Chiefs news for 18 May 2019
According to Houston Chronicle writer Aaron Wilson, the Chiefs hosted free agent offensive tackle Diegot Joseph for a visit on Thursday. Joseph entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Florida International during the 2017 season. He’s spent time with the Bears, Ravens, Vikings and most recently the New York Jets.
Joseph spent the 2018 season with the Jets on the practice squad. Following the 2018 season he signed a reserve/future deal with the team. He was waived from the Jets earlier in may in order to place a waiver claim on another player.
At 6-6 and nearly 300 pounds, Joseph has the look of a swing tackle in the NFL. The Chiefs seem to still be working to hammer down that position with this offensive line group. There are a few different players vying for the spot including Ryan Hunter, Justin Senior, Dino Boyd, Pace Murphy and Zack Golditch.
Every Sunday for the last several years, Chiefs Kingdom is used to identifying and cheering for favorite defenders like No. 50 Justin Houston and No. 29 Eric Berry. This offseason, however, the defensive renovation forced out both players via release along with numerous other starters who have been released or traded. Neither move was a major shock given the financials involved but it was still weird to see Berry taking a free agent visit to Dallas (he remains unsigned) and Houston sign with the Indianapolis Colts.
Now it’s another level of odd to see that cornerback Kendall Fuller has been given Berry’s old number. Fuller’s old number in Washington was No. 29, so it makes sense that he would want to switch back when given the chance. As for Houston’s old number, it fell to the newest member of the team, linebacker Darron Lee. The former Jets linebacker was acquired earlier this week for a sixth round draft choice.
There are three important depth chart related observations in this video. First up is the starter at the left guard position. Currently it’s Andrew Wylie, who started at right guard in place of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif in 2018. Last season the starter at left guard was Cameron Erving, who the Chiefs signed to a contract extension. It’s not clear why Wylie is lining up with the starters, but this is something to monitor during OTAs.
Additionally, Austin Reiter is the Chiefs’ starting center, which is expected after he signed a contract extension. The question here is whether he’s earned that role as a starter or if he’ll receive competition for the job from seventh-round draft pick Nick Allegretti. OTAs will be a good time to monitor this situation.
That disappointment turned to hope in 1993 when GM Carl Peterson added future Hall of Famers Joe Montana at quarterback and Marcus Allen at the running back position. That year was also when the playoff ghost first decided to haunt the Chiefs. In what was a magical year that featured a comeback overtime win against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card game, and a second comeback win against the heavily favored Houston Oilers in the Divisional round, the season ended in heartbreak. Montana was injured in the AFC Championship game, and the Chiefs lost 30-13 to the Buffalo Bills.
While the Chiefs Kingdom is validated in its pessimism of the playoffs and the lack of its team success, it should also be optimistic. You see this isn’t an article about the disappointment of the same old story, but rather a piece to give you hope that a new story is being written right before your eyes. Hope that Patrick Mahomes can finish, where Montana left off. And from the magical run they had last season, it looks like he is well on his way.
Reid and the Chiefs also went with an intriguing pick at 56th overall, where they selected Georgia wideout, Mecole Hardman. The 5’10” return specialist is an absolute speedster — he recorded a 4.33 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine and has all the attributes to become an Andy Reid prodigy. Georgia hasn’t been buying as much into the RPO hype and only had 30 pass attempts out of an RPO in 2018, but out of those 30 attempts, Hardman saw 16 of targets and recorded a 76.6 receiving grade and 9.5 yards after the catch per reception.
As mentioned, Reid is one of the league’s biggest RPO advocates, and he has sold his former offensive assistants on the play as well. Philadelphia Eagleshead coach Doug Pederson served on Reid’s staff in Kansas City from 2013 to 2015, and when he left the Chiefs for Philly in 2016, he took Reid’s beloved play with him.
The Chiefs would, in theory, be able to trade for Peterson and have him learn the scheme. This would be aided by the fact that the Chiefs’ secondary coach, Dave Merritt, coached Peterson last season in Arizona. He would then have to sit out his suspension and would be back on the field for the final 10 games and the playoffs, the time the Chiefs need him most.
The same logic that applies to Peterson applies to other high-level cornerbacks who are rumored to be potentially available: Ramsey and Rhodes. However, neither of those players have actively requested for a trade like Peterson did last season, and neither are facing a suspension that lowers their value to their team. Finally, both of those corners play for teams that seem to believe they have Super Bowl aspirations, which makes the trade of a high-level cornerback significantly less likely. Chris Harris Jr. is another name to throw in the mix, but the likelihood of Broncos GM John Elway trading to the Chiefs is quite low.
The Chiefs have partnered with KCCG in each of the past six years, sowing the seeds of a relationship that continued on Thursday.
“The fourth-graders here at this school help take care of these six raised beds – they incorporate it into their classroom and their community – so it was pretty exciting having the players here,” said Hannah Ebling-Artz, Kansas City Community Gardens’ Schoolyard Gardens Program Director. “These kids talk about the players all the time and actually toured the stadium last fall, so it was so much fun having them here. The kids couldn’t believe it.”
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