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Date: Team: Pos:

Alex Smith said he's been impressed with Jeremy Maclin's football IQ and his knowledge of the team's playbook.

"[Maclin] knows it, hasn’t skipped a beat as far as stepping in," said Smith. "And really, we’ve been able to do a lot more this offseason than you normally would with a new guy because of that. It’s really kind of a credit to him for getting in mentally and being ready." Maclin played four seasons under Andy Reid in Philadelphia so his encyclopedic knowledge of the playbook shouldn't come as a surprise. Smith won't stretch the field with Maclin like Nick Foles did in Philly, but the 27-year-old still projects as a serviceable WR2/3 in most formats.
Jun 28 - 12:17 PM

Alex Smith told reporters Wednesday that Travis Kelce "isn't being shy about demanding the ball" this year.

"He wants a different route so he can get the football," Smith explained, as an example. "Yesterday in practice, I can hear him make calls at the line of scrimmage because he wants the football." Smith called Kelce's desire for targets "encouraging" and deemed him a "tremendous player." Vernon Davis twice finished as a top-three fantasy tight end with Smith in San Francisco.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 17 - 11:17 PM

Chiefs third-round WR Chris Conley has been getting "a lot of work" in practice.

Conley even stepped in with the first unit last week when Jeremy Maclin sat out with a sore foot. A toolsy size/speed prospect, Conley will at worst be a sub-package player for the Chiefs right away and at best will win the No. 2 outside job. He's only competing against the likes of Albert Wilson, Junior Hemingway and Da'Rick Rogers.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 8:36 AM

Jamaal Charles has dropped his weight to 204 pounds and reiterated that he wants to play six more seasons in the NFL.

Charles, 28, is under contract with Kansas City for two more years. He says he's changed his diet with an emphasis on longevity. "I feel like I’m young all over again," said Charles. "I feel like I am 20, 21. I feel good, I feel healthy, I eat right, I take vitamins, I do yoga. I am doing everything I am supposed to do to keep my body up at age." Charles has the all-purpose game to last longer in the league than most running backs, even if he becomes more of a rotational passing-down specialist later in his career. Charles' current re-draft ADP is No. 3 overall.
Jun 14 - 3:54 PM

Chiefs OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif lined up as the first-team right guard during Wednesday's OTA practice.

The Chiefs appear to be high on their 2014 sixth-round pick. Though he was inactive every game of his rookie season, Duvernay-Tardif stuck on the roster the entire season and has earned consistent praise from coach Andy Reid. "Very strong and athletic, and he’s smart," Reid said of LDF. "It’s just a matter with him – like I mentioned back then last year – his reps. Every rep he gets better with. He's a good football player." Paul Fanaika is still the favorite to start at right guard, but Duvernay-Tardif could push him in camp. Fanaika was awful in Arizona last year.
Jun 13 - 10:46 AM

Knile Davis believes he's on equal footing with Jamaal Charles in terms of playing ability.

"I don't feel like there's a gap," said Davis. While it may seem like Davis is trying to take Charles' job, the third-year running back knows his role. "He’s the starter. It’s his time. I’m waiting [until] my time.’’ Davis contributed 610 yards on 150 touches last season and should see about the same workload in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 11:46 AM

The Chiefs want Alex Smith to be a more aggressive downfield passer.

Smith has long been one of the league's most conservative passers. He only threw four passes longer than 35 yards last season. Of course, part of that was because he didn't have a go-to deep threat. Jeremy Maclin should be more than up to that task after leading the Eagles with 1,318 yards and ten touchdowns last season. Even if Smith adds the deep ball to his repertoire, we'd still expect Kansas City to lean heavily on its running game. Challenging defenses downfield isn't part of Smith's passing DNA.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 7 - 9:26 AM

Cardinals waived OT Tavon Rooks.

Rooks, a Saints 2014 sixth-round pick, spent his entire rookie season on practice squad. He signed a reserve/futures deal with Arizona in January. The Cardinals added OG Jon Halapio to replace Rooks.
Jun 5 - 8:16 PM

Travis Kelce put on weight this offseason to help him with inline blocking.

Kelce is up to 255 pounds and hopes to reach 260 by the time training camp opens. Kelce received positive grades from Pro Football Focus in all blocking categories but really excelled as a run blocker last season. The 25-year-old weighed 250 pounds during his breakout 2014 campaign.
Jun 4 - 8:23 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects WR Albert Wilson (hamstring) to be ready for minicamp.

Reid described Wilson's injury as a "knot." Even if Wilson isn't ready for minicamp, his training-camp status is not in doubt. Wilson could put himself on the WR3/4 radar if he wins starting duties opposite Jeremy Maclin.
Jun 4 - 2:03 PM

The Kansas City Star reports the Chiefs have made no significant progress in contract talks with franchise player Justin Houston.

Houston's franchise tender costs $13.1 million. He has not yet signed the offer, and is sitting out voluntary OTAs as an unsigned player. The sides have until July 15 to come to terms on a long-term extension. So long as Houston remains unsigned, he can sit out all team-related activities without fear of a fine.
Jun 4 - 12:52 PM

The Chiefs have moved De'Anthony Thomas from running back to wide receiver.

Thomas is taking all of his OTA reps at receiver after primarily playing tailback as a rookie. Only 5-foot-9 and 174 pounds, Thomas is a player without a position in the NFL. He'll ultimately be a special teamer, where Thomas averaged a robust 30.6 yards on kick returns and 11.9 yards on punt returns last year.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 3 - 10:15 PM

Chiefs WR Albert Wilson suffered a strained hamstring in Wednesday's OTA.

He'll likely miss the remainder of OTAs and seems unlikely to participate in minicamp later this month. Wilson came on late in the season and finished with a 16-260-0 receiving line. He's expected to compete with rookie Chris Conley for the starting job opposite new No. 1 receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Jun 3 - 2:58 PM

Donald Stephenson got first-team reps at left tackle during OTAs last week.

Eric Fisher played with the second unit. Head coach Andy Reid said "I wouldn't read anything into that," explaining that it was just an experiment. Fisher was among the worst tackles in football last season and has been a bust since getting drafted first overall in 2013. Stephenson started four games at left tackle in 2013 but only played 31 snaps last season.
May 31 - 12:55 PM

Chiefs QB Tyler Bray (knee) hasn't been cleared for OTAs.

Four months removed from ACL surgery, Bray is a candidate to open training camp on active/PUP. His future is in doubt after sitting out all of 2014. Bray is behind Aaron Murray for the No. 3 quarterback job.
May 30 - 4:31 PM


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