Kansas City’s Risers and Fallers Heading Into Preseason Finale

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Friday Night was a disappointing dress rehearsal for the Chiefs. Losing 26-13 to the Seattle Seahawks, they proved to be sloppy (14 penalties for 126 yards, 2 fumbles, and numerous drops), disjointed, and appeared to be out of sync. Spencer Ware also left the game in the first quarter with a non-contact knee injury. Feared at first to be a torn ACL, Andy Reid announced that it was only a sprained knee, later to de determined a torn PCL that will likely require season ending surgery. Gaining just 102 yards was the first team offense, and led by an oft-hurried Alex Smith, who didn't score once. In fact, their only touchdown came off a 95-yard kick return by De'Anthony Thomas. Kicker Sam Ficken converted two of three field goal attempts, and despite a loss that brought many fans back to reality after hearing championship aspirations from media and players, they escaped with plenty of teaching tape as they prepare to take on the New England Patriots on September 7. Three games in, and [Read more...]

5 Things to Watch For in Chiefs in Preaseaon Week 2

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Kansas City dropped their first pre-season game to the Niners last Friday by a score of 27-17. Despite the loss, there was notable progress and regression from many Chiefs. Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes completed seven of nine passes for 49 yards and a score. However, all was not flowers and rainbows. The Chiefs running game was particularly terrible, gaining 21 yards on 12 carries. Charcandrick West was notably disappointing, gaining six yards on five carries. Against the Cincinnati Bengals this Saturday, here are the five players I'm looking forward to having better performances. QB Patrick Mahomes Upgraded to the QB2 spot this week, I'm looking for Mahomes to continue his ascent. He showed good poise and displayed all the traits that made him worth trading up for. This weekend he'll go with the twos, and thus will be facing a slightly tougher challenge. If he can continue to play at a high level, it'll be hard to contain the hype train if Alex Smith were to struggle. All the [Read more...]

Five Guys To Watch in Friday’s Preseason Opener

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It may not be as glorious as it will be when September rolls around, but guess what, football is back! Chiefs fans will get their first taste of football tomorrow when their team takes on the San Francisco 49ers, at 8 pm on NFL Network. While we won't see too much of the veterans (Alex Smith will reportedly work the first quarter), this time of year is to gauge the rookies, younger players, and veterans fighting for roster spots. From highly touted rooks like Patrick Mahomes (more on him later) to veterans still trying to prove they have something to offer (C.J Spiller), there's an assortment of players looking to make the team. Unlike the New York Jets, whose best player might be a backup defensive lineman, Kansas City has a ton of talent at every position. The coaching staff will have their hands full, and its these four games that will lead to the crafting of (hopefully) a playoff team. The Chiefs have made the playoffs four of the last five years thanks to incredible scouting [Read more...]

Why Jeremy Maclin was cut, and what it means for the Chiefs

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On Friday, Kansas City shocked the football world by releasing their best receiver, Jeremy Maclin. QB Alex Smith, like many of us, said he was in shock. TE Travis Kelce said it ripped his heart out. After catching 88 passes for 1,088 yards and 8 scores in a career-year 2015, he was hampered by injuries and with the sudden rise of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, his numbers fell to 44 catches, 536 yards, and 2 scores. Still, with no other proven receiver on the roster, his job appeared safe heading into 2017. Keep in mind, this year was just the third of a five-year, $55 million contract he signed in 2013. (The Chiefs were later charged with the tampering of Maclin, and lost 3rd and 6th round picks because of it.) Now, they are without the services of the 29-year old, but also gain $10M in cap space - money needed to sign their top two draft picks (QB Patrick Mahomes and DE Tanoh Kpassagnon). The thing that confuses most people, including myself at the time, is that if the Chiefs were [Read more...]

A Way Too Early Chiefs 53-man Roster Prediction

With the draft over and mini camps starting soon, there's not too much going on in the NFL world. Sure, Josh Gordon's application for reinstatement was rejected by the league, and Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, but nothing major has happened. So, once again with fellow Chiefs enthusiast Brandon Norris, I bring you a way-too-early 53-man roster prediction for the Kansas City Chiefs. Brandon’s differences will be noted in parentheses. QB (3): Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray Cut: Joel Stave Joel Stave doesn't seem like he'll beat out Tyler Bray, considering the latter remains on the roster despite being an undrafted free agent while drafted QB's Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan (both 5th round) are no longer with the team. RB (4 – 3 + 1 FB): Spencer Ware, Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman Cut: C.J Spiller Hunt will probably steal much of West's snaps on third down, and may even steal Ware's workload as the season progresses. Ware was far better in 2015 when the [Read more...]

