Chiefs 53-man roster projection

With one preseason game left to play in two days, we think we have seen enough to predict the Chiefs 53-man roster. Quarterback (3): Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton Mahomes and Henne are locks, of course, but Litton, the undrafted free agent from Marshall, and Matt McGloin - the current third teamer, are in a battle for the third QB. McGloin does have NFL experience, but we like Litton here due to his higher upside. Running back (4): Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Damien Williams, Darrel Williams The crowded running back corps became less crowded when the Chiefs parted ways with Charcandrick West last week, but there's still some questions. Will the Chiefs keep three backs, or four? Ware made his preseason debut on Saturday, playing with both the 1's and 2's, so the possibility of Ware starting on the injured list has dwindled. In addition to Damien and Darrel Williams, there's also Kerwynn Williams, who excelled down the stretch last season in Arizona as the third down back. [Read more...]

Meet the rookies + a way too early 53-man roster projection

With the 2018 Draft concluded, there have been plenty of hot takes regarding picks, draft day trades, and moves not made. The Chiefs draft has been analyzed extremely heavily, and grades from analysts has ranged from B’s to low C’s and D’s. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, but is it possible that we’re being too hard on the Chiefs? It wouldn’t seem like it listening to most analysts,  but there’s a reason the team has won the division in consecutive years, despite their some of their best players (Eric Berry, Justin Houston) missing significant time. They've also drafted FOUR Pro Bowl rookies (Travis Kelce, Marcus Peters, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt), so maybe they're doing something right, despite their so-so draft grades. In his first run in free agency, it was clear what GM Brett Veach had in mind for the Chiefs. He wanted youth and speed, and didn’t hesitate to rid the team of bloated contracts of aging veterans. The addition of Sammy Watkins struck a surprisingly [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 2.0

It’s NFL Draft week! And, we’re less than 12 hours away from the first pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. For the Chiefs, however, they’ll likely have to wait until Day 2, as they do not have a first round pick this year – the price paid for Patrick Mahomes. Round 2, pick 22 (54th Overall): EDGE rusher Lorenzo Carter (Georgia) Measureables: Height - 6-5 Weight – 250 Hands - 10 3/8 Arms – 34 40 YD - 4.5 Vertical - 36 Broad - 10.1 The Chiefs lacked pass pressure last year. Dee Ford was injured, the aging Tamba Hali did play much and Justin Houston can only do so much. Carter brings a fire desperately needed opposite Houston. With the addition of Carter, the return of Ford and hopeful growth of last year’s second rounder Tanoh Kpassagnon, the Chiefs pass rush could be much improved in 2018. Carter is very good at finding and getting to the ball, contains the edge and has a good first step. He needs to put on little extra muscle and needs patience to help fight off [Read more...]

Chiefs busy as 2018 season opens for business

Wednesday marked the first official day of business for the upcoming 2018 NFL season and the Chiefs made several already announced moves official, plus made a couple more. Prior to his first free agency as Chiefs GM, Brett Veach quickly recognized the team’s to do list: get younger and rid themselves of bad contracts. They traded Alex Smith while releasing Derrick Johnson, fellow Chief great Tamba Hali and safety Ron Parker and also traded Marcus Peters signaling a culture change and a desire to get younger and faster. With a young offense with limitless potential (if Patrick Mahomes is as good as everyone says), an aging defense that ranked towards the bottom of the league in every major category would do no good. They also addressed one of their biggest needs in 25 year-old LB Anthony Hitchens to replace Derrick Johnson. At $45 million for the next five years, it would seem extensive, but a closer look at the contract shows it’s really a two-year deal (both ‘18 and ‘19 salaries are [Read more...]

Kansas City Chiefs 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

With the combine over, Clark Hunt, Brett Veach and Andy Reid have work to do regarding the Chiefs roster. They've already traded Alex Smith and Marcus Peters for three draft picks and slot corner Kyle Fuller. Chiefs greats Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, along with safety Ron Parker, were salary cap casualties. Collaborating with Brandon Norris of Kingdom Connection, we're taking our first dart-board shot at mocking the 2018 Chiefs Draft. Round 1 Brandon: No picks barring unforeseen crazy trade. Don't anticipate it. Devereaux: Same. Round 2, pick 22 Brandon: Edge rusher Ogbonnia Okornkwo (Oklahoma) O2, as I like to call him, would have an instant impact for Chiefs. He brings heat from the edge and gives much-needed pass rush help to Justin Houston. Devereaux: S Kyzir White (West Virginia) The Chiefs need a starting strong safety opposite Eric Berry, especially someone who plays the run better than the man he’s replacing, Ron Parker. Round 3, pick 14 Brandon: CB Levi [Read more...]

