KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Over 7 (-145) Under 7 (+125)
347 completions on 560 passing attempts. 4,174 yards passing and 168 yards rushing. 23 Passing TD's, one rushing TD, with 12 interceptions. 51 Sacks!
Smith was impressive during the two days of the mini-camp open to the media. His passes had great zip on them and he looked more decisive as the practices went on as he got more comfortable in the offense. The 22-year-old was even more impressive off the field. He held players’ only meetings at the team hotel to learn the plays and handled the media like a longtime pro.
Andy Reid will be returning to Philadelphia on September 19 when his Kansas City Chiefs face the Eagles in a nationally-televised Thursday night game. Another prominent former member of the organization will be in the house that night as well. Donovan McNabb. McNabb confirmed Monday on his radio show on NBC Sports Radio that he will be retiring as an Eagle in September. He said the team has suggested doing it on the 19th when Reid, the man who selected him with the second overall pick in the 1999 draft, will be there.
And the selection of Jones, with the much-maligned Erik Walden (somehow) getting a nice free-agent deal from the Colts this offseason, makes clear just how important Green Bay believes stopping the read option is this season. Perhaps it should be. Not only is the offense one of the more dangerous weapons in the NFL today, but it's something that Green Bay will see plenty of to start the season. They get Robert Griffin III and the Redskins in Week 2, but that's only after a rematch against the 49ers and Kaepernick.
Gibbs, 72, was considered the brains behind the Broncos’ famed zone-blocking, one-cut running game when he served as the team’s offensive line coach from 1995-2003. The Broncos got away from the zone scheme in 2009 when Josh McDaniels brought in more of a power-blocking style. But it appears there will be a little more zone-blocking, one-cut style in the Broncos’ offense this season after the team added three people who are steeped in the scheme — Gibbs, quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp and running back Montee Ball.
There are very few cornerbacks who allow only half the passes thrown their way to be caught, and Flowers was one of those players. Typically, we see players who allow a low catch rate also give up a high yards per catch, but Flowers allowed just 12.0 yards per completion, which was the lowest for all cornerbacks who played the whole year and allowed 50% of passes to be caught. Of the 40 passes that Flowers did allow, on 18 of them the receiver was stopped before getting a first down.
An easy early schedule will raise expectations even more, but I believe they will struggle after a late bye, facing Denver twice late, with three road division games in the final seven weeks as well as a trip to Washington. I don't think defenses will be fearing Smith, even with Reid behind him. I smell 8-8, which would actually be the worse case for the Chiefs, as they would then owe San Francisco another second-round pick for Smith, rather than a third.
via nbcprofootballtalk.files.wordpress.com ESPN suggests this guy is worth 2.8 or up to 6 more wins for the 5-11 2012 Arizona Cardinals. All stats are ESPN's QBR system. From ESPN Reporter Mike...
12. Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs Here’s a deep sleeper. Kelce, the younger brother of Eagles C Jason Kelce, slipped to the third round of the draft because of character concerns. A 6’5/255 monster with better athletic measurables than Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz, Kelce has a legit shot to beat out Tony Moeaki and Anthony Fasano for the starting gig in Kansas City. Note that Brent Celek racked up 5.98 targets per game over the last four years while playing for Andy Reid – and those Eagles’ offenses had far more talent.
My understanding: With Clabo-to-MIA deal, he realizes what became clear last week: He's playing for #Chiefs in 13. Both sides want extension— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 6, 2013
Report: Chiefs, Albert both want an extension NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs LT Branden Albert "realizes" he'll be playing in Kansas City this season, and that both sides want an extension. Albert must be warming to an extension since the Chiefs have made it clear No. 1 pick Eric Fisher will play right tackle as long as Albert's in town. It's baffling that the Chiefs would use the No. 1 pick on a tackle only to stick him on the right side long-term, so perhaps the extension talk is just a ploy to leverage possible trade suitors into sweetening their offers. The Chiefs would still be smart to keep Albert for at least 2013 and put the best pass-protecting line possible in front of squeamish Alex Smith. Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter May 6 - 11:01 AM
via cdn3.sbnation.com The Pistol Offense SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Despite all those gaudy statistics and impressive physical skills, Colin Kaepernick faced plenty of questions coming...
