Player News - Chiefs

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USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden are on the Chiefs' "radar" for their open GM position.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have requested interviews with both. Current Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach looks like the favorite for the job, but owner Clark Hunt wants to explore all options. Vikings assistant GM George Paton was also approached, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 11:36 AM

Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach will interview for the team's vacant GM job.

Veach's name was thrown around during the Bills' search for a general manager, so it is not a surprise he is a candidate for promotion. In fact, he may be the favorite to land the job. The Chiefs also approached Vikings assistant GM George Paton, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 10:48 AM

Appearing Friday on NFL Access, Chiefs RB Charcandrick West said first-round rookie QB Patrick Mahomes has a "cannon."

"Man, this kid can throw the football," said West. "I mean, I ran I think a slant route and I was like, woah. It was crazy." It's a reminder of why the Chiefs traded up 17 spots to draft Mahomes 10th overall this spring. The son of a former major league pitcher, the gun-slinging Mahomes is essentially Alex Smith's polar opposite. Smith is still expected to start this year but Mahomes appears to be the team's long-term solution at quarterback. The calls for Mahomes will only grow louder if Smith scuffles early on.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 25 - 9:51 AM

Profootballtalk reports the Chiefs have a "loose goal" of replacing ex-GM John Dorsey by training camp.

Per Mike Florio, Dorsey's replacement will report directly to owner Clark Hunt, as Dorsey supposedly did. "Supposedly" because it's unmistakable who calls the shots on the football side in Kansas City: Coach Andy Reid. ESPN reports in-house candidates to replace Dorsey are co-director of player personnel Brett Veach and pro personnel scout Mike Borgonzi.
Jun 22 - 5:45 PM

Chiefs signed coach Andy Reid to a contract extension.

Reid was entering the final season of his original five-year deal. The terms of the extension have yet to be made public — they often never are with coaches — but it's richly deserved. Reid is 43-21 (.672) as a Chief, making the playoffs 3-of-4 seasons. He has coached around major deficiencies on offense, and been completely reinvigorated on his stale final few years in Philadelphia. Reid turned 59 in March.
Jun 22 - 3:50 PM

Coach Andy Reid isn't expecting LG Parker Ehinger to be ready when training camp begins.

"I think it'll be a race for him to be ready to go (at camp). I'm not counting on it," said Reid. The Chiefs plan to take Ehinger's return slowly after he tore his ACL last Week 8. The rookie had a positive impact in year one, with Spencer Ware averaging 5.3 yards per carry in games in which Ehinger was active as opposed to 3.8 YPC in games with him on the sidelines.
Jun 15 - 4:22 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said there is a "pretty good chance" Travis Kelce (shoulder surgery) is ready for training camp.

That has been the expectation all along. The Chiefs could limit Kelce early in camp after he sat out all offseason, but he should be 100 percent well before Week 1. Kelce is the second-best tight end in fantasy.
Jun 15 - 1:17 PM

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') has been cleared for individual drills at minicamp.

Johnson was sidelined for all of OTAs. It's a step in the right direction, but Johnson's training camp status is still up in the air. Johnson will be nine months removed from his torn Achilles' for Week 1.
Jun 14 - 6:30 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston says he is finally over the persistent knee issues that plagued him the last two seasons.

Houston has managed 11.5 sacks the past two seasons combined after notching 22.0 quarterback takedowns in 2014. "Last year, I couldn’t even run at this time," he admitted. "It’s a night-and-day difference. I feel great just to be able to get up and go without ever thinking about it." Still only 28, Houston's return to dominance would be a huge boost to Kansas City's defense.
Jun 13 - 10:08 PM

Special teams coordinator Dave Toub said Tyreek Hill will not return kickoffs this year.

Hill did most of his return damage on punts last year, but he did take a kickoff to the house in an important win over the Broncos. The new No. 1 receiver, the Chiefs have to take something off Hill's plate. Hill may also be used less as a punt returner, but coach Andy Reid has experience balancing out those duties with players like Brian Westbrook and DeSean Jackson. Losing kickoffs hurts Hill's value somewhat in return leagues, but he still is a WR2 with big upside.
Jun 12 - 12:31 PM

Chiefs DE Allen Bailey (chest) says he's 100 percent healthy.

Bailey lasted five games before landing on IR last year. The Chiefs are counting on him in a leadership role after losing multiple veterans on the defensive line. With Jaye Howard gone, Bailey should see regular early-down snaps.
Source: chiefs.com
Jun 9 - 7:40 PM

The Chiefs are "throwing everything" at third-round RB Kareem Hunt in OTAs.

"He is a good kid and he has been working his tail off and he’s a part of the group now," were the words of RBs coach Eric Bieniemy. Bieniemy went on to praise Hunt's work as a pass catcher. That could be Hunt's key to early playing time, though he's a three-down prospect. Spencer Ware isn't going to be gifted early downs in camp.
Jun 8 - 5:33 PM

Chiefs signed DT Cam Thomas.

The eighth-year pro appeared in all 16 games for the Rams last season, playing 391 snaps. He will provide rotational depth in Kansas City if he manages to crack the 53-man roster.
Jun 8 - 3:06 PM

Chris Conley will be the Chiefs' starting X receiver following Jeremy Maclin's release.

The "X" in Andy Reid's offense is a possession role, whereas the Z (Tyreek Hill) is the featured position with deeper route responsibilities. Conley did reveal he has received reps at Z in recent OTAs, perhaps a sign he won't be pigeonholed as a possession receiver. Conley profiled nothing like a possession receiver coming out of Georgia in 2015. He averaged 18.3 yards per catch as a senior and blazed 4.35 at 6-foot-2, 213 during the NFL Combine.
Jun 7 - 8:11 PM

Chiefs signed second-round DE Tanoh Kpassagnon to a four-year contract.

A small-school prospect out of Villanova, Kpassagnon was extremely productive in the Colonial Athletic Association, tallying 22 career sacks, 37.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. A mountainous 6-foot-7, 289 pounds, Kpassagnon tested as an elite athlete. The problem is, he doesn't look it on tape. Despite the college production and second-round pedigree, Kpassagnon will be a project.
Jun 6 - 5:43 PM


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