Player News - Chiefs

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Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reports Chiefs co-OC Brad Childress is "out of the picture" for the Bills' vacant offensive coordinator position.

It is not clear why he has been dropped from the race, but it is possible the Chiefs blocked the move like they did when fellow co-OC Matt Nagy was drawing interest from the Jets earlier this month. With Childress gone, the Bills are running out of options. Former Jaguars OC Greg Olson is scheduled to interview on Thursday, and he looks like the best candidate remaining.
Jan 17 - 11:25 AM

Speaking at Monday's season-ending presser, Chiefs coach Andy Reid committed to Alex Smith as his 2017 quarterback.

"Do I still think we can win with Alex?," Reid asked rhetorically. "Yeah, we were right there." It's not exactly the most ringing endorsement, but due $13.3 million between salary and bonuses, Smith will almost certainly be back under center for a fifth season in Kansas City. Smith has made no progress as a Chief, stubbornly minding the store while trying to avoid mistakes at all costs. With Smith going on 33, the Chiefs at the very least need a plan-of-succession in mind.
Jan 16 - 1:34 PM

Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali plans to continue his playing career in 2017.

Hali turned 33 last month but is coming off another strong season. Despite notching just 3.5 sacks, Hali rang up 43 total pressures and was Pro Football Focus' No. 13-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker among 59 qualifiers. Hali played just seven snaps in the Divisional Round loss to the Steelers, however, and will likely take a back seat to Dee Ford and Justin Houston next season.
Jan 16 - 11:13 AM

Albert Wilson caught 2-of-3 targets for three yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

Wilson got the scoring started with a five-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter on a play-action rollout by Alex Smith. Wilson's other catch was a failed screen. The Chiefs' No. 4 receiver much of the year, Wilson finishes with 33 catches for 282 yards and three scores. He'll be a restricted free agent.
Jan 16 - 12:33 AM

Chris Conley caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

Conley's biggest grab was a 12-yard catch over the middle on 4th-and-8 in the fourth quarter. Later on the same drive, he took a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit from S Sean Davis to draw a 15-yard penalty and help set up Spencer Ware's short touchdown run to make it 18-16, which was the final score. Conley managed to improve on his rookie-year numbers, posting a 46-549 receiving line, but he was held out of the end zone all season. Conley has a mouthwatering blend of size and speed, but it's wasted in this offense that doesn't attack deep. He's still just 24 and remains a Dynasty hold.
Jan 16 - 12:32 AM

Tyreek Hill caught 4-of-6 targets for 27 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

He added three carries for 18 yards. The Chiefs tried to get Hill going and needed him to make at least one big play if they were going to win this game. It didn't happen. Hill had a fine rookie year, rushing for 285 yards and three touchdowns while posting a 65-620-6 receiving line. He also scored three touchdowns as a return man, being named a first-team All-Pro there. Hill is electrifying in the open field and can score from anywhere. Still, he might not have a position and is probably someone to sell high on in Dynasty leagues. It'll be hard to repeat this season.
Jan 16 - 12:26 AM

Jeremy Maclin caught 2-of-4 targets for 28 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

His biggest catch was a 20-yard grab on the right sideline right at the first-down marker on a 3rd-and-20 play following a Travis Kelce personal foul penalty. It set up a Cairo Santos field goal. Maclin had a really rough second season in Kansas City. He missed four games with a groin injury and never caught more than six passes in a game. He answered a 92-1,140-8 season last year with a meager 46-564-2 campaign in 2016. He took a back seat to Travis Kelce, who became the Chiefs' No. 1 option. And rookie Tyreek Hill was schemed the ball multiple ways, which also played a role in Maclin's down numbers. Maclin turns 29 in May and has three years left on his deal. He's more of a WR3/4 as long as Alex Smith is the quarterback.
Jan 16 - 12:20 AM

Travis Kelce caught 5-of-7 targets for 77 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

The Chiefs got Kelce the ball on a couple shovel passes, with one picking up a good chunk of yards but the other being stuffed for a minimal gain inside the 10-yard line. Kelce also had a horrible drop on deep ball down the middle in the third quarter and took out his frustration two plays later with a dumb personal foul penalty to make it 3rd-and-20. At the end of the day, Kelce's stat line was respectable and he had a great individual season, leading all tight ends with 1,125 yards and finishing one catch behind Dennis Pitta's 86 grabs for the position lead. Kelce scored just four touchdowns but clearly became the Chiefs' top pass-game option in his fourth pro season. Kelce is locked up through 2021 and just turned 27. He and Rob Gronkowski are fantasy's top two tight ends.
Jan 16 - 12:14 AM

