that kids like to spend their free time," Maclin, who spent the afternoon at Operation Breakthrough, said. "I think reading is definitely important. It gives kids knowledge. It gives kids basically another way to pass time...It doesn't always have to be a book, but just reading helps sharpen kids’ minds."
Joining The Sports Bash on Thursday, McMullen said he’d be surprised if the Eagles made a move for the ageing running back, even though he has a history with head coach Doug Pederson.