Chiefs news for 12 June 2019
It’s simply must-see television for every member of Chiefs Kingdom, as fans have watched 1.4 million minutes of the show on YouTube over the last two weeks. In fact, 2,800 subscribers followed the Chiefs’ YouTube channel from the show alone.
The show will air every other Wednesday on YouTube, Facebook and Fox Sports moving forward, continuing with this week’s episode that will focus on the Scouting Combine, defensive end Frank Clark’s arrival in Kansas City and the NFL Draft.
Jones wasn’t the only player absent from practice, as there are several players who are still recovering from injury. According to Chiefs Digest’s Matt Derrick there were four more players absent from practice.
Travis Kelce is still recovering from offseason ankle surgery. Andy Reid said that he didn’t expect to have Kelce for mandatory minicamp, but training camp is a possibility. Blake Bell returned to practice after missing the final OTA practices with back spasms. According to ESPN’s Adam Teicher, Bell had a few catches, but the depth behind Bell dealt with drops during 11-on-11 periods.
Second-year tight end Deon Yelder, who was the No. 2 early in OTAs is still dealing with a hamstring injury. It doesn’t appear that anyone is lining up to take his job, even though they certainly have the opportunity.
A shoulder injury still has Cameron Erving on the sidelines for the Chiefs. With each day he misses, Andrew Wylie is further cementing himself as the starter at the left guard position. There’s no indication on when Erving might be available to play. Rookie safety Juan Thornhill is still missing from practice with a calf injury. Coach Reid didn’t seem too concerned with this injury, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they shut Thornhill down until training camp.
“I just think that right there will make us improve so much more as a defense to not have to go back and watch film as a group. You can just do it on your own on your own time and then just ask questions when you get in the next day.”
Center Jimmy Murray was taken off the field in a cart midway through Tuesday’s practice.
Wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Gehrig Dieter had the catches of the day from quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The tight ends, in particular, had a case of the drops during Tuesday’s practice. David Wells dropped the ball a number of times, while new signee Nick Kelzer and rookie John Lovett had at least one apiece.
Though starting running back Damien Williams participated in individual drills, he didn’t take part in the team drills later in practice.
The absence of Jones should not be surprising for the Chiefs, or any team for that matter, since it’s the one ounce of leverage in the hands of a player to draw attention to the contract concerns. The Chiefs have acknowledged the concern and stated their goals to ink Jones to an extension, so Jones’ absence is a way of forcing the issue. Such an absence is often used to paint the player in a negative light—look who is not a team player?!—but the reality is that Jones has everything to lose by being in mandatory minicamp with the Chiefs, a three-day event that began on Tuesday.
Kendall Fuller didn’t choose to change his jersey number on a whim. To him, the No. 29 worn by former Chiefs safety Eric Berry deserved the consideration.
Fuller is returning to the number he wore in Washington as a second-year pro in 2017. He started there as No. 38, changed it after his rookie season, and wore No. 23 last season with the Chiefs, when he came to Kansas City in the trade that sent Alex Smith to Washington.
1. Kansas City Chiefs…. wait for it……. 32. Denver Broncos
More than likely, Saunders rotates in for Nnadi, but taking his starting spot as a rookie would be the best case scenario here. Not for Nnadi though obviously.
With Kpassagnon being an early round pick just two years ago, his lack of production after two seasons is still fresh in everyone’s minds. That’s why Saunders replicating that failure would be the worst case scenario.
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