Chiefs news for 9 October 2019
In the wake of multiple serious injuries along the defensive line, the Kansas City Chiefs have made a move heading into Week 6 to sign veteran defensive tackle Terrell McClain, per NFL reporter Tom Pelissero. The Chiefs are in need of bodies along the line, especially the interior, after suffering a couple major injuries on Sunday.
McClain is a stout 9-year veteran who has played with several teams, including the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and, most recently, Atlanta Falcons. He’s played in 87 career games, starting 34 of them, and should settle in as a rotational lineman. The Chiefs also have third round pick Khalen Saunders to move up alongside Derrick Nnadi. Joey Ivie is also available on the team’s practice squad, while some ends could also potentially slide inside in the right situation.
The Chiefs have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Wisniewski, 30, has played 123 games in eight seasons. Wisniewski started seven games for the Eagles in 2018 after starting 11 in the regular season and all three postseason games in 2017.
Players of regional interest included in the draft pool as of Tuesday afternoon include former K-State Wildcats safeties Danzel McDaniel and Kendall Adams, linebacker Arthur Brown and defensive tackle Will Geary; former Kansas Jayhawks quarterback Jake Heaps, cornerback JaCorey Shepherd, defensive end Michael Reynolds and tackle Dwayne Wallace; and former Missouri Tigers receiver L’Damian Washington, linebacker Eric Beisel and cornerback Aarion Penton.
Some of the players, such as former MU wideout Washington — who spent two weeks with the Chiefs during the 2015 preseason — KSU product Brown and former Jayhawks QB Heaps have previously tried out for or played on NFL and/or CFL rosters.
Remember Nick Novak? He kicked for the Chiefs in 2008, once drilling four field goals in a game. Alas, he was cut the following month after missing a pair of attempts. He, too, is in the XFL draft pool.
Yet Sherman, the San Francisco 49ers‘ ninth-year cornerback, also views the NFL as a fraternity, and there are certain rituals he considers sacrosanct. When Baker Mayfield, the Cleveland Browns‘ brash second-year quarterback, refused to shake Sherman’s hand at midfield just before the coin toss that preceded Monday night’s game at Levi’s Stadium, it triggered him — and many of his Niners teammates — in a profound way.
“He hasn’t earned anything in this league. How many games has he won? He’s acting like he was the MVP last year. If (Patrick) Mahomes did that, it would be one thing. But he would never do that, because he has too much respect for the game.
It’s definitely safe to say that the Los Angeles Chargers have been one of the most disappointing teams to this point in the season. They’ll have a chance to get back to .500 next week on Sunday Night Football when the Steelers come to town with their likely third string quarterback.
For Broncos fans, finally winning a game was a huge weight off their shoulder, as the franchise had never been 0-5 in their entire history. While 1-4 isn’t great, it’s definitely better than 0-5. Denver looks to move to either 2-4 or 1-5 next week when they travel to Nashville for a date with the Titans.
I have no idea what to think about the Oakland Raiders. At times, they looked fantastic on Sunday. Other times, they were throwing the ball into the backfield and looking like a dumpster fire of a team. With that said, however, the Raiders handled the Bears with a 24-21 victory in London.
Kansas City was demolished on the ground, as the Colts racked up 180 rushing yards and held onto the ball for 15 minutes longer than the Chiefs did. That’s right – Indy had the ball for nearly an entire quarter longer than KC did. That is not okay. There was a lot to be upset about in this 13-19 loss to a much inferior team, but if the Kansas City Chiefs don’t learn from it, then that’d be the worst possible thing to come from this game. Here’s to hoping they rebound next week at Arrowhead Stadium against a Texans team that hung 53 on the Falcons.
Given the lack of a deal, it’s natural to question the Chiefs commitment to make something happen with Jones. Maybe the Chiefs wanted to see how well he would play in a new defensive system. Perhaps the Chiefs wanted to see whether Khalen Saunders, this year’s third round pick, could potentially replace him down the road. It’s possible they simply view it as too much money to spend on the defensive line. No matter the reason, K.C. has yet to move.
Without him, well, we don’t know what the Chiefs have. General manager Brett Veach drafted Khalen Saunders in the third round, a small-school prospect out of Western Illinois dubbed the “Aaron Donald of the FCS.” The ceiling is reportedly high for Saunders. If true, it’s entirely possible that Veach is saving significant money and gaining long-term flexibility by eventually substituting one for the other. On paper it sounds good. On the field, the difference in the present between Jones and Saunders is significant.
These next few weeks will be very telling for K.C. If the interior is able to hold its own and even make some disruptive plays without Jones, the internal and even external posture of a long-term deal for Jones might switch to something more year-to-year given the money involved. If, however, Jones’s tremendous talent is clearly missed in the middle, it might just accelerate whatever slow timeline the Chiefs have in mind to offer him a deal.
While Houston exploded for 53 points in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, the Chiefs’ offense scored just 13 points points in Sunday night’s loss to the visiting Indianapolis Colts. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense will surely be motivated to light up the scoreboard, but I’m riding the hot hand and going with Deshaun Watson (426 passing yards, five touchdowns against the Falcons) and the Texans to pull off the upset at Arrowhead. Kansas City’s 30th ranked run defense is another reason why I’m going with Houston.
The pick: Texans 35, Chiefs 31