Chiefs news for 14 January 2020
Edwards-Helaire returned to practice Wednesday for the first time since injuring his ankle and hip in a Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints. He was a limited practice participant. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he was able to watch some of Edwards-Helaire’s rehab progress, noting that the 2020 first-round draft pick “gets after it.”
“A lot of it is the way you approach it and the trust you have in the trainers and so on. I’ll tell you, this kid, he just kind of went right at it,” Reid said. “I mean, he was fearless with it, and as a result, I’d tell you he’s probably a little ahead, and we’ve just got to evaluate it.”
Rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been out since suffering a high ankle sprain against the Saints in Week 15. But he was on the field for the team’s Wednesday practice, with head coach Andy Reid saying the running back is “feeling better every day.”
|CB Rashad Fenton||Ankle/Foot||DNP|
|LB Willie Gay Jr.||Ankle||DNP|
|WR Sammy Watkins||Calf||DNP|
|RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire||Ankle||LP|
|TE Deon Yelder||Groin||LP|
|RB Le’Veon Bell||Knee||FP|
|OT Mike Remmers||Back||FP|
|LB Ben Niemann||Hamstring||FP|
|DT Derrick Nnadi||Knee||FP|
|WR Demarcus Robinson||Back||FP|
|DB Armani Watts||Concussion||FP|
|OT Jack Conklin||Hamstring/Knee||DNP|
|LB BJ Goodson||Shoulder||DNP|
|TE David Njoku||Hamstring||DNP|
|DE Myles Garrett||Shoulder||LP|
|DT Sheldon Richardson||Neck||LP|
|OG Wyatt Teller||Ankle||LP|
|C J.C. Tretter||Knee||LP|
|RB D’Ernest Johnson||Finger||FP|
|LB Malcolm Smith||Ankle||FP|
|WR Jarvis Landry||Hip||FP|
Callaway joins the Chiefs as a former member of the Cleveland Browns, which adds an interesting wrinkle to the signing given that both teams are slated to face each other in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. In another interesting footnote to the signing, former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey was the one who drafted Callaway for the Browns in the first place.
Callaway first entered the league as Cleveland’s fourth round pick from the 2018 NFL Draft as a talented wideout from the University of Florida. His on-field abilities was never questioned given his incredible speed, athleticism, and hands. He also has great skills as a returner, which means the Chiefs might enjoy some potential depth and special teams help here—that is, if things work out for him off the field.
Chiefs sign WR Gehrig Dieter to practice squad, release QB Jordan Ta’amu | ChiefsWire
After clearing waivers on Tuesday, the Chiefs have re-signed WR Gehrig Dieter to the practice squad according to the NFL’s official transaction report. Dieter was signed to the 53-man roster for the Week 17 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, where he had one reception for 10 yards on the day. He was released by the team this past Monday.
In order to make room for Dieter, the team released recently signed QB Jordan Ta’amu from the practice squad. It’s unclear why the team would sign and so promptly release Ta’amu. It could simply be a matter of juggling too many players at once. Perhaps they intend to sign him to a reserve/future contract, but for now, he’ll become a free agent.
“You can tell that he’s been doing his homework for the past week and a half,” Kelce said of Mahomes on Wednesday. “Just talking to him, him understanding what every single team that we could possibly face is doing defensively. Sure enough, as soon as we found out on Sunday who we were playing, he was right there and had a whole notebook ready for the Cleveland Browns. I think right now we’re in the process of figuring out the gameplan and I think like I said, what Pat does best is communicating exactly what he’s seeing and how he feels we need to attack the defense. All those conversations are extremely relevant toward the game.”
“Yeah, I mean, right when the bye week started and we knew who seeds were for the 7, 6, 5, 4 — all those seeds that we could possibly play — I took a day where I watched about four or five games of each team,” Mahomes explained. “Just trying to get a general feel of what the defense is presenting and what offenses are doing to try and attack them, from different teams and different offenses. So I had a days worth of film on the Browns, so whenever we found that out I was able to look back at that and look at my notes and try to see how it presents to us.”
Mahomes threw five of his six interceptions since their week ten bye, including three in a win against the Dolphins. Two of his three worst completion percentage games of the season came in weeks 15 (55.32 percent) and 16 (5.55 percent). While he still wracked up 13 passing touchdowns in those six games and averaged 342 passing yards, those interceptions, and poor completion percentages hurt his overall grade.
On the other hand, Mayfield only has one interception in the nine games (counting the playoff win against the Steelers) since week nine. That is one interception in 297 attempts in that span. In fact, he hasn’t thrown a pick since week seven.
All four starting quarterbacks whose teams advanced to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs are 25 or younger. This is the first time ever that all four starting quarterbacks in the divisional playoffs in one conference were 25 or younger.
On Saturday Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who just turned 24, takes on Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who is 24 and 9 months. On Sunday 25-year-old Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes takes on 25-year-old Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
“I wish we spoke more often, that’s my brother for life,” Kelce said. “To see what he’s gone through and to see him grow from everything. I’m somebody who had a few red flags coming out of college. It wasn’t always a whole lot of fun for me. I had to break through some things that were tied to my name. With that, you have to challenge yourself as a man, as a human,” Kelce said. “You have to grow from it, understand how people are viewing you, and you have to move on knowing that. I think Kareem has done an unbelievable job of just going out there, playing football and keeping his head on straight. I’m happy as hell for him.”