Chiefs news for 11 May 2019
According to the NFL’s transaction report the Chiefs waived former LSU RB John David (J.D.) Moore, who spent the entire 2018 season on injured reserve. The addition of undrafted free agents Marcus Marshall and James Williams made Moore expendable in Kansas City. The roster space that was cleared by Moore was quickly filled back up when the Chiefs claimed OG Zack Golditch off waivers from Arizona.
Golditch spent his rookie season in 2018 bouncing around several different teams before landing with the Cardinals. He entered the league out of Colorado State as an undrafted free agent with the Chargers and played with them throughout the entire preseason.
“I had a chance to meet quite a few kids – many of which are going through difficult times and trying situations,” Mathieu said. “I think any time that you have an opportunity to lend your hand or even give kids a little bit of hope, that’s always a good thing – not only for them, but for yourself.”
Mathieu, who signed with the Chiefs in March, also saw the event as an opportunity to get to know his new town – and in a pretty impactful way, at that.
“It’s always important to dive into the community and to get to know people outside of what I do for a living,” Mathieu said. “It’s important to make yourself a part of other people’s’ lives.”
The Chiefs have signed Valdosta State TE Jody Fortson Jr. The Chiefs were at the 90-man roster limit, so they needed to make a corresponding move to add Fortson to the team. The corresponding move appears to be the release of WR Sammie Coates, as reported by ESPN’s Field Yates. Coates was signed shortly after the end of the 2019 season along with several other free agents. After the Chiefs added several undrafted receivers in 2019, the writing was on the wall for Coates.
Fortson was among the undrafted free agent tryout players at the Chiefs’ rookie minicamp last weekend. It’s clear that he made enough of an impression at his new position to earn a spot on the team. The question remains just how ready he is for the NFL game at his current size. Fortson will join the Chiefs just ahead of Organized Team Activities with an opportunity to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster.
Thompson’s ability to stop on a dime then accelerate quickly is a major asset when facing individual defenders on the edge. He’s also very chippy at the second level and initiates contact with cornerbacks and safeties rather than running away from it. This generally results in extra yardage at the end of plays in which he’s able to get to the sideline.
Thompson wasn’t used in the screen game as frequently as he could have been, and he wasn’t asked to run many routes out of the backfield. His footwork is questionable when asked to do so, and whether he can run a full running-back route tree (a necessity in Andy Reid’s offense) is yet to be determined. However, his quick feet and soft hands at least make him appear to be an ideal fit provided he can pick up on the more nuanced aspects of the job. He also appears to be a willing pass-blocker who does his best to set his feet and deliver a punch when called upon, though he can be prone to lunging.
There are a couple of trains of thought here. The Chiefs are currently favored to win the Super Bowl, they’re lacking pass-catching depth and they have the cap space to fit Rudolph on the roster for the 2019 season. If they’re going all-in on this season, this is the type of move that makes sense. Last season, Rudolph caught 64 passes for 634 yards and four touchdowns. If the Chiefs can get similar production out of him as a backup, he could make for a deadly duo along with Travis Kelce.
On the other hand, draft capital is very valuable to a team like the Chiefs. They’re getting ready to pay big money to a lot of talented players, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Trading away a valuable pick to acquire a 29-year-old tight end could limit their ability to roster-build in the future. Are the Chiefs more concerned about building consistency across multiple seasons or winning right now?
“Then I hang up the phone and had no idea what’s going on. I called my agent and said, ‘Hey, did I just get drafted?’ He’d known it was going to happen, but he didn’t want to tell me. He said, ‘I don’t know. It hasn’t come through the TV yet.’ I look at my phone and had the app going and the Chiefs had the last pick in the sixth round as well. So I refresh the phone and I see they took someone else [sixth round running back] Darwin Thompson]. I thought that was the pick, not realizing they were picking two picks later. So I was like, ‘Oh, that’s it.’ Then I see Tampa Bay make a pick and then it’s the Chiefs again.”
At that point, the confusion was over. The seventh round pick would cement his status as an official member of the Kansas City Chiefs, a moment he’ll never forget.
“At that point, my family is all around the TV and the pick felt like it was in for 15 minutes. I didn’t know until my name popped up and it was awesome. It was a very cool experience. My parents were screaming and yelling. It was a really cool moment and I’m so glad that I got to share it with my family.”
New Mexico CB Jalin Burrell
I know there is a lot of excitement for Clemson CB Mark Fields, but right now the Chiefs have a quite a few guys who project as a nickel corner. Kendall Fuller is the starter there and Tremon Smith the backup. Keith Reaser has also played that spot in the past for the Chiefs. At some point the Chiefs have to prioritize outside corners.
Burrell was a standout during the Chiefs’ rookie minicamp, consistently making plays throughout the weekend. He even earned a high five from defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Catching the attention of your defensive coordinator right away has to count for something.
At 6-2 and 190 pounds he’s a fit to play along the perimeter. He brings a physical presence to his game, which includes being unafraid to come up and make a tackle. The big question will be is whether he can keep up a consistent level of play once the pads come on during the offseason program.
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