Kyle Long - G - Bears Of all offensive linemen tested at the Combine, Bears first-round pick Kyle Long had the biggest hands (11") and least body fat (15.8 percent). For comparison's sake, Jonathan Cooper had 21.5 percent body fat per "Bod Pod" results, while Chance Warmack's body fat percentage was 21.4. D.J. Fluker has 24.8 percent body fat. Bears GM Phil Emery skewed toward measurables instead of production throughout his draft. Only time can tell whether it will pay off. Source: Chicago Tribune May 5 - 12:30 PM This answers a number of questions regarding past Chiefs drafts
OL Jon Asamoah
OL - Ryan Lilja-
OL Branden Albert
WR Dwayne Bowe
HB Jamaal Charles
FB - Patrick DiMarco-
OL Rodney Hudson
TE - Steve Maneri-
TE - Kevin Boss-
FB Nate Eachus
WR Terrance Copper
TE - Jake O'Connell-
HB - Peyton Hillis-
FB - Shaun Smith (Off.)-
OL - Bryan Mattison-
WR Devon Wylie
OL - Russ Hochstein-
WR Jonathan Baldwin
WR Jamar Newsome
WR - Steve Breaston-
HB Cyrus Gray
TE Tony Moeaki
WR Dexter McCluster
QB - Matt Cassel-
OL Donald Stephenson
HB Shaun Draughn
QB - Brady Quinn-
OL Jeff Allen
Luke Joeckel - T - Jaguars Luke Joeckel said he wasn’t "totally comfortable" on the right side of the offensive line in his first NFL practice Friday. "It was different. My first step wasn’t as quick. It will be a work in progress, but I felt pretty good about today. I can’t rush it. It will take a while to feel totally comfortable, but I have a little time before Week 1 and the first preseason game," said Joeckel. Head coach Gus Bradley was impressed with what he saw out of Joeckel, saying "he'll get it" after more reps. Source: jaguars.com May 4 - 11:46 AM -- A study done by PFF's Steve Palazzolo argues that right tackles have become just as important as left tackles in terms of pass protection. Jaguars VP of Football Technology and Analytics Tony Khan -- owner Shahid's son -- expanded PFF's study to show Blaine Gabbert was the NFL's 13th-highest rated passer among 38 qualifiers in 2012 when given 2.6 seconds or more to throw. When Gabbert had 2.5 seconds or less, he was 35th in QB rating and 34th in completion rate.
In the trade which saw CB Javier Arenas go to Arizona and FB Anthony Sherman move to Kansas City there should only be winners. That said, the Cardinals may end up with one of their better acquisitions of the offseason if they use Arenas correctly. He was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft but being on the same team as the two Brandon’s, Flowers and Carr, saw him relegated to sub-packages. That said, slot corner may well be his best position anyway as he’s got better year on year. His slot cover snaps per reception have improved year on year from 7.2 to 9.7 and, last year, sixth-best in the league with 11.4 (although three of those above him played less than 125 snaps, while he played 284). When you add in the fact Patrick Peterson is poor in the slot and his return skills, this is a great move for Arizona. My main caveat now is why did it come to this? Why is a player performing so well on the field found disposable? Answers on a postcard… As for Sherman, he’s no mug either but not really fair compensation for Arenas. Averaging 236 snaps on offense in his two years with the Cardinals he’s a pure FB who does an average job as a pass blocker and a slightly better than average one when leading the play.
Bryant McKinnie contract is two years with a maximum value of $7 million, per source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 2, 2013
Aaron Wilson @RavensInsider Bryant McKinnie contract is two years with a maximum value of $7 million, per source
What are the Kansas City Chiefs going to be in 2013? I bet it is something far different than Haley/Romeo/Pioli had planned in 2010.
