Player News - Chiefs

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The Kansas City Star expects Spencer Ware to return as the Chiefs' starting running back.

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher previously projected rookie Kareem Hunt as the team's likely leader in 2017 rushing attempts and running back catches. Ware has averaged 4.63 yards per carry and 11.6 yards per reception over the past two seasons, however, and the Chiefs shouldn't be in any hurry to pull Ware off the field. This will be a camp battle to monitor closely.
May 24 - 8:27 PM

Jeremy Maclin admits his 2016 "wasn’t up to my standards."

"I just … I didn’t play as well as I could have," Maclin said, admitting the obvious. "And by not playing well, I feel like I let my team down. And that’s the most important part of it." Maclin was slowed by a groin injury for much of the season. Still only 29, there's no reason Maclin can't physically bounce back, though Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill will be major stumbling blocks on the way to a 1,000-yard campaign. Maclin is best treated as a WR4/5 in fantasy.
May 23 - 7:37 PM

New Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller says he feels the best he has in years.

The way Spiller tells it, he's never been right physically since he left the Bills after the 2014 season. That was certainly borne out by his usage with the Saints, Seahawks and Jets. Going on 30, the formerly-dynamic talent is most realistically competing with Charcandrick West for No. 3 duties in Kansas City.
May 23 - 7:15 PM

The Kansas City Star reports third-round Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt has "already impressed with his short-area burst and balance."

Reporter Terez Paylor's observation comes four days after ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher predicted Hunt would both lead the Chiefs in rushing and lead the backfield in receptions. Hunt has a legitimate stumbling block in Spencer Ware, but the highest back ever drafted by Andy Reid in Kansas City, he's going to get a chance to make his mark as a rookie.
May 23 - 7:00 PM

Chiefs signed OLB Tourek Williams.

A former sixth-rounder of the Chargers in 2013, Williams appeared in all 16 games last season, mainly playing special teams and 142 snaps on defense. He has two career sacks and will try to earn a gig in kick coverage.
May 22 - 6:08 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher foresees third-round pick Kareem Hunt leading the team in rushing this season and leading Kansas City's running backs in receptions.

In other words, Teicher expects Hunt to become the Chiefs' feature back as a rookie, supplanting Spencer Ware. It's just a beat writer guess in May, but notable nonetheless. The Chiefs traded up to draft Hunt in the third round, and Ware tailed off after a hot start to last season. Charcandrick West should settle in as Kansas City's third-string back this year.
May 19 - 10:59 PM

Alex Smith said he understands why the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes.

"This is maybe the most important position in all of sports, and it would be crazy not to be stockpiling talent," Smith said. "But at the same time, that doesn’t change my focus, right? I feel like I’ve got a lot of years left in me and still feel like I’m getting better." Smith has already been through a similar situation in San Francisco with Colin Kaepernick, but he said he is in a "different place" and a "much different player" than he was with the 49ers. Smith is going to be the starter this season, but it could end up being his last in Kansas City.
May 18 - 8:41 AM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') still expects to be ready for training camp.

The 34-year-old ruptured his left Achilles' in December. Johnson optimistically said he will be ready for camp in April, and he is not backing down a month later. "I'm on track, just like last time," Johnson said. "I never want to put a date on when I'm going to be 100 percent. But will I be at camp? I can say that, yeah." Even if he is "ready," Johnson will likely take it easy early in camp, but there does not appear to be any concern about his Week 1 status.
May 16 - 12:58 PM

Chiefs signed OG Andrew Tiller, formerly of the 49ers.

Tiller opened last season as the 49ers' starting right guard. He made the first five starts of the season before being replaced. The 2012 sixth-rounder by the Saints will compete for a depth job in K.C.
May 10 - 10:32 AM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher believes Spencer Ware is still the "likely starter."

Writing about third-rounder Kareem Hunt, Teicher said Ware could end up getting "the majority of work as the featured back." It is a surprising opinion considering Hunt's draft cost and Ware's struggles down the stretch last season, but it is possible Hunt is a bigger threat to Charcandrick West's role than Ware's. Coach Andy Reid did say he is "a big Spencer Ware fan" before the draft.
Source: ESPN
May 9 - 9:17 AM

Chiefs signed USC OG Damien Mama.

Mama (6’3/334) made 29 starts in three seasons as a Trojan, earning second-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches in 2016. A big, strong mauler in the run game, Mama was charged with just one QB hit allowed last year. Mama tested atrociously in Indy, however, registering second-percentile SPARQ results with a brutal 5.84 forty and 8.51 three-cone time. Despite long arms (35") and massive hands (11"), Mama is a long shot to develop into an NFL starter and will have to be protected with help blocks whenever takes the field.
May 6 - 11:45 AM

Chiefs signed fourth-round WR Jehu Chesson to a four-year contract.

Fifth-round LB Ukeme Eligwe and sixth-round DB Leon McQuay also signed their rookie deals. Chesson played his college ball at Michigan, posting an 114-1,639-12 (14.4 YPR) career line in four seasons. Chesson is old for a rookie, but he has size (6’2/204) and athleticism (4.47, 132-inch broad jump) on his side.
Source: ESPN
May 6 - 10:45 AM

Chiefs exercised OLB Dee Ford's fifth-year team option for 2018.

Ford took over as the starter ahead of Tamba Hali late in 2015, pushing Hali into a rotational role behind Ford and All-Pro Justin Houston. Ford received positive marks from Pro Football Focus for his pass rush in 2016 and recorded a career-best 10 sacks. He should continue to see one-on-one matchups opposite Houston. Ford has 15.5 sacks through three seasons.
May 1 - 12:35 PM

Chiefs signed Oklahoma State CB Ashton Lampkin.

Lampkin (6’0/201) was a three-year starter and four-year contributor in the Cowboys’ secondary, logging 12 career pass breakups and five interceptions. He showed average athleticism at the Combine, running 4.54 with a 10-foot broad jump and 19 reps on the bench. Lampkin has the build and movement skills of a safety, but his lack of college dominance is a concern for his NFL transition. He’ll have to make an early impression on special teams to hang around.
Apr 30 - 10:48 AM

Chiefs signed Alabama WR Gehrig Dieter.

Dieter (6’3/208) bounced from SMU to Bowling Green and finally to Alabama, where he played only one year and managed 15 receptions after catching 94 with ten touchdowns as a second-team All-MAC pick the season before. Dieter mainly played special teams for the Crimson Tide. Already 24 years old, Dieter is an over-aged prospect whose inability to earn a passing-game role in his final college season is an obvious red flag. He also wasn’t invited to February’s Combine. Dieter will likely have to become an impact gunner to last in the pros.
Apr 29 - 7:45 PM


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