Charcandrick West rushed one time for -1 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

He caught two balls for 14 yards, with one coming on a swing pass in the red zone to help set up Spencer Ware's fourth-quarter touchdown. West made a few spot starts this season in place of an injured Ware, but he didn't top 58 yards rushing in any of the four, finishing the year with 89 carries for 292 yards (3.3 YPC) and one touchdown. West is signed through 2018 but isn't a threat to play much of an increased role next season and could even lose some work.
Jan 16 - 12:08 AM

Spencer Ware rushed eight times for 35 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Divisional Round loss to the Steelers.

He "added" two catches for one yard and lost a fumble on one of those just before halftime. It didn't end up mattering much. His touchdown run came from one yard out deep in the fourth quarter to pull the score to 18-16, but the Chiefs ultimately failed on the two-point conversion after a penalty. Ware really struggled much of the second half of the season after a Week 8 concussion. Fatigue was probably the biggest reason, as this was his first full season as the No. 1 back. The Chiefs will probably look for someone to compete with Ware next season, if they end up releasing Jamaal Charles, though Charles could later be brought back on a more team-friendly deal.
Jan 16 - 12:01 AM

Alex Smith completed 20-of-34 passes for 172 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Chiefs' 18-16, Divisional Round loss to the Steelers on Sunday.

The Chiefs scored the only two touchdowns of this game, but it still wasn't enough to overcome Steelers K Chris Boswell's six field goals. Smith and the Chiefs got the scoring started with a five-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson out of the wishbone formation on a play-action boot to the left. Predictably, Kansas City's offense went into a shell after the score and couldn't do much of anything before laboring for a fourth-quarter touchdown to bring the score to 18-16. On the ensuing two-point conversion, Smith hit Demetrius Harris to tie the game, but it was called back on a hold by LT Eric Fisher. They failed on the next attempt from the 12-yard line. Smith threw for a career-high 3,502 yards in 2016, but only threw 15 touchdowns to eight picks. He's not -- and never will be -- a fantasy asset.
Jan 15 - 11:53 PM

Chiefs declared RB Knile Davis, DL T.J. Barnes, QB Tyler Bray, LB Victor Ochi, OL Mike Person, TE Ross Travis and CB D.J. White inactive for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Steelers.

Eric Berry (Achilles), Tamba Hali (knee), Justin Houston (knee) and Spencer Ware (rib) are all active. In fact, none of those four were even listed on the Chiefs' final injury report. Sunday's game was originally scheduled for 1:05 PM ET but was pushed back to 8:20 due to icy conditions in Kansas City.
Jan 15 - 7:09 PM

ESPN's Rich Cimini believes the Chiefs would block the Jets from interviewing Matt Nagy for their vacancy at offensive coordinator.

The same happened when the Jets tried to interview Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo earlier this month. Nagy is currently sharing OC duties with Brad Childress but could have that role to himself if Childress leaves this offseason. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Childress is a leading candidate for the Bills' vacancy at offensive coordinator. The Jets interviewed Broncos RBs coach Eric Studesville last week but he opted to stay in Denver. Obviously the Jets' open coordinator position isn't drawing much interest around the league.
Jan 15 - 11:37 AM

Chiefs co-OC Brad Childress is a leading candidate to fill the Bills' vacancy at offensive coordinator.

The former Vikings head coach has spent the last four years in Kansas City, first working as a spread game analyst before being promoted to co-offensive coordinator. Moving to Buffalo would reunite Childress with Leslie Frazier, who was recently hired as Bills defensive coordinator. The Bills are also considering former Jaguars OC Greg Olson for the same position. If Childress leaves, Matt Nagy would take over as Kansas City's offensive coordinator.
Jan 15 - 9:37 AM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) has been removed from the injury report.

Houston sat out the last two weeks of the regular season, but coach Andy Reid said he would play earlier in the week. He's still not 100 percent and should be limited to pass rush situations. Eric Berry and Tamba Hali have also been taken off the injury report.
Jan 13 - 5:11 PM

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