Chiefs news for 13 August 2019
Four carries for 59 yards and a touchdown on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengalsapparently wasn’t enough to keep running back Josh Caldwell on the Chiefs roster for the time being.
Kansas City waived Caldwell on Monday evening and added tight end Manasseh Garner in his place.
It’s Garner’s second stint with the Chiefs after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Garner spent time at fullback with the Chiefs during his first stop with the team before moving on to the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins. Garner has not yet appeared in a regular season game.
Garner’s return to the team comes in the wake of a separated shoulder for tight end John Lovett that occurred during the Bengals’ game on Saturday.
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While it’s reasonable to think NFL defenses may have better game plans to try to stop Mahomes, his talent should continue to shine, especially on a Kansas City offense that also features wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.
But the concern surrounds the Chiefs’ defense, which ranked 31st in the NFL last season with 6,488 yards allowed. They’ll likely need to play better for the team to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Steve Spagnuolo has taken over as Kansas City’s defense coordinator, implementing a new 4-3 scheme. It also added to its struggling secondary, signing safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerback Bashaud Breeland.
Either way, the Chiefs’ offense is strong enough for them to again be one of the best teams in the NFL this year. If their defense plays better, it could end up being a special season.
5. Claiborne went on to speak about how long he thinks it will take to get back into the swing of things on the field
“I feel like a couple days. You can do all the working out that you want to do by yourself, but when you get in this environment, it’s totally different,” Claiborne said. “You’ve got to get your legs under [you]. I feel like today I was on the ground a little too much, but I know that’s all a part of coming back without playing football in a while. You know you come back and expect some of those things.”
The Chiefs will return to practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before breaking camp. For a look at the practice schedule, click here.
“At the end of the day, we are all here to compete. You know, no one is here to chill or feel like you’re safe. Those are my guys,” Williams said. The six-year veteran recently returned to practice after being hampered by his hamstring to start camp.
Last week, Reid revealed in a SiriusXM NFL Radio interview that the team would take a committee approach, saying Kansas City’s RBs “all have their strengths and we’ll try to exploit their strengths.” During the offseason, the Chiefs signed six-year pro Carlos Hyde and drafted 5-foot-8 Darwin Thompson out of Utah State to join Williams and second-year RB Darrel Williams.
Below are my rankings (which everyone will obviously wholeheartedly agree with) from most likely to miss out to least likely to miss out. Along with each team’s listing is a blurb on what the potential path to disappointment might look like.
(Last season: 12-4, won AFC West, lost to Patriots in AFC championship game)
Path to disappointment: Heading into their Week 12 bye, the Chiefs appear to be sitting pretty with a 9-2 record. Patrick Mahomes agrees to participate in a stunt for charity where he attempts to throw a football from Kansas City to St. Louis. The good news is that he succeeds. The bad news is that he injures his shoulder and is out for the season. The Chiefs go into a tailspin and lose their final five games in the most bizarre and unpredictable story of the season.
Thornhill didn’t disappoint either, running stride for stride 60 yards downfield with speedster Tyreek Hill and intercepting Patrick Mahomes in the end zone during seven-on-seven work.
“You’ve seen the skill that he has,” Reid said. “It’s just being consistent and working through everything. The more he plays, the better he’s going to get.”
He wasn’t the only player to receive a bump in duties after his preseason performance.
Seventh-round pick Nick Allegretti got the second-string reps at center behind Austin Reiter during Monday’s practice.
Stock Down: Dorian O’Daniel
While a couple of 2018 draft picks showed some promise on Saturday, one of them appears to be completely buried on the depth chart and didn’t do anything against the Bengals to change it. Dorian O’Daniel was one of the players that many Chiefs fans were excited about at the end of last season. On a linebacker unit that looked painfully slow and weak in coverage last year, he was one player that looked like he could excel in that area. Unfortunately for O’Daniel, the new defensive staff doesn’t seem to feel that way.