Cheap Free Agent targets for Chiefs

As the new NFL year nears, the league’s 32 teams are preparing in quest of a championship. Retooling rosters, scouting veteran free agents and the upcoming rookie class through the Scouting Combine, and making changes to coaching staffs. Coming off consecutive AFC West titles, the Kansas City Chiefs head into 2018 a much different team than last season. While it’s good to never be complacent in your standing in the league, they are slowly taking on a new look. Trades of veteran QB Alex Smith, who has started for them since 2013, and stud cornerback Marcus Peters, signal a new era. The potential of this franchise will ride heavily on the arm of Patrick Mahomes, but the rest of the roster will be essential in carrying the young gun. Over the last couple seasons, the Chiefs roster has lost depth despite riding dangerously close to the salary cap. The inability to add key defenders, along with those cap problems, helped lead to the departure of general manager John Dorsey. Now it will be [Read more...]

As the Chiefs move on from DJ, let us remember his legacy

13 seasons 1,262 tackles 182 games 40 quarterback pressures 27.5 sacks 23 forced fumbles 14 interceptions pic.twitter.com/AGc8QgZeQV — Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) February 13, 2018 As Free Agency looms for the NFL’s 32 teams, some are already making decisions about their roster. The Raiders are cutting Sebastian Janakowksi, who’s been with the team since they drafted him in 2001. The 49ers resigned center Daniel Kilgore to a three-year extension. Kansas City is also one of those teams. Already moving on from Alex Smith, and there's a good chance Tamba Hali's day in KC are also over, Derrick Johnson, the leader of the defense since he took the field in 2005, will become a free agent on March 14. The linebacker has embodied everything that has made up a long line of excellent Kansas City linebackers. The 1,154 tackles, 27.5 sacks, 14 interceptions – four of which were returned for touchdowns, 40 QB pressures, 23 forced fumbles and 8 fumble recoveries in 182 games hardly [Read more...]

Let us appreciate Alex Smith

The Eagles and Patriots may be playing in the Super Bowl, and Alex Smith beat them both in the first two weeks of the season. After bowing out in the playoffs, as usual, the Chiefs provided a big headline Wednesday night, trading Smith to the Washington Redskins for a 2018 3rd round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Smith has also agreed in principle to a 4-year, $94 million deal with $71 million guaranteed. The trade is expected to be finalized, but can't become official until the new league year begins on March 14. I do doubt that the Skins feeling about Smith will change between now and then, however. Both teams are saving money. The Redskins, who would have paid Kirk Cousins $34M next year if they elected to franchise him, are paying Smith half of that (although there is a rumor that they will franchise tag him and then trade him). Smith leaves behind a resurgent franchise that was downtrodden and quarterback-deficient when Andy Reid and John Dorsey gained his services in 2013. [Read more...]

Chiefs heavy favorites as they look to snap 24-year home playoff win drought

Depending on what Chiefs team you watched this season, another playoff appearance would either be completely expected, or taken as the result of luck or horrific conference. The Chiefs started the season with five straight wins and ended the season with four in a row. They beat both No. 1 seed's - New England and Philly. They also went 1-6 in between, including losses at the Jets and Giants. Tomorrow’s bout against the Tennessee Titans is another chance for Kansas City to rise above their past misfortune in January, a month that has rarely been kind to the city, it’s fans, and the team. In 46 years of playing at Arrowhead, they’ve won a measly four playoff games. They’re 1-8 in their last nine playoff games. That one win came in 2015, against Brian Hoyer and very overmatched Houston Texans. This weekend is against another overmatched AFC South opponent, but as a fan of the team I’ve learned not to set my expectations too high. Even with my wariness in hoping this Chiefs team isn’t [Read more...]

Week 17 (@ Denver) Preview: Its Pat Mahomes Time!

The Chiefs (9-6) will travel to Denver to face off against their division rival, the 5-10 Broncos, in what is essentially a glorified preseason game. As far as KC is concerned, there’s no incentive to play key starters as they are locked into their seeding. Alex Smith and Tyreek Hill have already been ruled out, and Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, and many more are likely to follow suit. The biggest storyline heading into this game is the quarterback starting for the Chiefs: Rookie Patrick Mahomes. Drafted 10th overall after trading up 17 spots, Mahomes was the answer to a snake-bitten franchise that has never been able to successfully identify and groom their own quarterback. The last quarterback drafted by the franchise to start a game was Brodie Croyle. The last rookie was Steve Fuller in 1979. The last quarterback drafted by the franchise to win a game was Todd Blackledge. Only FOUR quarterbacks the Chiefs have drafted have won  game in a Chiefs uniform. WOW. The best quarterbacks the [Read more...]