Chiefs news for May 4, 2022
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5 most competitive position groups on Chiefs’ 90-man offseason roster | usatoday
The Kansas City Chiefs have made a number of additions to the roster this offseason, now having completed both free agency and the 2022 NFL draft. There are several position groups that are gearing up for a great fight during the course of the 2022 offseason program in Kansas City. Brett Veach has added some serious depth on both sides of the ball, especially at certain position groups that have seen major departures this offseason.
Lonnie Johnson discusses role with Chiefs, reunion with Justin Reid | usatoday
While speaking with Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson, Johnson revealed that he will play cornerback in Kansas City after three seasons of playing a hybrid role in Houston. The veteran is excited to have a single and secure role for a change.
“Man, I think they’re going to be able to use me the right way, go out there, be physical and have me lock down one position,” Johnson said. “To set a foundation with a team and position, I’m just overall happy and blessed”
Chiefs acquire CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. from Houston Texans | kshb
After using seven of its 10 draft picks on defensive players in the NFL Draft, the Chiefs acquired corner back Lonnie Johnson Jr. from the Houston Texans on Monday.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport reports the Texans will receive a 2024 conditional seventh round pick.
New KC safety Lonnie Johnson had hilarious message for Travis Kelce, given their history | yahoo
During his decorated career with the Kansas City Chiefs, tight end Travis Kelce’s best game just may have come in the 51-31 divisional playoff victory over the Houston Texans after the 2019 season.
Kelce caught 10 passes for 134 yards and three touchdowns, and he routinely burned Houston defensive back Lonnie Johnson on that January day at Arrowhead Stadium. Johnson also twice was flagged for defensive pass interference while defending Kelce.
Justyn Ross’ Injury Misfortune and Kansas City Chiefs’ Draft Savvy Could Be the Perfect Match | sportcasting
During his first campaign at Clemson, Ross pulled in 46 catches for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore, he caught 66 passes for 865 yards and found the end zone eight times. Then, for his junior campaign, the stat line is completely blank.
As explained by ESPN’s Adam Teicher, that absence came when the wideout “was diagnosed with a congenital fusion in his spine in the spring of 2020.” Despite warnings that he might never play football again, Ross underwent surgery and missed the entire 2020 season before returning to the Tigers in 2021. While he did make it back to the field, a stress fracture in his foot sent him back to the sidelines.
Chiefs began Phase 2 of NFL’s offseason workout program Monday | yahoo
Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual or group instruction and drills, as well as ‘perfect play drills,’ and drills and plays with offensive players lining up across from offensive players and defensive players lining up across from defensive players, conducted at a walk through pace. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.”
Brett Veach Is the King of Rebuilding Position Groups | si.com
Following Kansas City’s embarrassing Super Bowl LV loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Veach saw a position group that was in desperate need of a rebuild: the offensive line. He immediately went to work, cutting bookend tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz and making a huge free agency splash on guard Joe Thuney.
Veach’s work wasn’t done there. Just before the 2021 NFL Draft, he pulled off a blockbuster trade for former Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Brown Jr. Veach selected center Creed Humphrey and guard Trey Smith in the draft, later adding depth around them to even things out. The aforementioned four new additions, along with the returning-from-opting-out Lucas Niang, formed an all-new starting five to begin the season.
Over the course of the 2021 season, it became abundantly clear that the Chiefs’ receiving corps wasn’t up to snuff. Behind superstar wideout Tyreek Hill, no one was separating themselves from the pack on or off the field. On the defensive side of the ball, it was well known that cornerbacks Charvarius Ward and Mike Hughes, as well as safeties Tyrann Mathieu, Daniel Sorensen and Armani Watts, were set to hit the open market. Instead of attempting to patch up what he already had, Veach went back to the drawing board as he did the previous year.
Xs and Os: Chiefs OL Darian Kinnard impresses in ‘Big Boys Club’ film room | yahoo
Ahead of the 2022 NFL draft, Kinnard joined former Chiefs OL Geoff Schwartz on his show on FOX NFL, the “Big Boys Club.” If you’ll recall, Chiefs starters Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith are also members of this club after appearing on the inaugural season of the show last year.
Not only did Kinnard impress by sharing the story of his troubled childhood, but he casually flaunted his mastery of the Xs and Os. Schwartz broke down a ton of film with Kinnard, mostly from a pass-blocking standpoint, but you can see how some of his nastiness and aggression will transfer to the run game. They talked about how they approach running back chips. They talked about trash-talking. They talked about defending against twists and stunts.
Chiefs scouts gush over Day 3 draft picks | yahoo
As much as we love Thursday, our staff loves Friday and Saturday even more,” Veach told reporters after the first round. “This is when we have a lot of fun the next few days and we’re looking forward to it.”
As the Chiefs made selections throughout Day 3, they gave their scouting staff a chance to speak to the media about the newly selected players. Here is a look at what scouts had to say about some of the newest players they added:
Chiefs GM Brett Veach provides injury update on CB Rashad Fenton | usatoday
In doing so, Veach revealed some news on an injury that hadn’t previously popped up before. Fourth-year CB Rashad Fenton, who dealt with a back injury that kept him out of some games late last year, is currently rehabbing from a surgical procedure done this offseason.
“Fenton is a guy that we’re obviously very high on and very confident in,” Veach said. “He’s going through a little bit of a rehab now, so hopefully we get him for the start of training camp.”
Why Chiefs fans should be excited about George Karlaftis | yahoo
Karlaftis is a long, powerful edge defender who is still fairly new to the sport, leaving a massive upside that he could turn into consistent 10-plus sack production every year. He is sudden off his first step, slapping into his opponent’s chest and speeding past them or through them with haste. He’s patient in the run game, allowing the play to come to him, and using that same power to leverage himself inside, locking down the ball carrier with secure tackling.
Kansas City Chiefs’ Justyn Ross ‘will have a shot’ at making roster, GM Brett Veach says | kshb
“He’s cleared,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach told reporters on Zoom Tuesday. “Our doctors did a great job of exhausting all the information.”
Veach added that a late-season foot injury may have caused the 6 feet, 3 inches tall wideout to slide off most team’s draft boards.
“I know how good our medical staff is, if they tell me yes, I feel good. If they tell me no, I don’t try to become a doctor all of a sudden, and say, ‘Well, this team said this and that,'” Veach said. “If our doctors say good, we’re good.”
2022 NFL DRAFT GRADES: CHIEFS USE EXTRA PICKS TO NAB TOP AFC WEST CLASS | foxsports
Grading a draft immediately after it concludes is like giving your compliments to the chef before the meal has been served. Sure, the food might sound good (or bad) based on the description on the menu, but the true evaluation won’t come until after the product has been tested.
It will be at least three years before we can truly assess how the 32 teams fared in the 2022 NFL Draft. But what is readily apparent is the different approaches that were taken, from going for the best available talent to focusing on team needs to gambling on character concerns and long-term potential.