Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

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Date: Team: Pos:

Donnie Avery (groin) is practicing in full for Week 13.

Avery should return this week after missing the last seven games. He'll start opposite Dwayne Bowe, with Jason Avant likely getting time in three-wide sets.
Nov 26 - 5:57 PM

Anthony Fasano (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Fasano played through his knee injury last week, but was on the field for just two snaps. His presence will continue to limit Travis Kelce's upside if he plays on Sunday night. Fasano has just a 22/203/3 line this season.
Nov 26 - 5:49 PM

Chiefs placed SS Eric Berry on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season.

Per ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher, the team believes Berry has lymphoma. If so, it's a scary time for Berry and his family. It's also a huge loss for the Chiefs, who may have to reinsert Marcus Cooper as a starting corner after moving Ron Parker from safety the past few weeks. The fifth overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Berry turns 26 in December. This is his contract year.
Nov 24 - 5:02 PM

Chiefs will sign DE Nick Williams off the Steelers practice squad.

A 2013 seventh-rounder, Williams spent all of his rookie year on injured reserve due to a knee injury. He remains a developmental, raw prospect with limited experience after not picking up football until his senior year of high school, but looks the part at 6'4/309 with long arms and good burst.
Nov 24 - 8:17 AM

Chiefs placed WR A.J. Jenkins (shoulder) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Jenkins hadn't played since Week 9 due to his shoulder injury. He'll finish 2014 with nine receptions for 93 yards, making two starts in place of Donnie Avery. The Chiefs signed Jason Avant to replace him.
Nov 21 - 8:03 PM

Chiefs signed WR Jason Avant.

Avant will reunite with Andy Reid after being released from Carolina earlier in the week. With the state of Kansas City's receivers, he could provide an upgrade opposite Dwayne Bowe. Avant had just a 21/201/1 line with the Panthers.
Nov 21 - 4:40 PM

The Chiefs worked out free agent Jason Avant on Friday and "may sign him."

Avant doesn't have much left in the tank in terms of on-field ability, but he knows Andy Reid's offense like the back of his hand. He could upgrade on Frankie Hammond, who was abysmal in Thursday night's loss to the Raiders.
Nov 21 - 4:26 PM

De'Anthony Thomas rushed once for nine yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders, adding two catches for an additional 15 yards.

He also added a 48-yard kick return. Thomas has looked like a legit playmaker, but he's not getting the ball enough to be on the re-draft radar.
Nov 21 - 12:38 AM

Knile Davis rushed twice for two yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Making a West Coast road trip on a short week, the Chiefs bafflingly dialed up only 24 rushes against the worst team in the league. It quite likely cost them the game. With Jamaal Charles running at an All-Pro level, Davis won't be on the RB3 radar against the Broncos' elite run defense in Week 13.
Nov 21 - 12:36 AM

Frankie Hammond caught 1-of-3 targets for six yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders.

With Donnie Avery and Junior Hemingway ailing, the Chiefs needed Hammond to step up. Instead he dropped a critical third-down pass (which was overturned by a penalty) and failed to come back to the ball on the final play of the game. It was a dismal performance. The Chiefs arguably have the least receiver talent in the league.
Nov 21 - 12:31 AM

Anthony Fasano caught 2-of-2 targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders.

Returning from a knee injury, Fasano made a beautiful adjustment on an under-thrown ball from Alex Smith for his 19-yard score in the third quarter. The touchdown was Fasano's third of the season. The barely-there TE2 will take a 22/203/3 line into Week 13.
Nov 21 - 12:28 AM

Dwayne Bowe caught 3-of-5 targets for 42 yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders.

Bowe may have fallen asleep in the first half, as he drew only two targets as Alex Smith struggled to get anything resembling "offense" going. Smith finally started driving the ball after the break, but it was too little, too late in a game where the Chiefs let the 0-10 Raiders hang around far too long. Bowe's physical skills have declined, but there's no reason for him to be as lightly utilized as he's been this season. He's barely on the WR4 map.
Nov 21 - 12:09 AM

Travis Kelce caught 4-of-5 targets for 67 yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders.

Kelce was Zeus-ing every time he touched the ball, shedding tacklers and delivering punishment. That includes some thundering blocks. But coach Andy Reid and Alex Smith still only saw fit to look his way five times. With the Chiefs having the league's thinnest receiver corps, there's simply no reason for Kelce not to be drawing a minimum of 8-10 weekly targets. With 10 days to game plan for Week 13's showdown with the Broncos, perhaps Reid will come to that realization over the long weekend. Kelce remains a boom-or-bust TE1.
Nov 21 - 12:06 AM

Jamaal Charles rushed 19 times for 80 yards in Kansas City's Week 12 loss to the Raiders, adding four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

As usual, Charles was the Chiefs' best player. As sometimes happens, coach Andy Reid kept going away from him at critical junctures, and it may have cost Kansas City the game. Charles touched the ball just once on the Chiefs' final two drives, something that simply can't happen in a game you lose by four points. Charles' all-world athleticism was on full display on his 30-yard touchdown reception, as he turned a dumpoff into a pin-balling score. The top-three RB1 should have a big Week 13 against the Broncos. Charles is matchup proof.
Nov 21 - 12:00 AM

Alex Smith completed 20-of-36 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns in Kansas City's 24-20, Week 12 loss to the Raiders.

He added two rushes for five yards, also committing a fumble the Chiefs recovered. It was too little, too late for Smith, who was utterly dismal for the game's first 30-40 minutes before finally mustering up the courage to take some shots downfield after the Chiefs fell behind 17-3. He found Dwayne Bowe and Travis Kelce for chunk gains, but the Chiefs couldn't hold a fragile 20-17, fourth-quarter lead. Anthony Fasano and Jamaal Charles did the work on Smith's scores. In Smith's defense, he was hurt by horrific play from his pass catchers on Kansas City's final drive, most notably from Frankie Hammond. The Chiefs desperately need to address their receiver corps this offseason. Smith will be on the QB2 map in what will likely be a high-scoring game against the Broncos in Week 13.
Nov 20 - 11:56 PM


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