Player News - Chiefs

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Coach Andy Reid said he's been moving Sammy Watkins "all over the place" on offense.

"We were moving him everywhere," Reid said. "He hasn't had to do that in his career." In past stops with the Bills and Rams, Watkins has been a traditional X receiver on the back side of defenses, routinely facing the other team's best corner or seeing double coverage. Reid is getting Watkins looks from the slot in order to free him up. Watkins has loved his time with K.C. thus far, saying he's "encouraged because anybody can get the ball and I've got to learn all the positions." Watkins has been going in the sixth and seventh rounds of early fantasy drafts.
Source: chiefs.com
Jun 27 - 10:21 AM

ESPN's Adam Teicher expects the Chiefs to move on from OLB Frank Zombo.

With Tanoh Kpassagnon and second-rounder Breeland Speaks the Chiefs' top EDGE backups, Zombo isn't needed behind Justin Houston and Dee Ford. It should be an easy decision for the Chiefs to cut Zombo. Kansas City can save $1.2 million from Zombo's release.
Source: ESPN
Jun 20 - 7:10 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid says Patrick Mahomes has impressed him with his ability to adjust to the blitz this offseason.

"We wanted to come in and make sure we challenged him," Reid said of pre-snap adjustments. "I thought he handled that very well. One of the big things for young kids is just the blitz game, so we put a big emphasis on that and tried to give him a lot of different looks there." Although it's not necessarily surprising, Mahomes has drawn universally positive reviews for his offseason work. Mahomes will open the year as a high-end streamer with a shot at every-week QB1 status.
Source: chiefs.com
Jun 14 - 5:17 PM

Chiefs signed third-round NT Derrick Nnadi to a four-year contract.

Although Nnadi's tape shows sporadic flashes of up-field burst, he was primarily a run-stopping space eater at FSU and tested like one in Indy with fifth-percentile athleticism. Nnadi has a place in the NFL, but he will likely max out as a run defender only.
Jun 14 - 3:35 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Kareem Hunt (hamstring) will be fine for training camp.

Hunt missed time during OTAs and minicamp because of a hamstring injury, but his coach does not appear to be worried. After recording 1,782 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns as a rookie, Hunt is a fine pick at the end of the first round.
Jun 14 - 1:17 PM

Chiefs.com's B.J. Kissel writes the connection between Patrick Mahomes and Sammy Watkins is "real."

Kissel writes Mahomes and Watkins have consistently been connecting throughout the offseason program, and fellow receiver Chris Conley said Watkins has picked up the offense "as fast as anyone I've seen." This kind of offseason chatter should always be taken with the biggest grain of salt, but it is still better than the alternative. Watkins' fantasy upside is limited with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt also demanding targets, but he has some upside in the middle rounds.
Source: chiefs.com
Jun 14 - 12:46 PM

Chiefs.com reports WR Chris Conley (Achilles') is "ready to go."

"I’m feeling really good," Conley said. "I think we found out that things are pretty close back to normal." Coach Andy Reid said Conley has been "phenomenal" in OTAs, shedding weight to get down to 214. (His Combine weigh-in was 6-foot-2, 213.) With Sammy Watkins now in town opposite Tyreek Hill, Conley won't be fantasy viable in 2018.
Source: chiefs.com
Jun 11 - 1:50 PM

Chiefs SS Eric Berry (Achilles) participated during OTAs.

Berry to his Achilles in the season opener and was expected to be limited during the offseason program, but he was ready to go when OTAs opened. He did sit out the final session open to the media, but it appeared to be a rest day. The Chiefs have some serious questions on defense, but a healthy Berry can paper over a lot of cracks.
Jun 11 - 10:07 AM

Chiefs signed third-round LB Dorian O'Daniel to a four-year contract.

O’Daniel (6’1/223) made 27 starts at strong-side linebacker for Clemson, tallying 28.5 career tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks and tying for first in Tigers' history in special teams tackles (47). O’Daniel’s size and straight-line speed (4.61) limitations likely lower his long-term ceiling, but he is a tried-and-true "good football player" who will at worst produce in the kickoff- and punt-coverage games.
May 29 - 6:10 PM

Kareem Hunt said he is focusing on the passing game during OTAs.

Hunt caught 53 passes for 455 yards and three scores as a rookie, but coach Andy Reid said he wants to get him even more touches in the passing game moving forward. "I’m catching the ball more and running a lot more routes," Hunt said. "I like it. It gives me the opportunity to get the ball in open space and make people miss." Hunt is a locked-in RB1.
May 29 - 9:26 AM

Chiefs signed second-round DT Breeland Speaks to a four-year contract.

An early-career defensive tackle who moved to end last season, Speaks put versatility on tape and logged impressive 68th-percentile SPARQ results before the draft, suggesting room for further growth. Speaks is a boom-bust prospect with upside for a Michael Bennett-style role but a Datone Jones floor. Undersized but explosive, Speaks’ closest comp may be old Titans/Dolphins DL Jason Jones.
May 24 - 4:17 PM

NFL suspended Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Harris was arrested and charged with marijuana possession in March 2017. Travis Kelce's backup will return in Week 2. Marijuana suspensions are going to look like an anachronism in 10 years.
May 22 - 4:23 PM

Chiefs signed fourth-round S Armani Watts to a four-year contract.

Sixth-round OG Kahlil McKenzie, the son of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie, also signed his rookie deal. Watts was a four-year starter at Texas A&M, recording 23.5 career tackles for loss, 10 interceptions, and five forced fumbles. He disappointed at the Combine, but Watts is a playmaker who could out-perform his draft stock.
May 15 - 9:42 AM

Chiefs signed DT Stefan Charles.

He is taking DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches' roster spot. Charles spent 2017 out of the league after being released by the Jaguars at final cuts. He will compete for one of the final roster spots in Kansas City.
May 10 - 10:19 AM

Chiefs signed sixth-round CB Tremon Smith to a four-year contract.

Smith is an experienced -- three-year starter -- out of FCS Central Arkansas who nabbed 15 career picks in college. He blistered a 4.32 forty at his Pro Day to put himself on the map. Smith could contribute year one.
May 7 - 7:52 PM


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