What are we looking to do on Thursday? Friday? It would appear that Branden Albert might be replaced in the coming week and his replacement will be taken as the 1st Kansas City Chiefs selection of...
Orie Lemon - LB - Chiefs Chiefs signed LB Orie Lemon, formerly of the Cowboys. Lemon, 25, appeared in five games for the Cowboys last season before landing on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He'll battle for a roster spot. Related: Cowboys Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter Apr 18 - 3:20 PM
Draft analysts have labeled this year's draft class deficient in elite quarterback talent. Some prominent mock drafts have declined to include a quarterback in the first round. But if the Bills wait until their second-round pick (41st overall) to take such an important position, the quarterback they want might be off the board. Geno Smith of West Virginia, Ryan Nassib of Syracuse and Matt Barkley of USC are considered the top prospects. Oklahoma's Landry Jones, North Carolina State's Mike Glennon, Florida State's E.J. Manuel and Tennessee's Tyler Bray are in the next echelon. "The jury's out on this group, but they do enough good things that if you do what they do best you can win with them," Nix said.
Pre John Dorsey decision week. John has claimed that on April 21st he will make the decision along with Andy Reid on the best pick for the Chiefs overall #1 selection in this years draft. This will...
And about that Hurricane Ditka trade. The Saints sent the Redskins two first-round picks, two third-round picks, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh just so they could move up from No. 12 to 5 and take a running back. The Redskins (who only had the pick because of compensation for the Panthers signing Sean Gilbert) had Stephen Davis, so they had no need for Williams, and they ended up (after more deals) with players like Champ Bailey and LaVar Arrington. The Saints could be classified as "dumb" and the Redskins as "lucky" if you only looked at the players each team ended up with.
Who wants Geno Smith the most? The Jacksonville Jaguars seem to be in the "Cat" bird seat at Number 2. Will the Eagles swoop in and take Geno from them? Maybe the Jets will...
Dion Jordan - LB - Ducks Oregon OLB Dion Jordan is scheduled to visit the Patriots in the near future. Many will question the Patriots reasoning here, using an in-house visit on a player who will almost certainly be selected in the top 10 picks. We expect Jordan to play a similar role to 2012 first-round pick Dont'a Hightower, a strong side linebacker who offers pass rush ability. Source: NESN Apr 3 - 3:34 PM
Branden Albert is the Champion, the #1 Contender needs to knock him out to reign as the Kansas City Chiefs LT. via www.thesabre.com Luke Joeckel Joeckel isn’t really "weak" in anything....
SUMMARY - Ezekiel Ansah is clearly going to be a hotly debated player in NFL war rooms because while his inexperience and raw technique may scare some scouts off, coaches are sure to fall in love...
PROVO, Utah – After more than 45 seconds of a brutal final drill during his pro day workout, BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah let loose a loud yell, right in the face of the Oakland defensive line coach who was conducting the workout. The coach, Terrell Williams, sent Ansah sprinting back and forth, with quick changes of direction, with Ansah repeatedly batting at the big pads Williams wore on his arms. The drill maybe lasted a minute, but to Ansah and the dozens of spectators lining the field at BYU's indoor facility on Thursday, it sure seemed longer.
Are the Kansas City Chiefs really interested in Geno Smith, or are they dangling the No. 1 pick in next month's NFL draft for teams that want to trade up to snare the West Virginia quarterback? On Monday, Smith starts his "World Tour," as he labeled it. First stop, the Chiefs. ''I hope Kansas City is legitimately interested. I hope I go No. 1, but, hey, we'll see,'' Smith, generally acknowledged as the top quarterback prospect, told USA TODAY Sports Friday by phone from his Miami-area home. "The Chiefs are bringing me in, so I'm going in there thinking that they're interested (in me), because I am in them.
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