Safety Brock Vereen took an odd path to signing with the Kansas City Chiefs last week. He retired from the Patriots, unretired the next day and was cut. Now the former fourth-round draft pick is looking for a chance to stick with the Chiefs.
The Kansas City Chiefs are missing a big part of their secondary in safety Eric Berry, both on the field and in the meeting rooms. In his absence, safety Ron Parker and cornerback Marcus Peters have stepped up, with Parker become a more vocal leader.
The difference between Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles and outside linebacker Tamba Hali working their way back to full speed at practice after recovering and rehabbing surgically repaired knees could be the difference between being the hittee and the hitter.
Tamba Hali returned to Chiefs practice on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in the offseason. Running back Jamaal Charles returned to practice last week after his knee surgery. But don’t expect either to play in either of the Chiefs’ final two preseason games. The same is true of safety Eric Berry, who missed training camp.
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The Chiefs had several injured players back in practice on Tuesday. Quarterback Tyler Bray, running back Charcandrick West and cornerback Phillip Gaines had been nursing injuries. Running back Jamaal Charles and linebacker Tamba Hali had missed time after off-season knee surgery. They were all back on the practice field Tuedsay.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley was a standout in the team’s second preseason game, grabbing three receptions for 66 yards, including a beautiful 37-yard haul from quarterback Alex Smith. The Chiefs are looking for Conley to take the next step after a rookie season in which he caught 17 passes and one touchdown.
D.J. White was the third cornerback taken by the Chiefs' in this year’s draft, but he found himself in the starting lineup against the Rams on Saturday due to his natural instincts and recent performance.
Chiefs backup quarterback Nick Foles entered the game in the second quarter and played until early in the fourth quarter Saturday night in a 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams, his former team. He completed 18 of 22 passes for 133 yards, leading the Chiefs on two drive that ended with field-goal attempts.
The Kansas City starters played hard for a half, and there were some positives — particularly in the passing game — but there are also were some areas for the Chiefs to monitor, such as the young secondary and run defense.