Player News - Chiefs

Date: Team: Pos:

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford missed time at minicamp with a knee injury.

It's not major concern, but Kansas City needs Ford healthy with Justin Houston sidelined. Ford should be ready for the start of training camp.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 9:17 PM

Chris Conley got first-team reps opposite Jeremy Maclin at minicamp.

Albert Wilson also rotated in. Kansas City didn’t do much to upgrade opposite Maclin this offseason, adding Rod Streater and fifth-rounder Tyreek Hill. Conley’s the favorite to start, but has limited deep-threat upside with Alex Smith. The Chiefs should remain one of the league's most run-heavy teams.
Jun 25 - 6:08 PM

Fourth-rounder Parker Ehinger worked as the Chiefs' first-team left guard throughout minicamp.

Incumbent LG Zach Fulton opened OTAs as the starter for the first three days but ceded the position to Ehinger the final seven days of OTAs and the entire three-day minicamp. Things will get more interesting in training camp and preseason, but it appears the left guard job is Ehinger's to lose.
Jun 22 - 1:40 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes Chiefs franchise-tagged S Eric Berry has a "reasonable chance" to become the highest-paid safety.

Berry is deserving of a top contract after coming back strong from a cancer fight last season, but his health history makes any long-term contract complicated. GM John Dorsey has already said negotiations with Berry will be a "slow process," making it unlikely anything happens before the July 15 deadline. Harrison Smith is currently the highest-paid safety after signing a five-year, $51.25 million extension this month.
Jun 21 - 12:20 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) will open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Houston is four months into his 6-12 month timetable. He could miss all of camp and is doubtful for Week 1. Houston is a candidate to open the season on reserve/PUP, costing him the first six games.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 4:24 PM

Coach Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles (ACL) might not be cleared for training camp.

"We’ll have to see with Jamaal," said Reid. "You don’t want to take any steps back." Charles did some individual work at OTAs, but isn’t going to be full-go at the start of camp. Kansas City could rest Charles the entire preseason. Charles has setback risks coming off two knee surgeries in the last four years, but remains on track for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 4:05 PM

2015 third-rounder Steven Nelson is penciled in as the Chiefs' nickel corner.

Nelson is technically competing for a starting job opposite Marcus Peters, but he's being groomed for the slot. Nelson played only 53 defensive snaps as a rookie, but the Chiefs have been talking him up this offseason. On paper/college film, Nelson has the cover skills to man the slot.
Jun 16 - 6:17 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid considers Phillip Gaines (ACL) the favorite to start opposite Marcus Peters.

Steven Nelson and rookie KeiVarae Russell are both in the running, but it's Gaines' job to lose. A 2014 third-rounder, Gaines has made eight career starts. He has yet to distinguish himself on the regular season field.
Jun 16 - 6:05 PM

Franchise-tagged Chiefs S Eric Berry is skipping mandatory minicamp.

It's only mandatory if you're under contract, which Berry is not. The sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.
Jun 14 - 2:43 PM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali (knee scope) is sitting out minicamp.

The Chiefs were never going to risk a setback in minicamp. Hali, who has missed only four games in 10 years, will be ready to rock long before Week 1.
Jun 14 - 1:47 PM

Jamaal Charles (ACL) will participate in individual drills at minicamp.

The Chiefs continue to baby Charles along, something that should continue through the early days of training camp. We doubt Charles gets a preseason carry this summer, but barring a setback, he'll be all systems go for Week 1.
Jun 14 - 1:18 PM

Chiefs C Mitch Morse is up to 308 pounds.

Morse is coming off a solid first season, grading as PFF’s No. 16 center. The Chiefs expect the added strength to improve his run blocking.
Jun 11 - 2:36 PM

Marcus Cooper has been getting safety reps at OTAs.

Cooper is moving to safety full time after spending his first three years at corner. He gives the Chiefs another option behind starters Eric Berry and Ron Parker. Added versatility will improve Cooper's chances of making the 53.
Jun 11 - 2:27 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles (ACL) could participate in minicamp.

Reid said the same thing before OTAs, but Charles ended up sitting out every session. Charles has said he will not participate in football activities until training camp "at the earliest." Even if he gets back on the field next week, he will be extremely limited. Charles is still on track to be 100 percent well before Week 1.
Jun 11 - 11:15 AM

Alex Smith averaged more than eight yards per attempt and completed more than 72 percent of his passes when the Chiefs lined up in three-tight-end formations last season.

With arguably a better group of weapons at tight end than receiver, the Chiefs have been practicing with three tight ends at OTAs. "It’s been nice to get those three tight ends on the field and do stuff with them, especially in the passing game," Smith said. "Once we can get the pads on and run out of that personnel, I think they’ll be a weapon for us." Travis Kelce is the star of the group, but James O'Shaugnessy and Demetrius Harris are intriguing prospects as well. If the receivers behind Jeremy Maclin cannot take a step forward, the Chiefs could lean more heavily on the tight-end group this season.
Jun 11 - 9:26 AM


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