Most players attend to stay in the good graces of their teams, but the league’s big-name non-quarterbacks sometimes skip these sessions, called organized team activities. On Tuesday, three of the Chiefs’ best defensive players — safety Eric Berry, outside linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Marcus Peters — were absent for the first of 10 full-squad offseason practices.
"They're vets,'' quarterback Alex Smith said. "They've all played at a really high level, and they're not here right now, and we've got to go. Certainly there will be times in the season when stuff like that happens, and the next guy's got to play.''
Five Chiefs were present on the field for the first of 10 voluntary offseason practices on Tuesday but did not participate: tight end Travis Kelce, outside linebacker Tamba Hali, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, left guard Parker Ehinger and outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas.
One Chiefs player who might ramp up his celebration game is defensive lineman Chris Jones, one of the team’s most animated players.
“I’ve got to give Mr. Goodell a pat on the back for that,” Jones said. “I’ve been waiting to do the worm, the stone cold stunner on somebody. I’m ready. I can’t get fined now.”
“In the back of my head I’d be lying if I didn’t know the opener was there. Beyond that, I’m not thinking about Week 2, I’m not thinking about next year, I’m not guaranteed beyond that. I’ve been playing long enough to know that. This is a year-to-year deal, regardless of draft picks behind me or free agency.
“He understands everything I’ve been through the last couple of years, and he’s going to always tell you the truth — he’s not going to sugarcoat anything with you, and that’s how I like it,” Spiller said. “I have a very small inner circle and he’s part of that. Be straight up with me and I’ll be straight up with you, and that’s what everybody in my circle does.”
Where does Patrick Mahomes fall in line at quarterback? I’ll guess that the Chiefs line him up last, behind Alex Smith, Tyler Bray and Joel Stave. He’ll work his way up as the offseason goes. The other option is Mahomes gets extra attention. Browns coach Hue Jackson said don’t be surprised if he spends a lot of time extra time with their rookie quarterback, DeShone Kizer, which makes sense too.
I hate to say it but I understand the Oakland love. They have all the pieces of being a really, really good team in 2017. Maybe better than they were last year. Derek Carr is going to get better, the offensive line is among the best, they have decent receivers, Khalil Mack is a beast and Marshawn Lynch isn’t the same player he was but he does have some sort of energy he brings to his teams. I’m concerned about them. They still gotta beat the Chiefs but I’m concerned.
“It just wasn’t up to my standards — it wasn’t up to my standards,” Maclin said. “I’ve never been a stat guy. I’ve never been a guy to say ‘I want this, I want that.’
“I’ve got something to prove,” Maclin said Tuesday during the start of the team’s organized team activities. “I struggled a little bit last year with injuries and everything else. I’m healthy, and I’m looking forward to getting this thing back on the road.”
The Kansas City Chiefs signed Streater as a free agent in 2016, but the Chiefs traded him early in the year to San Francisco.
"Obviously we gave up one to go up and get Sammy, but I have to say as a parting gift, we left them with two [first-round picks] going into next year," Whaley said, via ESPN.com.
Except, well, I did not realize until reading this that no quarterback drafted in the first two rounds since 2006 sat for his entire rookie season and then turned into a long-term franchise quarterback. In the piece, the terrific Andy Benoit notes that the only two quarterbacks who sat their entire rookie years and started even 48 games were Colin Kaepernick and Chad Henne.
On Tuesday afternoon — two months before training camp — the Dallas Cowboys 2017 defense suffered a huge blow. The NFL has suspended David Irving, perhaps the Cowboys' most physically gifted pass rusher, for the first four games of the upcoming season. Irving, according to the league, violated the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
"I think in Division II, you’d be hard-pressed to find better facilities than what we have, in terms of the indoor and outdoor stadium and jumbotron. We’re getting better and better facilities in terms of our basketball gymnasium and Looney Complex. We’re working on some track and field and cross country facilities. I think the facilities will be a very big plus," said Western President Dr. Bob Vartabedian. "Obviously, the tie to the Kansas City Chiefs would be another major hook. Perhaps the biggest hook would be we’re in arguably the best Division II conference in the country.
Start with Reid, who has filed a civil suit seeking $200,000 in royalties and $600,000 in punitive damages.
Geez, 800 grand for a few photos?
Who does he think he is, Gisele Bundchen?
That’s what a lot of UCF fans are muttering. They’re also saying Reid is an ungrateful turncoat to a program that nurtured him from Haines City obscurity to the NFL draft board.
Sorry, but it’s not that black-or-white.