There are currently five linebackers that are clearly ahead of O’Daniel. Those being: Anthony Hitchens, Reggie Ragland, Damien Wilson, Darron Lee, and Ben Niemann. The fact that Niemann (another 2nd year linebacker) is clearly ahead of him (and playing well) despite being an undrafted player is not a good sign for O’Daniel. At this point it doesn’t look like O’Daniel even has a shot at earning any meaningful playing time. Instead it looks like he may have to fight just to stay on the roster.
Player: Patrick Mahomes
Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Shawn Childs rank: QB1
In the history of the NFL, only four quarterbacks have passed for more yards than Mahomes did last year. He finished with 5,097 passing yards with 52 combined TDs and 12 interceptions while rushing for 272 yards on 60 carries. His completion rate (66.0%) was elite. Mahomes passed for over 300 yards nine times, including one game in which he finished with over 400 passing yards. He delivered three or more TDs in 10 games, which included five games with four TDs and two games with six TDs. Mahomes relied on two exceptional players (Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill). His WR1 and tight end combined for 190 catches for 2,815 yards and 22 TDs.
Reid is one of the best offensive minds in the game. He’s been doing this 36 years, and he’s pretty much mastered it. He’s a football sensei, and now he’s got one of the most striking arsenals in NFL history to work with.
Mahomes is just 23, Hill 25, Hardman 21, Thompson 23. They’re all rising. The elder statesman of the offense is the 29-year-old Kelce. No projected starter is older than 30.
But they don’t lack experience, either. Sammy Watkins has 232 catches in five NFL seasons. Kelce’s been to four Pro Bowls. All-Pro right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is an eight-year veteran.
The team should also benefit from Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s return after the well-established right guard missed all but five games with a serious leg injury in 2018.
The Charity Game Fundraiser, which was presented by North American Savings Bank on Saturday, has raised more than $13.7 million since its inception in 1985 and nearly $1 million in just the last two years alone for Cornerstones of Care, directly contributing to their efforts right here in Kansas City.
“These funds will help support our new pediatric clinic that we’re opening, they will improve our services on our residential campuses and support our quality and safety measures across the organization,” Cross explained. “They will impact services and programs that we currently operate and some new things that we’re going to be doing.”
Riveron’s first reversal came Aug. 1 when New York Jets coach Adam Gase challenged a no-call on an incomplete pass to receiver Tim White. Replay showed New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine had pinned White’s arm with the ball in the air, and after review, Riveron imposed a 33-yard penalty on Ballentine.
The second reversal came after replay official Darryl Lewis initiated a review on the first play after the two-minute warning in the second half of Saturday’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs. Riveron reversed an interception for Bengals safety Brandon Wilson, instead penalizing Bengals defensive back Tony Lippett 30 yards for defensive pass interference.
“Once I learn this defense and just come in and takeover, that’s my mindset,” Claiborne said. “It’s just come in and play. I don’t feel like I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain in this situation, and I feel like I’m going to take full advantage of it.”
After all, the lure of the postseason is ultimately what brought Claiborne to Kansas City.
“I could tell from the coaching staff to the owner they really wanted me, and I can feel it,” he said. “I could feel the energy from them. LI know that they have a great team, and I know we’re going to be playing in the playoffs. Our goal is to win that Super Bowl.”
Chiefs second-round rookies: The Chiefs traded up to draft receiver Mecole Hardman as an insurance policy for Tyreek Hill. Now that they’ll have both players on the field together — at least for the 2019 season — it’s safe to expect coach Andy Reid to make life difficult on opposing defenses.
Hardman may only be a garnish on football’s best offense for now, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the other Chiefs second-round pick, safety Juan Thornhill, plays an even bigger role for this year’s team. A splashy camp from Thornhill has Chiefs fans dreaming of a playmaking safety tandem including Thornhill alongside Tyrann Mathieu.
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