Grading the Chiefs draft

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With the NFL Draft clearly in the rear view, its time to take a look back at what the Kansas City Chiefs did in effort to improve their roster. Unlike 2013-2016, where John Dorsey hoarded picks and was eager to trade down, he made some impressive trade ups – entering the draft with 10 picks, but selecting just six guys when it was all said and done. Most, if not all, of their picks were surprises to some degree. Round 1, Pick 10: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) I’m giving the Mahomes pick a B- for two reasons. One, we don’t know what his target start date is. Will it be 2018? 2019? It will heavily depend on how quickly he learns the offense. Two, whether or not Alex Smith continues to decline will also factor heavily into Mahomes’ start date. If he begins struggling, and fan outcry peaks, I don’t doubt the coaching staff will put Mahomes on the field. As far as Mahomes himself, I love what the Chiefs are doing. They have a Super Bowl caliber team, but not quarterback. Mahomes, with [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0

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We're a mere hours from the NF draft. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Arrowhead Addiction, we took our last shot at mocking the 2017 NFL Draft. Round One, Pick 27 My pick: QB DeShaun Watson (Clemson) I haven’t budged from this pick since day one, and spending the week re-watching the Chiefs 2016, I was reminded of how limiting Alex Smith is to this offense. With the help of Reid and the coaching staff the best can be brought out of him, and sitting behind Smith for a year or two will give him time to learn, and going from Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett to Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce is a rookie QB's dream. Brandon’s pick: RB Dalvin Cook (Florida St) Even though he had a bad combine, his film is special. He is amazing and will be an immediate replacement for Jamaal Charles. Round Two, Pick 59 My pick: CB Quincy Wilson (Florida) I picked Wilson here because the Chiefs need an upgrade at corner opposite Marcus Peters, and even if Terrance Mitchell is the real deal, can [Read more...]

NFL Mock Draft: Three Round Edition

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The NFL Draft is one day away, and it’s time for the second installment of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft. These picks based upon whom I believe these teams need to take, given their current roster and draft tendencies. Once again, I collaborated with Brandon Norris, but unlike our first mock, we’re mocking three rounds this time. Round 1, Pick 1: Cleveland Browns My Pick: EDGE Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) Brandon’s Pick: EDGE Garrett Neither of our picks changed here. The Browns need an impact rusher who can make the lives of Ben Rothelisberger and Joe Flacco living hell. Round 1, Pick 2: San Francisco 49ers  My Pick: EDGE Solomon Thomas (Stanford) Brandon’s Pick: Thomas The 49ers need pass rushers, and Thomas reminds me of Julius Peppers on tape. Round 1, Pick 3: Chicago Bears My Pick: WR Mike Williams (Clemson) Brandon’s Pick: CB Marshon Lattimore (Ohio State) Mike Glennon needs someone to make plays for him. Do you really trust Cameron Meredith, Eddie Royal, or Markus [Read more...]

NFL First Round Mock Draft 1.0

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With the NFL draft just three weeks + one days away, it’s time for the first installment of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft. These picks based upon whom I believe these teams need to take, given their current roster and draft tendencies. Round 1, Pick 1: Cleveland Browns: EDGE rusher Myles Garrett (Texas A&M) The Browns need a QB, but there’s not one in this draft worth the top pick. Garrett has the tools to build a defense around, and maybe even a franchise. Round 1, Pick 2: San Francisco 49ers: DE Solomon Thomas (Stanford) Great defenses have great pass rushers. Thomas can be that man. Round 1, Pick 3: Chicago Bears: DT Jonathan Allen (Alabama) The Bears need a true presence in the middle, and Allen can stop the run while pushing the pocket as a rusher. Round 1, Pick 4: Jacksonville Jaguars: SS Jamal Adams (LSU) The Jags have dedicated a ton of cap space and draft capital to their defense, so why not replace Jonathan Cyprien with a hard-hitting safety to scare teams away from the [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

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With the combine over, Clark Hunt, John Dorsey and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. With needs at quarterback and inside linebacker, the future of the franchise could ride on 2017's selections. Last year, the Chiefs hit home runs in the 2nd round (Chris Jones) and 5th round (Tyreek Hill and Eric Murray), but are needing depth at guard and defensive tackle. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Arrowhead Addiction, we took our dart-board shot at mocking the 2017 NFL Draft. Round One, Pick 27 My pick: QB DeShaun Watson (Clemson) Brandon's pick: QB Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech) In both cases, the Chiefs get their man of the future. Alex Smith regressed in 2016, even though the team, particularly the offense, is loaded with playmakers. Mahomes is a gunslinger who can get outside of the pocket and make plays, too. He has inconsistent foot work, but possesses the arm strength and willingness to make plays down field, while Watson demonstrated an uncanny ability to [Read more...]