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Dontari Poe | Defensive Lineman

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 8/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 346
College: Memphis
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The Kansas City Star considers NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) a candidate for the reserve/PUP list.
Poe went under the knife early last month, and is staring at a three-month timeline. That means even in a best-case scenario, he's unlikely to return before October. The Chiefs don't have to make a decision on Poe's status until next month. Arian Foster is going to run wild on Kansas City in Week 1. Aug 3 - 1:47 PM

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Chiefs placed NT Dontari Poe on the active/PUP list.

It makes Poe a candidate for reserve/PUP. The Chiefs are holding out hope Poe will be ready to play within the first month of the year, but Poe's late-July surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back can require a lengthy recovery. Kansas City will be a team to target for plus run-defense matchups in 2015.
Aug 2 - 9:12 AM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) could return "early" in the season.

The K.C. Star's Terez Paylor initially tweeted Poe had a "reasonable chance" to return at the "end of the season," but has corrected his error. It's definitely good news, but the Chiefs' own website has already reported Poe will sit out all of camp. There's a good chance he could begin the year on the reserve/PUP list, costing him six games. Jaye Howard will fill in for however long Poe is sidelined.
Jul 28 - 5:02 PM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe is recovering from back surgery to repair a herniated disk, and is out indefinitely.

Poe won't participate in camp. Per coach Andy Reid, there's a "reasonable chance" Poe returns at the "end of the season." Poe was a slow developer, but has come on as one of the league's premier nose tackles. His loss is a massive blow for a run defense that was one of the league's worst in 2014, and doesn't know what it will get from Mike DeVito and Derrick Johnson as they recover from Achilles' injuries. Poe has missed just one game in three NFL seasons. Jaye Howard is the next man up on the depth chart.
Jul 28 - 4:24 PM

The Chiefs have exercised NT Dontari Poe's fifth-year option, valued at $6.15 million.

He's now under contract through 2016. Poe was commonly billed as a "workout wonder" coming out of Memphis in 2012, but he's developed into one of the NFL's premier nose tackles. He did have a down year in 2014 run defense, but piled up a career-high six sacks. Poe doesn't turn 25 years old until August.
Apr 24 - 4:28 PM

Chiefs NT Dontari Poe had six tackles, 1.5 sacks, one batted pass and one forced fumble in Sunday's Week 1 blowout of the Jaguars.

Poe, the No. 11 overall pick last season, was talked up as second-year breakout candidate all offseason. So far, so good. The slimmed-down Poe totaled just 38 tackles, no sacks and four batted balls all of last season.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 12:33:00 PM

ESPN's Bill Williamson says "the light has come on" for NT Dontari Poe.

Williamson says Poe has "taken to the new coaching" and "has a chance to be among the breakout players in the NFL this season." Poe, the 11th overall pick last season, struggled badly early and finished as ProFootballFocus' No. 72 defensive tackle. Only Tyson Alualu of the Jaguars and Casey Hampton of the Steelers were worse against the run.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 12:24:00 PM

Chiefs second-year NT Dontari Poe quit eating barbecue last June and has dropped 15-20 pounds.

"It might be the hardest thing I’ve had to do since I’ve been here," said Poe, the No. 11 overall pick last year. "I’m trying to cut out the beef and the pork and stay away from the fried foods. And stay away from the barbecue." As a result, Poe has reportedly been nearly unblockable in training camp. He weighed around 350 pounds as a rookie, but Poe is now down to a healthier 335.
Thu, Aug 1, 2013 05:31:00 PM

Chiefs rookie NT Dontari Poe is expected to make his first start of the preseason in Thursday's finale.

Starter Anthony Toribio is dealing with an ankle injury. "He’s making progress," coach Romeo Crennel said of Poe. "But he’s still that rookie who reverts back to what he knows at times, and he forgets to remember how we want to do it. ... He’s a conscientious student, and he will get it corrected." Incredibly raw for a first-round pick, Poe could be limited to nickel packages as a rookie.
Tue, Aug 28, 2012 11:01:00 AM

No. 11 overall pick NT Dontari Poe is currently running with the third-stringers.

Poe is behind former undrafted free agent Anthony Toribio and 2011 sixth-rounder Jerrell Powe. "The young Poe, he's still learning, and he gave good effort," coach Romeo Crennel said following the preseason opener. "He's trying to learn to do the things the way we want them. He's not there yet."
Wed, Aug 15, 2012 09:50:00 AM

Chiefs first-round pick Dontari Poe has practiced as only a nickel defender so far in training camp.

Coach Romeo Crennel says Poe is a major project. "A lot," Crennel said when asked what Poe must improve. "He needs to work on technique, he needs to work on understanding the system, he needs to get the calls correct all the time. He’s got a ways to go." Anthony Toribio is working as the starting nose tackle.
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 07:56:00 PM

Chiefs signed No. 11 overall pick NT Dontari Poe to a four-year contract.

The sides were reportedly "not close" Wednesday, but made up ground quickly with training camp beginning on Thursday. After taking first-team reps in offseason practices, the freakishly athletic Poe is expected to open the season as the Chiefs' starting nose tackle.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 01:14:00 PM

The Chiefs and first-round DT Dontari Poe were "not close" to a contract as of Tuesday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Poe, the 11th overall pick in the draft, is likely seeking a fully-guaranteed deal without offset language. But the No. 10 overall pick, Stephon Gilmore, signed a deal with offset clauses. As PFT's Mike Florio points out, Poe's reputation as a "workout warrior" and "boom-or-bust" player makes that language take on greater importance.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 08:17:00 AM

First-round pick Dontari Poe has been inserted as the Chiefs' starting nose tackle at OTA practices.

Though Poe was considered developmental coming out of Memphis, the Chiefs didn't invest the 11th pick in the draft on a bench warmer. Poe is already working ahead of Amon Gordon and Jerrell Powe, including for third-down packages. Poe is bound to be rough around the edges early in his rookie year, but he has dominant potential. He'll team with LE Tyson Jackson and RE Glenn Dorsey to make up a formidable 3-4 line.
Thu, May 24, 2012 01:03:00 PM

The Chiefs rejected a pair of offers to trade down in order to select NT Dontari Poe at No. 11 overall.

"We felt that (Dontari) was the right player for us," GM Scott Pioli said. "We didn't want to move too far away from him and risk the chance of not being able to get him." Pioli chalks up Poe's lack of college production to too many games against shotgun offenses. "At least 49 percent of his snaps were literally plays that could not be deemed plays that would allow him to have production," explained Pioli.
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 11:26:00 AM

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