Player News - Chiefs

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Albert Wilson left Friday's preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Wilson went down after making a 16-yard catch on the opening drive. The Chiefs are listing his return as questionable, but he's likely done for the game. Wilson's injury gives rookie Chris Conley a chance to play opposite Jeremy Maclin.
Aug 28 - 8:34 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher considers fourth-round ILB Ramik Wilson in the mix to start opposite Derrick Johnson.

Josh Mauga opened training camp as the favorite to start, but missed the first two preseason games. Wilson has impressed in his absence, posting nine tackles and an interception. It's possible Wilson has played his way ahead of Mauga. A backup his first three years, Mauga is a run-stopping liability.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 4:54 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher reports WR Albert Wilson has been "mostly quiet in training camp and the preseason."

Wilson generated some buzz with a nice finish to 2014, but has only two catches for 15 yards through two preseason games. He's been the subject of relatively few "puff pieces" from Chiefs practice since the beginning of OTAs. Wilson isn't a bad WR5 flier in 14-team leagues, but his upside is limited with Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce set to dominate targets in the Chiefs' passing game.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 27 - 11:11 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford (rib) participated in Monday's training camp practice.

Ford was feared to have suffered a broken rib in Friday's preseason game, but he's good to go. Ford is the Chiefs' No. 3 outside linebacker behind Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Ford's snaps should grow in his second season.
Aug 24 - 5:12 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said sidelined NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) has "made big strides."

"I can just tell he's at least on schedule if not a little bit ahead," Reid said. "He's had a great attitude with the whole thing." Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson said there was "rising optimism" surrounding Poe's rehab this weekend. Poe has said he wants to return Week 1. While that is unlikely, it appears Poe could be back sometime in September.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 1:08 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said LT Eric Fisher (ankle) and RT Jeff Allen (knee) will likely be sidelined another week.

Considering starters rarely play in the fourth preseason game, it is reasonable to expect Fisher and Allen will be held out the rest of the preseason. With both tackles sidelined, the Chiefs turned to Donald Stephenson on the left side and Paul Fanaika on the right in their second preseason game.
Aug 22 - 1:37 PM

Chiefs OLB Dee Ford may have suffered a broken rib in Friday's preseason game.

It's unwelcome news for a player who has already dealt with a concussion this summer. Stuck on the second team behind Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, Ford can't push for more snaps in sub-packages this preseason if he's not on the field.
Aug 22 - 1:32 AM

Rookie WR Chris Conley did not catch a pass in his preseason debut Friday night.

Kansas City's speedy third-round pick mixed in with the first-team offense late in the first quarter. It was Conley's first preseason game after he missed Kansas City's exhibition opener with a knee injury. Conley also handled kickoff returns in the second half. Conley is in the hunt for third receiver duties behind Jeremy Maclin and Albert Wilson, though the Chiefs may end up being more of a two-tight end than three-wideout team.
Aug 21 - 11:04 PM

Chiefs rookie TE James O'Shaughnessy caught two balls for 15 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's second preseason game.

A fifth-round pick out of Illinois State, O'Shaughnessy saw extensive action with Kansas City's first-team offense, mixing in behind Travis Kelce. A favorite of Rookie Scouting Portfolio's Matt Waldman, O'Shaughnessy is an underrated talent with plus athleticism and an impressive all-around game. He could become a streamer option if something happened to Kelce and is worth a bench stash in especially deep Dynasty leagues.
Aug 21 - 11:01 PM

Travis Kelce caught one pass for 23 yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game.

Kelce's big play came on an upfield route down the seam, getting between Seattle's linebackers for the chunk-yardage gain. Kelce was also noticeably effective as a blocker. After frustratingly spending most of last season as Kansas City's No. 2 tight end behind Anthony Fasano, Kelce will be a full-time player this year with James O'Shaughnessy handling Kelce's old reserve role.
Aug 21 - 10:32 PM

Jamaal Charles caught three passes for seven yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game Friday night.

He didn't receive a carry, resting while Knile Davis took the beating. Although it didn't result in many yards, it was nice to see Charles heavily involved in the Chiefs' screen game. His receiving usage dipped sharply last year, battling an early-season high ankle sprain and never fully getting going there after leading all NFL running backs in pass-game targets the season before.
Aug 21 - 10:30 PM

Knile Davis rushed 11 times for 29 yards and caught two passes for six yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game.

The Chiefs didn't give Jamaal Charles much run for precautionary reasons, so Davis operated as an every-down back with the first-team offense. He had very little room to run behind one of the league's weaker offensive lines, while facing Seattle's stout defensive front. Through two exhibition games, Davis has 52 yards on 15 carries. He is an elite handcuff worth drafting in the tenth through twelfth rounds of 12-team leagues, even by non-Charles owners.
Aug 21 - 10:27 PM

Jeremy Maclin caught three balls for 22 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' second preseason game, adding an eight-yard carry.

Maclin looked quick and explosive working the sideline against Seattle's boundary corners. He saw a goal-line target early in the second quarter, but couldn't secure it following a big hit by Seahawks S Steven Terrell over the middle. Plays later, Maclin lined up in the backfield next to Alex Smith in the shotgun and beat a linebacker for a three-yard TD. Maclin played a variety of roles and motioned all over the field, perhaps indicating the Chiefs plan to manufacture ways to get him the football. Maclin is priced quite affordably this year in drafts with fantasy owners fearing the effect Smith will have on his numbers.
Aug 21 - 10:01 PM

Alex Smith completed 11-of-18 passes for 81 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Chiefs' second preseason game.

He scrambled three times for 22 yards. Smith played his typical game, not taking many chances and throwing the ball away when under duress. He did hit Jeremy Maclin for a three-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but threw a pick-six to Seahawks MLB Bobby Wagner on the ensuing drive. Smith threw only six interceptions all of last season. Through two preseason contests, Smith is 17-of-28 passing for 123 yards, one touchdown, and two picks.
Aug 21 - 9:56 PM

Jeremy Maclin expects the Chiefs to throw it down the field more often this season.

"It may not be bombs over Baghdad every play," Maclin said. "But is that something we can do? Do we want to do more of it? Yes, we do." According to Pro Football Focus, Alex Smith attempted just 24 passes of more than 20 yards last season. Maclin had 34 targets of longer than 20 yards by himself. Maclin's presence should force the ultra-conservative Smith to push the ball downfield more, but it is unlikely to become a big part of the Chiefs' offensive attack.
Aug 20 - 1:26 PM


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